Germany’s Artificial Sun to Produce Hydrogen

January 2, 2018 A research facility in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, has built Synlight, an artificial sun intended to develop production processes for solar fuels, including hydrogen. The system consists of 149 Xenon short-arc lamps focused on an area of 20 x 20 centimeters in a 3-story building. Synlight’s 350-kilowatt array … Continue reading

A Working Solar-Hydrogen Prototype

July 21, 2017 The genie is out of the bottle!  We are extraordinarily pleased to note that fittingly, the land of Jules Verne has just launched the first 6-year voyage around the world of a vessel powered entirely by solar, wind and hydrogen. This monumental accomplishment proves beyond any doubt … Continue reading

Farm in Desert Uses Saltwater and Sun Only

October 6, 2016 A farm in Australia is now using seawater and sun to grow vegetables, and it does not require pesticides or fossil fuels. Instead, it relies on a sun-powered desalination plant and a greenhouse to irrigate tomatoes. This is of course a great step forward along the lines … Continue reading

Solar Cell Triggered by Sun and Rain

April 11,2016 A study published in Angewandte Chemie has found that when combined with an electron-enriched graphene electrode, a dye-sensitized solar cell can be excited by incident light on sunny days and raindrops on rainy days. Its optimal solar-to-electric conversion efficiency is 6.53%.

Highly Efficient Solar Cells

March 27, 2016 A new study published on March 24, 2016 in the journal Science demonstrates that hybrid lead halide provskites, solar cells that can be produced cheaply with easily synthesized materials, have an astonishing ability: not only do they absorb energy from the sun to generate electricity as all … Continue reading

Australian Solar Panels 40% Efficient

December 7, 2014 Researchers at the University of New South Wales announced that they were able to convert more than 40% of sunlight hitting panels into electricity. The tests were replicated at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States. A similar breakthrough (44.7%) at the Fraunhofer Institute for … Continue reading

Better Than Grid Parity

Electricity in Hawaii costs $0.38 per kilowatt hour, almost treble the national average of around $0.13, which incidentally does not factor in the damage to the environment caused by using fossil fuels to generate electricity. Solar power, which can cost $0.30 per KWH, is now actually cheaper than grid electricity. … Continue reading

Solar Power Economics

October 24, 2014 Here’s an example –albeit of limited scope- of how solar power could be used to reduce unemployment. An Arizona-based private company will build a 60-megawatt solar power plant on 600 acres of dry, vacant land near Mendota, California, a drought-stricken community with near 30% unemployment about 25 … Continue reading

New Solar Tracking System Improves Production by 22 to 28%

Mass Megawatts recently announced the company’s entry into the $12 billion, US solar power market with the development of a new solar tracking technology that significantly increases the level of energy produced by solar power systems. This innovative design, combined with substantial government incentives, has created an unprecedented opportunity for … Continue reading

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