This bridge is covered in solar panels

They’re calling it the “world’s largest solar powered bridge,” and who’s to argue? We haven’t seen a bigger one than 4,400-panel-covered Blackfriars rail bridge that spans the Thames in central London.

Ford eyes solar panels for future plug-in vehicles

The wet dream for environmentally focused drivers of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles is one in which self-contained renewable energy powers the car instead of having to plug into the grid.

New material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficient

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.

Tiny 'LEGO brick' -style studs make solar panels a quarter more efficient

Most solar cells used in homes and industry are made using thick layers of material to absorb sunlight, but have been limited in the past by relatively high costs. Many new, lower cost designs are limited as their layer of light-absorbing material is too thin to extract enough energy.

Quantum dots or nanowires for solar?

A trio of researchers at North Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota have turned to computer modeling to help decide which of two competing materials should get its day in the sun as the nanoscale energy-harvesting technology of future solar panels -- quantum dots or nanowires.

Solar panels are getting thinner

Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing. But now MIT researchers are opening another avenue for improvement, aiming to produce the thinnest and most lightweight solar panels possible.

Photovoltaic wars show Japan gets a boost

A market research firm said Japan is set to overtake both Japan and the USA in the installation of photovoltaic (PV) capacity.

Solar panels efficiency bolstered by green roofs

It’s not surprise that having both a green roof and a solar panel array on a building is a great way to double down on reducing energy bills for property owners.

Anti-fog glass is glare-free and self-cleaning

MIT's created a new type of glass that's glare-free, self-cleaning and anti-fogging - useful for everything from car windscreens and scuba goggles to cellphones and solar panels.

White House builds case for ARPA-E


With budget battles looming, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made a preemptive strike in support of one of its boldest clean-energy programs, the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), detailing how six projects that received $23.6 million in seed funding had gone on to pull in more than $100 million in venture capital investment.

Marines embrace solar energy in Afghanistan


It's all about the mission. That's been the overriding message from the various branches of the U.S. military as they pursue renewable-energy solutions - and Marines in Afghanistan are providing real-world evidence to back that up.

Self-cleaning solar panels based on Martian mission technology

Researchers have developed a system allowing large-scale solar power installations to keep themselves clean, based on technology developed for missions to Mars.

NIST creates spray-on transistors

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is using organic semiconductors as a basis for spray-on large-area electronics such as solar cells and displays.