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Solar Eclipse 2017

YOUR COMMUNITY — YOUR ECLIPSE Did you know that the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse will pass directly over Corvallis? Please join a town hall meeting to learn about the science of eclipses and have a discussion with civic leaders about this inspiring event. Where: International Living Learning Center, Room 155, 1701 SW Western […]

Student-Built Solar Car to the Middle East

AT LAST WINTER’S ABU DHABI Solar Challenge, residents of the Persian Gulf emirate would pull alongside competitors on the highway, lean out and take photos of the solar-powered vehicles. Solar cars are as much a novelty there as in the United States, says John Ren, a member of the solar car team at Oregon State […]

Solar Car Race Offers Gold Standard Learning in Abu Dhabi

Call it the experience of a lifetime. Or just call it part of a great education at Oregon State. In January, nine OSU students took a solar car they built to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, a four-day, 1,200 kilometer race. This was the first international competition for […]

A Cheaper Cell

Faster, cheaper, better. The conventional wisdom says you can’t get all three at the same time. But researchers at Oregon State say otherwise — at least when it comes to new materials for making solar cells. Engineers have found a less expensive, less toxic, better performing — and surprising — substance for solar cell manufacturing: […]

Bright Idea

In the beginning, there was silicon, and it was really good. Silicon is one of the most abundant elements on Earth. It gave us golden, sandy beaches and sunlit kitchen windows. Beer mugs and home insulation. Silicon Valley in California and Silicon Forest in the Pacific Northwest. Personal computers and the Information Age. And solar […]

Solar Gain

With support from the University Venture Development Fund, Alex Chang and a student research team envision electricity-generating solar collectors built into windows, roofs and other building parts.