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Penn State's Solar Ecology program reveals the secrets of sunlight: BTN LiveBIG

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,

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan gets solar tech inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun

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