Australian researchers ahead in global race to build better solar panels
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.
Elon Musk is calling the best minds around the globe to take the challenge of reversing global warming - sucking carbon dioxide out of the air (direct air capture) and store it underground (carbon storage) or repurpose into valuable products (carbon utilisation). Will we see a Team Australia bidding for the prize? https://www.xprize.org/prizes/elonmusk
Carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) make up a large proportion of industrial flue gases. Recent research has shown that certain microorganisms are capable of metabolizing these gases into useful by-products, turning the emissions into a useful feedstock, not a waste product.This article in ScienceDaily discusses new research into a bioelectrosynthetic process in which electroactive bacteria convert CO/CO2 into useful metabolites like acetate and volatile fatty acids. Furthermore this new research may deliver a commercially viable Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) option within 5 years. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210217175151.htm