New report refutes 33 false claims about solar, wind and electric vehicles

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Achieving the United States’ ambitious emissions reduction goals depends in large part on the rapid adoption of wind and solar energy and the electrification of consumer vehicles. However, misinformation and coordinated disinformation about renewable energy is widespread and threatens to undermine public support for the transition. In a new report, the […]

Scientists achieve high efficiency all-polymer solar cells through pincer-shaped, non-covalent bond interactions

Pincer-shaped non-covalent bond interactions for efficient photovoltaics performance and mechanical stability. Credit: Wang Jianxiao In the thriving photovoltaic industry, all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs) are gaining attention for their mechanical flexibility, lightweight design, and ability to be printed at low temperatures. However, the complex molecular structures of the polymer materials in all-PSCs pose challenges in controlling […]

World will amass ‘major’ oil surplus by 2030: IEA

The IEA warned oil companies to be ‘prepared for the changes taking place’ The world is likely to have a major surplus of oil by 2030 as production is ramped up while the clean energy transition tempers demand, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. Global demand is expected to “level off” at 106 million barrels […]

Researchers focus on essentials, addressing inherent issues of solid-state batteries

Enabling high energy density ultra-thin lithium metal solid-state batteries. Credit: POSTECH In facing life’s many challenges, we often opt for complex approaches to finding solutions. Yet, upon closer examination, the answers are often simpler than we expect, rooted in the core “essence” of the issue. This approach was demonstrated by a research team at Pohang […]

The audacious plan to seed a global green hub in Namibia’s desert

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Early in May, King Philippe of Belgium was on the edge of the Namib desert to inaugurate a project that aims to help decarbonize European industry, and which might just enable one of Africa’s smallest economies to hit the clean-energy big time. It was a humble start for such grand designs, […]

Ammonia-fueled marine engine cuts CO₂ emissions by 50%

MW-class demonstration LNG-ammonia dual-fuel marine engine in KR TCC. Credit: Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) MW-class marine engine combustion technology that uses ammonia—a future renewable energy source—as fuel will be applied on-site for the first time in Korea. A ship engine fueled by ammonia is expected to accelerate its competitiveness in the global […]

Hydrogen, the net-zero hero?

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Green hydrogen could transform our energy system and solve many supply and emissions challenges. Whether this happens will depend on how economically it can be produced and how attractive it will be to consumers. Among the promising technologies for powering a net-zero future, hydrogen is a bit of an outlier. While […]

Study explores ice-based electricity generation

Cell construction. Top row from left: (A) Prototype cell from water ice showing the top electrode affixed to a wooden frame. (B) Wooden forms for fabricating the top cells. Forms were sanded and painted (high-gloss, two coats) inside to promote removal. Bottom row from left: (C) Freezing the top cell layers in wooden forms, for […]

Swiss approve law boosting renewable energy generation

The Swiss government wants to use a new climate bill to boost wind and solar power’s current miniscule contribution to Switzerland’s energy mix. Switzerland approved a law on Sunday aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energies, as part of the country’s bid to attain carbon neutrality by 2050. Official results showed that just under […]

Cryptocurrencies use massive amounts of power, but eco-friendly alternatives come with their own risks

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain As the urgency of climate change ramps up, focus is increasing on digital currencies to address their environmental impact. According to industry forecasts, the global cryptocurrency market is expected to surge to US$4.94 billion by 2030. But the process of mining digital currencies such as Bitcoin requires immense computational power—causing a […]

Swiss vote on renewable energy plan for 2050 carbon neutrality

Wind turbines have been installed on Mont Soleil mountain in the Jura range. Swiss voters were expected to approve in a referendum Sunday a law aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energy as the country aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. According to the final opinion polls published in May, 73 percent of voters […]

Developing efficient anode catalysts for direct ammonia solid oxide fuel cells

Synthesis and utilization of green ammonia. Credit: Frontiers in Energy (2024). DOI: 10.1007/s11708-024-0948-2 The quest for efficient and clean energy sources has led to the exploration of ammonia as a hydrogen carrier due to its high hydrogen content, energy density, and ease of liquefaction. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are highly efficient electrochemical devices that […]

Scientists propose converting natural gas into hydrogen directly in gas fields

The process of hydrogen production from gas fields. Credit: Mukhina et al. / Fuel, 2024 Skoltech researchers have found a way to produce hydrogen from natural gas with 45% efficiency right in the gas field by injecting steam and a catalyst into a well and adding oxygen to ignite the gas. Catalyst-assisted combustion produces a […]

Scientists convert chicken fat into energy storage devices

Graphical abstract. Credit: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2024). DOI: 10.1021/acsami.4c02753 The global move toward more sustainable, green energy has increased power reserves and the demand for energy storage devices. Unfortunately, some materials for these devices can be expensive and environmentally problematic. Producing alternative energy storage devices from things that are usually thrown away could […]

Making batteries takes lots of lithium: Almost half of it could come from Pennsylvania wastewater

Map of study area showing the Marcellus shale extent, well locations using in decline curve analysis (DCA), PW samples used in this study, and previous USGS sample locations. Credit: Scientific Reports (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-58887-x Most batteries used in technology like smartwatches and electric cars are made with lithium that travels across the world before even […]

First transatlantic sustainable aviation fuel flight saved 95 metric tons of CO₂, results show

Graphical abstract. Credit: Environmental Science & Technology (2022). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c05781 Findings from the Virgin Atlantic-led Flight100 project, which involved a consortium of experts from Imperial College London, University of Sheffield, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BP, and others, show that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is safe to use with existing infrastructure and can deliver significant reductions in CO2 […]

How Duluth, Minnesota, is preparing for the EV future

An electric vehicle charger stands ready in Duluth, Minnesota. Credit: Lora Wedge, Ecolibrium3 Nearly 33 million electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide—that is the number of vehicles the United States should be prepared to support through a national charging network by the year 2030, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimated in a recent study. […]

Manganese sprinkled with iridium reduces need for rare metal without altering rate of green hydrogen production

Scanning electon microscope image of the sunthesized iridium oxide (D) and scanning translission electron microscope images of the iridium (bright spots) dispersed on manganese oxide electrodeposided on a corrosion-resistant platinum-coated titanium mesh (E,F,G). Credit: RIKEN As the world is transitioning from a fossil fuel-based energy economy, many are betting on hydrogen to become the dominant […]

Tackling climate change with social science

Behavioural scientist Danie Nillson is helping to empower Australians to make more informed choices. Credit: CSIRO Tackling the climate challenge is requiring everyone to change the way we think about our homes, our lifestyles, and our investments. Australians are embracing the energy transition, with rooftop solar now contributing 11.2% of Australia’s electricity supply. We recently […]

Scientists determine disorder improves lithium-ion battery life

The improved structural stability almost doubled the battery’s capacity retention after 200 charging/discharging cycles. Credit: Roy Borghouts Fotografie What determines the cycle life of batteries? And, more importantly, how can we extend it? An international research team led by TU Delft has discovered that local disorder in the oxide cathode material increases the number of […]

Lab’s AI work results in increased revenue, decreased land requirements for wind power industry

Nationwide modeling of wind power innovation impact potential. Credit: Nature Energy (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-024-01516-8 The wind industry could benefit from the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to design and deploy wind plants, according to an article in Nature Energy written by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The researchers […]

A low-energy process for high-performance solar cells could simplify the manufacturing process

Graphical abstract. Credit: Joule (2024). DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2024.04.002 Finding reliable, eco-friendly power sources is crucial as our world grapples with increasing energy needs and the urgent call to combat climate change. Solar energy offers one solution, with scientists devising ever more efficient materials for capturing sunlight. Perovskite solar cells have emerged as a promising alternative to […]

Chemists present roadmap to a carbon-neutral refinery by 2050

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Would it be possible to build a refinery that is completely fossil-free, and thereby significantly contributing to a carbon-neutral society by as early as 2050? According to two chemists from Utrecht University it is. In a Nature article, they present a roadmap in which oil refineries could be reinvented to be […]

Researchers identify cause of electron-hole separation in thin-film solar cells to increase solar cell efficiency

Sample preparations and FIB etched samples. (A) Sample preparation procedures of the flexible CZTSSe device and FIB-etched samples. Credit: Carbon Energy (2024). DOI: 10.1002/cey2.434 A team of researchers have collaborated to characterize electron-hole separation in the light-absorbing layer of kesterite thin-film solar cells. This study is expected to improve the efficiency of solar cells and […]

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