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Novel Perovskite Solar Cell Could Rival Silicon [Video]

Novel Perovskite Solar Cell Could Rival Silicon [Video]

A new design for solar cells that uses inexpensive, commonly available materials could rival and even outperform conventional cells made of silicon. Scientists have used tin and other abundant elements to create novel forms of perovskite—a photovoltaic crystalline material that’s thinner, more flexible, and easier to manufacture than silicon crystals. “Perovskite semiconductors have shown great promise

The Supreme Court saves the smart grid, but more battles loom

Seth Blumsack, Pennsylvania State University In a surprising 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a controversial energy conservation rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that regulates interstate electricity sales. The rule was one of those arcane pieces of federal policy so complex that even attorneys arguing for and against had difficulty

Will the Supreme Court Kill the Smart Grid?

Seth Blumsack, Pennsylvania State University On April 30, Tesla’s Elon Musk took the stage in California to introduce the company’s Powerwall battery energy storage system, which he hopes will revolutionize the dormant market for household and utility-scale batteries. A few days later, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case during its fall