Do you recognize the image of yourself jumping on your toes on the beach, in a hurry to reach the shore and get to the cool water. Well, the same happens to the asphalt our cars roll on. Why not use that heat to power things on highways and thus save tons of carbon dioxide a year? A Rhode Island University team of engineering researchers studied four methods that we could implement to generate energy for our highways for different purposes.
The US solar energy provider Congenra has made an impressive leap toward a new direction in its field, boasting its services and flipping the switch on a defiant capital project.
Nowadays, many researchers search methods of making transparent solar cells that can act both as windows and as solar harvesters. Some of them can even be manufactured relatively cheaply using a technology that can spread them onto large areas.
The British company Eco Sustainable Solutions has recently put forward its plans to develop a large-scale solar power plant in Dorset, UK. Eco Sustainable Solutions, in partnership with Dorset County Council and Natural England are to install about 30,000 photovoltaic solar panels on a field that is currently used for turf cultivation.
Germany’s solar power subsidies still fascinate and amaze me. The same goes with the well-known German exactness, which has calculated that the price solar power in their country is estimated to outweigh the price of coal and fossil-derived energy.
Collecting solar power in cloudy days is really a problem for the solar industry, since it can make this source of energy unreliable and pretty intermittent. An MIT researcher, Carmen Rotschild, presented a solution that would be perfectly suited for this.
A group of researchers at the University of Bolton have created a new piezoelectric-photovoltaic fiber that has the possibility to be implemented into different gadgets to power them using light and motion.
A novel method for developing conductive and transparent thin films, that could be used in applications ranging from solar cells to ultracapacitors, has been discovered by a team of UCLA researchers, by mistake.
According to a new report made by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar energy can provide 4.2% of U.S. power needs by 2020. This will become reality only if the U.S continues to make investments in the energy sector and decrease solar costs.
THEKPV is more than a solar-powered bicycle. Designed and manufactured by Terry Hope, who has actually wrote to us about his bike, THEKPV (The Hybrid Electric Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle) is powered by a 50-watt solar cell array, has a battery and a capacitor for boosting its acceleration capabilities.
Germany could soon be confronted with a problem: they will have too much solar power, unadapted to their lifestyle. The electric grid, designed for times that had far less consumers and producers than they are now, will ultimately come to an overload, says Stephan KÃƒÆ’¶hler, head of DENA, Germany’s energy agency, to the Berliner Zeitung on Oct. 17.
Lumeta, a California-based subsidiary of DRI Companies, has recently launched the “peel n’stick” solar panel that uses monocrystalline solar cells. The cell also contain a DuPont Tefzel front sheet and fiberglass-reinforced plastic for increased flexibility.
South Africa has recently unveiled plans for building world’s biggest solar energy park, which, according to officials, will be capable of producing about 5GW of clean electricity.
The Blythe Solar Power Project, that we talked about in a previous article, has been approved by the U.S. federal regulators. It will occupy 7,000 acres in Riverside County, California, and will generate more than 1 gigawatt of totally renewable energy.
Emily Cummins, a 23-year old girl from the UK, has been named an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree for inventing a solar powered refrigerator – basically a device that uses water evaporation to extract heat (just like your skin gets colder when your sweat evaporates off).