3D Solar Cells: Innovative Perspectives

Making the transition to a clean energy society is in the best interests of consumers, industry, and the environment. This transition, however, is not trouble-free. The current technology has not yet reached the point where such a transition could be effectively implemented.. more

Parabolic Trough: Hot Water & PV Electricity Production in One System

A private home in the prestigious Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts may have the first known installation of a thermal parabolic concentrator for a residential property in the United States. Typically, homeowners who desire hot water provided from a solar energy syst.. more

Solar Roadways: An Idea that Could Change the Energy Landscape

Peak oil, environmental issues, high gasoline prices and energy independence all converge to make solar development a high priority for governments around the globe. In northern Idaho, one inventor has a system he believes will solve these energy-related issues and a myriad.. more

Exploiting Solar Paste to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

An attractive solution to the energy conundrums faced by society is a natural resource that is all around us, and especially prevalent in countries located in the Sunbelt: solar energy. Harnessing this abundant resource gives rise to the strong possibility of reducing the d.. more

Utilization of the Wider Solar Spectrum Using Thermophotovoltaic Cells

Advancement in the field of science can be realized in two ways: the first is by a piecemeal approach, and the second by a complete revolution. In terms of developments in the field of solar energy, the piecemeal approach ensures a concept or idea (the product) organically d.. more

Solar Development in India: The Expanding Market

India is perceived as a developing country, but they have experienced significant economic growth. Still, that economic growth is constrained by a lack of energy supply. But with an October deadline looming for yet another Request for Proposals for both PV and CSP p.. more

Recent Advances for Organic PVs

Carbon-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells, which use organic conductive polymers as semiconductors for light absorption and electric charge transport, are significantly thinner and cheaper than their inorganic silicon-based counterparts. Unfortunately, they are also m.. more

Conductive Paste in Solar Applications

There are three kinds of conductive paste used in solar applications, namely front silver paste, rear silver paste and aluminum paste. The front conductive paste collects the electricity generated by the solar cell while rear paste transmits the collected energy to the syste.. more

On-Demand Solar Energy Through Solar Energy Storage Systems

As an abundant and clean resource, solar energy has a role to play as a reliable component of the energy mix of a country, especially for those countries located along the ‘Sunbelt’. With more than enough insolation striking the earth in a single six-hour time p.. more

Storing Solar Energy for the Grid

Whether it is utility-scale or residential, storing solar power from PV panels in the form of electricity is currently the subject of millions of dollars of R&D in the United States where several large-scale PV power plant farms are being built or planned. Bankin.. more