Solar energy will very likely be the main source of power as the world continues to strive toward greater sustainability. But it wonâ€™t be just the large panels that get the job done. In fact, Iâ€™m willing to bet that ultra thin and flexible solar cells that can be attached to virtually any surface will be the future. Which is why breakthroughs in this area are so important. And now a team of South Korea scientists has successfully created a super thin solar cell, which is so flexible it can be wrapped around a pencil without causing damage or too much strain to it. […]
The wider adoption of solar cells is largely being stalled by their cost. Thatâ€™s why a lot of new research in this field has been focused on making solar cells more affordable. And now a group of engineers at MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have made a breakthrough.
Breakthroughs big and small are important in the quest towards greater reliance on renewable power, of which solar power is at the top of the list. And one such breakthrough was recently achieved by a team of scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Inspired by the roseâ€™s ability to convert sunlight into energy they designed a film that greatly increases the efficiency of solar cells. […]
A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has successfully developed a prototype of a semi-transparent photovoltaic solar cell, which they hope will make solar arrays more attractive to consumers and lead to a more widespread adoption. Existing solar panels are far from aesthetically pleasing, but this new invention could be used to cover the sides of buildings, window shades and even billboards without obscuring what lies beneath.
Blackfriar’s Bridge, which is the largest solar bridge in the world and part of Londonâ€™s Blackfriarâ€™s railway station, is finally finished. Work on the structure started in 2009 as part of the worldwide energy conservation efforts. The bridge crosses the river Thames and the solar panels that now cover it were installed by the firm Solarcentury.