Fool's gold catches eye of solar energy researchers
Iron pyrite - also known as fool's gold - may be worthless to treasure hunters, but it could become a bonanza to the solar industry. The mineral, among the most abundant in the earth's crust, is usually discarded by coal ...
Engineers give solar power a boost
The growing popularity of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across the United States has made it more important to maximize their power input. That's why UC San Diego environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl is working ...
New solar energy conversion process could revamp solar power production
Stanford engineers have figured out how to simultaneously use the light and heat of the sun to generate electricity in a way that could make solar power production more than twice as efficient as existing ...
Parking lots could become 'solar groves' (w/ Video)
New solar concentrator design (w/ Video)
A new solar concentrator design from an electrical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego could lead to solar concentrators that are less expensive and require fewer photovoltaic ...
France builds world's biggest photovoltaic solar plant
French energy giant EDF is building the world's biggest photovoltaic solar power plant at an abandoned NATO air base and plans to have it open by 2012, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Solar panels go through extreme tests at San Jose lab
At a nondescript office park in San Jose, solar panels from manufacturers around the world are going through tests of extreme endurance to make sure they are safe to put on your roof.
Will Europe Be Powered by the Sahara
The easy way to go green
(PhysOrg.com) -- At last Friday's Energy Night at the MIT Museum, Dr. Keith Collins described his approach to fighting global warming with all the gusto of a really good insurance salesman. But Collins, who ...
Harnessing the sun
The American Solar Energy Society's 2009 National Solar Tour took place Oct. 3 in 3,000 communities.
Natural Fusion: Solar-powered home designed for 'realities of life'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Long cylinders wrapped in a thin dark blue film rest atop a newly constructed home in Central Pennsylvania. Beneath the cylinders is vegetation. The arrangement is not only the engine that ...
Solar Home Built by Students
It's time to green this old (White) House - again
(AP) -- President Barack Obama will find out two things as he studies how to make the White House more environmentally friendly:
Solar industry faces head winds but remains hopeful
Solar-industry executives paint a bright future for their industry, one where photovoltaic panels adorn roofs of homes and businesses and huge power plants capture the sun's rays to generate electricity. But the industry ...