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Designing a solar tarp

The energy-generating potential of solar panels – and a key limitation on their use – is a result of what they’re made of. Panels...

Growing crops on solar farms: Scientists model a win-win situation

A new model for solar farms that "co-locates" crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar...

Tiny ‘LEGO brick’ -style studs make solar panels a quarter more...

Rows of aluminium studs help solar panels extract more energy from sunlight than those with flat surfaces. Most solar cells used in homes and industry...

Cheaper Chinese solar panels are not due to low-cost labor

A study of the photovoltaic industries in the US and China shows that China's dominance in solar panel manufacturing is not driven solely by...

Is there really such thing as affordable solar?

It's time to stop thinking of solar energy as a boutique source of power, says Joshua Pearce. Sure, solar only generates about 1 percent of the electricity in the US. But that will change in a few years, says Pearce, an associate professor of electric...

Solar power much cheaper to produce than most analysts realize

The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a study conducted at Queen's University. "Many analysts project a higher cost for solar photovoltaic energy because they don't consider recent technolo...

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