New Nanostructure Discovery Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers from the Academy of Finland have discovered a new method of harnessing more of the suns radiation. They found that by coating the solar cells with nano-scale structures they could pretty much eliminate reflection losses entirely. The nanostructured black silicon coating features very low reflectivity, meaning that a larger portion of the Sun’s radiation can … Read more

New NASA Timelapse Shows 3 Years of Solar Activity in 3 Minutes

The amazing video below is a product of NASA’s latest endeavor at the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and provides breathtaking and high quality data that will aide astronomers in better predicting solar activity such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Plus, it just looks really cool! The SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) captures a … Read more

Amazing Solar Powered Plane will Fly Around the World in 2015

Solar powered flight is becoming more and more of a reality! This thing is light (only 2.3 metric tons), efficient, has about 7,200 solar cells on top of the wings, and I’d imagine it has an insane amount of battery storage to soak all of that sun up! It will fly around the world, but not … Read more

Myth and Reality: Getting the Facts Straight About Solar Energy

There are a couple of ideas about solar energy that are not entirely accurate, and have a lot to do with the fact that we are still knee deep in conventional energy production via fossil fuels and natural gas. The primary issue at hand is how we shift our minds away from what we have … Read more