Nanosilicon rapidly splits water without light, heat, or electricity
Study supports role of quantum effects in photosynthesis
Nanocrystals and nickel catalyst substantially improve light-based hydrogen production
Hydrogen is an attractive fuel source because it can easily be converted into electric energy and gives off no greenhouse emissions. A group of chemists at the University of Rochester is adding to its appeal ...
Folding light: Wrinkles and twists boost power from solar panels
Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to significantly increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.
Chemists develop liquid-based hydrogen storage material
University of Oregon chemists have developed a boron-nitrogen-based liquid-phase storage material for hydrogen that works safely at room temperature and is both air- and moisture-stable -- an accomplishment ...
Teaching algae to make fuel
Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free ...
US energy use chart shows we waste more than half of our energy
Discovery paves way for development of efficient, inexpensive plastic solar cells
Physicists at Rutgers University have discovered new properties in a material that could result in efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells for pollution-free electricity production.
Start-up company aims to harness the full potential of producing electricity from waste heat
Peppers may increase energy expenditure in people trying to lose weight
Imagine your delight while enjoying your favorite Mexican food - perhaps a fully loaded bean burrito topped with an ample supply of thinly sliced jalepeno peppers. What happens when you bite into a few more peppers than you ...
Stanford researchers find electrical current stemming from plants
In an electrifying first, Stanford scientists have plugged in to algae cells and harnessed a tiny electric current. They found it at the very source of energy production - photosynthesis, a plant's method of converting sunlight ...
Catalyst could power homes on a bottle of water, produce hydrogen on-site (w/ Video)
Cheaper solar panels fuel rise in renewable energy
A dramatic drop in the price of solar power technology last year helped the continued growth of renewable energy, according to a U.N.-backed report published Wednesday.
Wind power blows into Africa
Giant turbines churning in the wind are a rare sight in Africa—but that will not be the case for long. Until now the meagre amounts of investment in African wind energy have predominantly come from governments ...