Houses with photoltaic panels on the rooftop

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This month we look at green-processed solar cells, indigenous perspectives for energy-development projects, shifting sense of photovoltaic entitlement, and more.

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    • Perovskite solar cells hold potential for space applications yet they need to withstand harsh space stressors. Now, researchers develop a low-cost and lightweight barrier layer of silicon oxide thermally evaporated atop the finished solar cell that affords protection against proton radiation, atomic oxygen and alpha particles.

      • Narges Yaghoobi Nia
      News & Views
    • A perovskite nanolayer formed at the surface of layered cathode particles enables ultra-stable high-voltage cycling. The lanthanum and calcium-based perovskite layer serves as an oxygen buffer, and effectively suppresses the oxygen evolution reaction that is a common cause of failure in hybrid anion- and cation-redox cathodes.

      Research Briefing
    • Silicon-based anodes suffer from immense volume change and cracks during battery operations, limiting cycling stability. Now, a hierarchically-ordered conductive binder network — formed in situ upon thermal treatment of anodes containing conducting polymer precursors — can improve charge-transport and mechanical properties, and thus cyclability.

      • Yan Zhao
      • Ali Coskun
      News & Views
    • Electrochemical reduction of N2, mediated by Li, offers promise to decarbonize NH3 production, yet interfacial dynamics in such systems are poorly understood. Now, the morphology of the solid-electrolyte interphase layer formed during N2 reduction is revealed, opening opportunities to elucidate by-product formation mechanisms and improve NH3 selectivity.

      • Eric J. McShane
      • Matteo Cargnello
      News & Views
    • Rooftop solar panels are often seen principally as an option for wealthier households, despite the savings they can bring. A new study following low-income households over 10 months shows how they adopt rooftop solar panels, establish new prosumption practices, and commit to these practices as the benefits of the technology emerge.

      • Lucie Middlemiss
      News & Views
Thomas Phillips, Springer Nature

Clean energy innovation

On 21–23 September, Mission Innovation and the Clean Energy Ministerial will undertake joint ministerial meetings in Pittsburgh, USA for the Global Clean Energy Action Forum.