Researchers at Northwestern University have used Blu-ray discs -- of Jackie Chan's Police Story 3: Supercop, to be exact -- to increase the efficiency of solar panels by 22%.
According to a new study in Nature Communications, the patterns etched onto Blu-ray disks could be harnessed in the engineering of solar panels. Blu-ray disks get their vibrant hue from the microscopic structures etched into their surface — tiny pits that encode the movie's data. Show More Summary
Yes, a Blu-ray copy of Police Story 3: Supercop was destroyed for the sake of science. It turns out that the nanostructure of Blu-ray disc makes them especially well-suited to soaking up light—exactly what you'd want with a solar panel. Read more...
The U.S. electric grid is on the brink of a major change, with rooftops all over the country poised to become adorned with solar panels and the other accoutrementsof locally-generated renewable energy, pushing electricity onto the grid while also serving homes. Right now, the electric grid only...
Meet robots that can clean solar panels without water for dry, dusty places.
Floating solar is “the new solar” these days. Everyone wants blue panels on top of water reservoirs. If you have been following our posts regularly, you would have seen both India and Japan stake claims at building the world’s largest floating solar power plants. Show More Summary
Earlier this fall SolarCity announced it would build a massive photovoltaic solar panel factory in Buffalo. Could this help drive the city's resurgence?
Not all solar panels are created equally and knowing what makes them different can make you a better buyer of solar energy.
In the near future, solar installations may look a lot cleaner because of one technology improvement solar panel makers are including.
We expect the company's earnings to improve on a sequential basis, driven by higher project sales, a possibly more favorable geographic shipment mix for panels and slightly lower polysilicon costs. During the previous quarter, the company's...Show More Summary
The retail behemoth gets a lot of good press for putting up a few solar panels, but it gets far more electricity from coal than from the sun.
If you ever go camping, or worry about suffering through a long power outage after a major storm, there's no safer bet for keeping your gadgets charged up than a solar panel. Today on Amazon, if you buy a 16W foldable panel from Intocircuit, you can get a solar-charging handheld lantern for free. Read more...
Thank Germany for Falling Prices of Solar Panels and Wind Turbines Harold L. Sirkin, November 18, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) “…[N]early 30 percent of Germany’s electric power comes from renewable energy sources, and the percentage is growing. Show More Summary
Because PV panels are able to capture more solar energy when they are pointed directly at the sun, installers may configure systems to optimize output by adjusting the orientation and tilt of a system, or by using mechanisms that track the sun as it traverses the sky. read more
The Netherlands' Energiesprong is retrofitting homes with modular, snap-on fittings that can be deployed quickly and cleanly.
The G-Code design is like a solar panel on very fast wheels. In years to come, we'll probably think about solar energy quite differently than we do now. For one, it will be a lot cheaper, making it something for everyone, not just relatively affluent homeowners (it's already a lot less pricey than it was). Show More Summary
Despite the high-profile bankruptcy of solar panel maker Solyndra, the Department of Energy's renewable energy loan program is officially in the black as of September and now expects to earn as much as $5 to $6 billion. According toShow More Summary
The cloth is flexible and weighs far less than traditional solar panels, making it ideal for roofs that can't hold much weight. The post New ‘Solar Cloth’ Allows Solar Cells To Be Stretched Across Parking Lots, Stadiums appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A Bloomberg News article last week claimed that the Obama administration's infamous clean-energy loan program -- which had funded bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra -- would actually earn at least $5 billion for taxpayers over the next two decades. Several other publications (including this one) followed the story. Show More Summary
Achieving unprecedented reductions in O&M costs and gains in efficiency, Eccopia's fully-automated solar robotics platform is energy-independent and water free.