Solar and other renewables have made some strong progress towards decarbonisation, but there is still more to be done. Between 2008 and 2019, power emissions fell by 68%, helping to drive a general 30% reduction in territorial emissions according to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2020 Progress Report. This has been helped by the dramatic fall in the cost of solar PV, falling by 82% since 2010. Additionally, the price of batteries have fallen by over 80% during this period, helping to compliment solar by adding more stability to the intermittent generation.
Solar Power Portal 25th June 2020 read more »
Hundreds of council homes in Brighton could switch to solar power in a bid to have their fuel bills cut and improve area’s air quality. The local authority says the upgrade to 500 households could help residents cut energy bills by up to £150 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 300 tonnes every year. The scheme will see solar panels being installed on the roof of each home, which will provide tenants free electricity whenever the panels are generating power. Any surplus electricity generated will be exported to the national grid.
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Funding, awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will help researchers develop ‘Molecular Photonic Breadboards’, organic molecular materials that it is hoped will enable highly efficient capture and transport of light energy. There has long been interest in using carbon molecular materials in these optoelectronic devices because they can be produced in low-energy processes from abundant, inexpensive materials. However, a fundamental barrier has been poor control over the transport of light energy in these materials. Solar cells are powered by silicon semiconductors absorbing sunlight and converting that sunlight into electricity. For organic materials to match the efficiency of silicon, scientists need to control the behaviour of excitons, formed when light is absorbed by molecules, much more effectively.
Sheffield University 26th June 2020 read more »