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Hydrogen fuel from water by harnessing red and near-infrared regions of sunlight

17 November, 2017
Science Daily
Scientists have synthesized a compound that absorbs near-infrared light to produce hydrogen from water. The compound contains three ruthenium atoms connected by an organic molecule. The absorbed light stimulates electrons to 'jump' into orbitals that do not exist in other, similar compounds. This is ...

Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification

15 November, 2017
Science Daily
Engineers have found that porous types of wood from trees like poplar and pine can greatly increase the efficiency of water-to-steam conversion under sunlight. The findings could be used in a simple and inexpensive biodegradable device for water purification.

Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics: Light absorption can be enhanced by up to 200 percent

14 November, 2017
Science Daily
Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectrum far better than smooth surfaces. Researchers have now succeeded in transferring these nanostructures ...

How understanding photosynthesis informs solar energy, materials science, nanotechnology and photonics

13 November, 2017
Science Daily
Scientists explore new methods to capitalize on Nature's light-harvesting secrets. Their new study outlines the design of a synthetic system for energy gathering, conversion and transport that may point the way to innovations in solar energy, materials science, nanotechnology and photonics.

The world's largest BiOPV installation completed in France

17 November, 2017
Solar News
ENGIE, Heliatek and the Departement of Charentes Maritimes officially inaugurated the world's largest BiOPV installation on a roof.

Government of Wallonia of Belgium Commits €1 Million to IRENA

16 November, 2017
Solar News
The Government of Wallonia of Belgium has committed €1 million to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as part of the Government’s support of renewable energy as a key pillar of international climate efforts.

A world in transformation: IEA-World Energy Outlook 2017

14 November, 2017
Solar News
The resurgence in oil and gas production from the United States, deep declines in the cost of renewables and growing electrification are changing the face of the global energy system and upending traditional ways of meeting energy demand, according to the World Energy Outlook 2017 of the International ...