POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Mar. 9, 2016

MIT created an ultra-light solar cell; Natural gas to generate more electricity than coal


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • In an attempt to reduce the high cost of solar panel installations, MIT scientists have created a solar cell so thin that it can rest on a soap bubble without it bursting. The solar cell is 2.3 microns thick, 1/30th the thickness of a human hair and can generate 6 watts of power per gram. Further research is needed to identify how to mass produce the ultra-light solar cells.
  • According to the EIA, natural gas will generate more electricity than coal in 2016. Natural gas is expected to generate 33.4 percent of electricity this year; coal to produce 32 percent. “This would be the first time that natural gas provides more electricity generation than coal on an annual average basis,” the agency said.
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