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  • An anode-free zinc battery that could someday store renewable energy
    on January 20, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, could help decrease the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. But first, power companies need a safe, cost-effective way to store the energy for later use. Massive lithium-ion batteries can do the job, but they suffer from safety issues and limited lithium availability. Now, researchers have made a prototype of an anode-free, zinc-based battery that uses low-cost, naturally abundant materials.

  • On the road to invisible solar panels: How tomorrow’s windows will generate electricity
    on January 5, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Researchers demonstrate the first transparent solar cell. Their innovative technique rests on a specific part of the solar cell: the heterojunction, made up of thin films of materials responsible for absorbing light. By combining the unique properties of titanium dioxide and nickel oxide semiconductors, the researchers were able to generate an efficient, transparent solar cell.

  • Using solar energy and agriculture to limit climate change, assist rural communities
    on January 5, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Co-developing land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture could provide 20% of total electricity generation in the United States with an investment of less than 1% of the annual US budget, new researchers found.

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