Researchers from Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech Power Holdings have developed the world’s most efficient broadband nanoplasmonic solar cells for use in thin-film technology. Project scientists report improving the efficiency of existing thin-film cells by up to 8.1 percent through incorporating nucleated gold and silver nanoparticles.
The most organic solar cell possible is a leaf, but photosynthesis is ridiculously difficult to reproduce. That hasn’t stopped a number of researchers from trying, and this week an American company from Illinois has set the new efficiency record for an organic solar cell, or OPV.
Good news for those who have spent money to buy an electric car but facing problems due to insufficient charging station as architect Giancarlo Zema has now come up with a dedicated home-charging station. Dubbed the Lotus, this beautiful leaf-shaped home-charging station is designed by Zema in partnership with Luminexence.
“In a unique, first-of-its kind generation-to-manufacturing proposal, CPS Energy is entering into negotiations for a power purchase agreement from one of the nation’s largest solar projects,” CPS Energy wrote yesterday. “The project will mean new corporate headquarters and U.S. manufacturing operations for global companies in San Antonio.”
A message from Greenpeace about what Australia can do to combat climate change with renewable energy. Watch this video to see what we can do!
A remarkable rooftop solar project is now under construction in the UK. Solarcentury reports it is installing a solar roof containing over 4,000 photovoltaic panels above a bridge spanning the River Thames – a part of the Blackfriars station. When complete, the Blackfriars Bridge will be the world’s largest solar bridge.
Google has announced a new $75 million investment to help more home owners install residential solar energy systems.
The company has teamed up with Clean Power Finance to create the initial fund that will assist around 3,000 households in going solar.
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