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The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …

Solar boat Türanor becomes a research vessel to study climate change

The solar-powered boat docked in Battery Park City in New York could easily have been packed off to a museum as a relic.<p>The MS Türanor SolarPlanet …

Self-Charging Solar Cells: Better Than Batteries?

A research team at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has demonstrated the viability of a design for solar panels that can simultaneously generate and store electrons harvested from sunlight in a single device.<p>Like other solar panels, the new solar cells would use some electrons from light …

U.S. solar installations on rise

The U.S. solar industry continued its healthy growth in the first quarter, according to a new industry report out Tuesday.<p>The U.S. added 723 megawatts of solar power from January through March, up 33 percent from the same period in 2012, according to the report from GTM Research and the Solar …