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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

New ‘Solar Panels’ Harness The Energy Of Deep Space

Feb 05, 2020 at 11:06 | Haley Zaremba

Solar power is cheaper than ever, it’s ultra-abundant, and it emits zero greenhouse gases. But it’s far from perfect--for now. One of the biggest limitations of solar energy (which applies…

Is This The Future Of Solar?

Jan 03, 2020 at 09:31 | Haley Zaremba

Earlier this month, many of the world’s leading experts and authorities on climate change and clean energy met at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid to discuss…

Did Scientists Just Crack The Solar Code?

Dec 19, 2019 at 14:19 | Irina Slav

Scientists the world over have been trying to take a space-grade, super-efficient process for creating spray-on solar cells and make it economically feasible--on Earth.  Everyone said it was impossible.  Until…

Solar Energy Could Solve Morocco's Largest Energy Problem

Dec 18, 2019 at 12:13 | Oxford Business Group

In mid-October government officials inaugurated the village of Id Mjahdi, located near the western city of Essaouira. The first of its kind in Africa, the village, which is capable of…

The Not-So-Secret Component In Next-Gen Solar Cells

Dec 17, 2019 at 12:25 | MINING.com

Materials researchers at Estonia’s Tallinn University of Technology partially substituted copper with silver in solar cells’ absorber material to improve the efficiency of the devices. In a study published in…

This Australian Billionaire Just Saved A Solar Farm

Dec 06, 2019 at 14:12 | MINING.com

Australian mining billionaire and philanthropist Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is said to have come to the rescue of a massive and troubled solar farm in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, by agreeing to invest…

The Remarkable History Of Solar Energy

Dec 03, 2019 at 16:45 | Irina Slav

Everyone’s got an origin story, and solar energy is no exception, but you might be surprised to learn just how far back this origin story goes.   Mankind has been…

The Biggest Proponent Of Solar Isn’t What You’d Expect

Oct 02, 2019 at 12:51 | Tsvetana Paraskova

In the eyes of many investors and climate activists, ExxonMobil is the worst of them all—it is nowhere near the recent climate pledges of its European rivals and it…

Is This The Next Big Thing In Solar?

Sep 26, 2019 at 13:50 | Irina Slav

Solar power installations out in the open are a common sight in many parts of the world, but how about household solar generators? A team of Swedish and Chinese scientists…

This “Anti-Solar Panel” Could Generate Power From Darkness

Sep 23, 2019 at 13:51 | Haley Zaremba

A new poll confirms that the majority of constituents in the United States are still opposed to president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, as…

Brits Indebted On False Solar Promises

Sep 12, 2019 at 13:41 | Haley Zaremba

Way back in 2017 (nearly ancient history in the world of energy tech) the United Kingdom was smashing its own solar power records and celebrating “the latest in a series…

Tesla’s Newest Strategy To Salvage Its Slumping Solar Business

Aug 20, 2019 at 10:07 | Haley Zaremba

Solar power is poised for a major boom. Solar panel technology is advancing by leaps and bounds and the industry’s infrastructure has never been so efficient or so affordable. In…

Solar Stocks Jittery Ahead Of Subsidy Phase-Out

Aug 15, 2019 at 13:49 | Irina Slav

The end of this year will see the beginning of a phase-out for the Investment Tax Credit that was introduced more than a decade ago and spurred a true boom…

Is This The End Of Silicon Solar Cells?

Aug 12, 2019 at 13:49 | Irina Slav

Silicon has been to the solar power industry—not to mention the IT industry—what oil has been for the car industry: an essential element without which there would not have been…

Should Tesla Give Up On Solar?

Jul 30, 2019 at 09:26 | Irina Slav

When earlier this year Wood Mackenzie reported Tesla’s share of the solar installations market had fallen to just 6.3 percent during the first quarter, it was a bright red…

Is This The Solar Technology Of The Future?

Jul 29, 2019 at 10:08 | Tsvetana Paraskova

While researchers and scientists look at innovative ways to make solar panels more efficient and cost-competitive, others have come up with a solar technology with a bonus—free drinking water.…

A Serious Contender To Lithium-Ion Batteries

Jul 29, 2019 at 09:32 | Irina Slav

Sodium batteries are among the more advanced challengers to lithium ion dominance but, like other alternatives to Li-ion batteries, they have been plagued by persistent problems with their performance. Now,…

Brand New Material Could Lead To Cheaper Solar Cells

Jul 18, 2019 at 13:02 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Scientists may have found a pathway to designing interfaces of hybrid materials that are capable of turning light into electrical currents with high efficiency—a breakthrough that could potentially boost the…

24/7 Power: The Future Of Solar

Jul 12, 2019 at 17:41 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Despite the continuously falling costs of solar and wind power, renewable energy continues to grapple with the issue of storing energy produced from sun and wind when the sun…

Mini-Grid Revolution Could Soon Power 490 Million People

Jun 28, 2019 at 16:49 | Irina Slav

There are currently 840 million people around the world living without electricity. By 2030, this figure will rise to 1.2 billion as the global population expands and electricity grids remain…

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