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EarthTalk: Beyond Traditional PV Solar Panels

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

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. However, the burgeoning solar …

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EarthTalk: Rooftop Solar Reaches Grid Parity

Across the United States rooftop solar power is reaching grid parity

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet? –Lester Milstein, Boston, MA Rooftop solar panels …

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A Response to Critics of the Solar Roadways Concept

Solar Roadways

While there is an abundance of positive response to the Solar Roadways concept, there has also been an avalanche of negativity that completely misses the point. As reviewed in a recent Global Warming is Real article, the concept of embedding solar panels into American roadways represents a powerful new approach to green innovation and finance. Without paying heed to the benefits, many critics are focused on what …

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High-Efficiency Solar Panels Made From Low-Grade Silicon

Research shows promising breakthrough for high-efficiency solar panels from low grade silicon

This is what a group of researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia (UNSW) have been working on for some time. They`ve found a method that allows them to produce high-efficiency solar panels from low-grade silicon, which in the long run could help us bring the prices of solar down. Professor Stuart Wenham from the School of PV and Renewable Energy …

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Better Testing for Solar Panels

NIST has developed new procedures to better test solar panels

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new process to test the performance of solar panels. It involves 32 different LEDs, each one generating their part of the spectrum of sunlight, and other equipment that measures the wavelength-dependent quantum efficiency. The new testing system will be used in two ways. The first is to run every LED by itself for …

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Intersolar North America: Solar Is Ready to Launch

Solar energy is ready to launch and become a mainstream source of energy for the world

I’ve spent the last two days at the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco, speaking with key people within the industry, from solar panel producers, to developers of testing and control software for solar cell manufacturers, inverter makers, solar system designers, silver paste materials manufactures and more. It was a great opportunity to get an overview of current state of the solar industry. …

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