BERNing Down America

Did you watch our six-part series on Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal?” Well, Bernie Sanders believes AOC wasn’t radical enough. The socialist senator is talking less like a presidential candidate than he is a religious prophet. His plans don’t just defy the laws of economics and energy. Green New Bernie’s plan defies reality itself. Bernie’s […]

Photovoltaic Arrays: how do solar cells combine in a solar panel?

Now, some of you may not be at all familiar with electrical circuitry in any way. It’s fairly logical and if you’re confused at all always just think back to the water hydrology as to what’s happening – the water idea because the analogy with water is almost the same as current flow. Since you […]

Carbon Dioxide Is Not the Worst Greenhouse Gas, Meet SF6

If we’re going to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we’re going to have to break our dependency on greenhouse gas emitting energy sources like fossil fuels. But could a switch to more renewable sources like wind and solar power actually emit more of the most potent greenhouse gas there is? The gas […]

John’s story on helping modern society become independent of fossil fuels

Modern society has become dependent upon energy. We have to learn to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels, so that we can be sustained by the energy from the sun, but you need to be able to store it. The battery is one of the best ways to store electric power efficiently. I knew I […]

Turning Fossil Fuels Obsolete [Leonardo DiCaprio Found. and Tree Media’s Green World Rising]

The scientific community has spoken. Climate change is happening now and it’s caused by human activity. Fossil fuels – black oil, coal and gas – have created modern society as we now it. But when burned into the atmosphere, carbon causes climate change. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We have the solutions, […]

Renewable Fossil Fuels

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the swrm! Experts agree that everyone on our planet needs to reduce emissions below the sustainable limit in order to curb manmade climate change. But we all know this will be a mammoth task without huge financial input and it will take time that is quickly running out. Changing an […]

Are we ready to switch to solar and wind? – IN 60 SECONDS

Why are we not yet ready to fully switch to solar and wind? During the energy transition towards renewables, we in the Netherlands rely more on the use of gas than you might expect. Why? The demand for electric energy varies over the course of a day. Network and power companies are constantly turning dials. They use […]

Riot Fuel

What do the nations of Chile, France, and Iran have in common? Not much. But in spite of their differences, they do have at least one similarity. Poor people in these countries are rioting over the increased costs of transportation. People are DYING along with billions of dollars in property damage. The rioting in Chile, […]

Additional optical and electrical losses in solar cells

So far, we have discussed the Shockley-Queisser limit to the maximal conversion efficiency of a single-junction solar cell. However, to derive the Shockley-Queisser limit we used a number of assumptions that hold for an ideal solar cell. In reality, there are always additional losses in solar cells that we, engineers, try to overcome to get […]

Improving the stability of perovskite solar cells

One of the biggest problems the world is facing at the moment is the increasing energy demand. Therefore, developing new types of renewable technologies is very important. Solar powers are a very promising technology than can produce a high amount of electricity at low cost. Among different types of solar technologies, perovskite solar cells have […]