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In the first breakthrough, scientists discovered a way to convert invisible light into high energy light. The other breakthrough allows for the production of more efficient, less costly solar panels. (Image Credit: pixabay)   Scientists have discovered two major breakthroughs in solar cell technology, enabling them to use invisible light from the sun to generate electricity. These new discoveries make the conversion cheaper and more efficient. The breakthroughs were published in Nature En ...
I got a preview of a light harvesting kit from Epishine and element14. Check my intro here. In this post, I try to analyse the ways of working. I don't have a schematic.It's based on google-research.         There are 3 main modules: the photovoltaic cell to turn light into electric energy energy harvesting IC with a super cap to collect and store the energy a variable buck regulator for the output voltage   Solar Cell: Epishine LEH3_50x50_6  The largest p ...
CAISO connects the largest battery to the power grid CAISO connected the largest battery storage in the US to California’s power grid, adding 62.5 megawatts of capacity to the grid. (Image Credit: Matthew Henry, Unsplash)   The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) connected the largest battery storage in the US to California’s power grid in June. It added 62.5 megawatts of storage interconnection to the ISO grid when the initial phase of LS Power Group’s Gate ...
I got a preview of a light harvesting kit from Epishine and element14. It's a combination of a flexible solar cell and a energy collection circuit. I haven't used products from Epishine before and I'm not affiliated. I'm going to review the kit with open mind (and high excitement). I've reviewed microcontroller circuits that are designed to use harvested energy. This is the first time I have a power circuit that specialises in harvesting energy.   The Evaluation Kit  The kit is name ...
A team of researchers in Singapore found a way to make smartphones batteries last almost forever?   Smartphones improved our lives in countless ways since their introduction. However, their numerous functions created a new concern for users: the life of the battery. Some of the causes of rapid energy depletion in smartphones include the processor, the length of screen activity, and, more importantly, the exchange of data. Indeed, the beauty of having a smartphone is that it can perform some ...
Professor Aguey Zinsou holds up the metal materials that could store hydrogen in a solid-state. (Image Credit: Janie Barrett)   Using low-cost hydrogen storage to power homes and businesses may soon become a reality if new technology makes a quick transition from the lab. Researchers at the University of NSW in Australia have developed metal alloys that can store excess electricity in the form of hydrogen at a less costly price than lithium batteries.   "You can call me an alchemist ...
The chitin ingredient found in shrimp shells has been used by researchers at MIT to develop new electrode components for vanadium flow batteries. (Image Credit: Arina Ertman, Unsplash)   Poor shrimps… about to harvested more than ever. The modern world is mostly dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Still, when it comes to renewable energy, scientists think there is a lot of potential in a novel alternative called vanadium flow batteries. Researchers at MIT have extracted chitin from ...
Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd created a new battery for electric vehicles that will take the electric cars sector to new heights. Sign of CATL in front of company building. (Image credit: CATL)   The most important part, and the source of anxiety in buyers, of electric vehicles is the battery. Many companies have been competing to put on the market an electric vehicle with the longest-lasting battery. The issue is that the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) is expensive to produce a ...