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April 22, 2014
Nanoparticles Create Skinny Solar Cells
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 23, 2014
Nanostructures could enable more light to be directed into the active layer of solar cells, increasing their efficiency. Martina Schmid at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), has now measured how irregularly distributed silver particles influence the absorption of light. She demonstrated that nanoparticles interact with one another via their electromagnetic near-fields, so that local "hot spots" arise where light is concentrated especially strongly. The work has been described in Europhysics New ... read more
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Research Underway For Companion Plants To PV
Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new ... more

China looks toward greener energy future
Chinese Premier Li Kegiang said it was time for policymakers to "wage a war" against pollution by embracing greener energy policies. ... more

Pakistan plans huge desert solar park to fight energy crisis
For years Pakistanis have sweated and cursed through summer power cuts, but now the government plans to harness the sun's ferocious heat to help tackle the country's chronic energy crisis. ... more


Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces. ... more


New 'tunable' semiconductors will allow better detectors, solar cells
One of the great problems in physics is the detection of electromagnetic radiation - that is, light - which lies outside the small range of wavelengths that the human eye can see. Think X-rays, for ... more
Turn key solar systems for domestic and commercial installations


Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells
A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University ... more

Scientists open door to better solar cells, superconductors and hard-drives
Using DESY's bright research light sources, scientists have opened a new door to better solar cells, novel superconductors and smaller hard-drives. The research reported in the scientific journal Na ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Methane climate change risk suggested by proof of redox cycling of humic substances

Long-term predictions for Miami sea level rise could be available relatively soon

Taking the pulse of mountain formation in the Andes

Lab researcher discovers the green in Greenland

Ancient shark fossil reveals new insights into jaw evolution

Chickens to chili peppers

Researchers question published no-till soil organic carbon sequestration rates


Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities
Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they ... more

Let the Sun Shine In: Redirecting Sunlight to Urban Alleyways
In dense, urban centers around the world, many people live and work in dim and narrow streets surrounded by tall buildings that block sunlight. And as the global population continues to rise and bui ... more

Microgrid Solar Completes Largest Single-Building Solar Installation on any Missouri School
Placing 386 solar panels on the science building at MICDS was no small feat for Microgrid Solar. This is the largest solar array installation on one building for any Missouri school. Due to th ... more
UAV Payloads 2014, 24 - 25 June - London, UK
International Conference on Protection of Materials and Structures From Space Environment
Turn key solar systems for domestic and commercial installations

Training Space Professionals Since 1970

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

Clean Energy Collective and RGS Energy to Deploy First Community-Owned Solar Facilities in Massachusetts
The community solar developer, Clean Energy Collective (CEC), has selected RGS Energy as the general contractor for the construction of the first community-owned solar facilities located in the Comm ... more

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications ... more
Space News from
Arianespace's Vega launcher receives its "upper composite" for this month's launch

Upside-down planet reveals new method for studying binary star systems

45th Space Wing supports third SpaceX Launch for ISS Resupply mission

China issues first assessment on space activities

Robonaut from the ISS gets new legs for Easter

Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

Russia to Test Launch New Angara Rocket June 25


Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms
Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new ... more

Japanese solar plant set for tsunami-damaged site
Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp. said Thursday it started work on a solar power facility situated on land spoiled by the 2011 tsunami. ... more

EU moves to rein in state support for renewable energy
The European Union announced Wednesday sweeping new guidelines to curtail state support for renewable energy production, while still allowing governments to shield energy-intensive industries from high power bills. ... more
Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy

Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

"RoboClam" hits new depths as robotic digger

Improving the human-robot connection

Robonaut from the ISS gets new legs for Easter

BOEM extends planning time for OCS renewables

12 U.S. states account for 80 percent of wind power

Group to spearhead German wind farm program

China's love of luxury cars undimmed by domestic troubles

Automakers in China eager to sell - and resell

Luxury and large cars claim China auto show spotlight


Sun Gets to Work at the Long Beach Rescue Mission
The Port of Long Beach has awarded the Long Beach Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and adults, a $176,045 grant to install solar panels ... more

Organic Solar Cells More Efficient With Molecules Face-to-Face
New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor mole ... more

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments
Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released this w ... more

String Inverters Increasingly Used in Megawatt-Scale PV Projects
In a sign of their growing acceptance, string inverters are increasingly being considered in megawatt (MW)-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems, with over 40 percent of inverter buyers regarding them as ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

US 'closely watching' for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

Lockheed Martin Team's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Tops 100,000 Testing Miles During EMD Phase

Ukraine relaunches anti-rebel operation after Biden leaves

Ukraine military plane hit by gunfire above rebel-held town

Sikorsky, Army demonstrate optionally piloted Black Hawk


Greenpeace sees growth in renewable energy use


British solar plan to shift to rooftop installations


Nanosheets and nanowires


Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials


Tiny crystals to boost solar


Japan posts top growth in clean energy: survey


Ukraine turmoil clouds PV outlook


GDF Suez to add to French solar power capacity


SunEdison Manufactures Over 1 GW of Photovoltaic Solar Modules


ReneSola Elaborates on US Department of Commerce Investigation

Canadian Solar Completes the Sale of Little Creek Solar Power Plant to BluEarth

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Says Solar is Part of the Solution

SunPower Sells 70MW Concentrator Cell Package To Inner Mongolia

Wuxi Suntech Calls for an End to the US-China Solar Trade Disputes

Revolutionary solar cells double as lasers

6U Solar Panels Complete Qualification Program

Kohler and CalTech Solar-Powered Toilet Heads to India Toilet Fair

Cost reductions and global expansion critical to SMA Solar's future

New Energy Unveils largest SolarWindow prototype

Innovative Microgrid Project Is Centered Around A Solar Village

2000 Different Inverters Work with Tigo's Smart PV Tech

Andrews Space Completes Qualification Of New 6U Solar Panel

Managing renewables intelligently

Tiendas Soriana Hanwha Q CELLS, and ILIOSS partner to install 31 MW of solar power in Mexico

NTU scientists discover material that can be solar cell by day, light panel by night

New Handheld Instrument from Megger Aids in Solar Panel Positioning

Researchers improve performance of III-V nanowire solar cells on graphene

Panasonic and Coronal Complete Second Solar Project at University of Colorado Boulder

Vernon and CEC to Build Wisconsin's First Community-Owned Solar Farm

Yingli Green Energy Brings Solar Energy to Arena Pernambuco

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