Friday, April 29th, 2011
The real alternative energy revolution takes place in small start-ups whose R&D efforts keep improving clean technology to make it applicable on a mass scale. One such company is Hypersolar, whose focus is to develop a technology that can magnify sun power to increase the power output of solar cells. (more…)
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
One of the biggest challenges for the solar power industry is to boost the power-conversion efficiency of solar cells. In response to that, a duo of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Research) researchers have found a little helper in a virus called M13.
Graduate students Xiangnan Dang and Hyunjung Yi (more…)
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
A thin, cheap solar concentrator to replace expensive solar cells in conventional flat solar panels may be a step closer to becoming a reality.
The news came from HyperSolar. The California outfit yesterday announced it has successfully completed a prototype design of its thin solar concentrator. Hypersolar’s (more…)
Saturday, December 11th, 2010
Enjoy the safety of a bike light without worrying about dead batteries!
Tired of getting of being too scared to commute by bike because you don’t have the proper safety lights? Frustrated with your current headlamp or safety light because the batteries need to be replaced every other time you ride? The Pedalite (more…)
Monday, November 15th, 2010
In the latest news on the solar rebate front, Florida – which in 2006 offered $4 per watt for solar energy installations as an incentive to increase the state’s renewable energy portfolio – appears to be about to renege on at least part of its promise. (more…)
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
On October 21, the National Research Council (NRC) began operations on a new high-efficiency solar energy experiment at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, located on NRC property in Ottawa.
“Semiconductors Using Nanostructures (more…)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Mitsubishi and Nippon Fruehauf, a light metals manufacturer, have developed an “idling-stop” solar-powered air conditioning unit that cools the truck cabin when the engine is not running.
Called the “i-Cool Solar,” the solar- (more…)
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
How large can a Photo Voltaic (PV) solar farm be? It, of course, depends, on the available land space and the efficiency of the solar cells involved. Sarnia Solar Facility, deemed the world’s largest Photo Voltaic solar power station, has just opened in Canada. (more…)
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
A new design by Solimpeks Solar Energy Corp. that improves solar PV panel efficiency by turning “heat stress” into hot water is surprising, but perhaps only because we wonder why someone didn’t do it sooner.
The sad fact of solar PV electricity generation is, the more sunlight the panels (more…)
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has confirmed results for a record-breaking conversion efficiency in solar cell technology. Oerlikon Solar and Corning Incorporated have combined technologies to produce a tandem solar cell using thin-film silicon. Oerlikon’s proprietary Micromorph® solar cells and Corning’s specialty, advanced light-capturing glass (more…)