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This month we look at printable hole transport layers, electrochemical refrigeration, organic heterojunction photocatalysts, energy solutions in refugee settlements and more.


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    • The energy transition offers oil and gas companies an opportunity to shift to new business areas such as renewable energy. New research looking at four oil majors finds limited investments in and revenues from renewable energy, despite ambitious climate strategies.

      • Galina Alova
      News & Views
    • Using an electrolyte additive enables a nickel-rich layered cathode to be cycled at high voltages and still retain 97% of its initial capacity after 200 cycles. The decomposition of the electrolyte additive leads to the formation of a robust interphase that protects the surface of the cathode, preserving the capacity and preventing cracks.

      Research Briefing
    • The open-circuit voltage of CdTe solar cells is limited by energy losses across the device stack. Now, a comprehensive optical and electrical analysis reveals that the high internal voltages of state-of-the-art CdTe-based absorber layers could be translated into electrical power if charge selectivity is increased at contacts.

      • Thomas Unold
      News & Views
    • Redox flow batteries offer a readily scalable solution to grid-scale energy storage, but their application is generally limited to ambient temperatures above 0 °C. Now, a polyoxometalate-based chemistry has been developed to enable redox flow batteries to operate, and even thrive, under frigid conditions.

      • Leo J. Small
      • Travis M. Anderson
      News & Views
    • Li–S batteries are a promising next-generation storage technology and the assessment of their performance is critical for their development. Here the authors analyse key Li–S cell parameters, formulate the energy density calculation and discuss design targets for practical applications.

      • Guangmin Zhou
      • Hao Chen
      • Yi Cui

5th anniversary

The January 2021 issue marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Nature Energy.