The idea of having solar electricity floating on a lake has been taking off. Moreover utilities are discovering savings from not requiring costly support structures.
On January 17, 2017, a report slipped onto the pages of Nature.Com virtually unnoticed. In it, a consortium of scientists announced their discovery
The island of Eigg, in the Scottish Hebrides, would be unremarkable except for one thing. After all, it has less than 100 inhabitants.
Off-grid domestic solar systems have tended to follow linear thinking. The earliest were UPS batteries connected to the household grid. Then someone hit on the idea of joining them to solar panels.
Far above us in the sky, spacecraft could soon be using solar sailing technology to travel through space. Scientists envisage large mirrors made of shiny aluminum.
Hot on the heels of the U.S. presidential election, authoritative investment advisers report lithium on the campaign trail again. The first wave comprised the compact rechargeable batteries that populate our smartphones
Despite recent progress to increase the efficiency of solar power, it still only accounts for about one percent of the world’s total mix of energy. Yet the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that solar energy, most of it being generated by decentralized “rooftop” photovoltaic systems, could well become the world’s single biggest source of […]
An experiment conducted at the University of Oregon using a laser on nanoparticle photocells has created a whole new view of how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity. The experiment, which could potentially inspire more efficient devices in solar energy conversion, was performed on photocells that used lead-sulfide quantum dots as pro […]
Research Scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have come up with a new technique for generating electrical energy. The method can be used in harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. The new technology can be beneficial where energy harvesters are required, as in the […]
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity affordable, compared to other sources of energy. Sandia’s work builds on their recent successes […]