BMW i8

Electric Cars – Plug in hybrid models

Continued from Part one and part two 14. BMW i8 The BMW i8 is a plug in electric vehicle and has a B38 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine. Two electric motors provide the vroom. Vital Statistics14 CO2 emission 49 (g/km) 0-100 (s) 4.4 Top speed 250km/h Max speed in electric mode 120km/h Electric range 37 km Full charge 2-2.5 hrs   15. Honda Accord The Honda Accord is very popular in America due to it being spacious and heavy vehicle.40

Perovskite mineral

Curtains for fossil fuel soon, Enter Perovskites

Perovskite is what a particular mineral crystal structure is known as in scientific lingo. Mostly this is a calcium titanium trioxide mineral. The history of Perovskite being used for solar applications starts in 2009 but couldn’t get popular because of the low efficiencies, a perennial problem that plagues the solar industry. The only significant environmental impact of such solar cells is the usage of lead but this problem might just have got solved because researchers from Northwestern University have developed40

Solar photovoltaic

University of Illinois Researchers Establish another Solar Cell Record

As per reports, scientists working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technology for increasing efficiency of solar cell systems. The research work used a printing process to assemble tiny cells into multilayer stacks for extraordinary levels of photovoltaic conversion efficiency. “A few simple ideas in materials science and device assembly allow us to bypass many of the limitations of traditional photovoltaic technologies,” explained John Rogers, part of the research group. This research could someday pave40

Solar photovoltaic

Researchers at University of Arkansas establish new Solar Efficiency Record

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have succeeded in achieving the highest efficiency ever in a 9 millimetre-squared solar cell made of gallium arsenide. A conversion efficiency of 14 percent was achieved after coating the tiny cells with a thin layer of zinc oxide. A small array of these cells can generate sufficient energy for small light-emitting diodes and other devices. The cells can also be easily be arranged in large arrays of panels in order to harness power for40

Battery

New technology could allow batteries to last as long as 50 years

Researchers have invented a new battery that can pave the way towards creating batteries that could last much longer than previously thought possible. A team of researchers at US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have challenged a long-held assumption that a battery’s three main components – the positive cathode, negative anode and ion-conducting electrolyte – can play only one role each in the device. As per the study that has been published in the Journal of the40

Solar photovoltaic

Solar Cell Makes New Efficiency Record

A new record for solar efficiency has been established in Germany.  Four solar sub cells were used that resulted in a new record efficiency of 44.7%. This might just be the technology that is needed to break solar efficiency barriers and usher in a new era of highly efficient solar cells. Earlier, German-French team of Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin had also succeeded in creating a solar cell with 43.6% efficiency. Solar cells are frequently used40

Solar photovoltaic

Trina Solar Limited Develops New High Efficiency Solar Module

As per a press release by Trina Solar Limited, the firm has developed a record-breaking, high-efficiency Honey Ultra solar module. Trina Solar’s Honey Ultra monocrystalline silicon module reached a new record of 326.3W and has been independently certified by TUV Rheinland. This is a new world record for p-type monocrystalline silicon modules. Honey Ultra marks the second generation of Trina Solar’s Honey module technology and this new high-efficiency record significantly extends the previous milestone of 284.7W attained by Trina Solar’s40

Ethanol Molecule- 3D View

Ethanol Production without plants

Stanford University scientists have stumbled upon a new revolutionary method to produce ethanol from carbon monoxide (CO). This could pave the way for eco-friendly fuel production that can serve as an alternative to conventional ethanol that is usually produced from corn and other agricultural crops, as per reports by Stanford News Service.  The results were published in the journal Nature. “We have discovered the first metal catalyst that can produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide at room temperature40