Engineering Futures – Solar Power Stations in Space?

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A solar power station in space? Here’s how it would work – and the benefits it could bring The UK government is reportedly considering a £16 billion proposal to build a solar power station in space. Yes, you read that right. Space-based solar power is one of the technologies...

Solar panels – Recycling key to avoiding mountains of waste

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Billions of solar panels globally will soon come to the end of their lives, but when they get thrown away essential materials that are needed to make future panels are being wasted. It is estimated that there will be 78 million tonnes of total waste by 2050. This...

New Recycling Technique promises a new life for solar-silicon

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A newly developed technology is now being used to recover pure silicon from end-of-life solar cells. The amount of material wasted in this industry can be reduced significantly with the use of new techniques. The technique promises to create 99.9984% pure recycled silicon. Scientists from India’s KPR Institute...