May 2012

Solar panel subsidy cut halted

The solar panel industry has welcomed a halt to plans to cut subsidies for fitting solar panels to homes as ministers concluded that a cut would damage Britain’s chances of meeting its targets to renewable energy production. Subsidies for feed-in tariffs were halved last year and were due to implement another cut in July. Senior figures in the solar energy industry warned they faced a crisis which jeopardised thousands of


A plant’s leaf is the most efficient way of turning sunlight into energy through photosynthesis and scientists have been striving to replicate this using artificial leaves as fuel cells, generating electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidising agent. One of the obstacles to artificial photosynthesis is the expensive platinum catalyst required, however a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led by Danial Norcera says his team has