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Wheels, Towers and Trees: Unconventional Renewable Energy Technologies in the Pipeline

Andrew Williams, International Correspondent May 15, 2015 A number of companies around the world are developing novel technologies in an effort to grab a slice of the global renewable energy market.  Although many of these technologies are ...

Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

Bill Scanlon, NREL April 14, 2015 The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels — an assurance demanded by customers, man...

A Forest of Power: Solar Energy-Harvesting Trees

Olli Ernvall, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland February 16, 2015 Scientists at VTT have developed a prototype of a tree that harvests solar energy from its surroundings — whether indoors or outdoors — stores it and turns it into electricity to power sm...

Why Baking Powder Increases Efficiency of Plastic Solar Cells

Barry van der Meer, Eindhoven University of Technology February 13, 2015 The efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process, comparable with the role of baking powder in dough mixture. Exa...

Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply

Christian Müller, Chalmers University of Technology February 2, 2015 Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carb...

Researchers Drive New Transportation Solutions

Anya Breitenbach, NREL January 16, 2015 Hybrid car sales have taken off in recent years, with a fuel-sipping combination of electric- and gas-powered technologies that simultaneously deliver energy efficiency, low emissions, an...

Professor’s Solar-Powered Passive House a Real-life Physics Lesson

Ann Kenda, Mount Holyoke College January 9, 2015 Assistant Professor of Physics Alexi Arango has been telling students in his Renewable Energy class for years about a little house in Maine that’s so energy efficient that it heats itself...

Boosting Solar Photovoltaic Efficiency with 'Tinkertoy' Materials

Mike Janes, Sandia National Laboratories November 5, 2014 Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will signif...

All-in-One Solution: Solar that Stores Its Own Power

Pam Frost Gorder, The Ohio State University October 7, 2014 Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

How to Make a “Perfect” Solar Absorber

David Chandler, MIT October 1, 2014 The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengt...

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