solar technology

PETE Devices Could Harvest Solar’s Wasted Heat

Scientists working at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have improved an innovative solar-energy device to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous design in converting the sun’s light and heat into electricity. “This is a major step toward making practical devices based on our … [continued]

A Brief History of Everything Solar

  The following is an excellent short history of solar panels and solar power from guest contributor Dane Cross. I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it — I did! What do Archimedes, Einstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger all have in common? Answer: They’ve all contributed to the development of solar power.   From the 3rd Century BC when Archimedes … [continued]

Spherical Micro Solar Cells

  This is a new solar technology I don’t remember reading or writing about yet. Kyosemi Corporation, an optoelectronics company, has created tiny spherical (or Spheral) solar cells. These micro solar cells are just 1-2 mm across but (or because of that) could have wind-ranging applications. Of course, first of all, … [continued]

MIT Student Wins Award for Innovative Solar Printing Technology

  MIT student Miles Barr was just announced as one of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners for an innovative solar technology ‘breakthrough’. Barr was awarded $30,000, as were two other award-winning students (from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Barr actually just finished his PhD in chemical engineering from … [continued]