Alternative Energy

Photovoltaic Cells

News and Information about Solar Photovoltaic Technology.

Dec 11, 2016

Photovoltaic Cells

Photo voltaic cells convert solar light photons into electricity. Photovoltaic solar cells fulfill two functions: photogeneration of charge carriers (electrons and holes) in a light-absorbing material, and separation of the charge carriers to a conductive contact that will transmit the electricity. Solar cells are commonly used in remote locations where cost-effective access to local power grids are not possible. The following articles contain information relating to solar photovoltaic technology and developments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Panels

Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Panels

HP and Xtreme Energetics (XE), a solar energy system developer based in Livermore, Calif., have announced that they have entered into an agreement for the development of a solar

ES-A Series Solar Panels

ES-A Series Solar Panels

Solar panels are a collection of solar or photovoltaic cells. These photovoltaic cells harvest sunlight and convert the solar energy into electrical energy. Solar cells are positioned into grid-like

Affordable DIY Solar Heating System

Affordable DIY Solar Heating System

Mother Earth News recently featured an extensive article covering instructions on building your own small-scale solar heating system for as low as $30. The 9 page tutorial includes step

500MW Solar Plant Coming to California

500MW Solar Plant Coming to California

Pacific Gas and Electric has announced plans to work with BrightSource Energy to three four or more huge solar thermal electric generators in the Mojave desert. The first plant

Solar Energy System for Google Headquarters

Solar Energy System for Google Headquarters

Google Inc. plans to build a massive solar-electricity system to help power parts of its Mountain View, Calif., campus that it says will benefit both the environment and its bottom

Ontario buys Solar Electricity from Homeowners

Ontario buys Solar Electricity from Homeowners

Homeowners who purchase and install home solar power systems in the province of Ontario will now earn some extra income to help pay for their systems, thanks to the Ontario

Renewable Energy Prison in Nevada

Renewable Energy Prison in Nevada

APS Energy Services has begun construction on a large-scale renewable energy facility as part of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center‘s plan to generate heat and electricity using forest waste products.

Astrolab Solar-Electric Hybrid Vehicle

Astrolab, the world’s first commercial solar car, will be available in January 2008 thanks to automobile designer Sacha Lakic. The car was developed by the French manufacturer, Venturi. The vehicle