Solar Energy

  • How do Solar Cells Work?

    You must have used a calculator that makes use of the solar energy. How about a Solar cooker? Water heater? Have you ever wondered how this solar energy is being made available to you? It is through a tiny important device called as Solar...
    By Ashwin Satyanarayana October 18, 2010 

  • Applications of Solar Energy – Part-5: Solar Thermal Power Plants

    Most people think that solar energy can be used to produce only small amounts of electric power, but solar thermal power plants can produce large amounts of electricity.
    By Haresh Khemani October 18, 2010 

  • Applications of Solar Energy: Part-3: Solar Photovoltaic Cells

    Photovoltaic cells or solar cells are comprised of layers of silicon slices joined together by wires. When sunrays fall on the photovoltaic cells electricity is generated, which is stored in a rechargeable battery and used for any application.
    By Haresh Khemani October 18, 2010 


  • Applications of Solar Energy: Part-1: Solar Water Heater

    With energy costs increasing, so is the desire for other options. Solar water heaters may be the future of water heaters for many.
    By Haresh Khemani October 18, 2010 

  • Types of Solar Cookers

    Solar cookers are cheap and clean way of cooking food. There three types of solar cookers used commonly: box type, panel type and parabolic type. In all these cookers solar energy is utilized cooking.
    By Haresh Khemani October 18, 2010 

  • Retroreflectors and Solar Power

    Retroreflectors have a property of reflecting the light back to its source at same angle. There are different types of retroreflectors like metal retroreflectors, hollow retroreflectors, spherical retroreflectors, etc. They are used in diverse applications...
    By Sunita Sanguri October 10, 2010 


  • Concrete Blocks as Thermal Mass for a Hot Air Heat Storage System

    Will heat storage for solar hot air systems using concrete blocks work well? Thermal storage is needed for active or passive solar heating systems. See a comparison of concrete block use against the current methods used for active and passive solar...
    By Harlan Bengtson October 4, 2010 

  • Turanor: World's Largest Solar Powered Boat

    Check out the Turanor, built at the cost of a whopping 16 million pounds. The world's biggest solar powered boat, powered by 38,000 Photovoltaic Cells, is all set to make a round-the-world trip in 160 days.
    By vishalseafarer September 28, 2010 

  • Infrared Radiation Boosts Solar Power Efficiency

    Graphene is a graphite composite material. It has excellent electrical, thermal conductivity, and good mechanical strength. Nano-antennae capture electrical current from infrared energy.
    By Charles M Bowen September 21, 2010 

  • Solar Cells of Tomorrow

    Mention solar cells and the first thing that comes to your mind is pictures of huge solar panels in the middle of the desert or on rooftops. Things are all set to change with the next generation of solar cells.
    By vishalseafarer August 31, 2010 
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