Posts tagged: Infrared

See-through solar panels provide power and a killer view

by Timothy J. Seppala While we’ve seen some pretty big advancements (and even bigger installations) in solar-energy collection lately, unless you’re looking for privacy, one of the biggest light-catchers — windows — have to go largely under-utilized. Researchers at Michigan State University might have a solution for that, though. The Spartan scientists have developed a […]

Could Earth’s infrared emissions be a new renewable energy source?

By Grant Banks     Could it one day be possible to generate electricity from the loss of heat from Earth to outer space? A group of Harvard engineers believe so and have theorized something of a reverse photovoltaic cell to do just this. The key is using the flow of energy away from our […]

Earth’s Infrared Radiation: New Renewable Energy Frontier?

By Prachi Patel   The Earth continuously emits 100 million gigawatts of infrared heat into outer space. That’s enough to power all of humanity many thousands of times over. Capturing even a fraction of that would mean an end to our energy woes. Harvard University researchers are now proposing a way to harvest this untapped […]

New Solar Cell Converts Infrared Light to Electricity

  Guest Post   Traditional solar cells, most of which are based on crystalline silicon, are only able to make useful electricity of solar radiation in the visible range. A research team at MIT led by professor Michael Strano has just announced that they have successfully created a solar cell based on carbon that converts […]