27 Sep 2022
Technology Generates Electricity from Ocean Waves, Clothing, Cars
Imagine this: Clothing that charges your smart watch as you walk, buildings that vibrate in the wind and power your lights, a road that extracts energy from the friction created by moving cars, and flexible structures that change shape in ocean waves to generate clean electricity for communities around the world.
6 Sep 2022
CalWave Successfully Concludes Wave Energy Project in California
The project, which deployed in September 2021, was supported by a US Department of Energy award with the goal to demonstrate CalWave's scalable and patented xWave technology as a cost-effective, sustainable solution for energy generation. Not only does the demonstration represent California's first at-sea, long-duration wave energy project, but it also serves as a critical step toward proving wave power as a commercially viable renewable resource.
11 Jul 2022
Smashing Through the 30% Efficiency Barrier for Perovskite Solar Cells
For the first time, an efficiency of 30% for perovskite-on-silicon-tandem solar cells has been exceeded thanks to a joint effort led by scientists at EPFL's Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory in partnership with the renowned innovation center, CSEM. Independently certified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States, these results are a boost to high-efficiency photovoltaics and pave the way toward even more competitive solar electricity generation.
20 Jun 2022
30-Year Perovskite Solar Cells, New Approach to Testing
Researchers have developed the first perovskite solar cell with a commercially viable lifetime, marking a major milestone for an emerging class of renewable energy technology. The team projects their device can perform above industry standards for around 30 years, far more than the 20 years used as a threshold for viability for solar cells.
7 Jun 2022
Developing a Toolchain to Assess Performance of Wind Energy Systems
The goal of the project is to achieve a better understanding of the unsteady inflow conditions at altitudes above the first layer of air above the ground (the surface layer). The aim is to develop a toolchain to efficiently and effectively assess the performance and reliability of airborne wind energy devices and conventional wind turbines. This is important to site evaluation but also for increasing the wind plant efficiency and making the operation of airborne wind energy systems safer.
24 May 2022
Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell
Researchers have created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions.
4 May 2022
Swift Solar is a company that works on perovskite PV. It was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in California, USA. This profile is based on a discussion with the CEO and co-founder, Dr Joel Jean.
21 Apr 2022
Heat Engine Design Could Enable Fully Decarbonized Grid in the Future
Engineers have designed a heat engine with no moving parts. Their new demonstrations show that it converts heat to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency — a performance better than that of traditional steam turbines.
12 Apr 2022
Mars Materials is an American start-up developing a new pathway for carbon fibers production and wastewater treatment chemicals using carbon dioxide as a raw material. In November 2021, IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Hydra Rodrigues spoke to Aaron Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-Founder of Mars Materials.
22 Feb 2022
Rethinking Wave Energy Converters Using Variable-Geometry
A major challenge currently facing wave energy technology is the achievement of cost competitiveness. Because they must be designed to be robust enough to withstand large wave loads and unforgiving sea states, about 35%-50% of wave energy converter costs can be attributed to device structural costs alone. Reducing the structural cost and increasing energy capture are two paths toward reducing wave energy's levelized cost of energy, thereby increasing its attractiveness as a major renewable energy source.
25 Jan 2022
Device Wraps Around Hot Surfaces, Turns Wasted Heat to Electricity
The energy systems that power our lives also produce wasted heat — like heat that radiates off hot water pipes in buildings and exhaust pipes on vehicles. A new flexible thermoelectric generator can wrap around pipes and other hot surfaces and convert wasted heat into electricity more efficiently than previously possible.
24 Jan 2022
Funding for Megawatt Truck Charging Along California Freight Corridors
The Electric Power Research Institute and CALSTART have been awarded $13 million from the California Energy Commission to jump start California's high-power charging infrastructure for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The two organizations will lead a first-of-its-kind collaboration to launch the country's first zero-emission, freight-charging corridor network.
3 Dec 2021
Lead Absorbing Tape to Boost Viability of Perovskite Solar Cells
Researchers are reporting a potential breakthrough that could help speed commercialization of highly promising perovskite solar cells for use in solar panels.