All Sustainable energy articles – Page 3

  • Scientist in a lab showing a model of a conducting polymer
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    Faces of Chemistry: solarcasts

    In association with The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh

    Find out more about ground-breaking solar technology in this series of interviews with researchers from The Solar Spark.

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    Ri Christmas Lectures® 2012: Climate Change

    A resource on Climate Change and the Hydrogen Economy, supported by video clips from the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures ® 2012. Video: The Hydrogen Economy - Energy from Water? video Video: The Hydrogen Economy - Splitting Water with a ...

  • Outline of India in colours of flag with wind turbines and solar panels on top
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    The impact of solar power

    In association with The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh

    Think about the benefits of solar power and the impact it can have on people’s lives.

  • Solar cell connected in a circuit to small LED lights and a switch
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    Solar cells and circuits

    In association with The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh

    Explore how to set up an electrical circuit containing solar cells and how connecting them in different ways will produce different results.

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    Solar cell in a drinking straw

    In association with The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh

    Capture electricity from sunlight using raspberry juice and drinking straws.

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    Sunlight to electricity

    Visible light from the sun can be converted directly to electricity by the use of solar cells. In this activity students make their own dye sensitised solar cells, measuring the current produced and use them to power a calculator.

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    On This Day - Jun 27 : First nuclear power plant

    The plant was located in the city of Obninsk, about 110 km southwest of Moscow in the USSR. It generated around five megawatts of electrical power using nuclear fission.

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    On This Day – Sep 27 : Ciamician, solar energy

    He predicted that humans would one day be able to directly convert sunlight into energy, stored in a ‘fuel’ as an alternative to fossil fuels. Today, photovoltaic solar panels can produce electricity, but scientists are also working towards other methods of harnessing the sun’s power, such as solar fuels that mimic photosynthesis.

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    On This Day - Oct 17 : First nuclear power plant

    The Calder Hall nuclear power plant in northwest England became the first nuclear power plant to supply commercial amounts of electricity to a public grid. Sellafield nuclear power station now stands on the same site.

  • Photosynthesis
    The Mole

    Shining light on artificial photosynthesis

    2012-03-01T10:26:00Z

    Mimicking plant life could be our way out of the energy crisis. Anna Lewcock talks to Tony Harriman to find out more

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    Thermoelectric materials: efficiencies found in nanocomposites

    2012-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Thermoelectric materials can be assembled into mechanical structures which can transform heat to electrical energy. They can be used for heat harvesting and refrigeration.

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    Clean energy

    2011-09-01T11:43:00Z

    Tom Westgate meets some chemists working towards a fossil fuel-free future

  • Test tubes with urine samples
    The Mole

    Hydrogen fuel from urine

    2009-09-01T11:03:00Z

    Could urine be used to fuel our cars?

  • Dead wood
    The Mole

    Ionic really

    2009-07-01T10:04:00Z

    Could wood be our new biofuel?

  • If we could capture the Sun's energy, the UK's energy supply problem would be solved
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    Harnessing solar energy with Grätzel cells

    2007-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Chemists from the Universities of Loughborough and Bristol have teamed up to take a research-based project into local schools

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    Experimenting with biodiesel

    2007-07-01T00:00:00Z

    The synthesis of biodiesel is exploited to teach general chemistry principles and as a way of fostering a 'green conscience' within undergraduate chemistry students