TAG: solar technology

Smarter Power Designs

Smarter Power Designs

Gadgets and gear are all encompassing; smothering the retail market with each new upgrade, add-on or novel needed feature. These 2 designs are creative spins on their existing versions, but also promise to still be future relevant. A smart charging station is determined to take over the mass array of chargers. DODOcase and Stikwood created a docking station called the Charging Nest that is supposed to cover the present and the future with its all-encompassing charging features. It has an old fashioned look that gives it character, but it is a fully modern, adjustable charging dock. Made from reclaimed wood, it can charge devices… read more

Texas A&M Building World’s Largest Solar Energy Test Facility

Texas A&M Building World's Largest Solar Energy Test Facility

What’s being billed as the world’s largest solar energy testing facility is being planned for central Texas, with a $600 million Center for Solar Energy on 800 acres in Bell County. The Center for Solar Energy (CSE) will not only allow for testing and demonstration of commercial-scale solar, and act as a solar technology incubator, but will also produce enough power to supply the entire campus at Texas A&M University – Central Texas (TAMU-CT). The CSE, which will be built out in stages as funding is raised, will eventually be a 50MW solar power plant integrating the “largest assortment of… read more

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

Solar energy gadgets are all the rage, but a new solar product is in the house. Or on the house, or the car – and possibly on fabrics, among other things. One company based in France is setting the solar bar a bit higher. Sunpartner Group, an award winning, sustainably minded business is looking into a way to integrate solar power in everyday items and structures. Their innovative brainchild called Wysips®, which stands for ‘what you see is photovoltaic surface’- is a solar technology in development that is certain to weave its way into future designs. Extensive research on how… read more

Researchers Create Recyclable Solar Cells Made from Trees

Organic Solar Cell

A new type of solar cell has been created by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University from natural substances derived from trees, yielding an efficient device that is also recyclable. Previous attempts at developing organic solar cells used glass or plastic as the substrate, which are not simple to recycle once used. “Organic solar cells must be recyclable. Otherwise we are simply solving one problem, less dependence on fossil fuels, while creating another, a technology that produces energy from renewable sources but is not disposable at the end of its lifecycle.” – Bernard Kippelen, Georgia Tech… read more

Graphene Could Boost Solar Efficiency to 60%

Graphene

Current solar cell technology, using silicon as the base, has a theoretical limit to its efficiency, which falls somewhere around 30%, but solar cells made with graphene may push that limit up to somewhere around 60%. The results of a study from researchers at the Institute of Photonic Sciences suggest that graphene might be the material of choice for the next generation of photovoltaic cells, as it is “highly efficient” at generating electrons from light. When hit by light, silicon generates just one electron for each photon absorbed, which is only a fraction of the potential energy in the photon…. read more