Tag Archives: Solar panels

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

Wadstock/Shutterstock Zhengyao Lu, Lund University and Benjamin Smith, Western Sydney University The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have. Deserts are spacious, relatively flat, rich in silicon – the raw material for the semiconductors from which solar cells are made — …

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Solar panels capture more sunlight with capsaicin – the chemical that makes chili peppers spicy

ViktoriyaFivko/Shutterstock Jon Major, University of Liverpool Here’s some news hot off the press. Researchers have found a secret ingredient for making solar panels that absorb the sun’s energy more efficiently. Depending on what you like to eat, there’s a good chance you can find it at home. Capsaicin, the chemical that gives chili peppers their spicy sting, also improves perovskite …

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