Transparent solar cells could one day generate power for homes and office buildings

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A team of researchers wants to turn windows into viable solar panels. Windows of homes and office buildings could one day generate solar energy via transparent solar cells, according to research conducted by scientists at Michigan State University. New technologies could revolutionize traditional solar windows. While glass windows generating solar power isn’t anything new, the trouble is that these windows traditionally have light-absorbing films embedded in their glass, which removes their transparency. Instead, they have a brown or reddish tint. Although this lack of transparency maximizes their efficiency to convert…

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Researchers develop new transparent cells that produce solar energy

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New solar cells can be used on rooftops and could eventually replace windows Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new transparent solar cell that may showcase how solar energy will be used in the future. The researchers believe that the new solar cells can be used to replace their more conventional counterparts that are installed on rooftops. They could also be used on other transparent surfaces, such as windows. As such, they would effectively transform windows into solar energy generators. Transparent solar cells can be affixed to nearly…

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Researchers may have made a breakthrough in solar energy

New transparent solar concentrator could change the way people get their solar power A team of researchers from the Michigan State University have designed a new solar concentrator that could change the way energy is derived from sunlight. The new concentrator is completely transparent and researchers suggest that it can be affixed to windows, collecting solar energy without actually blocking sunlight. This could be a major breakthrough in photovoltaic technology, if the concentrator can deliver on its energy production promises and change the way solar power is collected. Solar concentrator…

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Alternative energy may find home in marginal lands

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Alternative energy goals may be reached through use of marginal lands The U.S. has lofty goals concerning alternative energy and will likely need to find creative ways to meet these goals in order to find success. It is well known that the most popular forms of alternative energy, solar and wind power, require large tracks of land in order to be considered viable. Typically, land that can serve a variety of purposes, such as farmland or locations for new communities, gets the most attention. Researchers from the Michigan State University…

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Verge Fund invests in new fuel cell catalyst technology

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Verge Fund backs Pajarito Powder New Mexico’s Verge Fund, a venture capital investment organization, has announced the investment of $1 million in new hydrogen fuel cell technology. The investment has gone to Pajarito Powder LLC, a company specializing in the development of catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells. Catalysts are a necessary component for fuel cells to operate and generate electricity, but they are also the most expensive component contained within the energy systems. The Verge Fund believes that the new technology coming from Pajarito Powder could help significantly reduce the…

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Ethanol may get a boost through breakthrough process

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MSU researchers make a breakthrough in energy recovery Ethanol has been a point of controversy recently, especially in the U.S., where severe drought is threatening to spark a costly food shortage. The government has been targeted by critics who claim that growing corn for fuel rather than food is irresponsible. A team of researchers from Michigan State University have been working to make ethanol a more attractive source of fuel for the country. The team has made a breakthrough which is claims will boosts energy recovery from the Ethanol process…

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MSU researchers produce ethanol and hydrogen through the use of bacteria

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Fuel production approach mimics nature Researchers from the Michigan State University (MSU) have taken a new approach to the production of hydrogen and ethanol fuels. Researchers have taken to mimicking nature, hoping that the natural world will unlock new ways to efficiently produce fuels in large quantities. Through this methodology, researchers have cultured a pair of bacteria that can grow synergistically. Ethanol and hydrogen are produced through this process, the latter of which is created by a bacterium that generates its own electric charge. Researchers use electron-producing bacterium to generate…

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Bacteria clean water contaminated by nuclear waste while providing hydrogen for fuel cells


A team of researchers from Michigan State University have uncovered a series of microbes that can produce hydrogen while cleaning water tainted by nuclear waste and other toxic chemicals. The research provides the first real breakthrough in mitigating and reversing the effects that nuclear waste has on the environment. The hydrogen produced by the microbes can be funneled into storage tanks and then used in fuel cells to generate electricity. So called microbial fuel cells have been gaining more attention lately because they provide a two-fold approach to solving environmental…

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