A solar tarp could be a practical way to deliver electricity to those who need it

Solar Tarp - Solar energy technology - solar panels

Flexible solar panels could be just as efficient as traditional solar panels. A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are working on a way to develop a “solar tarp;” flexible solar panels that would be as efficient as a silicon solar panel but also lightweight, thin and bendable. Solar panels are not always a viable option for certain parts of the world. Developing this solar tarp could mean that the many parts of the world that currently do not have regular electricity, would benefit from…

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Research team finds new way to affordably produce hydrogen fuel

Micromotors have been used to generate hydrogen in an efficient manner Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, have successfully used micromotors to catalyze a reaction that has produced pure hydrogen from a salt solution. This work could eventually lead to the development of affordable and safer hydrogen fuel storage systems. These systems could be used by fuel cell vehicles, which may become a more common sight on the roadways of the United States and other countries in the coming years. Process uses sodium borohydride to produce hydrogen fuel…

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New hydrogen storage research leads to development of promising materials

USCD engineers may have found a way to efficiently and safely store hydrogen. Researchers at University of California, San Diego have developed new ceramic materials for hydrogen storage that have been created using a blend of barium hexaboride, calcium hexaboride and strontium. These compounds could be manufactured at lower costs compared to traditional methods. The ceramics manufacturing process is not as complex and is faster than standard methods that are used for producing these kinds of materials. Professor Olivia Graeve from the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD said, “We…

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