Flecks of “solar glitter” can make almost anything solar powered

Posted on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 by

A solar technology invented years ago at Sandia National Laboratories has gotten a step closer to being on the market and that should make you pretty excited. The technology — miniature, flexible solar cells called “solar glitter” that can be integrated into objects of any shape or size — could change the way we […]

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YouTuber designs a DIY solar device to help power Puerto Rico

Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018 by

Swaths of Puerto Rico still lack electricity. Jehu Garcia, film-making equipment company owner and YouTuber, wondered how he could help. He’s built his own do-it-yourself version of a Powerwall, and tackled the Puerto Rico power issue with his technical know-how by building a solar generator, and providing information for others to also build the DIY generators. Garcia created a solar generator, which he explained in […]

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A new solar highway in China

Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017 by

The idea of solar roads has been dismissed by many as being impractical. But that didn’t stop China from opening one for testing today, joining the ranks of France, Holland, and other countries giving it a shot. In Jinan, the capital of the northeastern Shandong province, traffic is now rolling over a stretch of expressway […]

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Consumers in Germany were paid to use electricity this holiday season

Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 by

The cost of electricity in Germany has decreased so dramatically in the past few days that major consumers have actually been paid to use power from the grid. While “negative pricing” is not an everyday occurrence in the country, it does occur from time to time, as it did this holiday weekend. This gift to energy consumers […]

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World’s first solar train will begin service soon in Byron Bay, Australia

Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by

© Byron Bay Railroad Company The train, which features restored vintage carriages with flexible solar panels on their roofs, will travel between its solar-charging train station and a resort property in Byron Bay. The Byron Bay Railroad Company is putting a disused track to work again with a restored “derelict heritage train” that has […]

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Solar-powered floating rig can harvest hydrogen from seawater

Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by

A computer render of a large-scale “floating solar rig,” which captures sunlight through a photovoltaic cell and uses it to generate hydrogen through water electrolysis in the seawater it’s floating on(Credit: Justin Bui / Columbia Engineering) Hydrogen is a clean fuel source, but current methods of producing it, often by converting natural gas, […]

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Solar-powered Stella Lux family car generates more energy than it uses

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017 by

Most of the super efficient green cars on the market aren’t really designed for regular folks. In fact, some of the vehicles with the highest fuel economy are only made to hold one person: the driver. Those contraptions can move right over to the slow lane, though, because a Dutch team of solar engineering students has developed […]

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SunPower’s new solar shingles are 15% more efficient than conventional photovoltaics

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by

SunPower’s stock jumped 12% on Monday partially because an analyst is highly impressed with the sales opportunity of the P Series solar panel. The solar panel raises efficiency partially through the use of a weird $9 trick – shingling solar cells – to maximize direct sunlight on silicon. The new panel could be built in the world’s largest […]

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NREL’s solar-powered window breaks new ground with 11% efficiency

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (NREL), has demonstrated a prototype of a solar powered smart window. The smart window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity production. The prototypes tested reached up to 11.3% efficiency. The solar cell […]

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This solar hydropanel can pull 10 liters of drinking water per day out of the air

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by

SOURCE is a solar-powered and self-contained device capable of harvesting up to 10 liters of clean drinking water per day from the air. By harvesting water vapor from the air and condensing it into liquid, atmospheric water generators can essentially pull water from the air, and these devices hold a lot of promise for providing an […]

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