Energy use in buildings: Innovative, lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiencyFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:48:25 EST
Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent. Magnetic nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cellsWed, 25 Feb 2015 11:43:17 EST
Magnetic nanoparticles can increase the performance of solar cells made from polymers -- provided the mix is right. Adding about one per cent of such nanoparticles by weight makes the solar cells more efficient, according to new findings. Researchers enable solar cells to use more sunlightWed, 25 Feb 2015 09:41:30 EST
Scientists report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a higher current. Using 'fuzzy logic' to optimize hybrid solar/battery systemsTue, 24 Feb 2015 11:29:29 EST
A group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria show how fuzzy logic has helped them create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance. They have now described this new sizing system of a solar array and a battery in a standalone photovoltaic system. Detecting defects at the nanoscale will profit solar panel productionTue, 24 Feb 2015 10:28:45 EST
New research may lead to major efficiency gains and cost savings in the manufacture of flexible solar panels. The goal is to develop new technologies for the detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nanoscale defects in thin films that are vital in products such as printed electronics and solar panels.