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Failure of materials in solar panels already in the field. DuPont calls for more rigorous "real-life" testing standards

Heat and Beat: Why DuPont is Calling for More Rigorous Testing Standards for Solar PV

Solar power is no longer a boutique industry. At least 900 million solar panels are deployed across the globe. Eighty-one percent of those came online within the last five years. From rural villages in India to the rooftops of suburban America, photovoltaic solar is fast becoming a mainstream source of energy. Every one of those panels is only as good as…

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Proposed space-based "suntower," one of many examples of solar innovation

The Golden Age of Solar Innovation

From efforts that mimic nature like leaves and trees, to arrays that float on water or in space, there has been a wide range of solar energy innovations in 2016.  From tiny solar applications of nanotechnologies to massive space-based arrays, the growth of solar power is being fueled by market forces, including increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. The number of…

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Researchers Richard Lunt and Yimu Zhao test cutting edge transparent solar cells at their Michigan State University lab

EarthTalk: Beyond Traditional PV Solar Panels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon?                                    — Michael Williams, Hartford, CT Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy….

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Solar panels make economic sense for many business owners

New York Companies Adopt Solar Energy – Reduce Costs and Increase Profits

Guest post by Carlos Delaf New attractive incentives have convinced New York companies to turn into solar photovoltaic energy to decrease electricity bills and thus increase profits. Solar Success Stories Mount Kisco Truck and Auto Parts: In April this year, Mount Kisco Truck and Auto Parts installed a 40-killowatt PV Panel on the rooftop of their business.  By doing so…

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Applied Materials Summer Solstice Solar Survey: Chinese, Indians Want More Solar Faster

That’s one of several encouraging responses from Chinese, Indians, Japanese and Americans who took Applied Materials’ fourth annual solar energy survey. Others: Industry data show that solar will be cost-competitive with conventional fossil fuel-derived electrical power this year, and Chinese and Indians want more solar faster than current government targets.

A Solar Buyer’s Guide: Solar for Home and Office

Sun-Believable solar paint

Solar Paint Technology May Revolutionize the Renewable Energy Industry

Lowering your carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gasses may become as simple as painting your home or office, thanks to breakthrough research from the University of Notre Dame.  The researchers, led by Professor Prashant Kamat, have created a new solar paint dubbed “Sun-believable,” which is laced with power producing nanoparticles capable of producing electricity.  With the ability to generate renewable…

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