Scientists at Michigan State University have created a completely transparent solar concentrator, which like your cellphone’s screen could turn any window or sheet of glass into a photovoltaic solar cell. (See Image) The team is certain that the transparent solar panels could be proficiently utilized in an extensive variety of settings, from “tall buildings with [...]
A group of 50 scientists from diverse field worked since 2007 to create paper-slender, printable solar panels as a major aspect of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium. The unique technology utilizes specially developed “solar-ink” that can be printed onto plastic film using standard printers. They hope to see commercialization for utilization in low-power applications [...]
Just as U.S. Department of Commerce is reconsidering to lift the 1970 ban off U.S. crude oil exports, so that it does not significantly damage the efficiency of oil economy, there’s a whiff of bad news coming from the Middle East. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to remove the electrical grid off its [...]
On Tuesday, SolarCity announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel manufacturing and technology company, which specializes in producing solar panel modules that have both enhanced levels of energy output and low cost of production. With this acquisition SolarCity wants to build one of world’s largest and most advanced solar [...]
The most successful investor of the 20th century, Warren Buffett vowed to spend double the current outlay of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on wind and solar power in the U.S yesterday. At the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in Las Vegas yesterday, Buffett not aware of how much they has committed earlier, briefly stopped to enquire [...]
What if we could convert all the roadways in America into a massive solar panel that could generate three times the nation’s power needs? Well, this isn’t just an idea, that’s exactly the technology that Scott and Julie Brusaw, co-founders of Solar Roadways have been experimenting with. Besides, their first prototype of the Solar Roadways [...]
At the first-ever Presidential stop, on a fund raising trip President Obama urged U.S. businesses to curb down emissions to reduce environmental threats that are affecting climate change. Obama announced a series of carbon-reducing steps, which are specifically designed for private companies to boost solar power and promote energy efficiency. “There are cost-effective ways to [...]
Greener energy: Tin could replace lead to make solar cells cheap, efficient and environment-friendly
A new super-efficient and environment friendly solar cell technology just got an added boost from a team of researchers, who successfully used tin instead of lead perovskite in order to harvest light. The non-hazardous tin proved cheaper than lead and is just as good at absorbing sunlight in solar panel cells. The low-cost solar cell [...]
European Scientists at SOLAR-JET project, have successful created world’s first renewable jet fuel from scratch using only water, carbon dioxide and concentrated sunlight. SOLAR-JET project is a four-year program funded by Europe’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The breakthrough invention could even help recycle harmful greenhouse, CO2 and use it into petrol, [...]
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in order to magnify their efforts to find a feasible alternative to nuclear power, has laid out plans in an updates energy source proposal. JAXA seeks to face its energy woes for the coming decades by launching a series of platforms – ‘a solar-based solar energy farm’ with batches [...]
Overview: A Canada-based inventor has created the world’s first solar-powered Ubuntu laptop that will cost you just $350. ‘Sol’ has a 10-hour battery life that comes from two to three hours of sunshine and can be exclusively used for military and off-road purposes. It had a built-in GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFI and 3G/4G LTE. Canadian [...]
A futuristic flying machine built for an ambitious mission to try and fly around the world without using fuel has been unveiled. The plane is designed to fly around the world powered only by the sun. Pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard revealed the solar powered flight on Wednesday in a ceremony in Payerne Air [...]
SolarCity to invest $7M in Off-Grid African Solar Firm, Could this help the solar services in developing countries?
SolarCity, America’s largest provider of solar services to people who can’t afford to pay upfront for a system is now looking to do the same for off-grid solar in developing nations. SolarCity has teamed up with venture firms Vulcan Capital and Omidyar Network to invest $7 million into Off-Grid Electric, a Tanzania-based company offering solar lighting [...]
World’s largest solar project, Ivanpah solar thermal power station officially opened on February 13, 2014.
Sprawling across 5 square miles (13 square kilometres) in the Mojave desert near the California-Nevada border, the $2.2 billion (USD) Ivanpah solar Electric Generating System has more than 340,000 computer controlled mirrors that focus reflected sunlight onto boilers located on the top of three towers, each of which is 150 feet tall (45 meters). The sun heats water inside the towers, creating steam that moves turbines and generates enough emissions-free electricity to power 140,000 homes, or about 392-megawatts. Far from a distance, these mirrors which are known as heliostats look like a clear lake rising from the desert.
Ford has unveiled its plans for a new prototype solar-powered hybrid car. The Ford C-Max solar Energi Concept features a vehicle solar panel system on the roof and a solar concentrator lens that tracks the sun’s position. The firm said it can draw power equivalent to a for-hour battery charge. Fully charged, the vehicle will be able to travel up to 21 miles powered only on electricity. The sample car will be exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, before testing begins to evaluate if production is viable.
According to Martin Learn, president and founder of Home Energy Systems, the plenteous availability of free sunshine has got a growing number of San Diego homeowners to earn financial and environmental rewards by choosing the solar electric (photovoltaic) industry as their energy provider.
As the renewable electricity generation and electric cars is rising there is also a growing interest in energy storage technology. On Thursday the U.S. Department of Energy released a report on this emerging technology that points out big problems and potential panacea for encouraging energy storage technology development and installation. Lowering the price of energy storage systems and ensuring they are safe to use are among the big obstacles.
The Energy Department announced over $13 million investment in projects that will help drive affordable, efficient solar power for U.S. families and businesses. It is part of the U.S. Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which is working towards strengthening domestic solar manufacturing and speed commercialization of reliable, affordable photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies.
Retail solar service provider SolarCity Corp and Tesla Motors Inc are partnering for the new product, with Tesla manufacturing the batteries for the project. SolarCity intends to bundle energy storage with solar and offer the set to homes and businesses while still beating the energy rates offered by utility companies and also create a source of backup power.