Efficient organic solar cells processed from green solvents

Journal Reference: Haiyang Chen, Rui Zhang, Xiaobin Chen, Guang Zeng, Libor Kobera, Sabina Abbrent, Ben Zhang, Weijie Chen, Guiying Xu, Jiyeon Oh, So-Huei Kang, Shanshan Chen, Changduk Yang, Jiri Brus, Jianhui Hou, Feng Gao, Yaowen Li, Yongfang Li. A guest-assisted molecular-organization approach for >17% efficiency organic solar cells using environmentally friendly solvents. Nature Energy, 2021; … Read more

“If intermittent renewable energies were subject to the laws of the market, neither wind turbines nor solar power plants would see the light of day”

If intermittent renewable energies were subject to the laws of

Tribune. The news – COP26, spectacular rise in the cost of energy – reminds us every day: the energy transition is underway and must still accelerate. However, to be successful, this can only be done in accordance with the laws of the market. The electricity market in France, as in Europe for that matter, is … Read more

Making solar energy even more sustainable with light-powered technology

Journal Reference: Iacopo Benesperi, Hannes Michaels, Tomas Edvinsson, Michele Pavone, Michael R. Probert, Paul Waddell, Ana Belén Muñoz-García, Marina Freitag. Dynamic dimer copper coordination redox shuttles. Chem, 2021; DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2021.10.017 An international team of scientists have identified a new process using coordination materials that can accelerate the use of low-cost, Earth-abundant materials with the potential … Read more

Solar energy with an’ ironclad future’

Journal Reference: Mariia Becker, Vanessa Wyss, Catherine E. Housecroft, Edwin C. Constable. The influence of alkyl chains on the performance of DSCs employing iron(ii) N-heterocyclic carbene sensitizers. Dalton Transactions, 2021; DOI: 10.1039/d1dt03252f Sensitizers are intensely coloured compounds that absorb light and convert its energy into electricity by releasing electrons and “injecting” them into the semiconductor. … Read more

Major cities could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar

Journal Reference: Maria Panagiotidou, Miguel C. Brito, Kais Hamza, Jacek J. Jasieniak, Jin Zhou. Prospects of photovoltaic rooftops, walls and windows at a city to building scale. Solar Energy, 2021; 230: 675 DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2021.10.060 Published in the journal Solar Energy, the research, led by members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science based … Read more

Wind and solar could power the world’s major countries most of the time

Journal Reference: Dan Tong, David J. Farnham, Lei Duan, Qiang Zhang, Nathan S. Lewis, Ken Caldeira, Steven J. Davis. Geophysical constraints on the reliability of solar and wind power worldwide. Nature Communications, 2021; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-26355-z In a paper published recently in Nature Communications, the authors, including experts from China’s Tsinghua University, the Carnegie … Read more

Creating solar cells and glass from wood – or a billion tons of biowaste

Journal Reference: Joice Jaqueline Kaschuk, Yazan Al Haj, Orlando J. Rojas, Kati Miettunen, Tiffany Abitbol, Jaana Vapaavuori. Plant‐based Structures as an Opportunity to Engineer Optical Functions in next‐generation Light Management. Advanced Materials, 2021; 2104473 DOI: 10.1002/adma.202104473 ‘We wanted to map out as comprehensively as possible how lignocellulose could replace the nonrenewable resources found in widely … Read more

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