Capturing 'invisible' light from the sun to produce power
Most solar power devices are made from silicon, which cannot respond to light less energetic than the near infrared. So some parts of the light spectrum are going unused when it comes to solar power. But clever researchers at UNSW in Australia have worked out how to combine semiconductor quantum dots to absorb low energy light with molecular oxygen to transfer light to organic molecules - making it possible for normal silicon devices to operate.
Non-recylable end of life plastic is an under -utilised resource that is currently treated as a costly and challenging waste management issue, often dealt with through incineration or landfill. The thermal conversion chamber which operates in the absence of oxygen, so there is no burning as the plastics gasify. The synthetic gas can then be used for power generation or as a fuel in its own right (ie. hydrogen).https://www.powerhouseenergy.co.uk/technology/
Tesla’s iconic cybertruck considers a retractable solar panel that can boost its power for longer range. R&D has been improving the efficiency and durability of solar pv. There are works around flexibility solar material and even solar paint. Maybe the era of solar car might never come but solar technology makes EV possible with with cheap and clean fuel. So is solar/electric hybrid the way to go for countries like Australia?