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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025. Not

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Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene model by James Hedberg While silicon has long been the standard for commercial solar cells, new research from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain has shown that graphene could

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Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple’s iPhones and iPads could someday self-charge with the use of integrated solar cells. The company has filed a patent application titled “Integrated touch sensor and solar assembly,” which

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and

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NREL’s Silicon Wafer Screening System Could Save Solar Industry Billions of Dollars

NREL’s Silicon Wafer Screening System Could Save Solar Industry Billions of Dollars

Used in the manufacturing of solar cells, silicon wafers are an integral component that also create a sizable financial loss for the solar industry. About 5-10 percent of wafers get damaged during the

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Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Solar cells image via Shutterstock Instead of rigid, cumbersome flat solar panels, you could soon be powering your home and electronics with a sticker. Engineers at Stanford have successfully

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PhotonFlightTeam Start Fundraising Campaign to Build a Solar-Powered Airship Made from Recycled Aluminium

PhotonFlightTeam Start Fundraising Campaign to Build a Solar-Powered Airship Made from Recycled Aluminium

Arizona-based PhotonFlightTeam has unveiled plans for a lightweight, solar-powered airship that would be a more sustainable and cost effective alternative to airplanes. The team is raising funds with a

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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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 Book Claims Renewable Energy Does Not Offset Fossil Fuel Use

Controversial 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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