Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 30

Long-term solar energy storage Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and Universidad de La Rioja created a system capable of storing solar energy for extended periods of time. The system, called Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage (MOST), hinges on a molecular photoswitch made from carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. When the molecule is hit by sunlight, it turns into an energy-rich... » read more

Solar Designs Focus On Low Power

By Pallab Chatterjee This year’s Semicon West showed growth in both attendees and exhibitors, but the big growth—at least from a percentage standpoint—was in the associated Intersolar show, which featured advances in PV and solar thermal systems. This year’s Intersolar show covered areas that were not just commercial grid-tied PV systems. Rather, it also had off-grid systems with ne... » read more