Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material.

Team observes asteroid pushed by sunlight

Scientists on NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx, have been able to measure the orbit of their target asteroid so precisely that they can see the effects of sunlight on its motion.

Turning sunlight into hydrogen

A novel design might be the next big breakthrough in the pursuit of hydrogen from clean sources.

Goodbye washing machine: self-cleaning cotton created

Doing the laundry's about to get easier. Forget the whole washing part: all we'll need to do is peg our clothes out on the line or hang them over the balcony railing.

Sunlight-to-hydrogen system demonstrated

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have successfully demonstrated a biohybrid photoconversion system that can convert visible light into hydrogen fuel.

Reactor transforms sunlight into liquid fuel

CalTech researchers have designed a prototype reactor capable of transforming sunlight into liquid fuel.

Thin film solar approaches DOE’s goals


Thin film solar continues to rapidly increase its efficiency level in converting sunlight to power. 



MIT creates self-repairing solar cells

MIT rsearchers have created tiny solar cells that can repair themselves after damage from the sunlight they're designed to process.