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Video: New paint generates clean hydrogen fuel from solar energy and water vapor

By Faye Oney / June 21, 2017

Could paint be the next material to generate hydrogen fuel? Researchers recently developed a way to produce hydrogen fuel from solar energy and humid air. They mixed synthetic molybdenum sulfide with titanium oxide to create a paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.

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Video: Hybrid photovoltaic–concentrated solar power systems poised to make most out of solar energy harvesting

By April Gocha / August 31, 2016

An ARPA-E program called Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) is supporting efforts to combine photovoltaic and concentrated solar power into one uber-efficient solar system.

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Testing shows that Sandia’s falling ceramic particle receiver can still take the heat

By April Gocha / June 2, 2016

Sandia National Lab has completed testing of a novel solar energy storage technique that uses ceramic particles to collect and store the intense heat generated from concentrated sunlight—and the results look promising.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / March 9, 2016

Making larger sheets of 2-D materials, secret to 3-D graphene revealed, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 9, 2016.

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New solar cell design uses ‘invisible’ nanowires to harness power potential of reflected light

By Stephanie Liverani / December 2, 2015

Scientists at Stanford University in California are developing a new solar cell that uses ‘invisible’ nanowires to redirect sunlight that is reflected away and lost with traditional solar cell designs.

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Keep your cool—New glass-based paint could take the heat off outdoor metal structures

By Stephanie Liverani / August 18, 2015

A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, Md.) might have the solution for keeping metal outdoor structures cool in the hot sun—a new glass-based paint.

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Sandia’s falling particle receiver drops ceramics like they’re hot, because they are

By April Gocha / July 10, 2015

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratory have mounted a new falling ceramic particle receiver at the lab’s thermal test facility to measure the utility of ceramic particles to efficiently collect and store solar energy.

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Glass house: Human terrariums are testing the health benefits of sunlight

By April Gocha / January 16, 2015

The profound influence that natural light has on human bodies is precisely the driving inspiration behind the Photon Project, a London-based start-up that is pioneering “disruptive innovation” using glass.

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