Volume 7

  • No. 6 June 2022

    The range of compatibility

    Increasing electric vehicle sales is important to meeting decarbonization objectives, but barriers still exist to their adoption. Herberz et al. test an intervention that provides tailored compatibility information for potential consumers on the range of vehicle batteries and find that it reduces range concerns.

    See Herberz et al.

  • No. 5 May 2022

    Return on preparedness

    Debate has raged in Texas over the costs of preparing the energy system for winter weather since storm Uri caused massive power outages. Gruber et al. estimate the costs and expected revenue from winterization and find that investment in disaster preparedness pays off for utilities and consumers.

    See Gruber et al.

  • No. 4 April 2022

    Get into print

    Organic solar cells can be fabricated with low-cost and scalable printing methods. Jiang et al. devise an alcohol-dispersed formulation of PEDOT — the commonly used hole-transport material — that overcomes drawbacks such as acidity, hygroscopicity and poor wetting properties, improving both the efficiency and stability of fully-printed solar cells.

    See Jiang et al. and Research Briefing

  • No. 3 March 2022

    Cleaning the air for fuel cells

    The performance of hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells is hampered by CO2 present in the air feed. Addressing this issue, Shi et al. report an electrochemically-driven CO2 separator (pictured), powered by hydrogen, that removes CO2 from air streams by means of a membrane with mixed ionic–electronic conductivity.

    See Shi et al. and News and Views by Gubler

  • No. 2 February 2022

    Sailing towards decarbonisation

    To meet global climate targets, the fossil fuels used in shipping will need to be substituted for lower-carbon energy carriers. However, a deeper understanding of the suitability of these potential alternatives is needed. Stolz et al. assess the techno-economics of renewably-generated energy carriers to power Europe’s shipping fleet carrying bulk cargo.

    See Stolz et al.

  • No. 1 January 2022

    Harvesting solar resources

    Research data is typically scattered across publications and repositories in a wide variety of formats, hampering its usability. Now, Jacobsson et al. have collected and consistently formatted a large amount of research data on perovskite solar cells and made it available to the public in a centralized database.

    See Jacobsson et al.