As countries around the world strive to curb climate change, it becomes increasingly clear that radical innovative energy solutions are needed if we are to stand any chance of achieving net zero emissions. A team of engineers at the University of Queensland may have provided one such solution in the field of quantum dot solar cell technology, achieving a near 25% improvement, and a world record, for the conversion of solar energy into electricity using quantum dots. Inventor, and Australian Research Council laureate, Lianzhou Wang, explains that the improvement “is effectively the difference between quantum dot solar cell technology being an exciting prospect and being commercially viable”.
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The majority of “clean tech” innovations of recent years have focussed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or producing carbon neutral energy. Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) technologies relate to methods of removing CO2 from the atmosphere permanently, by returning captured CO2 to the geosphere. Innovation in CDR technologies, and therefore patent applications relating to this technology, are set to rapidly increase.
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