Articles about solar panels (page 2)

Bus stops in China get solar panels
With Japan hoping to pass a ruling to have all new buildings and houses boast solar panels by 2030, the world continues to follow this eco-friendly trend, and China is the next stop. It was reported that up to 14 bus stops saw solar panels being installed on them, where they will be put to good use in the Lianyungang district that is located in east China’s Jiangsu Province. Each […]

Liquid Solar Array collects sunlight while out in the sea
Solar panels are a great way to generate electricity without causing any harm to the environment, but the problem with them is that they require a large area to contain a huge amount of solar panels in order to generate sufficient amounts of electricity. While this works great when there’s a lot of real estate to go around, in highly dense or populated areas, it would be a waste of […]

Solar panels integrated into touchscreen displays is another gadget dream team
What are some of the gadget dream teams that you can think of? We just shared a story about solar panels being integrated into ordinary windows for Chicago’s Willis Tower, and the same idea has been transmuted to Greendix’s latest patented technology, that is, using their own custom shaped solar panel technology to be integrated into touchscreen displays. Imagine applying this technology across a slew of devices such as smartphones, […]

Portable solar charger on the cheap, thanks to UM students
Solar power is definitely one of the better ways to harvest free energy from our surroundings, and when it comes to rural areas, it is one of the best ways to provide green and sustainable energy without having to cut down large tracts from the forest. The University of Michigan should be proud that three of its alumni from the engineering faculty have come up with the Emerald portable solar […]


Sanyo To Produce The World's Most Efficient Solar Cells
Green energy has taken another positive step forward as Sanyo has announced that it will begin mass producing a new type of solar cell. These new solar cells, dubbed HIT cells, boast the world’s highest cell conversion efficiency of 21.6%. It’s worth noting that Sharp showcased a solar cell that was capable of 42.1% efficiency a while back, but that was just a prototype. Sanyo’s HIT-N240SE10 is capable of 19% […]

NXT robot gets solar power option
Dexter Industries intends to help you live a slightly greener life if you happen to own a NXT device, where they are offering a $90 solar panel that ought to generate enough power to run a NXT control brick and one servo. Does this mean NASA will send Lego Mindstorms to Mars as part of an experiment in the future? Who knows, eh? This 9V/250mA panel is pretty easy to […]

General Electric has thin-film solar panels
General Electric wants a bigger slice of the solar power market with the introduction of their new thin-film solar panels alongside relevant accompanying equipment. These thin-film solar panels were made in conjunction with PrimeStar Solar, where it will hit the mass market from next year onwards. Cadmium telluride cells would be the material of choice, where these thin-film solar panels are meant for utility-scale solar projects. General Electric aims to […]

EnSol has tech to turn windows into solar panels
It is definitely an idea worth exploring – we’re talking about using windows as solar panels, killing two birds with one stone. EnSol has the same train of thought as well, as the Norwegiam company recently patented a thin film solar cell technology that was specially designed to be sprayed onto such surfaces. It will not work like traditional silicon-based solar cells, where even the structural material of the building […]

SoloPower offers flexible solar panels on rooftops
SoloPower knows that solar power is the future, and have introduced flexible solar panels for use on commercial rooftops. The panels are made out of thin-film solar cells from a combination of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGS), which will subsequently be placed on a flexible foil. This set of solar panels are deemed to see action on flat roofs of commercial buildings. These are lighter compared to glass-encased panels […]

Kyocera wants to turn your boats greener
We all know that solar panels are one of the many ways to start leading a greener lifestyle, although the efficiency of such panels are still a long way off from being impressive enough to be used in everyday and all applications. Kyocera has faith though, offering solar modules for Toyota Solar Panels that are meant to see action on recreational boats which are manufactured and sold by Toyota. These […]

Concept: Solar Panel Bag For The iPad
Are you using up the iPad’s battery life while you’re on the road? If you can’t find a power plug to keep the device charged, you might be interested in this concept solar panel bag for your iPad. At a glance, it’ll pretty much give everyone out there the idea that you’re a big Apple fan, since the solar panel is shaped to resemble Apple’s iconic logo. Granted, there are […]

Solar bags rely on G24 DSSC solar technology
Check out the new range of solar bags from Mascotte Industrial Associates of Hong Kong, where it will rely on DSSC (Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells) technology to make sure that your bag is able to store converted solar power in its internal battery so that you can later juice up thirsty gadgets at your very own time. Our own experience tells us that such solar panels aren’t exactly that effective, and […]

Sun Drive keychain is unique
The Sun Drive keychain is very different from most other keychains since this model sports a USB solar charger that allows you to juice up a range of USB-powered devices on-the-go. Even though it is small in size, it is still able to offer up to 35 hours of juice for most portable devices, or roughly the equivalent of 100 minutes of talk time on your cellphone. Apart from that, […]

Colored solar panels stuff of the future
Boffins at Jerusalem have developed a new kind of solar cell that is able to generate juice from diffused light thanks to a specialized colored panel. They do resemble colored plexi-glass but in reality are panes made with fluorescent dyes and nanoparticle metals which could more or less eclipse traditional solar panels in terms of price and cost. This more efficient panel will utilize 80% less silicon compared to standard […]

Transparent Solar Panels For Windows And More
Installing solar panels on the roof is great, but Windows offer additional sun-gathering surface that can be exploited with Konarka’s transparent (or translucent, we should say) solar panels called Arch Active Solar Glass. The idea is to slide these in double pane windows for example, but you can imagine all kinds of applications as they are made of flexible plastic and don’t really need to be protected by glass. There […]

Lux Solar Panel Necklace
Once in a while comes along a piece of fashionable technology that should not be denied its 15 minutes of fame, and the Lux is one of them. It comes with elegant looking solar panels to make up a necklace, soaking up the sun’s juices during the day while turning it into power that will power the white-colored lights at night. All it takes is just a couple of hours […]