Scientists working on a joint project have devised a pretty cool way to make solar panels self-cleaning and produce more power. By adding a nanoscopic pattern to the surface of the solar cells, they found that not only does the pattern make the cells non-reflective (which boosts the power output … Continue reading
Unused land sitting at a municipal city landfill in Massachusetts is now being put to productive use – saving money and generating clean electricity. The city of Methuen put their Huntington Avenue landfill to green productive use by building a small solar farm on the site. The new solar farm, … Continue reading
A group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering along with a team from the Friedrich-Schiller University are working to develop new cost efficient solar panels available in a wide range of colors. By combining what should be an aesthetically pleasing design along with highly … Continue reading
Apple is building a new data center in Reno, Nevada, and they’re planning to powering it with 100% renewable energy. Plans call for a 18 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm to be built in Yerington, which is right outside Reno. The new solar farm will completely power Apple’s new data … Continue reading
By combining their experience on cooling supercomputers with a concentrated photovoltaic solar collector, IBM thinks that they can hit 80 percent efficiency with its new High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system. With HCPVT, you get energy in two forms – electricity plus hot water. The system consists of a … Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has a nice recap of 5 large scale utility sized solar projects that came online in 2012. Last year was a really good year for U.S. solar installations – it was up 76 percent over 2011. Utility-scale solar projects grew by more – … Continue reading
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University have come up with a new type of organic solar cell made out of wood. Their new thin film cells are made out of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) which they make using softwood from trees. Most organic solar cells are built … Continue reading
Professor Darren Sun at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University has developed what he calls Multi-Use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), by turning titanium dioxide crystals into nanofibers. These nanofibers can easily be made into flexible filter membranes by combining them with carbon, copper, zinc, or tin, depending on the application.