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Solar Power

News and Information about Solar Energy Technologies.

Dec 11, 2016

Solar Power

Solar power is produced by collecting sunlight and converting it into electricity. This is done by using solar panels, which are large flat panels made up of many individual solar cells. It is most often used in remote locations, although it is becoming more popular in urban areas as well. This page contains articles that explore advances in solar energy technology.

Hybrid Organic Solar Cells Now More Efficient

Hybrid Organic Solar Cells Now More Efficient

Success greets the research team of National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and the University of Alberta. The plastic solar cells have now an operating life of

Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have come out with positive news about increased efficiency of thin-film solar cells. As we know that scientists are trying to increase

Economical Solar Panels to Yield More Energy

Economical Solar Panels to Yield More Energy

There has been research work going on to increase the efficiency of the cost-effective amorphous solar panels. TU Delft has been the center where this research work is being

Cell Phone Chargers to go Green

Cell Phone Chargers to go Green

Today cell-phones have become an integral part of our life and are the most used mode of communication. More prevalent the use of cell-phone, more imperative is the need

VIDEO: Solar Stereo Speakers

VIDEO: Solar Stereo Speakers

Imagine a cool poolside with golden sunlight, lifting music and relaxing time – sounds great, no! Now great music, wireless speakers, and excellent audio quality – all these are

Costs for Thermo-photovoltaic Cells Significantly Reduced

Costs for Thermo-photovoltaic Cells Significantly Reduced

Thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells are great for converting radiation from any heat source to power. These cells can generate power from the wasted heat which gets released when glass or

The Ultimate Solar Cell?

The Ultimate Solar Cell?

The ultimate step in utilizing solar power is to convert maximum energy from sun into electricity. This will make solar power highly cost-advantageous compared to other traditional power sources.

Dock Here for Clean Renewable Solar Energy!

Dock Here for Clean Renewable Solar Energy!

This can very well happen in the near future with billboards advertising – bold and strong, beckoning electric vehicles for recharging. Already in Berlin-Adlershof, this is happening. The largest

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Really amazing are the innovative ways solar power is put into use. Now a team of scientists working in Sandia National Laboratories is focusing on exploring basic steps to

Solar Panels – Are They a Threat to Biodiversity?

Solar Panels – Are They a Threat to Biodiversity?

Solar panels are gaining more recognition as key ingredients to produce eco-friendly and renewable source of energy. With growing need for more energy, there will be in future,

Sanyo’s HIT Solar Cells are a Hit in Italy

Sanyo’s HIT Solar Cells are a Hit in Italy

Japan’s Sanyo Electric Company is creating a record by powering the largest solar pant in Italy with its HIT solar cells. The Project funded by a consortium led by

Sun Shines on Solar Energy Future

Sun Shines on Solar Energy Future

The chances of producing solar power as a more commercially viable source of alternative energy seem brighter now with the positive research results pioneered by University of Illinois professors.

Nanosolar: Solar Power at a Lower Cost

Nanosolar: Solar Power at a Lower Cost

In a market-friendly scenario, Nanosolar claims to be able to produce electricity at 5-6 cents/kilowatt hour almost as cheap as power from coal and at about one-third the cost

MIT Researchers Print a Solar Cell on Paper

MIT Researchers Print a Solar Cell on Paper

We love the idea of clean and green fuel. But they come with certain disadvantages. First one is they are heavy on pocket of a commoner. Second disadvantage is

Solar Greenhouse to Produce Food and Electricity

Solar Greenhouse to Produce Food and Electricity

Imagine a greenhouse that is producing solar power and food too. This excellent experiment is being done in Italy. The companies responsible for this project are Renewable energy company

Affordable Solar Power with Purple Pokeberries?

Affordable Solar Power with Purple Pokeberries?

Researchers at Wake Forest University’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials are trying to achieve source of clean and green power through pokeberries! Pokeberries could be helpful in making

PV Cell Prototype Generates Electricity from IR and UV Light

PV Cell Prototype Generates Electricity from IR and UV Light

Solar energy is present in abundance around us. The problem is how to harness a substantial portion of it for human use. How to raise the efficiency bar of

Ontario Solar Power could match US Nuclear Power

Ontario Solar Power could match US Nuclear Power

Queen’s University Applied Sustainability Research Group located in Kingston, Canada comes out with two studies that claim solar power in southeastern Ontario can be created in abundance. The natural

Carbon-based Solar Cells

Carbon-based Solar Cells

Solar panels need silicon for absorption of light. Silicon doesn’t come cheap.This cost-factor is preventing people from using solar energy on a large scale. Scientists utilize another substance i.e.

Sunlight to Electricity with Solid-State Photovoltaics

Sunlight to Electricity with Solid-State Photovoltaics

Conventional solid-state solar cells are suffering from the problem of the bandgap voltage limitation. Scientists are trying to capture more and more of sunlight and convert it into electricity.

Morocco’s new Solar Project to Generate 2000MWs

Morocco’s new Solar Project to Generate 2000MWs

Morocco is a North African country with no oil reserves. But nature has endowed this country with another bounty i.e. over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Now they

New Design Strategy for the Artificial Leaf

New Design Strategy for the Artificial Leaf

Scientists are quite optimistic that hydrogen will emerge as the fuel of the future and the world would be driven by ‘hydrogen economy’. The only byproduct of hydrogen fuel

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Since time immemorial human beings are trying to use solar energy for their survival and day to day use. We know that green plants create their own food and

New Solar Charger for Laptop Computers

New Solar Charger for Laptop Computers

Now we can have a green charger for our computers and laptops. We can take our laptops to outdoors and keep on using them without bothering that the charge

SunEdison to Build Europe’s Largest Solar Power Plant

SunEdison to Build Europe’s Largest Solar Power Plant

SunEdison is a division of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. They have bagged a project to develop and construct a photovoltaic solar power plant in Northeastern Italy, near the town

Solar-powered ATMs by Vortex

Solar-powered ATMs by Vortex

Alternative energy can be a boon for third world countries. Normally governments have to invest vast sums of money in developing infrastructures for a long period of time in

Solar Energy from Plant Protein Structure

Solar Energy from Plant Protein Structure

Nanoscience is quite fascinated with the process of photosynthesis. They want to duplicate this process exhibited by green plants and utilize the solar power for energy use. Till now

Prototype Solar Power-Assist for Buses

Prototype Solar Power-Assist for Buses

Sunpods Inc. is California-based manufacturing company. They produce modular, fully integrated and tested solar power generation systems. Recently they have come out with an idea of the first solar

World’s Largest Solar Boat Prepares for World Tour

World’s Largest Solar Boat Prepares for World Tour

PlanetSolar enjoys the distinction of being the largest solar-powered boat in the world, and it’s ready to take on the world. This beauty’s vital stats are: weight: 60-ton, a

New Solar-Powered Sensor Could Literally Change the World

New Solar-Powered Sensor Could Literally Change the World

Science continues to amaze and one of the latest discoveries may literally change the world as we know it. This tiny solar-powered sensor can fit on the face of