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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.

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

Alubond Solar Panels Could Save $70 Million

Alubond Solar Panels Could Save $70 Million

People who want to use clean and green energy often complain about high costs of solar panels and even a longer breakeven period. So research teams and companies are

Oregon to Lead Nation in Solar Production

Oregon to Lead Nation in Solar Production

Tim McCabe, who is the director of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, says that Oregon is focusing resources on “all things renewable.” The state always showed a

Plastic Solar Cells For Electronic Devices

Plastic Solar Cells For Electronic Devices

Currently silicon-based solar cells are flooding the market. Industry pundits can foresee a hopeful future for low-cost, flexible solar cells. If we can make solar devices other than silicon

An Artificial Sun on Earth

An Artificial Sun on Earth

It is science’s star experiment: an attempt to create an artificial sun on earth — and provide an answer to the world’s impending energy shortage. Scientists believe that this

Boosting Solar Cell Power

Boosting Solar Cell Power

Scientists are continuously improving the existing solar cells. Now they are taking the help of computer simulations and real lab testing. A group of physicists and engineers

World’s Most Ambitious Solar Plan in LA

World’s Most Ambitious Solar Plan in LA

The city of Los Angles is taking up the world’s most ambitious solar power project. Till date this project will be the largest solar power plan started by any

Every Color Of The Rainbow Is An Energy Source

Every Color Of The Rainbow Is An Energy Source

We have all enjoyed watching rainbows and at some point wanted to travel to the end of them for those fabled pots of gold. We can make out the

Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record

Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record

We all want to get rid of our dependency on fossil fuels and their side effects. Alternative sources of energy seems clean and green but they have a poor

Cheaper Solar Power Costs

Cheaper Solar Power Costs

When a manufacturer offers a product in the market its main aim is to penetrate in the market as deeply and as widely as possible. In short he wants

Passive Solar Energy

Passive Solar Energy

Solar energy can be utilized in various ways – to provide electricity, mechanical power, heat and lighting. Passive solar heating and cooling can save substantial electricity bills. Design of

Solar Panel Demand Exceeds Supply

Solar Panel Demand Exceeds Supply

Many American states are offering incentives to business houses and residents if they are willing to install solar panels for their use. But sadly these incentives are set to

Low-Cost Solar Energy

Low-Cost Solar Energy

Since we can’t avail the benefits and drawbacks of conventional fuels indefinitely scientists are working constantly to improve on the non conventional resources of the energy. Researchers at South

Mechanical Engineers Create High-tech Solar Panels

Mechanical Engineers Create High-tech Solar Panels

Efforts are continuously on to make solar panels more efficient so that in future sunlight can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels. Researchers are putting tremendous effort

Collecting Solar Energy from Asphalt Roads

Collecting Solar Energy from Asphalt Roads

Have you walked barefoot across a parking lot on a hot summer day? You don’t have to be a space scientist to know the fact that blacktop is remarkably

African Solar Could Power all of Europe

African Solar Could Power all of Europe

Mediterranean Union was launched by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy in concurrence with the European Union. This new international organization will include sixteen non-EU states from around the Mediterranean

Nanoantennas Replacement for Solar Cells?

Nanoantennas Replacement for Solar Cells?

“Plastic sheets containing billions of nanoantennas that collect heat energy generated by the sun and other sources could dramatically improve the use of a type of energy we are

A Step Closer to the Optimum Solar Cell

A Step Closer to the Optimum Solar Cell

We are conversant with the fact that solar cells absorb the visible light of the sun, though half of the sun’s output is made up of infrared light that

Solar Energy Plant Coming to Philadelphia

Solar Energy Plant Coming to Philadelphia

A company called Green Energy Capital Partners based in Philadelphia is planning to build what they term as the second largest solar energy plant in the nation, in the

Solar Lens Towers To Power California

Solar Lens Towers To Power California

A Utah based solar company (IAUS) has begun construction on the first phase of a project they claim could produce electricity for Californians for a cheaper price than either

MIT Develops Way to Bank Solar Energy at Home

MIT Develops Way to Bank Solar Energy at Home

The fossil fuel scenario is pressing us to look for alternative sources of energy and that too, soon. We all are tightening our purse strings when fuel prices are

Colorful Glass Delivers Massive Solar Energy Boost

Colorful Glass Delivers Massive Solar Energy Boost

Now the extinction of conventional energy sources are not oh so distant future happenings, scientists are working overtime to generate alternative clean energy sources. Researchers all over the world