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Recycling old batteries into solar cells

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries—a potential source of lead pollution—into new, long-lasting solar panels ...

Aug 18, 2014
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Big beats bolster solar cell efficiency

(Phys.org) —Playing pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.

Nov 06, 2013
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Creating simpler, cheaper solar cells

Over the last four years, solar cells made from materials called perovskites have reached efficiencies that other technologies took decades to achieve, but until recently no-one quite knew why.

Nov 13, 2013
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Getting more electricity out of solar cells

(Phys.org) —When sunlight shines on today's solar cells, much of the incoming energy is given off as waste heat rather than electrical current. In a few materials, however, extra energy produces extra electrons—behavior ...

May 07, 2014
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Engineering team designs 'living materials'

Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving ...

Mar 23, 2014
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