A team of Australian researchers are claiming a world first in a global race to develop cheaper, more flexible and more efficient solar panels after their experimental cell passed a series of heat and humidity tests.
Using a type of crystal material known as perovskite, the group found that a simple glass andsynthetic rubbercoating around the cell was enough to stop it from degrading too quickly.
Mostly based at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, the 14 scientists have published their work in the leading journalScience.
Research teams around the world are working with different formulations of the perovskite crystals – seen as a potential game-changer for the solar industry.
Under development since 2017, this liquid metal battery (LMB) is about to be let loose on the globe. Consisting of 3 liquid layers; 2 of molten metals and a middle layer of molten salts. The system is self-heating and insulated, but contains no combustible materials - so they can't burn. And they retain all of their charge capacity for at least 5000 cycles (think decades, not years). Modular, safer and cheaper than lithium-ion batteries. https://ambri.com/technology/