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Software: The Future of Solar?

Software: The Future of Solar?

Solar power is notorious for being one of the most fluctuating sources of renewable energy. Predicting how much solar energy will be available just for the next couple of hours is hard. However, having the ability to do so has several benefits, the major one being better stability on the power grid – including data


Spraying Solar Reflective Chemicals From High Altitude Balloons

Engineers from Harvard University are planning to conduct tests to measure the effects and consequences of spraying solar-reflecting sulphates into the upper atmosphere from a balloon flying 24,000 metres above New Mexico. The geo-engineering experiment’s ultimate aim is to replicate the ‘volcano effect’ whereby sulphates are ‘naturally’ sprayed into the upper atmosphere during an eruption,


Solar Cell Efficiency Breathrough from Northwestern University Researchers

A team of researchers at the Northwestern University has advanced up with an innovative breakthrough in solar cell efficiency. The researchers have shaped up a reliable dye-sensitized solar panel that is cheaper and can ensure better power efficiency than the regular cells. The inventive solar technology is really a variant of the Grätzel cell, a


Virginia: Clean Energy Mecca?

Researchers assessing the state’s potential for renewable energy say Virginia could realistically meet half of its nearly 20,000-megawatt power demand by the year 2035 with clean, sustainable sources like solar, onshore and offshore wind, and biomass. The George Mason University study, prepared for the Virginia Conservation Network, a coalition of renewable energy advocates and environmental

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FUTUREWATCH: Self Assembling Plastic Nanofibers

A research team under the collective leadership of Nicolas Giuseppone and Bernard Doudin, successful created highly conductive plastic nanofibers that can self assemble. Giuseppone and his colleagues propelled the discovery by first determining the structure of nanowires. The team chemically altered triarylamines (synthetic molecules commonly used in Xerox processes) and observed some fascinating reactions. The


1st All Plastic Solar Cell Created at Georgia Tech

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a technique that could soon become a universal method to reduce a conductor’s work function. They used a thin layer of polymer (1 to 10mm thick) and spread it on the surface of a conductor to create a sturdy surface dipole. The result was an air-stable and efficient low


Technological Breakthrough: Plastic Electronics

The field of plastic electronics has been given a boost with the invention of a new technology that could soon see the world using them in an array of applications from robotics to satellite navigation. The breakthrough was facilitated by a team of researchers at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory. Led by Prof Henning Sirringhaus, physicists


Purdue Researchers Improve Solar Ink

A  team of researchers at Purdue University in Indiana is working to develop a new solar ink that could be affordably printed on film and mass produced for a more affordable solar photovoltaic option. The team was recently awarded a $750,000 Sunshot grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue’s Winthrop E. Stone