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Jackie Chan Blu-ray disc boosts solar panel efficiency by a massive 22%

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%.

Old Blu-ray disks could help make better solar panels

15 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

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

A More Efficient Solar Panel Can Be Made With Old Blu-Ray Discs 

20 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

Cool new infographic shows you how the US power grid works

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

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...

This Israeli startup makes robots that dry clean solar panels

yesterdayTechnology : GigaOM

Meet robots that can clean solar panels without water for dry, dusty places.

Yet Another Claim For World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant

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

SolarCity and Buffalo’s Transformation

Earlier this fall SolarCity announced it would build a massive photovoltaic solar panel factory in Buffalo. Could this help drive the city's resurgence?

The Solar Panels You Buy Matter--A Quick Guide for Better Decisions

Not all solar panels are created equally and knowing what makes them different can make you a better buyer of solar energy.

This Is What the Future of Solar Panels Looks Like

In the near future, solar installations may look a lot cleaner because of one technology improvement solar panel makers are including.

Trina Solar Q3 Preview: Shipments Mix, Better Costs, Projects Business Could Drive Earnings

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

Walmart burns loads of coal, despite happy solar talk

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.

Charge Everything Under the Sun, Upgrade Your Knives, and More Deals

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

Friday Energy Facts: Solar Photovoltaic Output Depends on Orientation, Tilt, and Tracking

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

Green renovation made easy with snap-on insulation and solar panels

The Netherlands' Energiesprong is retrofitting homes with modular, snap-on fittings that can be deployed quickly and cleanly.

This Concept Mercedes Generates Power From Its Paint Job

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

Renewable Energy Loan Program That Funded Solyndra Is Paying Off

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

New ‘Solar Cloth’ Allows Solar Cells To Be Stretched Across Parking Lots, Stadiums

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.

Why the government’s claim that the Solyndra program made money may be misleading

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

Cloud-Based Solar Robotics Platform Cleans PV Panels Without Water

Achieving unprecedented reductions in O&M costs and gains in efficiency, Eccopia's fully-automated solar robotics platform is energy-independent and water free.

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