Today’s Solutions: May 28, 2024

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The power of "solar balconies": Germany's solar revolution reaches more than just roofs

In Germany's busiest cities, a quiet shift is taking place on apartment balconies. While rooftop solar has long been seen as a key component of renewable energy, a new player has emerged: the solar balcony. With over 400,000 plug-in solar systems on balconies around the country, this unique Read More...

Dirty Dusty Solar Panels with Text Clean Me Please

This ultra-thin coating can make solar panels self-cleaning

Solar panels cannot perform successfully if they are caked in filth, yet cleaning them on a regular basis can be time-consuming. Luckily, engineers in Germany are on the case and have created an ultra-thin coating that can self-clean solar panels and other surfaces. Solar is the most important Read More...

Nighttime Solar Panels

The pursuit of nocturnal solar technology is growing

Last month, we wrote a story on solar cells developed by Stanford University that could draw a small amount of power at night, when most would think solar panels would be useless.  The endeavor to create solar panels that can draw additional power at night is growing. Now, a collaboration of Read More...

Solar Panel Manufacturing

Researchers use new AI to advance solar cell manufacturing

Solar energy is becoming more affordable and easier to produce every day. As the market grows, so too is the field of research. Solar scientists have been working with perovskites, a family of mineral and ceramic materials that are a top contender to replace silicon as the next level up in Read More...

Montreal Convention Center Solar Material

This sustainable solar panel can go on buildings or your clothes

When you see the new sunlight-absorbing material developed by Carvey Ehren Maigue, an engineering student from the Philippines, the colors might remind you of the Aurora Borealis.  In fact, Auroras were what inspired Maigue when he named his new game-changing material, AuREUS. This is a new Read More...

New design makes solar energy

New design makes solar energy capture 35 percent more efficient

Even newer and more efficient solar panel models typically only convert about 22 percent of the light they capture into energy. Part of this is because, as they are angled in one direction, they only receive sunlight during certain hours of the day. A new and revolutionary design is looking to Read More...