Category Archives: Solar

4 revealing solar market stats | SmartPlanet

The U.S. solar industry had a record year in 2013 with photovoltaic installations increasing 41 percent over 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. The Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013 … Continue reading

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Solar Thermal Photo Voltaics (STPV) Hit 3.5% Milestone | Kurzweil AI

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it … Continue reading

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A New Way to Make Solar Cells Thin, Efficient and Flexible | Kurzweil AI

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Central Florida may be one step closer to making solar cells that operate efficiently on a large scale. The team found a way to create large sheets of … Continue reading

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US Solar Installations Hit A Historic High in the Third Quarter | SmartPlanet

A record 186 megawatts of solar were installed on the rooftops of U.S. homes in the third quarter, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industry Association and GTM Research. Even though the utilities installed the largest share … Continue reading

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CONCEPT: Plasmonic Solar Cells | Kurzweil AI

[+]Researchers from the¬†University of Pennsylvania¬†have demonstrated a new mechanism for extracting energy from light, a finding that could improve technologies for generating electricity from solar energy and lead to more efficient optoelectronic devices used in communications. The research centers on … Continue reading

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Residential Rooftop Solar Distruption | Douglas Short

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Self-Assembling Nano-Antennas Soak Up The Sun | Science Daily

In diagrams it looks like a confection of self-curling ribbon with bits of bling hung off the ribbon here and there. In fact it is a carefully designed ring of proteins with attached pigments that self-assembles into a structure that … Continue reading

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Germany Using Solar Power to make better….SOLAR POWER | Karishrihe Institute of Technology

Renewable energies and electric energy storage are central research topics of KIT. Now, KIT is transferring its theoretical findings into practice: KIT will build the largest photovoltaics facility for own consumption in Germany and produce energy from renewable sources for … Continue reading

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Penn State Develops Self-Assembling Flexible Solar Cells | Penn State

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CONCEPT: Photo-Upconversion |

Jennifer Dionne begins with a statistic: the sun provides more energy in one hour than the world consumes in an entire year. Her goal is to use as much of that energy as possible. Current solar cells can only absorb … Continue reading

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