Willoughby Smith

Photovoltaic Dreaming 1875–1905: First Attempts At Commercializing PV

Photovoltaic dreaming, our fifth entry on solar power commercialization in our CleanTechnica miniseries celebrating the UN’s 2015 Year of Light, is based on physicist John Perlin’s writings in his book Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. Perlin’s work is the only book that has thoroughly chronicled the development and application of solar throughout … [continued]

The Pathway To Today’s Solar Revolution: Discovering The Photosensitivity Of Selenium

This article is the launch of a CleanTechnica miniseries with physicist John Perlin, focusing on the discovery of photosensitivity. Our dialogue is based on Perlin’s book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. For any person wishing to keep abreast of today’s solar revolution, Perlin’s expertise on the subject provides … [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]