Duke Energy Acquires Solar Project in Tucson

December 14th, 2012

Within the University of Arizona’s (US) Science and Technology Park in an area dedicated to solar energy, Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, acquires a solar power project in Tucson. Read the rest of this entry »

Solar Cell Fabric by Japanese Researchers

December 12th, 2012

Solar-cell fabric ... will eventually let wearers to harvest energy.

Japanese researchers have invented solar cell fabric. The new fabric is composed of wafer-thin solar cells, which can be woven together with sweater or trousers capable of powering up mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Before officially introducing fabric in the market, researchers want to work on it.

There are many things such as coating for the conductive wires and improving the fabric’s durability before its commercialisation, an official at the Industrial Technology Centre in central Japan’s Fukui Prefecture said.

Fascinated by the invention, many electronics makers, blind makers and others are interested in solar cell fabric, which has been developed by the centre along with the help of a Kyoto-based solar cell maker and other private firms.

After last year’s tsunami, Japan is looking for an alternative energy sources because of the worst nuclear accident in a generation.

Nanotechnology to Produce ‘Solar Steam’

December 4th, 2012

A new solar technology has been discovered by scientists at Rice University, using nanoparticles. The nanoparticles can directly convert solar energy to steam, entirely skipping the process of boiling water. The efficiency rate for this procedure is 24%. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Nanoscale Structures For Better Solar Cells And LED-Displays

November 26th, 2012

Researchers at King’s College London have devised a process whereby they were able to separate colors and create ‘rainbows’ on a metal surface using nanoscale structures. This new research may lead to improved solar cells and LED-displays. Read the rest of this entry »

UK’s Largest Solar Project About to Complete by March 2013

November 21st, 2012

To setup the largest proposed solar farm in the United Kingdom, the Charnwood Borough Council has given a green signal to the Lark Energy. Read the rest of this entry »

Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger to Charge Your Smartphone

November 16th, 2012

With its easy to use portable solar power product christened Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit, Goal Zero has taken a step further in encouraging reliance on the clean energy. This all new solar recharging kit is ultra-lightweight and its power supply will enable you charge your smartphone and USB gear wherever you go with sunlight. Read the rest of this entry »

Coca-Cola India Develops Solar-Powered Coolers for Rural Areas

November 12th, 2012

Coca Cola has found an unique way of selling its products in cities where the availability of ice and electricity in unreliable. It has developed a “eKOCool” cooler that is powered exclusive by solar energy. The new solar cooler can store 48 300-ml of glass bottles with additional features for charging mobile phones and solar lanterns. The impact of these solar coolers was recently witnessed in small, remote villages of Uttar Pradesh that don’t have any access to electricity. Read the rest of this entry »

Tokelau World’s First Place to Generate Electricity Entirely on Solar Power

November 7th, 2012

After the success of a solar project in Tokelau, these remote Pacific islands have become the first territory in the world to generate their electricity completely from solar energy. Read the rest of this entry »

Stanford Researchers Develop All-Carbon Solar Cell

November 5th, 2012

The Bao group's all-carbon solar cell consists of a photoactive layer, which absorbs sunlight, sandwiched between two electrodes.

Researchers at Stanford University have developed the first solar cell made entirely out of carbon. This research will report what might be a potential breakthrough to simple, effective and inexpensive manufacturing solutions compared to the expensive materials currently used in solar cells. Read the rest of this entry »

An Out-of-the-Lab Solar-Power System Converts More Sunlight into Electricity

November 1st, 2012

Carlos Alejandro / Carlos Alejandro Photography

According to a new research, it has been proved that an out-of-the-lab solar-power system can convert more than a third of the sun’s direct sunlight into electricity. Read the rest of this entry »