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Nanotechnology boosts solar power heating

Solar power, along with tidal power and wind power, represents the leading alternative energy technology. Scientists are seeking to improve efficiency and nanotechnology offers an answer.

Chinese firms to build solar plant in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Chernobyl - Two Chinese firms are planning to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor an area off limits since a devastating explosion contaminated the entire region with radiation in 1986.

New means of making cheap and effective solar cells

Physicists have found a method to manufacture low-cost and effective solar cells using the material perovskite. The method could provide the foundation for developing next-generation solar power.

New steps for low cost energy generation

Physicists have taken the first steps of generating lower cost ‘green’ electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials.

Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in energy contracts

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that they are cancelling the next round of renewable energy contracts for the province. They hope to save $3.8 billion in energy costs, in order to lighten the load on hydro customers.

Imploding bubbles create better solar cells

Growth in solar power technology continues and considerable research efforts are orientated towards making solar panels more efficient. A novel way of doing so involves the use of imploding bubbles.

Chernobyl nuclear site could become a giant solar farm

The Chernobyl nuclear power site was one of the most deadly in history. The abandoned area could not be turned into a giant solar power farm.

Apple given go-ahead to sell solar energy

San Fransisco - Technology giant Apple has been given the all-clear by U.S. authorities to sell excess energy generated from its solar farm.

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?

India's emerging solar power tech at risk from monkeys

Interest in alternative forms of power generating technology continues and countries with high levels of sunshine are ripe for solar power. One such country is India, although the use of solar power carries a risk: monkeys.

Flipping crystals enhance solar cell power

The next generation of solar cells is being developed and they have special crystals at their heart. The new generation of solar cells are intended to be more stable and can power light-emitting diodes, lasers and sensors.

Dubai plans world’s biggest solar power plant

Dubai announced it will build the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant that will generate 1,000 megawatts by 2030.

Biologically powered solar cells tested

The search for alternative forms of power, necessary to future-proof electricity generation in the face of dwindling sources of oil, has led to biological life forms. A new development is a so-called bio-solar cell.

Barefoot College trains rural women to electrify India

The Barefoot College, a non-governmental organization, is working with rural India's women to train and empower them to install and repair off-grid solar solutions, and solve India's difficult electricity situation.

World’s largest solar farm planned for Japan

Tokyo - Solar power is one of the leading ‘alternative energy’ technologies. Japan, which has long favored nuclear power solutions, is to construct the world’s largest solar power plant.

Butterflies inspire new types of solar power

Researchers are looking into new ways to generate efficient photovoltaic energy and for this they have been inspired by the v-shaped posture of the humble Cabbage White butterfly.

Moth eyes provide clues for next-gen solar cells

Researchers have been inspired by the eyes of moths to develop a next generation series of solar power cells. The focus has been with creating a special type of anti-reflective surface.

Low-Income Solar Act of 2015 to expand solar energy access

With the use of solar energy people can be saving economically as well as helping to save the environment from unnecessary pollution. It is with that thought in mind that the new Low-Income Solar Act being introduced in Washington D.C.

Roll over graphene, here comes titanium trisulfide

Titanium trisulfide is a new material being talked-up by technologists. The material could be the one to replace silicon for the next generation of electronics.

Solar power to supply record of 15% of UK’s power Special

Today sees solar power potentially provide a record 15 percent of all UK power as one of 2015’s sunniest days. As U.K. temperatures rise, so do solar panel installations it seems.

Interview with Jake Cotler and Dave Bell from Jam in the Van Special

Two of the three founders of an enticingly unique musical concept, designed to dramatically enhance the live music experience, talk to Digital Journal.

Graphene helps to construct flexible solar cells

Researchers have devised a new type of cathode that could be readily used to manufacture inexpensive, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

Netherlands opens solar-powered bike lane

Krommenie - One of the world's most densely-populated countries has unveiled a bike path with an added twist — the stretch features embedded solar panels.

Aston Martin creates solar powered race car

Gaydon - Green energy is a big deal for many today. As such Aston Martin has created a race car powered by the sun and intends to use it in upcoming competitions.

Sunlight-concentrating tool could cut solar power costs in half

Burlingame - Renewable energy is something that scientists, environmentalists and business people all want to improve. Inventors at the Glint Photonics start-up group claim they have made a breakthrough with a sun-concentrating device.

India is building a massive floating solar power plant

India's national hydroelectric power company says that they are in the process of building a massive solar power plant that will float on top of a lake.

Peru's poorest residents to receive free solar power

Lima - A new program in the South American country will provide 2 million of the nation's poorest people with free electricity.

Conservatives battling over solar energy

From the day in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan looked at the solar array that had sat briefly atop the White House, conservative politicians in the United States and abroad had a growing aversion towards renewables.

Pres. Obama announces executive orders to curb greenhouse gases

Washington - President Obama outlined sweeping measures on Tuesday designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants and help local communities better prepare for devastating storms, fires, and drought.

Scientists develop new way to store renewable energy

Scientists based in Canada have developed a new technique for converting electricity into chemical energy. This could lead to improvements to the way that homeowners and businesses capture and re-use solar power.
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HB-SIA makes its first "flea hop" on December 3, 2009 in Dübendorf.
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Seacharger on display at local fair.
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Solar powered aircraft Gossamer Penguin in flight.
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Solar power in Germany.
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The Lieberose Photovoltaic Park in Germany.
The Lieberose Photovoltaic Park in Germany.
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The community-owned Westmill Solar Park in South East England
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The Seacharger was conceived by Silicon Valley-based Damon McMillan.
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In 2008, Portugal was the home of the world's biggest and most powerful solar energy plant.
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Waldpolenz Solar Park, Germany
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The solar-electric Helios Prototype flying wing is shown over the Pacific Ocean.
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