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[VIDEO] Scientists use solar film to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen…without exploding

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Hydrogen powered cars are slowly accelerating in popularity with boosts from infrastructure development and car manufacturers. But getting eco-friendly hydrogen is still a bit of a challenge. Right now, a lot of hydrogen is produced through mixing steam and natural gas. An alternative to using natural gas is electrolysis, using an electric current to pull […]

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March 18th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Solar charge controller to improve efficiency of solar panels

charge controller

The simplest and easiest way to charge a battery with a solar panel is to connect the panel directly to the battery. Assuming the panel has a diode to prevent energy from flowing through it from the battery when there’s no sunlight. This is fairly common but not very efficient. Debasish Dutta has built a […]

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March 17th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Solar Shirt: the phone charger you can wear

solar shirt

Ever had the frustration of your phone, camera or GPS battery going flat when you’re out and about? That could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the Solar Shirt – the follow-up project after Wearable Solar. Created in collaboration by Holst Centre, TNO and renowned fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, the shirt […]

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March 16th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

The first solar-powered round-the-World journey has begun

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An historic attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered aircraft the weight of a minivan began Monday as the plane took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of its record-breaking journey. According to The Washington Post, the Swiss-made, single-seat plane left Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport just as the sun […]

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March 9th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells

Solar cells from shrimp shells

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have created electricity-generating solar cells using chemicals derived from the shells of shrimp and other crustaceans, a development that could have a major impact on the cost of producing solar panels. According to Energy Matters, the research is focused on nanotechnology, specifically the highly conductive light-absorbing quantum […]

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February 25th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Solar to become cheapest source of energy over next decade

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Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, according to a new report from German think tank Agora Energiewende. Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, […]

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February 24th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | 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 »

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 »

First autonomous public lighting system that runs on solar and wind energy

solar and wind public light

The first autonomous industrialized public lighting system that is running on nothing but solar and wind energy was recently created by researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in cooperation with Eolgreen. The system is designed for use along inter-urban roads and motorways, and in urban parks and various public areas and is reported to […]

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January 26th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics,Wind | Read More »

Biomimicry, the new way to improve the efficiency of plastic solar cells

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If you look closely, you may notice the tiny contours and crinkles on the surface of a leaf. All those folds bend and absorb light better than if it was flat, helping it receive more rays. Inspired by that, engineers at Princeton University use similar micro-folds to improve the efficiency of plastic solar cells in […]

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January 13th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

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