How does solar power work. anyway?

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by

Today, solar power is everywhere – from home roofs to Ikea superstores to the Nevada desert. And thank goodness. It’s a win-win solution to the climate crisis that creates jobs, saves money, and helps cut the carbon pollution changing our planet. Plus, when it comes to energy, solar might be the closest thing […]

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Super Monster Wolf is a crop-saving demon robot

Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 by

The solar powered lupine menace has proven so successful at scaring away wild boar from Japanese farms that it’s going into mass production. Are wild boar ravishing your rice and chestnut crops? Not to worry, Super Monster Wolf is here! Combining the best of natural pest control and animatronics, the high-tech terror detects crop-eating […]

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World’s first solar fuels reactor for night passes test

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by

International solar thermal energy researchers have successfully tested CONTISOL, a solar reactor that runs on air, able to make any solar fuel like hydrogen and to run day or night – because it uses concentrated solar power (CSP) which can include thermal energy storage. The promise of solar fuels is that we could have […]

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All-female high school team invents solar-powered tent for homeless

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by

As Daniela Orozco picks off excess plastic bordering a 3D-printed box, she recalls how many homeless people she saw on her way to school when she was a high school freshman. Just one. Four years later, the number has multiplied. People live on a main thoroughfare near the school, at a nearby park, and below […]

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New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by

Where others might look at substances like urine, blood and sweat and cringe, Juan Pablo Esquivel sees untapped sources of energy. Not for powering large engines but rather to produce small amounts of electricity that could play a vital role in the burgeoning telemedicine market. Today Esquivel, a 35-year-old electronics engineer, is developing miniature paper-based fuel […]

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Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier’s solar-powered DC03

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by

The SunGlacier team has designed a solar-powered, water maker based on Peltier technology that operates without needing batteries or a current inverter. By employing a photovoltaic panel, the X-model generates power for an 18W Peltier element, which cools an aluminum block to below the ambient dew point. This innovative concept features a new type […]

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Hanergy’s thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by

China-based Hanergy just launched the highest efficiency single-junction solar panel ever created. Hanergy’s US-based subsidiary Alta Devices produced the module, which has a 25.1 percent conversion efficiency and is capable of powering drones, electric vehicles and sensors. Solar modules from subsidiaries Solibro and MiaSole have also broken efficiency records – double glass CIGS solar modules at 18.72 percent and sputtering […]

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Stand-alone system to produce drinking water by means of solar energy

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 by

Researchers from the University of Alicante’s research group in applied electrochemistry and electrocatalysis have developed a stand-alone system for desalinating and treating water through electrodialysis. The system is directly powered by solar energy and can be applied in off-grid areas. Designed only for desalinating water, this is a sustainable, eco-friendly technology, as its […]

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Could Giant “Solar Rigs” Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel?

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by

Usually, when we think about energy production at sea, we imagine giant oil rigs, or perhaps rows of towering wind turbines.  Recently, though, floating solar panels have been added to the mix, including a solar farm the size of 160 football fields that went into operation in China last year. Now, a team of researchers at Columbia […]

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This Craft Brewery Runs on the Sun

Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by

Thor Cheston loves craft beer so much, he was made a knight in Belgium, the global brewing capital. He’s also a clean energy geek. When he founded Right Proper Brewing in Washington, DC, he invested in rooftop solarpanels and energy efficiency. Cheston recently spoke about his passion for brewing—and his love of renewable energy—with Nexus Media News. This interview has […]

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