UL researcher awarded €1.5m for pioneering solar energy research

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Maximum climate protection, zero grams of CO₂ emissions, no radioactive waste – there is no shortage of promising advertising promises when it comes to green electricity by solar energy. And at prices that are often “cheaper” than the standard tariffs of traditional suppliers, the information portals enthuses: “This way you can save money and still protect the environment using solar energy.”Two million households have already decided – 70 percent more than a year ago. Sales with the good conscience are booming. Anyone who appeals to this should give the policy a signal for the support of renewable energies like solar energy. And it brings movement into the still monopoly-like structure of our energy industry.

And now that more and more windmills and solar roofs are supplying power to the grid, consumers have to pay more and more. In any case, the old electricity companies and their lobbying associations are spreading. The now announced increase in the levy for the promotion of electricity generation from clean sources like s0lar energy by 18 per cent to more than six cents per kilowatt hour seems to confirm this judgment. A “radical reform” of the green electricity subsidy to counter the “sprawling costs” of power generation.

An electrochemist, Dr Micheal Scanlon of University of Limerick has been proclaimed as the receiver of a €1.5m European Research Council outset apportionment. The researcher is the only ERC grant acquirer in Ireland in physical sciences as well as one of only 3 Irish scientists to be awarding an ERC Protrusive Grant. He is greatly working on a trailblazer empiric conceptualization that look for resembling photosynthesis in the leaves, with the content of expeditiously making clean energy or solar fuels.

We want methods for its speedily thriving energy consumption that is jutting to threefold by 2050 and triple by 2100. The procession of solar photovoltaic application is indispensable to accomplish situation property advancement and continued economic development. By 2030 the solar photovoltaic industry in Europe alone is protruding to be deserving €10 billion per year.

The solar PV maneuvers are based chiefly on the utilization of solidified amorphous materials that can be high-ticket to process as well as occasionally virulent. Dr Scanlon’s innovative new formulation intent to do off by means of the use of those and as an alternative solar energy changeover using a liquid to liquid programme, kindred to the poignant point betwixt immiscible oil and water.

His contiguous cognitive content is to report the physical phenomenon of solar energy with the staged photosynthetic tissue layers he is making up. Cardinal vantages of the conceptualization reckon the simplicity of grading up cognitive operation pertaining liquids, in equivalence to solid materials, as well as the low perniciousness of the water and oil forms used.

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