A view inside of the
RIR-MAPLE chamber after the thin-film deposition process is over. None of the
original frozen solution is left in the centre, as it has all been vaporized to
coat the bottom of the target hanging above
Unlike the inorganic solar cells widely used today, organics can be made of inexpensive, flexible carbon-based materials like plastic. Manufacturers could churn out rolls of them in a variety of colors and configurations, to be laminated unobtrusively into almost any surface. Photo by Robert Coelius.
A scanning electron miscroscope photograph shows the pyramid-like
nanostructures engraved onto glass: at 200nm they are 100 times smaller
than a human hair. Controlling the surface morphology at the nanoscale
allows scientists to tailor how the glass interacts with liquids and
light with high precision.
Corporations signed a record volume of power purchase agreements, or
PPAs, for green energy in 2017. The increase in activity was driven by
sustainability initiatives and the increasing cost-competitiveness of
renewables, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in a new
report on corporate procurement activity globally.
Mercom Capital Group, a clean energy research and communications firm, has released a report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the
Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2017.
A type of battery first invented
nearly five decades ago could catapult to the forefront of energy
storage technologies, thanks to a new finding by researchers at MIT. Illustration modified from an original image by Felice Frankel