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More work and effort is needed to communicate what is a complex field -- this is vital if governments are to be motivated by informed public opinion to make some of the hard decisions we are facing in meeting our growing energy demand in a sustainable way.
-Nigel Brandon, ICL


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RESEARCH

Bugs inspire better solar cell coatings

Form microscopic pillars on a glass surface and you have a solar cell top layer that cuts glare and keeps itself clean. [more]

RESEARCH

Plant-inspired molecule boosts water splitting

Copy part of an enzyme that plants use in photosynthesis and wrap it in a plastic used in fuel cells, and you have a catalyst that extracts oxygen from water. [more]

RESEARCH

Nano mesh conducts better

Mix the right chemicals in a vapor and you get a flexible semiconducting nanoscale mesh that could be used to extract hydrogen from water. [more]

RESEARCH

Light trap boosts solar cells

Turn direct sunlight into diffuse light in a solar cell and you boost the intensity of the light, which increases the cell's efficiency. [more]

RESEARCH

Textured mirror limits light loss

Bundle microscopic glass fibers into a sheet of glass and selectively etch some of the fibers with chemicals and you have a mirror with a microscopically textured surface. [more]

RESEARCH

Semiconductors stand out for getting more out of light

Get a single photon to knock loose more than one electron in a solar cell and you get more electricity for the same amount of sunlight. [more]

Q & A

Imperial College London's Nigel Brandon

Whole-systems energy research, solid-oxide fuel cells, energy demand and research budgets. [more]

FUNDING

DOE readies clean energy tech for market

The US Department of Energy has budgeted up to $7 million to seven of its national laboratories for clean energy technology commercialization. [more]

STARTUPS & SPINOFFS

Algae research spawns biofuel startups

A pair of startups aim to commercialize university research in algae-based biofuels. [more]


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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

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Are we too late?

Can we convert our energy system from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources in time to avoid ecological and economic disaster? [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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