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Creating solar panels that 'grow' in power

Okinawa - Solar power is one of the key technologies for renewable sources of energy. Solar panels are limited by the amount of sunlight they absorb. Getting panels to hold more power is seen as key. Here could panels be developed so they grow in power?

Unmanned solar vessel to sail from California to Hawaii

Avila Beach - Environmental goals today may sometimes seem unattainable, but with ingenuity and the use of modern technology, it is amazing what we can accomplish. So it is with an unmanned solar-powered boat that sets sail on Memorial Day, headed for Hawaii.

Ford and Whirlpool aim for energy efficient domestic micro-grids

Automaker Ford announces it will join forces with domestic appliance manufacturer Whirlpool to design a low energy consumption home of the future featuring a domestic micro-grid where the family car, domestic appliances and solar panels work in tandem.

Scientists: Nature teaches green, efficient sunlight harvesting

Solar power cells are not advanced enough to match human energy needs, but an international team of scientists wrote that new studies of natural, clean, solar-powered complex systems already hint how to capture, transfer and store sunlight efficiently.

Introducing the Electree, a solar-panel tree-like battery charger

Considering beautiful, functional and ecologically sustainable appliances for the high-tech, earth-friendly home, three tech reviewers recently profiled the Electree, a desk-top, gadget-charging tree sculpture by French artist and designer Vivian Muller.

New nanotechnology boosts solar efficiency by 80%

The efficiency of solar cells has been a major bugbear for the world’s best known alternative energy. New technology, called “nanocone cells” has delivered a huge boost to efficiency and applications.

Op-Ed: MIT's big solar breakthough: The economics of the future just got born

It’s so simple it’s stunning. Just do what any plant can do, and you can have as much solar power as you want. The missing link in the equation? An electrode. That’s also a good look at the costing: peanuts. This is the jackpot, in any language

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