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Solar cells can be healed with light

Solar cells can be healed with light

Sep 19, 2017 United Kingdom
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity.
New Zealand leads world in zero emission renewable grid electricity

New Zealand leads world in zero emission renewable grid electricity

Sep 18, 2017 1
New Zealand leads the world in zero emission renewable grid electricity now at 85%. With a nice balance between geothermal, hydroelectric, unusually continuous wind power and some solar, the country has less intermittency of green power than most.
Empowering street vendors with solar-powered carts

Empowering street vendors with solar-powered carts

Sep 18, 2017 Uganda
The vending carts harness the energy of the sun and the company have created a holistic solar system whereby a vendor makes small daily payments for the cart, activating the solar panel.
Converting waste toilet paper into electricity

Converting waste toilet paper into electricity

Sep 15, 2017 1 Netherlands
Chemists have published the first techno-economic analysis of converting waste toilet paper into electricity.
Energy independent electric vehicles: amazing new developments

Energy independent electric vehicles: amazing new developments

Sep 15, 2017 Worldwide
As the world's first conference on Energy Independent Electric Vehicles approaches on September 27-28 in the Technical University of Delft Netherlands, key players, all of whom are speaking at the event, have been announcing some remarkable new developments.
Renewables and EVs: Japan and New Zealand compared

Renewables and EVs: Japan and New Zealand compared

Sep 14, 2017 Japan, New Zealand
No, not what you thought. Japan has very dirty power generation with renewables stuck at around 10% for two decades then rising last year to approach 15%. New Zealand has now powered up from 80 to 85% renewables feeding its grid - around the figures of Iceland and Norway.
Chinese rescue another electric laggard: Fiat Chrysler?

Chinese rescue another electric laggard: Fiat Chrysler?

Sep 14, 2017 Worldwide
Analyst IDTechEx has long appraised the auto industry as consisting of those leading the move to pure electric powertrains such as Tesla, Renault + Nissan, Yutong and BYD of China, those only recently giving it major emphasis such as Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen (under duress) and Daimler and those almost in denial such as Fiat Chrysler, Mazda and Suzuki, their pure electric activity being more of a gesture than a serious activity.
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Make Electricity Where You Need It

Make Electricity Where You Need It

Sep 13, 2017 Worldwide
While grid load from electric vehicles is expected to rise in the near future. Engineers are already looking for solutions to make electric vehicles function independently of the grid.
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Electric Vehicles About to Leap in Range Again

Electric Vehicles About to Leap in Range Again

Sep 13, 2017 Worldwide
This article covers different electric vehicles under development.
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New Supercapacitor Applications

New Supercapacitor Applications

Sep 13, 2017 Worldwide
This article suggests supercapacitor market growth could be aided by exploiting its unique properties.
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream

How to draw electricity from the bloodstream

Sep 13, 2017 China
Scientists have now developed a lightweight power generator based on carbon nanotube fibers suitable to convert even the energy of flowing blood in blood vessels into electricity.