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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption.

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SolarBuzz Reports That UK Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaics Grew by 600% in 2013

SolarBuzz Reports That UK Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaics Grew by 600% in 2013

A new report from SolarBuzz shows that large-scale solar PV installations in the UK have grown by an incredible 600% during the past 12 months, driving the UK to a record 1.45 GW of new solar PV capacity.

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SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive

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More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

Kenya recently laid out an ambitious plans to construct nine solar power plants at a cost of $1.2 billion, with the hope that they will provide more than half the country's electricity by 2016. The

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Solar-Powered Monte Rosa Alpine Hut is 90% Energy Independent

Solar-Powered Monte Rosa Alpine Hut is 90% Energy Independent

The autonomous alpine shelter, which resides at 2,810 meters above sea level, was designed by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich (ETH). The four-story

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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar trees. For

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New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens had access to the tool. Now Siemens has announced that

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD just launched a colorful new follow-up to its inflatable solar lantern. The energy-efficient Luci Aura can cycle through different hues to suit different atmospheres, from dinner parties to

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C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

One of the first things that comes to mind when someone mentions a wood skyscraper is the risk of fire, but the architects maintain that wood is more fire-safe than other common building materials. "Wood

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Ford’s First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

Ford’s First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

Ford has unveiled plans to debut their first solar-powered car next week at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new C-MAX Solar Energi concept is based on the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid,

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Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

Great White photo / Shutterstock Studying sharks' movements and how they behave in their natural environment is an integral part of keeping them safe from overfishing. To aid these efforts, scientists

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Candlestick Design Creates Awe-Inspiring Off-Grid Light Installation With Solar-Powered LEDs

Candlestick Design Creates Awe-Inspiring Off-Grid Light Installation With Solar-Powered LEDs

These surreal Technicolor trees aren't photoshopped - they're illuminated by solar-powered LED lights! The Brompton Lodge Trees is a semi-permanent, off-grid lighting installation by Candlestick Design.

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Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed for the extraordinary Sonnenschiff Solar

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WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

An estimated 6.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing civil war, which has claimed over 100,000 lives since 2011. With many refugees struggling to find access to

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with

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INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

In 2003 the world generated 2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity. By 2012 that figure jumped to 93 TWh! In the graphic above you can see the explosive growth of solar energy around the globe.

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Groundbreaking Solspaces Solar Thermal System Stores a Boat Load of Heat Energy

Groundbreaking Solspaces Solar Thermal System Stores a Boat Load of Heat Energy

After a three year project to develop a solar heating system capable of long-term storage, researchers at the University of Stuttgart are finally ready to test its Solspaces system. The groundbreaking new

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U.S. Solar PV Generation Increased by a Whopping 83% in 2012

U.S. Solar PV Generation Increased by a Whopping 83% in 2012

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - and the report

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SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

Inspired by the skin of a pinecone, Woods Bagot created a responsive, spiky facade that adjusts to reduce the effects of heat load, sun glare, and wind while allowing high amounts of natural daylight to

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Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

The moon affects the tides on Earth, helps brightens the night sky, and soon it might also provide us with even more solar power. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation wants to install a belt of solar panels

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Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Dubai has won a bid to host the 2020 Expo. This will be the first time the international celebration of innovation and business will be held in the Middle East, and Dubai’s aim is to generate 50 percent

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Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were

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Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Clean energy company Enèji Pwòp is on the mission to transform Haiti with renewable energy. The firm hopes to enhance quality of life within the country's borders through a program that allows immigrant

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Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Kerosene is the fuel of choice for families living off the grid in sub-Saharan Africa - however it inflicts a heavy toll on people's health and costs up to $8 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Compared to

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction

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Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Have you been reading an e-book at the park when suddenly your device's battery starts gasping its last? The sun may be shining bright, but there you are, stranded without an outlet. CarrierClass, a

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have

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