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Harvard researchers have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel

artificial leaf

Biologists from Harvard University have developed a way to make burnable liquid fuel out of sunlight, using an artificial leaf and a bucket of bacteria-infested water. According to the Capital OTC, the research team developed an artificial leaf which can make sunlight divide water into oxygen and hydrogen. This process uses bacteria specially engineered to […]

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February 12th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Technology | Read More »

World’s largest solar plant opens in California desert

Desert Sunlight power plant

The Southern California desert is now home to the world’s largest solar power plant. According to the USA Today, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined state officials on Monday to open the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in the town of Desert Center, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park. Built by First Solar, the project […]

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February 11th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

Solar panels have now a force field that eliminate dust

dirty solar panel

A new electrostatic material could eliminate dust particles of solar panels in the desert, making them way more efficient. Dry, arid places are obvious locations for large-scale solar plants because there’s plenty of space and plenty of sun. But there’s a problem: Dust and sand that clings to equipment, reducing its efficiency. In places like […]

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February 10th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Recent developments in European solar energy sector

European solar market

Many EU member states have passed laws in recent years to encourage solar energy investment. However, solar energy may have become a victim of its own success. According to industry experts, certain subsidies and tariffs may have been overly generous, particularly given the decrease over the past few years in the cost of producing photovoltaic […]

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February 9th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,BUSINESS,Market News | Read More »

High-Efficiency solar cells move from space to your rooftop

High-Efficiency solar cells

High-efficiency solar cells originally designed for space travel are currently used for better efficiency in home solar systems. This advance is made possible by the development of new microscale solar concentration technologies. Concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems utilize inexpensive optics to concentrate sunlight onto collectors, in order to raise efficiency in the panels. “Current CPV systems […]

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February 6th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Solar power stealing sea slug can be first plant-animal hybrid ever descovered

Elysia chlorotica

Scientists discovered an animal that rely on sunshine for its nutrition. A new study published in The Biological Bulletin belive that Elysia chlorotica might be the first plant-animal hybrid ever discovered, as the emerald green slug steals its solar power by feeding on algae and storing the algae’s photosynthesis performing plastids in its large transparent […]

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February 5th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

Nanogenerator that uses skin as a source of electricity

energy from movements

National University of Singapore developed a tiny nanogenerator that uses your skin as a source of static electricity, and converts it to electrical energy — reportedly enough to power a small electronic device. The invention, presented at the MEMS 2015 conference recently, can generate 90 volts of open-circuit voltage when tapped by a finger. The researchers […]

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February 4th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Technology | Read More »

Apple is building a $2 Billion solar-powered data command center

solar-powered data

Apple’s power plant project in Arizona didn’t work out, so now Apple is investing another $2 billion to convert the facility into a massive data center. According to Quartz, the company will employ 150 full-time Apple staff at the Mesa, Arizona facility, which will serve as a command center for its global network of data […]

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February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,BUSINESS,Market News | Read More »

Singapore’s first 3D-printed urban solar electric car

solar-powered cars

Two solar-powered electric cars, designed by students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), were unveiled by the institution on Monday morning. According to Channel News Asia, one of the two is the first car in Singapore to be made with 3D-printed parts. Its cabin, which can seat one driver, is made of 150 3D-printed components […]

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February 2nd, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,Student,WEB | Read More »

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