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10 American cities that are leading the way in the solar energy revolution

July 16th, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

The U.S. has made great strides in promoting and installing solar energy systems. In the U.S., Solar energy is on the rise. In President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, he recognized this shift, saying that, “We’re becoming a leader in solar … every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every […]



Solar powered ‘smart benches’ are popping up in Boston parks

July 8th, 2014 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

Solar-powered benches, called Soofas. The Internet of Things is growing larger. Benches can now be added to the list of things like watches, cars, phones, and everything else that comes in a “smart” variety.    



Elon Musk plans to build gigantic solar power super-factory in New York

July 7th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

SolarCity hope to create competitive made-in-the-USA panels. In addition to Elon Musk’s revolutionary SpaceX and Tesla Motors businesses, he’s trying to revolutionize solar energy, too. Now Musk’s solar company SolarCity wants to build a gigantic solar panel manufacturing plant in New York intended to build enough plans to meet what he hopes will be rapidly […]



New technology from Sharp demonstrates ultra-high efficiency solar cells

June 26th, 2014 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

Sharp’s technology could be twice as efficient at converting sunlight to electricity. Right now the best solar cells we have convert less than a third of the energy on sunlight into electricity, even though for decades researchers have calculated that exotic physics could allow solar cells to convert far more energy than they do now. […]



World’s most efficient solar cells may soon get cheaper

June 12th, 2014 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

Solar panels The world’s most highly-efficient solar cells are twice as efficient as the ones people put on their roofs, but hardly anyone uses them because the semiconductor materials they’re made of are so expensive. That could be about to change.    



Solar Forest provides a charging station for electric cars

June 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

Solar Forest We aren’t out of the woods yet when it comes to providing a steady supply of clean energy for electric vehicles. So, designer Neville Mars has conceived of an incredible EV charging station that takes the form of an evergreen glade of solar trees. His photovoltaic grove serves a dual function, acting as a go-to […]



Google offers $1 million prize for better solar power inverters

May 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

An Enphase Micro-Inverter Google’s Little Box Challenge, Google will be offering a $1 million prize for inventing much smaller solar power inverters. The challenge will be launched this summer, so currently few details have been released to the public.    



Germany generates 74% of power needs from renewable energy

May 16th, 2014 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

An offshore wind turbine near Rostock. Germany. Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continues, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday last Sunday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, […]



IBM creates a solar magnifying glass that could power the Earth

May 10th, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) IBM, the American multinational technology and consulting corporation are renowned the world over for being technology leaders and innovators with an aim to ‘shape the future of society and make the world work better and build a smarter planet.’ Their latest creation is being considered as one of their […]



Solar thermophotovoltaic device has potential to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light

May 9th, 2014 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

A nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic device. Traditional photovoltaic solar cells have an inherent limit on the efficiency at which they can convert sunlight into energy. This limit—based on the bandgap of the material used and known as the Shockley-Queisser limit—is about 33.7 percent for standard solar cells. It is essentially due to any material’s inability to respond to […]



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