The phototropism in sunflowers helps their faces track the sun. Researchers at the University of California, LA have developed what they are describing as the first "synthetic phototropic material" which, when shaped into rods, can bend and move live the heads of sunflowers. Coating surfaces with these "SunBOTs" might solve one of the biggest problems in solar energy... Click out this article from Science News for Students to learn more!
Bifacial solar is the next big thing. Solar energy installations are growing tenfold, and with high renewable energy goals across the world, innovations like this are what will drive the solar industry. Read more from this article at Green Tech Media.
Implementing large-scale storage has always been a challenge for solar advocates. However, researches in Sweden say they may have found a solution in a energy-trapping molecule that can store the sun's energy for decades. Read more in this article from Bloomberg.