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Photovoltaic Solar

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  1. -America's Solar Boom (MotherJones.com)
      "Last week, an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That's without any changes to existing policy. In other words, we're only a few years away from the point where, in most of the United States, there will be no economic reason not to go solar. If you care about slowing climate change or just moving toward cleaner energy, that is a huge deal." 11-14

  2. Dow Hiring for Solar Work (CBS News)
      "Dow is doing its part. The company is developing a new solar power technology. Dow has started hiring laid-off workers, many from the auto industry, and retraining them to be solar shingle assemblers." 05-11

  3. Off Grid Inverters Capable of Grid Tie (AlteStore.com)
      Provides inverters for connecting to the electrical grid. 02-13

  4. Roofing - Solar Roofing and Laminates (Uni-Solar)
      Describes solar laminated panels that can be applied to roofs or other surfaces. 6-01

  5. Solar Cells Improve Efficiency (CNN)
      Provides an article about greatly improved photovoltaic cells that convert energy from the sun into electricity. The cells use concentrators for greater efficiency. 10-00

  6. Solar Cells Improve Efficiency Through CIS (CNN - Environmental News Network)
      Provides an article about greatly improved photovoltaic cells that convert energy from the sun into electricity. The cells use CIS (copper indium diselenide) technology. 10-00

  7. Solar Connection to the Grid (AlteStore.com)
      Provides information on cables and breakers for power inverters for connecting to the electrical grid. 02-13

  8. Solar Panel Prices (Myles Recreational Accessories)
      Provides the Uni-Solar 32 watt flexible panel, which is under 400 dollars. Recommends the use of a controller with the solar panels to protect the batteries from going over 14.3 volts during peak times. Awesome Library does not endorse these products, but only provides them as examples. 6-01

  9. Solar Photovoltaic Components (Go Solar Company)
      Explains how solar electricity works and also provides detailed descriptions of all of the parts of a solar electricity system. Provides information to calculate solar electricity needs in order to build a successful solar photovoltaic projects. 5-01

  10. Solar Photovoltaic Panels (Solardyne)
      Provides solar and other alternate energy products. Awesome Library provides this as an example of the technology and has no knowledge of the product's quality or the company's reputation. 5-01

  11. Solar Photovoltaic Panels Cost Comparison (EcoBusinessLinks.com)
      Provides cost per watt for each vendor. 04-11

  12. Solar Pumps for Low Income Farmers (Christian Science Monitor)
      "What if we could find a way to cut the cost of a 2-kilowatt solar pump system from$7,000 to $2,500? And what if we added a $1,400, 2.5-acre low-cost drip system and used the solar pump/drip system to grow 2.5 acres of diversified off-season fruits, vegetables, and spices? If done correctly, farmers could clear at least $4,500."

      "Thatís enough to make payments on a three-year loan or lease and make a profit." 06-13

  13. Solar Roofs May Cut Bills in Half (CNN )
      "In the 1970s, going solar meant mounting panels the size of ping-pong tables in cumbersome racks on your roof. But in the past five years, the industry has become more architecturally savvy, offering up solar-powered shingles that blend almost seamlessly with traditional roofing materials." 03-08

  14. Solar Roofs May Cut Bills in Half (CNN )
      Provides an article about roof tiles that may cut the electricity bills for a home in half, at least in California. The initial purchase of the roof tiles is also subsidized in California. 10-00

  15. Solar Sail Powered Space Ships 1 (NASA)
      Describes how solar sail powered spacecrafts might be best for long space missions. 11-00.

  16. Virus Improves Solar Cell Efficiency (PC World)
      "Solar cells are about to get cheaper! Using a genetically modified virus called M13, researchers from MIT were able to make carbon nanotubes self-assemble allowing the solar cells to collect electrons at a more efficient rate. Scientists already know that single-walled carbon nanotubes have a high electron mobility, meaning that electrons can move through them very fast. Using this knowledge, researchers could in theory improve the efficiency of photovoltaic devices (like solar panels) using these nanotubes" 05-11

Purchase Resources
  1. Recumbent Tricycle - SolarTrike for Solar Power (SolarTrike.com)
      Starts at 2,000 dollars and weighs 106 pounds with a 200 watt motor and a 50 watt solar panel. Does not use batteries. Awesome Library does not endorse this product, but only provides it as an example. 6-01

  2. Solar Photovoltaic Panels (SolarElectric)
      Provides solar and other alternate energy products. Includes a notebook computer solar charger. Awesome Library provides this as an example of the technology and has no knowledge of the product's quality or the company's reputation. 5-01

  3. Solar and Glass Panels (RWE Schott Solar)
      Provides solar panels and systems. Awesome lLibrary does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 7-05

   
   


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