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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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National Grid has announced plans for a £10 million trial project to test if hydrogen can heat homes in the UK and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industry.The plan is to build a hydrogen test facility at Spadeadam in Cumbria – the project, which will be delivered by the risk management and energy group DNV GL with support provided by the independent regulator HSE Science Division, Durham University and the University of Edinburgh, will involve using retired assets to create a network where hydrogen will be tested at transmission pressures, to assess how the equipment performs.For this development, the electricity...

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More than one thousand locations in the UK are still breaching air pollution limits.That’s according to Friends of the Earth, which shows 1,360 sites across England exceeded the annual air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide levels.The research attributes the leading cause of nitrogen dioxide pollution to emissions from road traffic.Although the recent data shows an improvement compared to last year’s report, which found 1,591 British locations breaching limits, there is still a staggering number of locations exceeding the limits with some places showing levels of exposure which reach up to 144% above the annual average air target.The ten areas with...

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