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ELEKTRO 7/2020 was released on June 24th 2020. Its digital version will be available on July 24th 2020.

Topic: Cables, conductors and cable engineering

Main Article
New traction power supply technology 25 kV/50 Hz (part 2)

SVĚTLO (Light) 3/2020 was released on June 8th 2020. Its digital version will be available on July 8th 2020.

Professional organizations activities
Announcement: LUMEN V4 2020 is cancelled
What is new in CIE, April 2020

Accessories of lighting installations
Foxtrot as a “Master Control” in Hotel Breukelen
Lighting regulators – control of lighting on the constant level

Chemically Storing Solar Power

22. 2. 2016 | TU Wien | www.tuwien.ac.at

By combining  highly specialised new materials, the scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) have managed to combine high temperature photovoltaics with an electrochemical cell. Ultraviolet light can be directly used to pump oxygen ions through a solid oxide electrolyte. The energy of the UV light is stored chemically.

The key to success was an unusual choice of materials. Instead of the ordinary silicon based  photovoltaics, special metal oxides - so-called perovskites - were used. By combining several different metal oxides, the scientists managed to assemble a cell which combines photovoltaics and electrochemistry.

New way of storing solar power

New cell consists of two different parts – a photoelectric part on top and an electrochemical part below. In the upper layer, ultraviolet light creates free charge carriers, just like in a standard solar cell. The electrons in this layer are immediately removed and travel to the bottom layer of the electrochemical cell. Once there, these electrons are used to ionize oxygen to negative oxygen ions, which can then travel through a membrane in the electrochemical part of the cell.

Read more at TU Wien

Image Credit: TU Wien

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