Glasgow City Council has secured £940,000 from the European Commission to realise its plan to transform a city car park into a solar power centre. The award from the EU Horizon 2020 fund will go towards building a canopy of solar panels above the council-owned car park on Duke Street. The panels will be primarily used to power the car park, which includes ten charging points for electric vehicles. Money from the award will also be used to install a 500kW battery and a controller.
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Scientists have edged closer to uncovering a new class of materials, called halide double perovskites, which could be capable of splitting water – something that could aid the storing of solar energy. That’s according to researchers behind a newly published paper in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing. “Solar energy is clean and abundant. But when the sun isn’t shining, you must store the energy in batteries or through a process called photocatalysis, in which solar energy is used to make fuels,” explained the researchers behind the discovery. “In photocatalytic water splitting, sunlight separates water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen can then be recombined in a fuel cell to release energy.”
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