MIT researchers seek to understand price reductions in solar energy

MIT research team awarded $1.3 million grant through SunShot Initiative Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. The grant will be used to fund the study of why the cost of solar energy has been going down so rapidly. The study will also determine how costs will continue to fall in the future. The solar sector has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years, and this is partly due to the falling cost of photovoltaic…

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MIT researchers develop new fuel cell catalysts that are less expensive and more efficient

New catalysts could be a major boon for hydrogen fuel cells Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have created new catalysts that could serve as a major boon for fuel cells. These catalysts are said to be less expensive and more efficient than their conventional counterparts, which may be good news for fuel cells, as the catalysts would finally make these energy systems more affordable. Developing inexpensive catalysts has been a priority for researchers focused on fuel cells for some time. Catalysts are comprised of metal carbides rather…

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MIT researchers develop new technology to benefit solar energy

New solar panels are highly efficient and can be used to build solar towers Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced new, highly efficient solar panels. The scientists believe that these MIT researchers develop new technology to benefit solar energy are capable of tracking the movement of the sun as it travels throughout the sky. This means that the panels have a greater potential to generate electrical power by gathering sunlight. The panels have been designed for use in solar towers and may help unlock a brighter…

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Light recycling technology prevents incandescent bulbs from wasting energy

Researchers may have found a way to make traditional light bulbs more energy efficient. Scientists at MIT and Purdue University have created a new recycling technology involving incandescent lights that enables this type of light to be more energy efficient. These warm glowing conventional light bulbs, which were first commercialized by Thomas Edison, have fallen out of favor over the past several years because they are far less efficient than compact fluorescents and LEDs. However, researchers have created a super-efficient two-stage incandescent bulb that reuses the heat it emits, allowing…

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MIT researchers develop new material that may improve the solar energy space

New material can be used to store heat produced by solar energy systems and the sun itself Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new material that can store heat generate by solar energy systems. With solar power becoming more popular, researchers throughout the world have been working to find ways to make this form of energy more efficient and add value to solar power systems that will take form in the future. The new material could be used to ensure that heat generated by solar…

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Energy saving technology available in a wearable bracelet

Wristify helps to cool or warm the temperature of the wearer. Embr Labs was recently announced as one of Intel’s “Make it Wearable” challenge finalists, for its product called Wristify, a heating and cooling wearable device worn on the wrist that utilizes energy saving technology to help measure and control a person’s body temperature. The concept behind the wearable technology is pretty basic. Essentially, the device features technology that gives off cool or warm impulses to slightly lower or raise a person’s body temperature. The creators of the bracelet claim…

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Microbial fuel cells could solve the waste management problem in the US

Wastewater represents an untapped energy resource for the US A great deal of potential energy is wasted in the U.S. due to the country’s sewage system. Wastewater contains approximately 10 times the electrical power that is needed to process it, but the U.S. does not currently focus on converting this wastewater into energy. As much as 3% of the country’s energy is spent on processing wastewater without getting any kind of return in terms of electrical power. Microbial fuel cells may be the solution to this problem, as they can…

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Solar energy discovery could lead to power generated in the dark

Scientists make new solar power breakthrough. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University scientists have developed a method that will allow for solar energy to be stored in molecules that can be used to provide homes with water, heat, or can even be utilized for cooking. The molecules are environmentally friendly and can continually store heat. Despite their awesome discovery, scientists are still far from being able to build this amazing machine with never ending heat storage capabilities that can be used incessantly over and over again without emitting…

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MIT researchers make a breakthrough in solar energy

Researchers publish study focused on organic materials and their use in photovoltaic modules Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a new study that shows that “living materials” can be used to conduct electricity and emit different colors of light. This new discovery could have major implications for the solar energy sector. The study exists as a proof of concept, allowing researchers to highlight the possible future uses of growing photovoltaic modules rather than having to manufacture these modules. The study suggests that a new era of highlight…

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New materials could be a boon for hydrogen fuel cells

New family of materials could lead to benefits for hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new family of materials that could provide enhanced performance of a reaction known as oxygen evolution. This reaction is key in effective energy storage and delivery and a better understanding of this reaction could lead to major benefits in fuel cell energy systems and lithium-air batteries. The materials discovered by researchers are called double perovskites. Pervoskites are abundant Perovskites are a variant of a mineral that is…

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Offshore wind energy problems may be solved through new approach on storage

Offshore Wind Energy

MIT takes on the issue of wind energy storage Wind is unpredictable, but represents a promising source of energy if it can be harnessed. Wind energy has grown to become one of the most significant sectors of renewable power in the world, despite the fickle nature of wind itself. As wind energy begins to play a more integral role in the energy structure of several countries, finding ways to more reliably harness the power of wind is becoming a more important task. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)…

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MIT makes a breakthrough in solar energy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Hydrogen Fuel Research

Breakthrough could be promising for solar energy Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have announced that they have made a significant breakthrough in the realm of solar energy. Researchers claim to have developed a new solar cell that has broken all efficiency records that had been set before its creation. Solar cell efficiency has been a field of competition in the realm of renewable energy. Developing a solar cell that is highly efficient has major implications for solar energy in general, the most promising of which would be making…

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Artificial leaf continues to make hydrogen fuel more viable

Hydrogen Fuel

Hydrogen fuel continues to see progress thanks to artificial leaf In 2011, Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with his team of researchers, produced the world’s first practical artificial leaf. This artificial leaf successfully mimics the process of photosynthesis, converting sunlight into hydrogen fuel in a manner that is neither energy intensive nor inefficient. The creation of the artificial leaf was heralded as a major success in the world of science as mimicking photosynthesis has long been considered the proverbial…

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Artificial photosynthesis makes progress in the UK

artificial photosynthesis University of East Anglia

Researchers set sights on artificial photosynthesis Artificial photosynthesis has been a topic of extreme interest within the field of science for several years. It is often considered one of the “holy grails” of various scientific focuses, and could have serious implications concerning the way the world uses energy. Artificial photosynthesis has particularly strong prospects in the realm of hydrogen fuel, as this process can effectively be used to efficiently produce hydrogen gas in high quantities. Recently, scientists with the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia have been working on this…

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Solar energy funnel takes a new approach to collecting solar power

Solar Energy - Solar Capacity

Solar energy technology takes new turn Solar energy is quickly becoming one of the most prominent forms of power in the world. Many of the world’s governments have been working on adopting alternative energy for the sake of the environment and to benefit from its promising economic potential. Solar energy has thus received a great deal of support because of its capabilities to meet the energy demand of consumers around the world. Solar energy technology has recently taken a radical new turn thanks to Ju Li, a professor from the…

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Cambridge Solar Tool helps homeowners see potential in solar energy

rooftop solar energy

Cambridge Solar Tool launched to raise awareness of solar energy A new online tool has been developed to help residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, understand the benefits of adopting solar energy. Residential solar energy has been gaining popularity in recent months due to the quickly dropping cost of solar technologies and equipment. Homeowners are finding it easier to install solar panels and other system on their property, but many are still unconvinced of the benefits of solar energy. Thus, the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with…

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