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Course summary

Congratulations, over the last four weeks, you have come with us on a journey through the world of materials. We discussed how they could help us all survive on Earth …

Mimicking Nature

Humans have come up with many amazing technologies to help us survive on Earth thus far. However, many of these threaten the very environment that sustains us. There are many …

Batteries and atoms

In this video, you will meet Dr. Yi Du who specialises in making materials by controlling individual atoms and how these atomic changes affect the makeup and function of materials. …

Current battery research

By now you have learned the basics of how a battery works, some of the materials that are used in the batteries and the types of battery. You have also …

Material combinations

Scientists have worked on batteries, the consistency of their materials and their efficiency for generations now. In many batteries, we find the following materials: Lead Cobalt Nickel Manganese Graphite Aluminium …

How do batteries work?

After our exploration into plastics and solar cells, we arrive at the question of how to store energy once we obtain it, for example, from the sun. In other words, …

Summary

Solar as electricity This week, we’ve looked at how solar power can be captured and converted into electricity. We’ve looked at various types of solar cells and discussed the limitations …

Which material?

In an earlier video, we met Professor Holmes. In this video he speaks about the challenges of introducing alternative solar cells into a market place where silicon solar cells predominate. …

Solar

Only Part of the Solution! Join our experts, Professor David Officer, Associate Professor Attila Mozer and Dr Andrew Nattestad as they discuss the role solar can play in the Terawatt …

Limitations of solar

You have learned a lot about the types of solar cells and their uses, like any technology solar cells have their limitations as well. *Associate Professor Attila Mozer points out …