Bio-based Solar Cells Coming Soon

Researchers in Germany have developed bio-based photovoltaic solar cells by embedding the two proteins from plants responsible for photosynthesis into complex molecules developed in-house. The proteins used are photosystem 1 and 2. This procedure created an efficient electron current. In leaves, photosystems 1 and 2 utilize light energy very efficiently. Converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and biomass requires this high level of efficiency. However, the bio-based solar cell developed by

By |2020-12-30T14:43:21-06:00November 28th, 2013|

Global Renewable Energy Production Driven by China

  According to the International Energy Agency, China is the number one country for renewable energy production. Their current course of renewable energy expansion is projected to surpass the European Union, the United States, and Japan combined. The IEA released its annual World Energy Outlook on Tuesday. The report predicted that China will account for nearly half of the increased global power generation by 2035. Meeting this

By |2022-05-23T11:33:05-05:00November 22nd, 2013|

Understanding what makes a thin film solar cell efficient

For many years scientists and engineers have been trying to provide low-cost solar energy by developing a cheap solar cell that is both highly efficient and at the same time simple to build, enabling it to be mass produced. Now, the team led by Empa researcher Ayodhya N. Tiwari has made a major leap forward: the researchers are presenting a new manufacturing technique for CIGS solar cells, in which tiny

By |2020-06-02T08:52:03-05:00November 20th, 2013|

Solar Mirror System Brings Sunlight to Norwegian Village

Wednesday brought significant change to the residents of a remote Norwegian village of Rjukan as the ingenious solar mirror system designed to bring natural light to their mountain valley was unveiled. The valley is plagued with darkness for six months every year. They hope that these three giant mirrors will change that. Hundreds of villagers attended the unveiling, proudly sporting sunglasses as they sought to catch the first rays

By |2022-05-23T11:01:15-05:00November 5th, 2013|

New Cogeneration System Incorporates Solar Collectors

Producing hot water using solar panels is standard practice. However, researchers from Madrid Universities Carlos III and Politecnica hypothesize that solar panels may be capable of providing large offices with both heat and air conditioning. The researchers intend to incorporate solar collectors into a gas-based cogeneration system with an absorption machine. This method will reduce energy expenditure and CO2 emissions if the project succeeds. This idea isn't wholly new.

By |2022-05-20T09:33:20-05:00November 1st, 2013|