Archive for April 2011

Transparent Photovoltaic Cells Turn Windows Into Solar Panels

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV

A new class of transparent photovoltaic cells has been developed that can turn an ordinary windowpane into a solar panel without impeding the passage of visible light. The cells could one day transform skyscrapers into giant solar collectors, said Richard Lunt, one of the researchers on the project.

G.E. to Build Largest U.S. Solar Panel Factory

Apr 7th, 2011 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

In a move that could shake up the American solar industry, General Electric plans to announce on Thursday that it will build the nation’s largest photovoltaic panel factory, with the goal of becoming a major player in the market. The plant, whose location has not been determined, will employ 400 workers and create 600 related jobs, according to G.E. The factory would annually produce solar panels that would generate 400 megawatts of energy, or enough to power 80,000 homes a year.

Brain Waves from Thoughts Used to Move Cursor

Apr 7th, 2011 | By John Waller | Category: Health, Top Story

A cursor on a computer screen can be controlled using thoughts about a range of vowel sounds, research has found. Brain signals have been translated into motion or even pictures before, but the current research showcases a nascent technique called electrocorticography using sensors placed directly on the surface of the brain.