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Researchers develop new possibilities for solar power
Two Queen's researchers have contributed to a significant breakthrough in solar technology. Their research has led to a new solar photovoltaic thermal (PVT) system that generates both electricity and heat. View News Article (2012-07-11)


New type of solar cell retains high efficiency for long periods
Scientists from the University of Picardie Jules Verne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are reporting development of a new genre of an electrolyte system for solar cells that breaks the double-digit barrier in the efficiency with which the devices convert sunlight into electricity.  View News Article (2011-09-08)


Planet Neptune not guilty of harassment
New research by a University of Victoria PhD student is challenging popular theory about how part of our solar system formed. At today's meeting of the prestigious Division of Planetary Sciences in Pasadena, California, Alex Parker is presenting evidence that, contrary to popular belief, the planet Neptune can't have knocked a collection of planetoids known as the Cold Classical Kuiper Belt to... View News Article (2010-10-06)


Formaldehyde: Poison could have set the stage for the origins of life
Formaldehyde, a poison and a common molecule throughout the universe, is likely the source of the solar system's organic carbon solids-abundant in both comets and asteroids. View News Article (2011-04-05)


Voyager data may reveal trajectory of solar system
Nearly 30 years after launch, the two Voyager spacecraft are still operational and returning useful data. In their early years they produced some of the first close up images of the large outer planets. View News Article (2006-05-31)


Solar power much cheaper to produce than most analysts realize, study finds
The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a study conducted at Queen's University. View News Article (2011-12-08)


Getting into hot water
An analysis of the engineering and economics for a solar water-heating system shows it to have a payback period of just two years, according to researchers in India. They report, in the International Journal of Global Energy Issues, on the success of the 1000-liter system operating at a university hostel. View News Article (2009-03-09)


Technique reveals age of planetary materials
The key to understanding the geologic history of the Solar System is knowing the ages of planetary rocks. View News Article (2015-01-21)


Solar system's birth record revised
Some 4.567 billion years ago, our solar system's planets spawned from an expansive disc of gas and dust rotating around the sun. While similar processes are witnessed in younger solar systems throughout the Milky Way, the formative stages of our own solar system were believed to have taken twice as long to occur. View News Article (2012-11-05)


Research findings in solar cells will have an impact on solar panel industry
University of Luxembourg's Laboratory for Photovoltaics has established a method to observe and prevent solar cell degradation before solar cell production is finished, which has implications for the solar cell manufacturing industry since chemical damage to solar cells can occur quickly.  View News Article (2012-10-12)

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