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ELEKTRO 3/2019 was released on March 11th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 11th 2019.

Topic: Amper 2019 – 271 International trade fair for electrical engineering

Main Article
Smart Cities (part 8)

SVĚTLO (Light) 2/2019 was released on March 15th 2019. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Architectural and scenic lighting
The architectural lighting of Bečov nad Teplou castle
Lighting design in a nutshell – Part 41
The analyse of light picture a little more theoretic

Day light
Biggest mistakes in day lighting design of buildings

Chemically Storing Solar Power

22.02.2016 | 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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