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Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Everyone knows that Popeye got his strength from spinach, but a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University believe we harness certain properties from spinach in order to generate electricity. The team

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Controversial New Book Claims Renewable Energy Does Not Offset Fossil Fuel Use

Controversial New Book Claims Renewable Energy Does Not Offset Fossil Fuel Use

A controversial new environmental book called Green Illusions, by University of California Berkeley scholar Ozzie Zehner, claims that renewable energy technologies in the US are not offseting fossil

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MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

Currently 40% of the solar energy that reaches Earth lies in the near-infra-red region of the spectrum, and while most photovoltaic devices are unable to harness this energy, a team at MIT has created an

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US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Electronics Science and Technology Division recently announced that they have developed a new breed of underwater solar panels that are able to power

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Solar Energy Generation Costs to Compete with Fossil Fuels by 2017

Solar Energy Generation Costs to Compete with Fossil Fuels by 2017

Despite recent clashes between the US and Chinese solar industries, it seems that the entire solar power sector is prospering. As stated in a new report from GlobalData, with the ever-increasing number

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Stanford University Develops a Solar-Powered Bionic Eye!

Stanford University Develops a Solar-Powered Bionic Eye!

Solar technology could have a role in reversing blindness in the near future. Stanford University researchers have invented goggles that can send information to chips - which behave like solar cells -

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Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Decorated Nanowires Could Lead To More Efficient Batteries and Solar Cells

Engineers at Stanford University appear to have come up with a way to make solar cells and batteries more efficient by "decorating" nanowires with chains of nanoparticles. The process has been likened to

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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed. Compared to the most efficient solar cells

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Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Narrower Than Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Narrower Than Spider Silk!

Scientists from Austria and Japan just announced that they have created micro-thin solar cells that are thinner than a human hair and even narrower than spider silk. These sheer solar cells are ten times

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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Smart’s Forvision EV Concept Features a Futuristic Yet Funky Form

Smart’s Forvision EV Concept Features a Futuristic Yet Funky Form

The most striking feature of the car is the hexagon sprinkled roof. The glass top is covered in solar cells and the numerous shaped boxes covering them work as light transmitters that use the solar energy

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Stunning ‘Virtue of Blue’ Chandelier Made From 500 Fluttering Solar Butterflies

Stunning ‘Virtue of Blue’ Chandelier Made From 500 Fluttering Solar Butterflies

On display now at London Gallery, Blain|Southern's Virtue of Blue chandelier measures 144 x 144 x 162 mm in size and is composed of cesium solar cells, a hand-blown glass bulb, and steel and aluminum

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MIT Harnesses Viruses to Improve Solar Efficiency by a Third

MIT Harnesses Viruses to Improve Solar Efficiency by a Third

Scientists are always looking for ways to increase the efficiency of renewable energy, and now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are utilizing viruses to enhance the efficiency of

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Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

OS recently exhibited their amazing retractable solar power system at the recent PV Expo 2011 in Japan. The GSR 110B delivers 40 watts on the spot with a combined solar and battery backup system.

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Oxford Develops Cheap Solar Cells with Metal Oxide Found in Toothpaste

Oxford Develops Cheap Solar Cells with Metal Oxide Found in Toothpaste

Last fall, we reported that Oxford Photovoltaics, part of Oxford University's Isis Innovation, received a grant to create screen-printed organic solar cells. The thin-dye printed cells have finally been

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NREL’s New Optical Furnace ‘Bakes’ More Efficient Solar Cells Using 50% Less Energy

NREL’s New Optical Furnace ‘Bakes’ More Efficient Solar Cells Using 50% Less Energy

There are many new technologies being developed to create cheaper, more efficient solar panels - however researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory just announced that they have found a

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SolarPrint Develops Ready-To-Print Solar Cells

SolarPrint Develops Ready-To-Print Solar Cells

Irish company SolarPrint has developed a new type of printable solar cells that can be produced quickly and easily and can even generate energy from fading sunlight. Since the dye-sensitized cells use

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MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

Get ready for super-charged solar cells! MIT researchers announced this week that they have developed self-assembling solar cells that can be broken down and rebuilt repeatedly, much like plant cells. The

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Stuttgart University’s Shimmering Solar Decathlon Home+

Stuttgart University’s Shimmering Solar Decathlon Home+

All of the homes in this year's Solar Decathlon Europe utilize advanced building technologies and green strategies to optimize their energy use -- this is especially evident in the home+ by Stuttgart

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New Quantum Dot Photovoltaics Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

New Quantum Dot Photovoltaics Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Today's solar cells make use of just under a third of the energy hitting them, overheating to create "hot electrons" that escape before they can be converted into electricity. A study published in this

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Canadian Researchers Move Closer to Affordable, Efficient Solar Power

Canadian Researchers Move Closer to Affordable, Efficient Solar Power

Enough solar energy hits the Earth in an hour to meet global power demand for an entire year: the trick is catching it, and doing it with equipment cheap enough to allow it to compete with fossil fuels.

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Cow Brain Protein Could Build Better Batteries and Solar Cells

Cow Brain Protein Could Build Better Batteries and Solar Cells

We've heard about alternative energy produced from corn, switchgrass, and watermelons... but cow brains? Researchers at Stanford are exploring the idea that clathrin, a protein found in cow brains, can

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NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Solar has announced that their new breed of cheap solar paint is closer than ever now that the company has raised half of the $1 million it needs to move out of the lab and into the real world.

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Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Forget silicon -- the next major light-absorbing material in solar cells could be carbon. Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have figured out how to effectively create big sheets of carbon that

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NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

It might be time to welcome our robot overlords to the green tech revolution. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a jukebox-like robot that can grow and analyze solar cells in nearly

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DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

The military often gets to check out exciting green technology before the general public. Case in point: DARPA's new smart blimp, an automated, unmanned airship featuring an advanced radar system, solar

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Antro Unveils a Solar Car That Splits into Two Vehicles!

Antro Unveils a Solar Car That Splits into Two Vehicles!

Although it's not particularly known for its autos, Hungary is taking a stab at the electric vehicle market with a futuristic new solar-electric car. Founded by auto enthusiasts and backed by local

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MVRDV Unveils Mesmerizing Water Cube Pavilion for 2012 World Expo

MVRDV Unveils Mesmerizing Water Cube Pavilion for 2012 World Expo

The 2010 Shanghai World Expo hasn't even begun yet but we're already starting to see designs roll in for the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea! MVRDV just released plans for their own mesmerizing Water Cube

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New Silicon Nanorod Solar Cells Use 99% Less Material

New Silicon Nanorod Solar Cells Use 99% Less Material

Instead of investing in solar cell architectures that require entirely new manufacturing processes, wouldn't it be easiest to build on what we have? That's part of the thinking behind a new type of

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IBM Releases Cheaper, 40% More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cell

IBM Releases Cheaper, 40% More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cell

IBM has announced the development of a thin film solar cell with an efficiency of 9.6% - a whopping 40% increase from its previous prototypes. An efficiency of 9.6% isn't terribly impressive compared to

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