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Just last year, Scotland missed its target of generating 100% renewable energy for its power demand. (Image Credit: Kai Alyssa Bossom/Unsplash)   Example for the whole world? In 2020, Scotland nearly met its target of generating 100% renewable energy for its power demand. According to new figures, the country managed to produce 97.4% of its electricity from renewables. That target was set in 2011 when Scotland's power demand reached 37% from renewables. Industry body Scottish Renewables sta ...
Researchers were surprised how well these solar cells worked in greenhouses. These new solar panels can generate power without affecting crops. (Photo from mustafagull/E+/Getty Images)   Greenhouses are a more efficient and reliable way to produce corps. They even offer more growth cycles per year. But one of the drawbacks is increased room temperature from insolation. While it can be beneficial in cold weather, it can result in overheating during warm months. Solar panels can help with th ...
The new material only takes 182 GPa of pressure to become superconductive at room temperature. The material is built on the research team’s previous findings on superconductive material. (Photo by D. Smith/Argonne National Laboratory; R. Dias/University of Rochester)   Scientists have been looking to create room-temperature superconductors for a long time. The material is ideal for building cooler electronics and would increase the efficiency of the electricity grid. But the search h ...
The Vishay microBUCK eval kit, which was a price I won during the 5 Things to Know About Buck Regulators (Winners Announced: Win a Buck Regulator EV Board for Asking Questions!) webinar, arrived today. YAY. I had to pay import duty, as the board came from the UK and the paperwork was labeled as a regular invoice. UPS processing fee was higher than the duty itself, but it is OK, the board is definitely worth it.   It is a nifty little board featuring the SIC461 wide input voltage, high eff ...
The solar panel could beam energy down to remote locations. (Image Credit: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)   Pentagon scientists have successfully tested a 12-inch solar panel in space. The prototype is designed for future systems capable of harvesting solar energy, converting it into electricity, and beaming it to any location on Earth.  The panel, called Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module (PRAM), was launched on May 17th, 2020, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle ...
Topaz solar farm in California. (Image Credit: NASA Landsat)   Is nothing in power generation good for the environment?   Some deserts in the world could have one key advantage: harvesting solar energy. Deserts are massive, silicon abundant, flat, and full of sunlight. Ten of the world’s largest solar plants are found in deserts or dry regions. However, some issues need to be considered.   The solar panels’ black surface absorbs most of the sunlight, but only 15% ...

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