Pink film 'antenna' can double solar cell efficiency

Megan Treacy for TreeHugger:  When we think of antennas we mainly think of the type that transmit and receive radio waves, letting us listen to radio stations in our car or watch TV in our homes, but in this case the researchers are using the term to describe a new thin film material that captures more of the light spectrum, converting it into wavelengths of light that solar cells can convert into electricity.

Many scientists are working on building better solar cells, but researchers at the University of Connecticut wanted to figure out how to boost the efficiency of the technology we already have. Thus, the antenna.

As Phys.org reports, Challa V. Kumar, Ph.D and his team "built an antenna that collects those unused blue photons and converts them to lower energy photons that the silicon can then turn into current."

"Many groups around the world are working hard to make this kind of antenna, and ours is the first of its kind in the whole world," Kumar said.  Cont'd...

Is now the right time to install solar panels on your home?

If you live in Southern California or any other solar hot spots in the U.S. you have no doubt been inundated by offers from solar companies. But should you do it?

Bloomberg New Energy Finance classifies WINAICO as a Tier 1 module maker

WINAICO acquires the Tier 1 module manufacturer status in the latest edition of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's bankability list

SMA Earns 700 MW Inverter Order from Swinerton Renewable Energy

San Diego-based EPC Selects Sunny Central 2200-US for Seven Utility-Scale PV Projects in California

REC Solar and Windset Farms Flip the Switch on 1 MW Solar Array

Commercial solar leader helps Santa Maria's largest farm extend sustainability leadership

Solar Tracking Leader Recruits a Six Sigma Black Belt as Operations Expand

Miles Littlefield joins Array Technologies as director of quality

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - Sept, Oct, Nov 2015

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Google Maps can now tell you if it's worth installing solar panels on your roof

By Loren Grush for The Verge: Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a "treasure map" of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.

Sunroof uses data from Google Maps that previously had no practical application. For instance, Sunroof uses Maps’ 3D-modeling to calculate the amount of space a building’s roof has for solar panels. The service also analyzes the positioning of the sun over the course of a year, as well as the type of cloud cover and temperature the neighborhood usually experiences. It even considers the amount of shade cast by nearby objects.  Cont'd...

Solar3D to Acquire Leading Solar Power Company Elite Solar

Acquisition Strengthens Solar3D's Strategic Position in Northern California

POP Avdel Introduces NeoBolt Lockbolt Fastener System

The NeoBolt lockbolt fastener system delivers vibration resistance and structural strength with no pin break

Bonfiglioli Receives UL-Certification for Inverters with Ampt Mode

Bonfiglioli's RPS Inverters with Ampt Mode Lower Total System Cost and Are Available Up To 3,500 kVA Output Power for 1000 Volt DC Systems

Twenty Teams Advancing to Next Phase of the Wave Energy Prize

Qualified Teams to Continue Pursuit to Win U.S. Department of Energy's Prize Challenge

SolarWorld AG continues on a course of growth

In the first half of 2015, SolarWorld AG boosts shipments of solar modules and kits by 32 percent to 440 MW and revenue by 40 percent to EUR 320 million --- Shipments in July and current order backlog for 2015 already exceed another 500 MW --- In the second half of 2015, SolarWorld AG increasingly delivers modules to international large-scale projects and continues to focus on high-performance technology

A new era for hydrogen energy unveiled by summer students at DNV GL

How can hydrogen help Japan transition to renewable energy? Students working for DNV GL this summer made the case for the floating installation 'Jidai' that produces hydrogen from seawater and wind energy.

JA Solar Released New Double-glass Modules

As the installation of solar electricity generation grows at an unprecedented pace world-widely and the performance of PV products gets improved steadily, the demand for PV modules of high quality and reliability that can operate in the harsh environment without rapid degradation has greatly increased.

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