World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency
German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin announced today that they have achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity ...
Sahara desert project aims to power half the world by 2050
Lessons to be learned from nature in photosynthesis
Photosynthesis is one of nature's finest miracles. Through the photosynthetic process, green plants absorb sunlight in their leaves and convert the photonic energy into chemical energy that is stored as sugars ...
'Home-made' electricity creating buzz in Germany
Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany's southern city of Freiburg—"cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection".
Huge US solar plant lags in early production
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world—once promoted as a turning point in green energy—isn't producing as much energy as planned.
US approves world's biggest solar energy project (Update)
The Obama administration has approved a thousand-megawatt solar project on federal land in southern California, the largest solar project ever planned on U.S. public lands.
$21 Billion Orbiting Solar Array will Beam Electricity to Earth
Turning plants into power houses
(PhysOrg.com) -- "I have a slide that has a photo of a cornfield and a big photovoltaic array," says Robert Blankenship, a scientist who studies photosynthesis at Washington University in St. Louis. "When ...
Scientists grow solar cell components in tobacco plants
Air, water and sun: The ingredients of 'green gasoline'
(Phys.org) —Mimicking a natural process perfected over billions of years to capture solar energy, researchers are creating artificial photosynthetic systems that will turn air and water into transport fuel.
Japan to replace nuclear plant with world's largest wind farm
Discovery of new plant switch could boost crops, biofuel production
A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis - the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.
Researchers use real-world data to model the effect of more solar on the grid
American electrical utilities do a pretty fantastic job of getting us electricity when we need it. In 2006, the power was out on average for just 0.03 percent of the year in the United States. But right now, ...