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Solar energy

This solar panel is the first in the world to store both electricity and heat

Moreover, researchers have succeeded in increasing its output dramatically by providing the panel with its own cooling system.

Solar cells in the roof and nanotechnology in the walls

It isn't cars and vehicle traffic that produce the greatest volumes of climate gas emissions – it's our own homes. But new research will soon be putting an end to all that!

Future solar cells will be building materials

Solar cells will soon become integrated into roofing and exterior facade materials. We will save on construction materials and manpower – and save money on our electricity bills too.

Tracking the Earth’s magnetic field in Northern Lights

Physicists are keen on solving the mysteries of the Earth’s magnetic field. Their curiosity has a practical side – when solar storms that create the aurora are bent by the magnetic field, it can affect technologies that modern civilization depends on.

The typical Norwegian solar heating system owner is a man in his mid-fifties

He is resourceful, technically skilled, wants to save money and protect the environment.

Plastic solar cells see the light of day

In the future, you may be able to buy solar cells for your roof from a roll, by the metre.

Office buildings from the 80's go zero-emission

Two Norwegian office buildings have been renovated and represent Northern Europe’s first zero-emission buildings of their type. These are only the first of several.

Solar-powered bread baking in Ethiopia

An oven powered by solar energy is nothing new under the sun. However, the long-lasting high temperatures make this one unique.

Urgent need to phase out coal power

Coal power is one of the main causes why greenhouse gas emissions have risen at an unprecedented rate over the last 10 years. We can cut emissions using wind power, solar heat and power, highly efficient building shells and electric vehicles.

Solar energy provides electricity in remote areas

A pilot project in Kenya shows that off-grid village centres providing electricity from solar energy may be a success.