Video: DOE Transmission Interconnection Roadmap sets targets for hooking clean energy up to the grid

By Lisa McDonald / May 15, 2024

Connecting clean energy projects to the electrical grid faces numerous challenges. In April 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the release of a new roadmap that outlines solutions to speed up interconnection and clear the existing project backlog.

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Video: High-throughput manufacturing of hydrogen technologies

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has led efforts to address challenges to hydrogen technology adoption. On March 25, 2024, NREL announced a new Roll-to-Roll Consortium that will investigate how to enable high-throughput manufacturing of hydrogen fuel cells and water electrolyzers.

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Video: The Sun Queen—how Mária Telkes lit the way for solar-powered technology

By Lisa McDonald / March 20, 2024

In honor of Women’s History Month, CTT shines a light on the PBS special “The Sun Queen,” which documents the life and research of Hungarian–American chemical engineer and inventor Mária Telkes, who helped advance the field of solar technology.

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Finnish startup scales sand battery technology to the next level

By Lisa McDonald / March 15, 2024

Finnish startup Polar Night Energy, which developed and installed its first commercial-scale “sand battery” energy storage system in 2022, is now collaborating with Finnish district heating company Loviisan Lämpö to build an industrial-scale sand battery system in Pornainen, Finland.

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Stabilizing perovskite solar cells—researchers decouple the synergistic role of water and oxygen in degradation

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2024

Achieving long-term operational stability of all-perovskite solar cells remains a challenge. Researchers led by Georgia Institute of Technology made the surprising discovery that while exposing perovskites to both water and oxygen leads to instability, taking away one of those factors preserved the perovskites’ structure.

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Solid-state electrocaloric materials heat up cooling performance

By Guest Contributor / January 19, 2024

Electrocaloric materials have potential to replace liquid refrigerant in cooling systems, thus avoiding the emission of harmful greenhouse gases. But currently, electrocaloric devices can only operate within a small temperature span. A recent study reported a new electrocaloric prototype with greatly improved temperature span and cooling power.

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Video: Solar solutions shine at CES 2024

By Lisa McDonald / January 17, 2024

During CES 2024, which took place January 9–12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, numerous companies showcased solar technology innovations. Today’s CTT highlights several key announcements made during the show.

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Ceramics for renewable energy generation, plus more inside January/February 2024 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / January 11, 2024

The January/February 2024 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramics for renewable energy generation—is now available online. Plus—ceramic-based arts for mood disorder treatment.

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Video: Honeycomb-shaped bladeless generators for urban wind harvesting

By Lisa McDonald / January 3, 2024

The large size of traditional wind turbines can make transportation and installation of these devices difficult in certain locations. Scottish technology startup Katrick Technologies designed a honeycomb-shaped wind generator that can be easily installed in urban settings.

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Saving the planet through passive cooling: New ceramic and glass radiative coatings offer stability and scalability

By Guest Contributor / December 12, 2023

Radiative coatings can passively cool buildings without the use of mechanical refrigeration equipment. Two recent papers describe the development of ceramic and glass radiative coatings that demonstrate resistance to environmental stimuli and potential for mass production.

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