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Solar thermal and photovoltaic solar energy

New Solar Cells Collect High Energy Photons 30 Times Better

Written by , on September 10, 2015

Scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Illinois have made solar cells that collect blue photons at 30 times the concentration of conventional solar cells.  Read more »

“Artificial Leaf” Breakthrough

Written by , on August 20, 2015

Researches at Melbourne’s Monash University, led by Professor Doug MacFarlane, have announced they have succeeded in extracting hydrogen and oxygen from water and sunlight at record efficiency in a process which mimics photosynthesis.  Read more »

Butterflies Show How to Improve Solar Concentrators

Written by , on August 17, 2015

Researchers from the University of Exeter have shown that, by mimicking the posture and wing structure of Cabbage White butterflies, they can vastly increase the efficiency of solar concentrators.  Read more »

Coating Increase Solar Panel Efficiency by 30%

Written by , on August 10, 2015

Researchers at the University of California Riverside think they’ve developed a technology that they say can boost the conversion efficiency of the panels by at least 30%.  Read more »

US Army Claims Solar Cell Breakthrough

Written by , on July 8, 2015

U.S. Army researchers at the Redstone Arsenal have developed a new type of solar panel which they say is a significant breakthrough in solar energy production being much thinner, more efficient and cheaper than current panels.  Read more »

Long Lasting Solar Thermal Material Absorbs 90% of Light

Written by , on November 7, 2014

A new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants can absorb and convert to heat more than 90% of the sunlight falling on it, withstand temperatures of more than 700ºC and survive for many years.  Read more »

Solar Panels for Walls and Paths

Written by , on November 6, 2014

A Swiss non-profit company, has developed a technology which allows solar panels to be different colors. Meanwhile, Dutch engineers have installed the world’s first bike path made from solar panels.  Read more »

Combined Solar Cell and Battery

Written by , on October 21, 2014

Researchers at Ohio State University have reported that they have succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.  Read more »

Singing Bowls Inspire More Efficient Solar Cells

Written by , on September 10, 2014

Dr Niraj Lal, a researcher from Australia National University has used the shape of Buddhist singing bowls as the inspiration for a more efficient type of solar cells.  Read more »

New Material Converts Solar Energy to Steam

Written by , on September 10, 2014

A new material structure, developed at MIT, generates steam when simply floated on water and placed in the sun.   Read more »