Solar

Sunlight is the most abundant energy source known to man: it powers solar cells, warms the air and is the essential energy for photosynthesis. PF Members offer innovative plans to utilize this valuable resource.

The Pennsylvania State University
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom-up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics... Read More
Blog by Gabe Salkin; Video by Leor Reef and Gabe Salkin
Blog by Gabe Salkin; Video by Leor Reef and Gabe Salkin
George Washington University
Solar can be hard to set up for one person alone, but DC residents are involving the whole community in light of falling prices and tax incentives.
Going Solar in DC
Planet Forward, GWU School of Media and Public Affairs
How easy is it to go solar in the nation's capitol?
Video by Joey Rabinowitz
Video by Joey Rabinowitz
George Washington University
Amit Ronen of the GW Solar Institute talks about what it will take to make solar a viable option at scale, technologically and economically. 
Planet Forward
We look at the Ivanpah solar thermal plant, a 400 megawatt facility that uses mirrors to reflect sunlight onto energy towers instead of burning coal to make steam.
The CME building's quest for "Silver"
The CME building's quest for "Silver"
University of Mississippi
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence building at the University of Mississippi is powered by more than 400 solar panels that have been installed on the roof. The building was built to promote green energy and for educational purposes. The solar... Read More
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Editor's Pick: As the weather begins to cool down, we will begin turning up the heat and grabbing our blankets and hats to try to stay warm.  What if there was a more sustainable and cost-effective way to keep our homes warm in the winter season?
The Pennsylvania State University
This is the first silicon-based optical fiber with solar cell characteristics A team of researchers is working on solar cell fabrics that could catch sunlight from various angles and one day power devices like smartphones. John Badding, a professor... Read More
This week we take a look at an idea for solar panels that can spray right onto your existing windows - turning your whole building into a solar array.
Among the most promising batteries for grid storage of renewable energy are "flow" batteries, because it's relatively simple to scale their tanks, pumps and pipes to the sizes needed to handle large capacities of energy. The new lithium-polysulfide... Read More

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