Researchers develop new transparent cells that produce solar energy

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New solar cells can be used on rooftops and could eventually replace windows Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new transparent solar cell that may showcase how solar energy will be used in the future. The researchers believe that the new solar cells can be used to replace their more conventional counterparts that are installed on rooftops. They could also be used on other transparent surfaces, such as windows. As such, they would effectively transform windows into solar energy generators. Transparent solar cells can be affixed to nearly…

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New tariffs could be trouble for the solar energy sector

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Senators come together in order to fight new tariffs Several senators have come together to express concern regarding potential trade penalties targeting imported solar energy technology. The International Trade Commission is set to determine what tariffs should be levied on solar imports later this year. The federal agency intends for the tariffs to help embolden the domestic solar energy market. Currently, many companies in the United States must compete against foreign companies that offer inexpensive solar panels and other technologies. These foreign companies have been bringing their solar products to…

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Solar energy industry to break even on costs and environmental impact

Study shows that solar panels are becoming less expensive and producing fewer emissions A new study from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found that solar panels have produced more energy than it too to develop and install them over the past 40 years. According to the study, the solar energy industry, as a whole, will break even within the coming years, showing the economic capabilities of this form of clean power. Researchers from the Utrecht University note that photovoltaic systems have been able to pay back the energy invested…

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Tesla successfully acquires major solar energy developer SolarCity

Tesla has finalized its deal to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has successfully finalized its acquisition of SolarCity, a leading solar energy developer. Elon Musk, who chairs both Tesla and SolarCity, has been attracting attention to this deal for some time, claiming that it will be a major step forward for the solar energy sector in the United States. Shareholders approved of the deal by an overwhelming margin. The deal is valued at approximately $2 billion and it will allow Tesla to integrate SolarCity’s technology into its operations. Moreover, SolarCity will…

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Scientists develop promising new solar energy device

New solar device could be the future of urban power Indian scientists have developed a new solar device that is capable of generating electricity. The team from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) calls the new device a “solar tree.” This device is claimed to be more efficient at generating electricity than conventional solar energy systems. The new device is comprised of several metal “branches,” which are connected to a large central pole. The branches are affixed with solar panels and these panels can be moved to face…

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Concentrated solar power gets a major boost in China

The solar energy market is growing, showing no signs of slowing down Solar energy has been growing aggressively throughout the world. The majority of this growth is being seen in the photovoltaic solar panel sector, which accounts for the majority of the solar market currently. There is another form of solar power that is gaining momentum, however. Concentrated solar power systems is becoming more popular as the demand for clean electricity grows. Now, this form of solar energy has acquired major support from a country that is becoming heavily invested…

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Tesla continues to make its way into the solar energy market

Tesla applies for six new trademarks for solar products Tesla Motors recently unveiled plans to acquire SolarCity, one of the leading solar developers in the United States. The plan involves folding SolarCity’s solar operations into Tesla’s overarching business. This is meant to ensure that Tesla customers have access to solar energy, which can be used to power their electric vehicles. While the acquisition deal has not yet been finalized, Tesla has already applied for new trademarks in order to sell solar products. Solar products may soon be offered directly through…

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MIT researchers develop new technology to benefit solar energy

New solar panels are highly efficient and can be used to build solar towers Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced new, highly efficient solar panels. The scientists believe that these MIT researchers develop new technology to benefit solar energy are capable of tracking the movement of the sun as it travels throughout the sky. This means that the panels have a greater potential to generate electrical power by gathering sunlight. The panels have been designed for use in solar towers and may help unlock a brighter…

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Rust could lead to solar technology breakthrough

A team of researchers have made a discovery that could lead to large-scale solar energy storage. The discovery, made by a team of Stanford University engineers, is based on the fact that heating metal oxides, like rust, could be the basis for building a solar-powered battery; a solar technology that would result in the production and storage of electricity by separating the oxygen and hydrogen atoms that create water. In other words, rust and other ordinary metal oxides can be fashioned into solar cells able to split water into oxygen…

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Thin Film Solar Technology Market Set to grow to $338.2 billion by 2017, Expert Says: MarketResearchReports.biz

MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Thin Film Solar Technology Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011 to 2017″ to its database. WinterGreen Research announces that it has a new study on Solar Panel and System Market Shares and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011-2017. The 2011 study has 1,075 pages, 334 tables and figures. Solar energy units re evolving more sophisticated technology that works. The worldwide demand for energy is steadily increasing. Demand for energy is doubling every 15 years. The major effort is to sustain growth in the electricity supply…

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Panasonic claims solar panel efficiency top spot over SolarCity

Panasonic has announced a new solar module prototype that has set a new world record. The Japanese electronics giant has revealed only days after U.S. green energy company SolarCity announced that its forthcoming rooftop solar panels will be the most efficient in the world, that it has produced a new solar module prototype based on mass-production technology, that is even more efficient than SolarCity’s panels. Both companies have created new records for solar energy panel efficiency. Last Friday, SolarCity announced that it had made a breakthrough in solar panel technology…

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Famous movie director designs solar energy panels with aesthetic appeal

Traditional solar panels get a sun flower makeover. Big time filmmaker, James Cameron, recently unveiled a new solar energy project that could have a significant impact on energy technology around the world, as he and his team have developed the Sun Flower, a sunflower-shaped solar panel that is not only interesting to look at, but is open source, follows the sun, and is 100 times more efficient than other current solar panel technology. The flower-shaped solar panel has been designed to mimic a sunflower. The famed director of several critically…

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Solar technology breakthrough results in cheap hydrogen fuel production

New solar panel design makes cheaper clean-burning hydrogen fuel. Swiss scientists have announced that they have made a clean energy breakthrough with solar technology, involving traditional solar panels that can be utilized to produce an electrical current that splits water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which, in short, means that these scientists have developed a simple and non-traditional method to create cheap clean-burning hydrogen fuel from solar panels. The green discovery could lower fossil fuel dependence and combat climate change. By splitting water molecules to create hydrogen, this enables the…

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Solar energy could be transformed by glass sphere

Futuristic solar power collectors turn light into electricity. Rawlemon, a German-Spanish startup based out of Barcelona has developed solar energy technology that the company claims is extremely effective at transforming light into energy, so much so that it can even make use of moonbeams and windows in office buildings. Spheres are used to capture light from the sun. Instead of using the typical flat panels to collect the sun’s rays, Rawlemon’s spherical solar concentrating system uses a glass ball to convert light into an electrical current. Naturally, this gives them…

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MIT researchers make a breakthrough in solar energy

Researchers publish study focused on organic materials and their use in photovoltaic modules Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a new study that shows that “living materials” can be used to conduct electricity and emit different colors of light. This new discovery could have major implications for the solar energy sector. The study exists as a proof of concept, allowing researchers to highlight the possible future uses of growing photovoltaic modules rather than having to manufacture these modules. The study suggests that a new era of highlight…

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Peruvian program aims to bring solar energy to over 2 million people

Program launched to bring solar power to the poor The government of Peru has launched an ambitious new program focused on solar energy. The country has been growing more attractive as a solar market in recent years as energy developers around the world begin to look for opportunities outside of already well established markets. The new program launched by the government is expected to add a significant degree of momentum behind the continued growth of solar energy throughout the country as well as address the growing demand among consumers concerning…

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