2018’s Most Efficient Solar Panels

May 30, 2018 by  
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High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun’s energy miles above the clouds

January 11, 2016 by  
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Harnessing the sun’s energy for use here on Earth is a fairly easy thing to do in areas where a lot of sunlight hits the ground (or rooftop, as it were). New developments in solar power technology are working to maximize energy conversion, from capturing as much sunlight as possible to increasing the amount of energy converted . But no solar panel on Earth can do what NextPV is hoping to achieve. The research group is aiming to capture solar energy in the one place where the sun is shining virtually all the time: above the clouds. They say solar balloons floating above the clouds could create high-flying solar farms capable of producing clean energy around the clock. Read the rest of High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun’s energy miles above the clouds

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First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition

April 11, 2013 by  
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Arizona-based solar company  First Solar saw its biggest ever one-day jump — a whopping 45-percent increase — on Wallstreet Tuesday after announcing that its revenues and earnings will far exceed expectations, partly due to its acquisition of new solar technology. First Solar recently announced plans to acquire TetraSun , a California-based startup that produces high-efficiency crystalline silicon technology, which will enable First Solar to start making much more efficient solar panels. Read the rest of First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cadmium telluride solar panels , first solar , first solar acquisition of tetrasun , first solar higher than expected earnings , first solar stock , high-efficiency crystalline silicon technology , oversupply of solar panels , solar panels price plummets , solar stock , tetrasun        

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

March 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots . The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be produced cheaply, and the solar cells can be manufactured at room temperature, unlike silicon and other PV materials, which require high-temperature processing. Using a new technique, the scientists embedded the quantum dots in a ‘forest of nanowires,’ which will help the team to achieve higher efficiency ratios. Read the rest of MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , massachusetts institute of technology , MIT , nanowires , photovoltaic , qauntum dot solar cell , quantum dots , Solar Cell , solar efficiency , solar panel , Solar Power

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

January 17, 2013 by  
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A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and lithium-ion batteries. The findings show that gumboot chitons – a variety of large marine snails – use conveyer belt-like magnetic teeth to grasp algae on rocks. This biomineralization process could help grow minerals used in solar cells and batteries and also make harder, abrasion and impact-resistant materials. Read the rest of UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: David Kisailus UCR , green technology , gumboot chiton research , impact-resistant materials , magnetite research , marine snail teeth research , nanomaterial research , scientific research , Solar cells , solar industry , UC Riverside Research

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Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

March 6, 2012 by  
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A team of chemists at the University of California, Davis believe that the future of solar technology may lie in cells made from a film of tiny silver nitrate fractal trees . The research team, led by Professor Frank Osterloh, believes that by harnessing the conductive power of these fractal trees, they might create “better, more efficient solar cells” than the silicon-based photovoltaic panels currently available. Read the rest of Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , electrochemical reduction , fractal trees , frank osterloh , osterloh research lab , photovoltaic panels , silver fractals , silver nitrate , solar efficiency , tin oxide , university of california davis

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Studio Kalkwijk’s WakaWaka is a Super-Efficient Solar LED and Charger Developed for Rural Africa

December 19, 2011 by  
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Electricity and lighting is something we often take for granted, but millions around the world live in areas lacking the proper infrastructure to even support turning on a lamp. In Africa, the market for solar lamps has grown at a staggering rate of 450% per year, proving there is an acceptance and willingness to take on new technologies. Unfortunately, there is a lot of junk on the market that doesn’t work properly, bringing forth more waste than welfare. In response,  Studio Kalkwijk has developed the WakaWaka , a super-efficient solar LED lighting concept with state-of-the-art solar technology. The ‘WakaWaka’, which means ‘Shine Bright’ in Swahili, features a solar powered LED lamp, and a battery charger for cell phones. Now closing in on their production phase, the studio is looking for additional funding to help create the first couple hundred WakaWakas. These will need to be tested before the end of January when they will be sent to South Africa, as well as in Kenya, with the help of Unilever. If you want to learn more, or would like to support this project, visit their Kickstarter page here . + The WakaWaka by Studio Kalkwijk The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: designing for poor rural areas , eco lamps , green design , human relief design , lighting in africa , social design , solar chargers , solar lamps , solar phone charger , solar-powered lamps , Studio Kalkwijk , Super-Efficient Solar LED , WakaWaka , WakaWaka lamp

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Researchers Create First Solar Cells With Quantum Efficiency of 114%

December 19, 2011 by  
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This morning saw a solar breakthrough at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where researchers created a quantum dot solar device that has a higher energized particle percentage output than its energized particle input. The photocurrent of a solar device — photocurrent shows the efficiency of a solar cell — is expressed as a percentage and is found by measuring the number of electrons flowing per second out of the solar cell divided by the number of photons per second of an energy entering the solar cell. NREL researchers have developed a solar cell that has a photocurrent of 114%, which is the most efficient ratio ever seen before. Read the rest of Researchers Create First Solar Cells With Quantum Efficiency of 114% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Emits More Energy Particles Than it Absorbs , government renewable energy policy , green energy , how efficient are solar cells , National Renewable Energy Laboratory , new solar technology , renewable energy , renewable energy investment , Researchers Create Super Efficient Solar Cell , Solar Cell , solar cell efficiency , solar cell technology , solar energy innovation , solar power innovation , solar power technology , super efficient solar cell , uber solar cell

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OOIIO Architecture’s German Housing Project Brings Beautiful Greenery to a Former WWII Runway

December 19, 2011 by  
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Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture recently designed a 6-story housing project for Wurzburg, Germany. The colorful complex consists of 15 multi-faceted and sustainable apartment blocks that transform a former WWII runway into a spectacular green space for both residents and the public to enjoy. The buildings were inspired by a famous landscape exhibition in Germany called “ Bundesgartenschau ”, and special gardens cross the entire development. The development will aim to be net-zero and it will utilize green technologies throughout + OOIIO Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bundesgartenschau , german architecture , german design , german housing porgect , germany , Madrid architects , net zero housing projects , OOIIO Architecture , spanish architecture , sustainable apartments , Wurzburg

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Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

April 28, 2011 by  
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Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, working in the new field of transformation optics, have created an invisibility cloak that could lead to more efficient solar cells .

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