Alternative Energy

Solar Power

News and Information about Solar Energy Technologies.

Feb 27, 2015

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.

Solar Lanterns for Sub-Saharan Africans

Solar Lanterns for Sub-Saharan Africans

When one lives in a developed country it becomes hard to visualize that how people manage in those parts of the world where electricity is still a distant dream.

UAVs to be Powered by Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

UAVs to be Powered by Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

The progress is being steadily made in the field of alternative energy. Though we have not hit the bull’s eye yet but still the search is on. Scientists and

The Solar Powered Barn

The Solar Powered Barn

Your barn has always been a good source of energy. Up till now it has been due to the fact that you store all your wood in the barn.

Highly Adaptable Solar Cells

Highly Adaptable Solar Cells

There are two things that prevent solar cells from entering the mainstream: their prohibitive cost, and their inadaptability. Even if people can somehow overcome the cost barrier, the havoc

Solar Power Tiles for your Rooftop

Solar Power Tiles for your Rooftop

Just imagine your neighborhood mason fitting your roof tiles and these same tiles producing dependable solar energy for your house or office – you no longer need to hire

First Hybrid Solar Power Station

First Hybrid Solar Power Station

Weizmann Institute created a milestone in the field of alternative energy in association with AORA. AORA is a leading Israeli solar energy technology company. It launched the world’s first

Transparent Electronics: A Solar Energy Breakthrough

Transparent Electronics: A Solar Energy Breakthrough

Not even in our wildest dreams have we anticipated that while we are simply looking out the window enjoying the outside view our windows can simultaneously produce energy for

New Generation of Solar Devices with Trapped Sunlight

New Generation of Solar Devices with Trapped Sunlight

What a wonderful age we are living in! We hear about so many possibilities in the field of alternative energy. Scientists all over the world are thinking about alternatives

Flexible Solar Powered Rooftop Shingles

Flexible Solar Powered Rooftop Shingles

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland have developed flexible solar panels that could be installed on roofs like shingles. This technology was originally used to protect

Light-driven Nanomotor

Light-driven Nanomotor

How we see things around us without noticing it! We know the peculiar habit of the sunflower. How it moves with the movement of the sun everyday. But if

Lasers Make Solar Cells Competitive

Lasers Make Solar Cells Competitive

For centuries we have been using fossil fuels for industrial and domestic purposes. Most of us consider fossil fuels cheap. But now we are realizing the “real” costs of

Solar Powered Wi-Fi Bus Stops

Solar Powered Wi-Fi Bus Stops

What a delightful combination for environmentalists! While you are waiting for your bus to arrive you can happily stay in touch with the cyber world. San Francisco bus stops

Solar Powered Surveillance Aircraft

Solar Powered Surveillance Aircraft

Bye Aerospace Inc. (Denver, Colorado), is collaborating with thin film PV manufacturer Ascent Solar. This is not one of those tie ups taking place everyday. The echo of this

Molten Salt Solar Plant

Molten Salt Solar Plant

If you happen to travel to Las Vegas, you can come across a tall tower surrounded by around 1,800 mirrors. Mirrors size may be equivalent to a billboard. Don’t

New Solar Stadium in Taiwan

New Solar Stadium in Taiwan

It’s official now. Taiwan will hold the World Games 2009 in July. This international sporting event will include games like korfball, billiards, dragon boat racing and women’s tug-of-war. But

Solaren Corp. to Launch Solar Panels into Orbit

Solaren Corp. to Launch Solar Panels into Orbit

We keep hearing about harnessing the solar power from space. Some call it tall claims and some dismiss it as too costly an affair or pie in the sky.

New Concentration Solar Power Modules

New Concentration Solar Power Modules

The alternative sources of energy are constantly evolving. Scientists and manufacturers are trying to come up with better products that are user friendly and economical. Government is drawing policies

Interactive Renewable Energy Map

Interactive Renewable Energy Map

These days we are incessantly debating over one of the hottest issues, i.e. environmental pollution and rise in temperature throughout the world. An intelligent person always likes to foresee

Improving Performance of Solar Nanotubes

Improving Performance of Solar Nanotubes

Akira Fujishima, thirty-five years ago, discovered the electrochemical properties of titanium dioxide. He showed that titanium dioxide functioned as a photocatalyst. It produced hydrogen gas from water, electricity and

Harvesting Solar Rays in Space

Harvesting Solar Rays in Space

When in distress we often look towards the heaven to find an answer to our problems. West coast energy giant, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is doing the same.

New Solar Technology from Ancient Diatoms

New Solar Technology from Ancient Diatoms

Scientists are constantly working on alternative energy sources to make its use widespread like fossil fuels. They are tirelessly working on the drawbacks of alternative energy sources so that

Superhydrophobic: Self-cleaning Photovoltaic Cells

Superhydrophobic: Self-cleaning Photovoltaic Cells

A team of scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new treatment for silicon photovoltaic solar cells. This new method generates bumps and peaks on the

Nanocups Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

Nanocups Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

Now scientists are working on metallic nanoparticles to manipulate light in more effective ways than conventional optical materials to tap extra energy from the sunlight. Rice University researchers are

Turning Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

Turning Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

We have been hearing about artificial leaves and artificial trees for energy generation for quite sometime. Our life giver green plants are performing this function called photosynthesis for millions

Artificial Trees to Harness Solar and Wind Energy

Artificial Trees to Harness Solar and Wind Energy

If you think planting trees is going to save the planet from global warming, you’re thinking in the right direction but a problem — we may call it a

Energy from Solar Roadways

Energy from Solar Roadways

We are using fossil fuels as the primary source of energy to run our Industrial Civilization. But we are paying a heavy price for using fossil fuels in the

Solar Energy “Power Towers” for California

Solar Energy “Power Towers” for California

We mostly talk about solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. But we can utilize sunlight by using another technology known as concentrating solar technology. In this technology reflective

Spray-on Solar Panels

Spray-on Solar Panels

Solar cells are usually made of silicon coated with a thin layer of silicon nitrate. This silicon nitrate works as an anti-reflective agent to boost cell efficiency. But the

Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency

Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency

When we think of clean and green fuels, at the back of the mind we are also thinking of their drawbacks. Scientists are continuously striving to create alternatives that

Solar Energy from Butterfly Wings?

Solar Energy from Butterfly Wings?

Everyone believing in clean and green energy knows its drawbacks. Those working on improving solar energy want to improve solar cells’ light harvesting efficiency. So that more and more