#Solar

“Solar Sponge” offers a completely new approach to solar steam generation

7 months ago — 4 min read

MIT engineers have invented a bubble-wrapped sponge-like device which can soak up sunlight to generate steam through its pores. Researchers...

Solar Impulse II: Around the World Trip Successfully Completed

8 months ago — 3 min read

Solar Impulse II has just made history and become the first solar-powered plane to completely circle the Earth. The craft...

Solar Impulse 2 set to break more records

11 months ago — 1.5 min read

Having now completed repairs in maintenance in Hawaii Solar Impulse 2 has now flown back to California. The electric plane...

Graphene solar panels developed that generates energy when it rains

12 months ago — 1.5 min read

Whilst Solar Power has made significant steps forwards over the last decade there has always been the problem of what...

Carbon emissions drop in the UK as renewables rise

12 months ago — 2.5 min read

Provisional figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have revealed a 3.4% drop in greenhouse gas...

Swedish researchers develop wood-based glass

12 months ago — 0.5 min read

Researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed transparent wood that could in future be used in solar...

Transparent photovoltaic windows could reach the market in three years

1 year ago — 0 min read

Researchers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), in collaboration with solar photovoltaic glass manufacturer Polysolar and materials developer Merck,...

London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir to hold world’s largest floating solar power plant

1 year ago — 0.5 min read

A £6 million floating solar array is to open in London this month, and is expected to generate 5.8 million...

Salford University project hopes to create extremely efficient solar cells

1 year ago — 0.5 min read

Researchers at Salford University have begun a €5 million project to develop perovskite photovoltaic cells, a novel material choice which...

MIT researchers create lightest and thinnest solar cells ever

1 year ago — 0.5 min read

A team from MIT have developed a solar cell one-fiftieth of the thickness of a human hair, which is so...

Record-breaking £265bn invested in renewable energy last year

1 year ago — 0.5 min read

More money was invested in renewables in 2015 than was invested in building new fossil fuel power plants, a report...

Young engineers’ new technologies gain support of Royal Commission

1 year ago — 0 min read

Ten projects, with a significant possibility of improving health or the environment, have gained funding from the Royal Commission for...

Devices in future could be powered by new “nanohoops”

1 year ago — 0 min read

Tiny circular structures called nanohoops could be used in the future to power a range of devices, according to researchers...

UK government faces legal challenges over climate change failings

1 year ago — 0.5 min read

After being warned earlier in the year about failing to meet its environmental targets, the Government could be facing a...

Researchers use infrared to improve solar cell efficiency

2 years ago — 0 min read

Engineers in California have created a method of converting infrared light from the sun into solar energy. At present infrared...

Solar powered plane completes historic journey

2 years ago — 0 min read

Solar Impulse, the aircraft which is solely powered by the sun, has finished a historic 7,200km trip across the Pacific...

MIT develop power converter chip

2 years ago — 0 min read

A new power converter chip that can last for months without charge has been designed by researchers at MIT. The...

Solar flight grounded in Japan after bad weather conditions

2 years ago — 0 min read

Solar Impulse, the plane which solely runs on solar power, has run in difficulties on the trans-Pacific leg of its...