Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3 micrometers thick

August 27, 2015 by  
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The age old mineral perovskite has been something of a holy grail in solar cell development; the mineral is abundant, cheap, lightweight, and highly efficient when it comes to absorbing light. It does, however, have one major downside: perovskite is water-soluble. In experiments to utilize the mineral, this has meant solar cells have either been light and degradable or heavier and less efficient. But an effort by researchers at Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has created a relatively stable solar cell that is just three micrometers thick and yields 12 percent efficiency. Read the rest of Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3 micrometers thick

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Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for his lucky son

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

August 27, 2015 by  
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Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data reveals we could be looking at a three-foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years, putting coastal regions and the existence of vulnerable island nations in serious jeopardy. 150 million people currently live within that one meter range around the globe, which is disappearing quickly as polar ice sheets melt away. Read the rest of NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

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Triple Threat: New Generator Harnesses Energy from Sun, Wind and Rain

June 13, 2011 by  
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One thing that’s known for sure about the future of renewable energy is that it will take all types to fulfill our energy needs.  The wind isn’t always blowing and the sun isn’t always shining, but if wind , solar, geothermal, wave/tidal and any other type of renewable energy generation are all utilized and all feeding the grid, then we’ll be more than covered.  But what about devices that can harness more than one of these renewable energy sources at once? A new renewable energy generator developed by researchers at the University of Bolton in the UK is able to harness energy from not one, but three sources:  sunlight, wind and rain.  I’m sure you’re imagining one crazy-looking contraption, but this new technology actually uses ribbons of piezoelectric polymer that are coated with a thin, flexible solar PV film

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Fancy Solar Cooker Concept a Possible Solution For Off-Grid Communities

February 4, 2011 by  
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Images via Yanko Design Solar cookers for rural communities and villages in developing countries are a hot topic among designers.

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Finalists Present Their Projects in Competition to Redesign Minneapolis’ Riverfront

February 4, 2011 by  
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The Turenscape team’s proposal for a renewed Minneapolis riverfront. Minneapolis, already named the country’s most bike-friendly city , is about to get quite a makeover. In September, the city’s Park and Recreation Board announced a design competition to create a new image of the Upper Mississippi Riverfront.

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First Ever UL Certification for Solar Power Goes to Flexible Panels

September 14, 2010 by  
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Image via CNET, credit SoloPower While flexible solar panels are not as efficient as standard solar panels you see on the rooftops of homes, they are increasing in popularity since they can be used in applications where conventional solar panels simply aren’t practical. And now, one company has pulled ahead with the first ever Underwriters Laboratories certification in the PV solar industry.

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SoloPower debuts thin-film flexible solar cells for commercial rooftops

July 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Thin-film solar panels ease rooftop solar installation. Thin-film flexible solar panels have already found their place in many portable electronic devices. SoloPower is now trying to use the technology to ease rooftop solar installation by unveiling a line of flexible panels for commercial rooftops

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New Silicon Nanorod Solar Cells Use 99% Less Material

February 15, 2010 by  
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Instead of investing in solar cell architectures that require entirely new manufacturing processes, wouldn’t it be easiest to build on what we have? That’s part of the thinking behind a new type of silicon nanorod solar cell developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The nanorods are assembled into a “carpet” and embedded into a transparent polymer to make flexible solar cells that use only 1% of the material needed to make conventional silicon cells

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