While solar power technology has come a long way, the best solar panels on the general market only convert around 15 – 20% of the sun’s rays into electricity. Eric Mazur, a physicist at Harvard University, believes an ultra-sensitive form of silicon called black silicon could approach the theoretical limit of converting around 30% of sunlight into electricity.
While Germany has less than ideal weather conditions for solar powered electricity generation; it hasn’t stopped the country from becoming a world leader in the uptake of grid connect solar power
Despite being known as the Sunshine State, Queensland appears to have the second lowest adoption rate of home solar power in Australia.
The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India has developed the “soleckshaw,” a cycle rickshaw powered by a 36-volt solar battery.
Constellation Wines, the largest wine company in the world, will soon boast the largest solar array of any winery in the world at its Gonzales, California winery.
Californian PV manufacturer Solyndra, Inc., recently unveiled a new solar photovoltaic system design targeted towards the commercial low-slope rooftop market that will generate significantly more electricity than current flat solar panel technologies.
The Vatican, home of the Pope and the Catholic capital, is the smallest state in the world and soon may also become the first zero emissions state. Pope Benedict XVI has become the first pontiff to harness solar power to provide clean energy for the Vatican.
Solar power comes in all sorts of forms, and not just solar panels, flat plate/evacuated tube collectors and heat pumps. A technology that was first floated at the beginning of the 20th century is now gaining renewed interest – solar updraft towers.
To help brush those Wall Street blues away, Australia’s leading provider of renewable energy equipment and installation services is making it even cheaper for the nation’s householders to make the switch to residential solar power with two great new discount programs.
The fallout from Wall Street’s recent and ongoing crisis has certainly not been confined to the USA, with countries around the world reeling from its effects. But what does this mean for the renewable energy sector?