Photovoltaic panels made from plant material could become a cheap alternative to traditional solar cells
Within a few years, people in remote villages in the developing world may be able to make their own solar panels, at low cost, using otherwise worthless agricultural waste as their raw material.
Lease option increases rooftop solar's appeal, study says
(PhysOrg.com) -- Rooftop solar panels are attracting a new demographic of customers who are choosing to lease rather than buy, and enjoying the low upfront costs and immediate savings.
In solar cells, tweaking the tiniest of parts yields big jump in efficiency
(PhysOrg.com) -- By tweaking the smallest of parts, a trio of University at Buffalo engineers is hoping to dramatically increase the amount of sunlight that solar cells convert into electricity.
Discovery of a 'dark state' could increase maximum theoretical efficiency of solar cells from 31 to 44 percent
The efficiency of conventional solar cells could be significantly increased, according to new research on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.
Imec, Polyera, Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar cell with inverted device
Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack. These excellent performance results ...
Jumping droplets take a lot of heat
Microscopic water droplets jumping from one surface to another may hold the key to a wide array of more energy efficient products, ranging from large solar panels to compact laptop computers.
Rapid retreat of Chile glacier captured in images
(AP) -- Researchers in Chile released a series of time-lapse photos Wednesday showing the dramatic retreat of a glacier in Patagonia.
Oerlikon Solar works to pull down PV costs in 2014
Affordable solar: It's closer than you think
It's time to stop thinking of solar energy as a boutique source of power, says Joshua Pearce.
Philippine solar light bottles offer hope
Filipino entrepreneur Illac Diaz is aiming to help a million poor people in a year, and with the help of some plastic bottles and a clever social media campaign may do even better.
China solar industry rejects US anti-dumping probe
Chinese solar panel makers on Tuesday rejected an anti-dumping complaint filed in the US by competitor SolarWorld, saying it risked "seriously hindering the development of green energy."
Panasonic to build Malaysian solar cell plant
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Friday it would build a new solar cell factory in Malaysia, as it looks abroad to cut production costs caused by the surging yen.
LIPA, BP Solar and Brookhaven National Lab flip the switch at the Long Island solar farm
Officials from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), BP Solar International, Inc. (BP Solar), Brookhaven National Laboratory and a host of government officials and environmental leaders today celebrated ...
Researchers adapt classic antennas to harness more power from the sun
Some solar devices, like calculators, only need a small panel of solar cells to function. But supplying enough power to meet all our daily needs would require enormous solar panels. And solar-powered energy collected by panels ...