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from Fast Company

Quick, Hide the Solar Panels!

cite-du-design-9c-500x902 by Fast Company, via Flickr

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Look at that venting. http://www.manufacturedhomepartsandaccessories.com/manufacturedhomesolarpanels.php has some pertinent information on how to shop for solar panels for any residence.

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A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source

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Things You Need to know Before Installing a Solar PV Panel System - Solar panels are not just high tech decorations on your roof that all work the same, they are a science that requires many things to be done correctly to deliver the best results.

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Conical Solar Panels . Even for photovoltaic (PV) panels, there’s such a thing as too much sun—when cells overheat, they become less efficient. V3Solar solved that problem with Spin Cell, a conical array that floats on magnets. An outer cone made of specialized lenses concentrates bands of sunlight on an inner cone covered with PV cells. The cells capture light energy but spin away before thermal energy can transfer.

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from TreeHugger

High-flying solar balloons could produce clean electricity night and day

Combining solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, hydrogen production, and fuel cells, these solar balloons are meant to be deployed above the clouds.

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from TreeHugger

Plants on Green Roofs Help Solar Panels Keep Cool

Sun-Root, its developer states, combines the benefits of a vegetative roof with the power production of a solar roof. Essentially, it is like taking a ground-mounted PV system and putting it on a roof, while still maintaining the integrity of the green roof’s moisture seal and water management systems. Through evaporation, the system creates a cooler micro-climate around the PV panels, enabling them to operate more efficiently.

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Tilt adjustable ground mounted solar PV frame

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