German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon for Use in Solar Cells

October 8, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon , a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum, including infrared light. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have been making advancements in black solar panels, allowing them to double the efficiency of the material. The team is also hoping to combine a conventional panel (which can only capture three quarters of the spectrum), with the black silicon, creating a super-efficient cell that can harness the the full power of the sun. Read the rest of German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon for Use in Solar Cells Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black silicon , dr. stefan kontermann , Fraunhofer Institute , germany , infrared , Laser , photovoltaic panel , Solar cells , solar efficiency , solar panel

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Dacha’s Origami is an All White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

October 8, 2012 by  
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Panasonic Unveils “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week

April 13, 2012 by  
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The much-anticipated Milan Design Week kicks off on Monday, and Panasonic just sent us the first images of one particularly exciting project — Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata ‘s “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem . We first wrote about the installation last month, when renderings were released showing what promised to be a fascinating interactive exhibit. “Photosynthesis” uses photovoltaic cells mounted on clear polycarbonate to create a visually stunning array designed to compare our technological need for the sun to a plant’s process of photosynthesis. Now installed at the Interni Legacy exhibit at Università Statale, it certainly lives up to expectations! Read the rest of Panasonic Unveils “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: akihisa hirata , Illumated Art , Interni Legacy , Italian Architecture , LED lights , Milan Design Week , Panasonic Electric , Photosynthesis Solar , photovoltaic panel , Polycarbonate Frame , Solar Cell , Universita Statale

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Endemic Synthetic: An off grid temporary shelter built from repurposed PVC pipe

July 1, 2011 by  
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Salini Pillai: Endemic Synthetic Designed by Strawn.Sierralta Strawn.Sierralta, a husband and wife, boutique architecture team that runs a design studio based in Chicago, Illinois, came to know about the fact that PVC pipes are generally non-recyclable.

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OSU engineers successfully create CIGS solar devices with inkjet printing

July 1, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: Solar Cell Inkjet printable solar cells At the Oregon State University, some engineers have developed a new technique whereby CIGS solar devices could be created with inkjet printing. The technique would reduce the wastage of raw material by 90 percent leading to a much cheaper production of solar cells. These cheaper solar devices created through inkjets would not only be produced at a faster pace, but would also give huge performance

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