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New photosynthesis-mimicking technology could enable round-the-clock solar power without batteries

Developed by chemists at UCLA, a new photosynthesis-like technology is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks without the use of batteries. The advance, detailed in the journal Science, could change the way we think about photovoltaic cells and energy storage. Sarah Tolbert, a senior researcher on the project, said the new […]

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Major advance in artificial photosynthesis uses sunshine to create fossil fuel analogs




A major breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions and convert them into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even liquid fuels. Developed by scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley, the system uses […]




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Solar toilet locks-in greenhouse gases, increases crop yields




Developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a self-contained, waterless, solar-powered toilet heats human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilize it and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal used to both increase crop yields and sequester carbon dioxide. The inventors, from the University of Colorado Boulder, say the revolutionary thunderbox […]




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Novel solar cells utilize light’s magnetic properties




Light has electric and magnetic components but scientists had always believed the effects of the magnetic field to be insignificant. Now, however, University of Michigan researchers have found that under the right circumstances, light can generate magnetic effects that are 100 million times stronger than previously expected, making magnetic solar cells a possibility. “You could […]




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