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Amonix Sets New World Record for Solar Panel Efficiency

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, energy, protection, solar )

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Amonix, a solar manufacturer based in California, has been focusing on pushing the efficiency of solar modules to new levels. The company specializes in concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems - basically solar power enhanced by using mirrors and lenses

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Kit B (276)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 11:48 am

This is fantastic, and much better output than anyone has shown in capacity. Now we need new grids to transport the energy to users. Our current system is not only old but terribly inefficient, too much is lost from source to end user.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:34 pm
Great to read Cher.

Christeen A (369)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:47 pm
Thank you for sharing this information.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:59 pm
noted thanks.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 1:29 pm
Great news. Thanks Cher

. (0)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 2:48 pm
Wait until they get a look at what Nano solar can do.

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 4:47 pm
The future is not in concentrated but in decentralised systems - every roof is a potential powerplant. The new function of the grid is to make that viable by feeding in and out of individual homes.

Eugene C (3)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:42 pm
Fabulous! Solar is the way forward.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 31, 2012, 2:06 am
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Past Member (0)
Monday December 31, 2012, 3:59 am
Good news, but they still have a way to go.

Carol H (229)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:55 pm
noted, thanks

Alice C (1797)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:59 am
Discovery Opens Door to Efficiently Storing and Reusing Renewable Energy
Mar. 28, 2013 Two University of Calgary researchers have developed a ground-breaking way to make new affordable and efficient catalysts for converting electricity into chemical energy.
Their technology opens the door to homeowners and energy companies being able to easily store and reuse solar and wind power. Such energy is clean and renewable, but it's available only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.
The research by Curtis Berlinguette and Simon Trudel, both in the chemistry department in the Faculty of Science, has just been published in the journal Science.
"This breakthrough offers a relatively cheaper method of storing and reusing electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels," says Curtis Berlinguette, associate professor of chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Energy Conversion.
"Our work represents a critical step for realizing a large-scale, clean energy economy," adds Berlinguette, who's also director of the university's Centre for Advanced Solar Materials.
Simon Trudel, assistant professor of chemistry, says their work "opens up a whole new field of how to make catalytic materials. We now have a large new arena for discovery."
The pair have patented their technology and created from their university research a spin-off company, FireWater Fuel Corp., to commercialize their electrocatalysts for use in electrolyzers.
Electrolyzer devices use catalysts to drive a chemical reaction that converts electricity into chemical energy by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen fuels. These fuels can then be stored and re-converted to electricity for use whenever wanted.
The only byproduct from such a 'green' energy system is water, which can be recycled through the system. To store and provide renewable power to a typical house would require an electrolyzer about the size of a beer fridge, containing a few litres of water and converting hydrogen to electricity with virtually no emissions, the researchers say.
Key to their discovery is that they deviated from conventional thinking about catalysts, which typically are made from rare, expensive and toxic metals in a crystalline structure.
Instead, Berlinguette and Trudel turned to simpler production methods for catalysts. This involved using abundant metal compounds or oxides (including iron oxide or 'rust') to create mixed metal oxide catalysts having a disordered or amorphous, structure.
Laboratory tests -- reported in their Science paper -- show their new catalysts perform as well or better than expensive catalysts now on the market, yet theirs cost 1,000 times less.
Their research was supported by the university's Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, Alberta Innovates, Mitacs and FireWater Fuel Corp.
FireWater Fuel Corp. expects to have a commercial product in the current large-scale electrolyzer market in 2014, and a prototype electrolyzer -- using their new catalysts -- ready by 2015 for testing in a home.
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