Antal Thoma, CSEM

Focus: Photovoltaic scale-up and deployment

Our latest Focus examines some of the challenges in scaling-up photovoltaic technologies from the laboratory to the real world and explores upcoming deployment routes.

Latest Research

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    The scale and nature of energy investments under diverging technology and policy futures is of great importance to decision makers. Here, a multi-model study projects investment needs under countries’ nationally determined contributions and in pathways consistent with achieving the 2 °C and 1.5 °C targets as well as certain SDGs.

    • David L. McCollum
    • , Wenji Zhou
    • , Christoph Bertram
    • , Harmen-Sytze de Boer
    • , Valentina Bosetti
    • , Sebastian Busch
    • , Jacques Després
    • , Laurent Drouet
    • , Johannes Emmerling
    • , Marianne Fay
    • , Oliver Fricko
    • , Shinichiro Fujimori
    • , Matthew Gidden
    • , Mathijs Harmsen
    • , Daniel Huppmann
    • , Gokul Iyer
    • , Volker Krey
    • , Elmar Kriegler
    • , Claire Nicolas
    • , Shonali Pachauri
    • , Simon Parkinson
    • , Miguel Poblete-Cazenave
    • , Peter Rafaj
    • , Narasimha Rao
    • , Julie Rozenberg
    • , Andreas Schmitz
    • , Wolfgang Schoepp
    • , Detlef van Vuuren
    •  & Keywan Riahi
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    Substitution across fuels is hard to study because traditional transport technologies are typically single-fuel. Using Swedish data, this study shows that fuel demand elasticities differ across fuels, and drivers exhibit high preference for fossil fuels, hindering the take-up of alternative fuels.

    • Cristian Huse
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    Lithium cobalt oxides are used as a cathode material in batteries for mobile devices, but their high theoretical capacity has not yet been realized. Here, the authors present a doping method to enhance diffusion of Li ions as well as to stabilize structures during cycling, leading to impressive electrochemical performance.

    • Qi Liu
    • , Xin Su
    • , Dan Lei
    • , Yan Qin
    • , Jianguo Wen
    • , Fangmin Guo
    • , Yimin A. Wu
    • , Yangchun Rong
    • , Ronghui Kou
    • , Xianghui Xiao
    • , Frederic Aguesse
    • , Javier Bareño
    • , Yang Ren
    • , Wenquan Lu
    •  & Yangxing Li
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    Redox flow batteries (RFBs) based on organic redox-active molecules are attractive, but the solubility of those molecules, and consequently the capacity, is generally low. Here, the authors develop a phenazine derivative with high solubility as an energy-dense anolyte for RFBs.

    • Aaron Hollas
    • , Xiaoliang Wei
    • , Vijayakumar Murugesan
    • , Zimin Nie
    • , Bin Li
    • , David Reed
    • , Jun Liu
    • , Vincent Sprenkle
    •  & Wei Wang

News & Comment

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    The efficiency of perovskite solar modules is limited by the difficulty in fabricating uniform and high-quality perovskite films. Now, a modified doctor blade method with a surfactant-controlled drying process has been shown to enable high-speed deposition of large-area and uniform perovskite films.

    • Liyuan Han
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    The effectiveness of fuel taxation towards reducing gasoline usage in vehicles has been a subject of debate. Using data from Sweden, which has one of the highest gasoline taxes in the world, research now demonstrates a potential consumer preference for gasoline even at price parity with ethanol.

    • Benjamin Leard

Insight

Automotive batteries

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Automotive batteries

This Insight explores practical aspects of automotive battery development, covering topics including battery materials, production processes, battery safety issues, and market needs.