Category SOLAR

World’s largest solar power plant gets second chance in Tunisia

Fresh plans have been announced for the construction of a 100-square-kilometre solar power plant in the Tunisian desert to produce electricity for Europe. Solar export from North Africa to Europe_2013 The backers of the TuNur concentrated solar power (CSP) facility say it will produce 2GW of electricity, five times more than the 392MW Ivanpah plant in […]

UNSW researchers set world record in solar energy efficiency

UNSW researchers set world record in solar energy efficiency 08 December 2014 UNSW’s solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The world-beating efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at […]

Sol Voltaics a Swedish Nanotech Startup Sees Space Material Improving Solar

 PT Oxford Scientific via Getty Images 3D Atomic Force Micrograph of the surface of molecular beam epitaxy-grown gallium arsenide. Sol Voltaics AB, a Swedish startup backed by the founder of Norway’s Renewable Energy Corp. ASA, is developing a material based on tiny amounts of a compound used in space electronics that can enhance conventional solar panels. […]

‘Solar to Hydrogen’ Conversion System

    Sun Catalytix, an American company founded by a MIT professor, is working on a low-cost ‘solar to hydrogen’ power system and plans to launch it within the next 18 months. The product which was announced about two years ago has attracted millions of dollars in investment from the Indian industrial giant Tata. The system works […]

Toronto breakthrough promises much more efficient solar cells

by Staff Writers Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 08, 2013 A new technique developed by University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ted Sargent and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells, according to a recent paper published in the journal Nano Letters. The paper, “Jointly-tuned plasmonic-excitonic photovoltaics using nanoshells,” describes a new technique […]

MIT researchers develop solar-to-fuel roadmap for crystalline silicon

by David L. Chandler for MIT News Office Cambridge MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2013 Bringing the concept of an “artificial leaf” closer to reality, a team of researchers at MIT has published a detailed analysis of all the factors that could limit the efficiency of such a system. The new analysis lays out a roadmap […]

A Second Dawn for Solar Stocks

By: Dana Blankenhorn | Contributor Something quite extraordinary has been happening over the last three months: Solar stocks are back. Most survivors of the shakeout from the last few years have gained in the range of 40 to 60 percent, with the TAN ETF up 58 percent and the KWT ETF 66 percent higher. […]

First Solar Acquires 50 MWAC Macho Springs Project from Element Power Solar NASDAQ:FSLR

First Solar Acquires 50 MWAC Macho Springs Project from Element Power Solar NASDAQ:FSLR.

First Solar May Sell Cheapest Solar Power, Less Than Coal – Bloomberg

First Solar May Sell Cheapest Solar Power, Less Than Coal – Bloomberg.

Powerful PVs Approach 50 Percent Efficiency – IEEE Spectrum

Powerful PVs Approach 50 Percent Efficiency – IEEE Spectrum.

Harnessing solar energy

Novel approach yields both electricity and heat. Nancy W. Stauffer MIT Energy Initiative October 2, 2012 Nenad Miljkovic (left) and Evelyn Wang of Mechanical Engineering are designing a specially adapted solar energy collector that will simultaneously produce electricity and steam or hot water at wide-ranging temperatures suited for home or industrial use. This research was […]

Solar and Big Oil Join Forces in Middle East

By: Jen Alic Solar technology can use heat from the sun to extract heavy crude from aging fields — an idea that is gaining ground and investment from Big Oil companies such as Shell. Last week, Royal Dutch Shell, RockPort Capital and a few others invested a total of $26 million in California-based GlassPoint Solar. The money will spur […]