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Not all sunlight is created equal. That’s the theory behind a new device created by a team from Penn State University that could drastically shape the booming industry of solar energy. Professor Jeffrey R. S. Brownson, who runs the university’s cutting-edge Solar Ecology program, led the way in creating what he calls the “All Seeing Eye” (ASE). The device measures irradiance, or power, of sunlight from different points. The goal is to get a clearer picture of the directionality of the sun and how its energy varies from differing vantage points. The ASE takes measurements from five directions — north, south,
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. When one hears the phrase “on-campus housing,” sustainability probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But tucked away on its University Park campus, Penn State operates a residence that’s the very essence of sustainability. “MorningStar is an innovative place, it has all the green technologies you would ever want and need. [It’s] a melting pot of different things, renewable energy
When it comes to innovation, sometimes there’s a breakthrough idea right around the corner. And other times, you find it 6,500 miles away. The latter was the case for scientists at the University of Michigan who were looking to resolve issues with their solar-panel technology. Specifically, their challenge was to create solar-tracking panel designs that were more efficient and resilient. “The issue with conventional trackers is that they typically use large, heavy panels,” said Aaron Lamoureux, lead author of a study that resulted from their work and a doctoral student in Michigan’s materials science and engineering department. “To rotate them
For Steve Katsaros, it all started with a nagging idea. Walking by a construction site one evening, he noticed a rope of construction lights all drawing power from a chugging, polluting generator. Immediately, a question came to his mind: Was it necessary? The next day, he went home and sketched a simple but elegant solution to the problem: a solar-powered light bulb. Four days later, the Purdue alum had a patent in hand. “Selling solar lights is how we’re going to change the world,” said Katsaros, who founded a company to market his invention. “It quickly became apparent that the