New Solar Technology Creates Steam Without Boiling Water

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by

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  A revolutionary new way to create steam simply by using sunlight has been discovered by researchers. The method is able to bring an entire container of fluid to boiling point, even a container of icy cold water. The new method has many potentially very useful applications. These include the creation of very inexpensive and […]

Solar Price Hits All-Time Low In Australia

Published on November 5th, 2012 | by

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  The Solar Choice Price Index provides a monthly update of the cost of solar across Australia. It’s a very useful tool for keeping up to date with Australia solar price trends, which are some of the most exciting in the world. Australia rooftop solar actually competes with German rooftop solar in some arenas. The […]

New Solar Power Plant Completed In Modesto

Published on November 5th, 2012 | by

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  The Modesto Irrigation District in California is now home to the 25-megawatt McHenry Solar Plant designed and constructed by SunPower and currently providing power for approximately 6,000 homes. The project created nearly 150 construction jobs and is owned by K Road Power Holdings. SunPower is providing operations and maintenance services for the site, and […]

US Solar Job Growth Booming, Up 13.2%

Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by

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During the last few days of the election, when politicians scramble to make promises about jobs and the economy, only a fool would ignore this statistic: employment in the solar industry has grown 13.2 percent over the last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy grew 2.3 percent during the same period. […]

New High-Efficiency Quantum Dot Solar Cells Developed

Published on October 27th, 2012 | by

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The first solar cell with an external quantum efficiency (EQE) that exceeds 100 percent for photons with energies in the solar range has been created. With these new solar cells, every blue photon that is absorbed can generate up to 30 percent more current than with current technologies. The external quantum efficiency is the measure […]

Solar Battery Charger from Ascent Solar & CTC GmbH

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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There are a lot of solar battery chargers out there. But here’s a new one from Ascent Solar and CTC GmbH: Portable Automotive Solar Battery Charger Announced (via Clean Technica) Here’s a new solar-powered consumer tech product to check out. The new Solab autonomous thin-film solar battery charger is the byproduct of a collaboration between Ascent Solar […]

Largest Transparent Solar PV Roof In U.S.

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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In many cases, transparent solar or building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) don’t serve enough of a purpose to warrant their extra cost. But, sometimes, they are the obvious choice for the project. Here’s one such example, the largest transparent solar PV roof in the US: Largest Transparent Photovoltaic Roof in the US (via Clean Technica)   […]

Bandgap Engineering Aims To Double Solar Cell Power Generation Using Nanowires

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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Two times more solar cell power generation? Well, that would be something, wouldn’t it! Here’s more info from CleanTechnica: Startup Hopes to Double the Power of Solar (via Clean Technica)   A Massachusetts start-up called Bandgap Engineering is aiming to double the power generation of solar cells using nanowires. Already, the company says it has achieved […]

Solar Power Is Contagious: Solar Panel Installation Strongly Linked To Local Exposure Through Neighbors

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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Someone is considerably more likely to install solar panels on their home if others in their area have already installed them, according to new research from Yale and New York University. The research was done by studying different clusters of solar panel installations in California from January 2001 to December 2011. The researchers found that […]

Over 100 MW Of Utility-Scale Solar For Indonesia

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by

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100 MW of utility-scale solar power plants are reportedly headed to Indonesia courtesy First Solar, a leading solar product company based out of the US, and PT. Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Services (PJB Services), an Indonesia company. An MOU was signed this week by the two companies. “Indonesia has an increasingly urgent need for reliable, cost-effective energy […]