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Solar energy news roundup: Solar cells go ‘green,’ ultrathin, and power 24/7

By Stephanie Liverani / June 21, 2016

It’s officially summer—and that means more sun-filled days ahead. So it’s only fitting that we round up the latest solar energy research news. This week, solar cells get ‘greener’ and thinner, and a solar power plant in Nevada keeps the energy going 24/7.

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Video: Researchers push limits of perovskite solar cell performance with new production technique

By Stephanie Liverani / June 15, 2016

Researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, say they’re pushing the limits of solar cell performance and were able to achieve the highest performance ever measured for larger-size perovskite solar cells.

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Researchers flip a ‘chemical switch’ to improve perovskite’s thermal stability

By Stephanie Liverani / May 31, 2016

Researchers from Brown University—in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology—are getting closer to making perovskite solar cells a mass-market reality. It’s all in the “flip of a switch.”

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Let there be light: Novel light-processing technique heals defects in perovskite solar cells to improve stability

By Stephanie Liverani / May 27, 2016

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other affiliated institutions in the U.S. and the U.K. say they’ve “made significant inroads toward understanding a process for improving perovskites’ performance, by modifying the material using intense light,” according to an MIT news article.

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MCARE 2016 wrap-up: Sustainable, safe, efficient energy harvesting and storage solutions a top materials challenge

By Stephanie Liverani / April 22, 2016

Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) was held April 18–21 in Clearwater, Fla., and drew nearly 200 materials scientists, researchers, and engineers from 30 countries. And everyone seems to agree that sustainable solutions for efficient energy harvesting and storage across all industries is the ultimate goal.

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Crocodile scale formation—more materials science than biology

By / February 1, 2013

Crocodile skin sections (left) indicate that cracks correspond to epidermal bulges that reach the stiff underlying tissues. Immunohistochemistry (right) indicates increased cell proliferation (green) within the skin grooves corresponding to cracks. Abbreviations: primary (pc) and secondary (sc) cracks (ep, epidermis, de, dermis, bo, bone tissue). Credit: Nicolas Di-Poi; Milinkovitch Group, UG. Today is the last…

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Friday fun video: Performance art with dormitory windows

By Eileen De Guire / September 28, 2012

This is creative stop-action video was made by coordinating the opening and closing of dorm room shutters on a campus in Switzerland. It is fun to watch how much movement and action was created by a simple 11 by 10 array of shutters. (The building itself is a nondescript an 11-story concrete box.) The video…

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