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Researchers study moths' eyes to solve one of thin-film solar technology's biggest problems: light reflection between films that causes light to be lost before it can be harnessed for energy production.
Date: 05/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The mayor of Lancaster has required all new homes in the city to either come equipped with solar panels or be in subdivisions that produce one kilowatt of solar energy per house, part of his plant to make Lancaster the solar capital of the universe.
Date: 04/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
In this episode of Lighting the World featured on UCTV, John Bowers of the Institute for Energy Efficiency describes how they are using the highly efficient white LED, discovered by Shuji Nakamura, to address the lack of reliable, economical light sources in many parts of the world.
Date: 03/15/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara are developing a new method of harvesting the Sun's energy. "It is the first radically new and potentially workable alternative to semiconductor-based solar conversion devices to be developed in the past 70 years or so."
Date: 02/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A new technology, the wind energy downdraft tower, may provide clean, renewable wind power in areas that have low or inconsistent winds. The skyscraper-sized structure has virtually no carbon footprint, fuel consumption, or waste production.
Date: 02/07/2013
Type: Article
Studies suggest that concentrated solar power (CSP) plants with storage capacity can outperform solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power.
Date: 01/03/2013
Type: Article
Researchers at Princeton claim to have developed a nansostructured sandwich of metal and plastic that increases the efficiency of organic solar cells by 175 percent.
Date: 12/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Solar Junction -- a Silicon Valley start-up -- has raised solar cell efficiency to 44 percent. Their triple-junction technology absorbs a broader spectrum of light compared to conventional solar cells.
Date: 12/10/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Big solar installers report almost no damage to their solar panels, even in hardest hit areas.
Date: 11/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have built the first all-carbon solar cell. These flexible photovoltaics promise low cost and durability, if their performance can be improved.
Date: 11/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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