Timothy Hodson-Evans

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A new way to harvest more light to make solar cells more efficient

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: SunPower<p>Researchers at MIT have figured out a new technique to make a traditional silicon solar cell — the kind that …

What SolarCity Wants: Raising Money From Investors It Couldn't Reach Before

To broaden its fundraising base and support its growth, SolarCity said Wednesday it will tap new types of investors by launching an online investing tool developed a company it bought last month.<p>The California solar company paid an undisclosed amount for Common Assets, which was founded only 18 …

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse …

Guys, It Was So Cold In Norway Last Weekend That A School Of Fish Froze In Place (PHOTO)

It was awfully cold in Lovund, Norway, last weekend. So cold, in fact, that a school of herring that strayed too close to shore apparently froze in place.<p>Ingolf Kristiansen captured a picture of bizarre phenomenon Sunday. The image was then provided to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation</i> …

We can't expect a reliable energy future without talking water

It’s no secret that electricity generation requires substantial amounts of water, and different energy sources require varying amounts of water. Nor …

California More Than Doubles Solar Energy In 2013

California installed more megawatts of solar energy in 2013 than it did in the last 30 years combined, the California Solar Energy Industries Association reported.<p>"It took California over 30 years to build 1,000 MW of rooftop solar, hitting that landmark in early 2013. Today, California is closing …

Folsom Labs: Another Example Why Solar Is The Future

In solar, bankability is the ultimate four-letter word.<p>Getting final bank approval is one of the most arduous, and needlessly expensive, processes in putting together commercial or utility solar power plants. Developers seeking loans have to provide meticulous information about performance, product …

Massive Antarctic Glacier Has Entered Irreversible Melt, Could Add Up To 1 Centimeter To Sea Level

After last week’s Arctic-fueled cold snap — dubbed the ‘Polar Vortex’ — brought freezing temperatures and claims of climate change denial to the …

Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United …

Renewable Energy

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state …

Antarctic Octopus Genes Contain Clues About Ancient Catastrophic Ice Sheet Collapse

If the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed, it could raise seas by 16 feet (5 meters), which would be disastrous. Thankfully, we're not at that point …

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens …