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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A delicious Indian berry contains a crucial ingredient for creating cheap solar cells

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by

A species of berries indigenous to south Asia may have what it takes to make solar panels far less expensive than they are now. It may even provide a lasting solution to India’s chronic power shortage. A group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, have found that a pigment found […]

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Waterlily turbine powers your outdoor adventures with wind and water

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by

There is no shortage of great off-grid renewable power sources for your outdoor adventures from rugged solar chargers to the famous BioLite stove that charges your gadgets as you cook, but it’s always fun to see new inventions that let us get away from the real world while still staying plugged in if we […]

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Use Google’s New Mapping Tool To See How Much Solar Panels Would Benefit Your Home

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

With Project Sunroof, Google hopes to make it easier for more households to make the switch to renewables. Solar power is cheaper than buying from the grid in cities like Boston, San Francisco, and San Jose–even without any government credits. Now, if you live in one of those cities, a new tool from […]

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Europe’s renewable energy revolution

Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017 by

More than 2km down a dark tunnel deep inside a Norwegian mountain, a drilling machine is boring out holes in the rock. It’s part of a major project that will connect Britain to Norway’s huge hydroelectric power supplies, passing power lines through the mountain near Kvilldal, southwest Norway, before laying the world’s longest undersea […]

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How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone. Within seconds, the device – which weighs less than 2lbs and carries a powerful camera […]

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Watch this truck roll out solar panels like a carpet

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by

A company patented technology that can roll solar panels out like a carpet — and it’s amazing. Called Roll-Array, the technology can be towed by any 4X4 car, like a Range Rover or Land Rover. It was developed by Renovagen, a company formed in 2012 specifically to develop the rollable solar array. The system, first […]

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Stanford Engineers Designed a Low-Cost Battery For Storing Renewable Energy

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Stanford University researchers have created a new battery that could change the way we look at renewable energy storage forever. The team used urea, an affordable, natural, and readily-available material present in mammal urine and fertilizers to create a battery that is significantly more efficient than past versions. Stanford chemistry professor Hongjie Dai and doctoral candidate Michael […]

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