Tag Archives: Solar panels

The newest crop found on the farm? Solar panels.

The newest crop found on the farm? Solar panels.

The approach could be a boon for both energy generation and crop production. Less direct sunlight helps keep plants cooler during the day, allowing them to retain more moisture and thus require less watering. Having plants underneath the solar panels also reduces the amount of heat reflected by the ground, which keeps the panels cooler […]

These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?

These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?

But stability remains a tough challenge.  In one recent study, published in Science in April, researchers discovered a new way to build perovskite solar cells with additives that improved efficiency and lifetime. The cells withstood 1,500 hours of high heat and humidity in the lab.  The problem is translating these results into the real world. […]

Solar panels are a pain to recycle. These companies are trying to fix that.

Expanding solar-power production is key to reducing emissions worldwide. Globally, solar panels produced 720 terawatt-hours of energy in 2019, accounting for around 3% of the world’s electricity generation. And it took about 46 million metric tons of solar panels to do it. About 8 million metric tons of decommissioned solar panels could accumulate globally by […]