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Researchers have achieved an efficiency record for transparent solar cells, paving the way for skyscraper windows to serve as power sources. A team from the University of Michigan used an organic, carbon-based design to transform sunlight into electricity with an efficiency rate of 8.1 per cent. Commercial solar cells, which are typically made using silicon rather than carbon, tend to have an efficiency rate of between 14 and 19 per cent. "Windows, which are on the face of every building, are an ideal location for organic solar cells because they offer something silicon can't, which is a combination of very high...

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Japanese engineers are hoping to build wind turbines that can withstand the world’s worst typhoons, generating power even in the midst of a natural disaster. Mariel Robedizo Engranes was 15 when Typhoon Haiyan hit. She was living in her hometown of Dolores, Eastern Samar, in eastern Philippines. The country regularly experiences typhoons but Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, was extraordinary. It arrived on 8 November 2013, and it was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. “Before 6am, I heard my mum shouting and screaming,” Engranes remembers of the morning that Yolanda struck. “I noticed...

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Third of the global car sales will be electric by 2030.That’s the suggestion from the latest Deloitte report, which estimates around 31.1 million electric vehicles (EVs) will hit the streets globally by the end of the decade.The research notes total EV sales will reach 2.5 million worldwide in 2020 despite Covid-19 disruption.Based on an annual growth rate of 29%, the report forecasts EVs will be 11.2 million in 2025 and 31.1 million by 2030 – at this milestone, fully electric vehicles will account for 81% of all new EVs sold.Deloitte’s analysis has also found 50% of UK consumers would consider...

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