solar en Making solar panels better and cheaper <p>A solar panel is typically made up of lots of silicon cells that together form a circuit. The electrons zip through the panels to create electricity in a very efficient manner. But what if scientists could create the same efficiency in a different material that was cheaper?</p><p>Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in materials engineering,<strong> is studying how to make polymer solar cells more efficient. </strong>Right now their performance is well below the most efficient silicon solar panels.</p><p>Why polymers:</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 24375 at Making solar panels better and cheaper Cincinnati's solar plan re-energized in 2014 <p>Plans for more solar on city building rooftops&nbsp;in Cincinnati are looking up this year.</p><p>Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability Larry Falkin says the city laid low in 2013 because the value of renewable energy credits was down and some state programs expired. "We think we're back in a situation where the economics work now and <strong>we have projects that we're working on </strong>and we hope to be able to announce them in the near future."</p><p>Falkin says <strong>the announcement could come in the next two to three months</strong>.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 23138 at Cincinnati's solar plan re-energized in 2014 Cincinnati solar solution to food problem in India <p align="left">A Cincinnati invention will soon be on its way to India following months of marketing and development.</p><p align="left">The product, still in the testing stages, is a 10-foot-long cold storage shed, something badly needed in India where nearly 40 percent of crops spoil before they get to market.</p><p align="left">University of Cincinnati business professor Ilsa Hawkins and her students recognized a need for cold storage. They went to Mumbai (<a href="">Ice Expo</a>)&nbsp;with a brochure and a business plan.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 05:04:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 6876 at Cincinnati solar solution to food problem in India Building a Solar Cincinnati <p align="left">A new report sings the praises of solar in Cincinnati.</p><p align="left">The group <a href="">Environment Ohio </a>hopes Cincinnati follows the lead of such solar giants as Ann Arbor, Phoenix and Toledo. Co-author of the new report, called Building a Solar Cincinnati, Christian Adams, wants the city to get 10% of its energy from solar by 2030. He says certain barriers remain like up front cost but suggests third-party financing.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:53:52 +0000 Ann Thompson 6770 at Building a Solar Cincinnati