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Solar Power More Efficient Than Ever

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jan 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Known as Australia’s Father of Photovoltaics, Professor Martin Green, helped set another record in sunlight harvesting. Green’s team converted more than 40 percent of sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest ever reported according the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

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German Engineering: Innovations in Energy Management

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Jan 5, 2015 9:59:07 AM

I have written before about the Energiewende, or “energy transformation,” underway in Germany. In 2011, the German government made the monumental decision to phase out of nuclear power entirely by the end of 2022, and cover the electricity shortfall through energy efficiency and renewable power. Observers have debated ever since whether this decision was genius or folly. One thing that is indisputable, however, is that in response to this commitment, German engineers are innovating. The country is becoming, by necessity, a leader in managing renewable energy on a grand scale. This is a major challenge. As more and more intermittent wind and solar power is added to the national mix, Germany must develop new ways to manage its power grid to assure stability and meet demand—day and night, rain or shine.

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Solar Sunflower Concentrates Power and Desalinates Water

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 26, 2014 1:53:00 PM

Swiss company, Airlight Energy is producing a solar sunflower that tracks the sun like a sunflower does and concentrates the sun’s radiation by 2,000 times (and converts 80 percent of that power to useful energy) in a unit that produces 12kW of solar electric power and 20kW of thermal power from 10 hours of sunlight.
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How Do I Know If My Home Is a Good Fit in a Good Place for Solar?

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Nov 20, 2014 12:29:47 PM

While visiting family in the Midwest. I had lunch with a high school friend. She knows my Arizona home has solar panels and asked if it made sense in the Midwest. Solar makes sense in a lot of places and for a lot homes, so here is how to make sense of whether solar makes good cents for you. And, yes, solar does make sense in the Midwest, at least I think so.

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Distributed Solar in Bangladesh

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Oct 30, 2014 9:43:00 AM

IN ANY RANKING of the world’s countries from richest to poorest, Bangladesh can reliably be found near the bottom. Yet according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this South Asian nation of 150+ million people is leading the world in the installation of home-based solar systems. Approximately three million residential solar systems have been installed in Bangladesh in the past ten years, and new systems are being installed at the blistering pace of 80,000 per month.

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