solar technology

‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs in solar cell technology. Researchers from the Institute

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve the

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Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

Researchers at Sol Chip are working on an ambitious project to create the world's first everlasting solar battery. It is hoped that the battery will be able to recharge even in low-light environments to

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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world's largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

The world’s largest solar thermal plant, Ivanpah, reached a major milestone this month as it achieved its first “flux”. Over 1000 heliostats (plane mirrors that reflect sunlight towards a

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's largest

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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a “game-changing technology,” the panels were

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V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells

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Northwestern University Develops More Efficient Organic Solar Cell Using Algorithm Based On Natural Evolution

Northwestern University Develops More Efficient Organic Solar Cell Using Algorithm Based On Natural Evolution

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock< ?a> Solar technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past several years as traditionally expensive single-crystal silicon solar cells are eclipsed by organic

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Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Solar thermal devices with complex and beautiful designs like this one are cooking food, drying coffee and generating electricity in developing countries. To avoid the cost of large parabolic mirrors,

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World’s Largest Solar Chandelier Unveiled by Artist Luke Jerram in Bristol!

World’s Largest Solar Chandelier Unveiled by Artist Luke Jerram in Bristol!

British artist Luke Jerram is known for his stunning art installations, which are often inspired by science. His latest project, unveiled yesterday at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, is the world's

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IAAC’s Stunning Solar-Powered Endesa Pavilion Soaks Up the Sun in Barcelona

IAAC’s Stunning Solar-Powered Endesa Pavilion Soaks Up the Sun in Barcelona

The triangular sections optimize the efficiency of the solar panels, which vary in size and can be adjusted depending on the direction of the sun. Through this strategic system Iaac ensured that the

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NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that the US has the technology and the solar capacity to power every home across the states with energy from the sun! Researchers

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NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

The 10 days of revelry celebrating the opening of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay promise to be quite the event, with headliners including Jason Mraz performing on opening night. The Supertrees will also

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MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new type of textured solar surface that could bring down the cost of photovoltaic technology by reducing the thickness of silicon used by more than 90% while

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Olympicene: New Molecule Shaped Like the Olympic Rings Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Olympicene: New Molecule Shaped Like the Olympic Rings Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Scientists from IBM Research Zurich just created a tiny 5-ringed molecule called olympicene that is only 1.2 nanometers wide— about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. The new graphite molecule is

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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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US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

A report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows that solar power installations in the United States grew more in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009.

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Solar Industry Responsible for Dumping 2.4 Million Tons of Lead on China and India

Solar Industry Responsible for Dumping 2.4 Million Tons of Lead on China and India

It turns out that some members of the solar panel manufacturing industry might actually be doing harm while advancing renewable energy by dumping millions of tons of lead into the environment in China and

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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

// While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees

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New Printable Cling-Film Solar Cells are Cheap and Easy to Produce

New Printable Cling-Film Solar Cells are Cheap and Easy to Produce

Researchers in the UK have discovered a new process that could create inexpensive, mass-produced solar devices by printing a thin layer of plastic polymer photovoltaic cells over a cling-like film. The

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QSolar’s Rainbow-Hued Kristal Solar Panels Could Replace Windows and Walls

QSolar’s Rainbow-Hued Kristal Solar Panels Could Replace Windows and Walls

Solar panels often conjure up images of clumsy, dark sheets lined up in rooftop arrays on green homes and buildings. But what if they weren't dark and clumsy -- and what if they didn't have to go on the

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MU Develop Solar “Nantennas” that Can Capture 95 Percent of Solar Energy

MU Develop Solar “Nantennas” that Can Capture 95 Percent of Solar Energy

Solar efficiencies have increased incrementally over the past years, but they are still hovering around 20% - however now an engineer from the University of Missouri claims to have developed a flexible

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Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, working in the new field of transformation optics, have created an invisibility cloak that could lead to more efficient solar cells. The

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BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical

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Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green Retreat

Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green Retreat

Over the past few years we've seen many architects move away from traditional architecture in an attempt to make their designs more sustainable. One of the great things about this trend is that it gives

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Anning River Aquatic Resort Creates Its Own Unique Ecology

Anning River Aquatic Resort Creates Its Own Unique Ecology

Enormous constructions are popping up all over China, hosting international business, new residences and commercially centered recreational activities. Well, the Anning River Acquatic Resort certainly

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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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World’s First Modern Solar Panel Still Works After 60 Years

World’s First Modern Solar Panel Still Works After 60 Years

Thinking about investing in a solar array but concerned about the lifespan of photovoltaic cells? Consider this: the world's oldest solar panel -- a 60 year-old crystal ball-like contraption -- still

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