High-tech umbrella follows the sun to give you shade

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

Courtesy of ShadeCraft Sunflower Home-tech aficionados who already have robotic dog toys, smart salt shakers, and wireless turntables, here’s your next big product: A solar-powered, 7-square-foot umbrella that rotates and tilts as the sun moves across the sky. The ShadeCraft Sunflower solves a problem you didn’t even know you had. Instead of having to laboriously move your $29.99 […]

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Glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 by

Academics from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science have developed a clean energy solution for buildings that could revolutionise the construction industry. Professor Tapas Mallick and Dr Hasan Baig and IIB Research Commercialisation Manager Jim Williams have created streamlined solar technology that fits neatly into glass blocks. Facades using the innovative product, called […]

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Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever?

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 by

Solar panels have been around for a while now, but the materials they’re made from make them incapable of converting more than about a quarter of the sun’s energy into usable electricity. According to MIT calculations, an average house in sunny Arizona still needs about 574 square feet of solar panels (assuming about 15 percent efficiency) […]

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Solar Revolution Turns These Women Into Powerful Entrepreneurs

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by

A solar revolution is transforming the lives of women in the remotest parts of Asia. They no longer have to wait decades to be connected to a power grid but are able today to exploit the huge potential of the abundant sunshine. In societies where women normally play a subservient role and spend much of their […]

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China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by

In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. Panda Green Energy Group (0686.HK) has already connected one such […]

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Flexible solar panels recycle indoor light

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by

Integrating solar panels into windows and walls seems to be the obvious next step for the technology, but what about all of the light indoors? What if there could be a way to harness, or recycle, that light energy along with the light from the sun? Researchers at Virginia Tech have proven that it’s possible. Mechanical engineer […]

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Nanotechnology Third-Generation Flexible Solar Cells

Posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by

Outing picnic, patting photos, video, mobile phones will have no electricity, how do? Then backpack on the solar powered portable generator cell to play a role, with the data cable to connect the battery and mobile phone, you can charge, no longer have to worry about the phone power out. The invention of this technology thanks to […]

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French team builds revolutionary 100% renewable energy-powered showcase vessel

Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2017 by

A 30-metre catamaran, powered by solar, wind and self-generated hydrogen, will be launched next February to sail around the world as a floating exhibition and clean energy laboratory. The Energy Observer is being built at a St Malo shipyard in western France and aims to circumnavigate the globe using only clean power, a feat similar […]

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The solar cooker that seeks its own place in the sun

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by

The Water&Solar100 cooker, which has automatic sun tracking, and temperature and timing controls. Photograph: Wilfred Fritz Solar cookers have been promoted as a safe alternative to boil water, cook food, or even sterilise medical equipment, but many require the user to move the unit so that its focal point is in direct line with the […]

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Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever?

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by

Taking advantage of temperatures upwards of 1,000 Celsius, these hot solar cells could produce twice as much energy as the industry standard The prototype (MIT) Solar panels have been around for a while now, but the materials they’re made from make them incapable of converting more than about a quarter of the sun’s energy […]

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