Agriculture has always relied on sunlight and water, that’s a known fact since the birth of civilization. A project initiated in Upper Egypt uses sunlight to extract water from arid land, seeking to replace diesel generators that have traditionally been used.
The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin have developed the first-of-its kind unmanned solar-powered aerial vehicle. Dubbed the High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator (HALE-D), the solar-powered sky cruiser has been successfully launched at 5:47 a.m. out of the Airdock in Akron, Ohio.
Large mirror arrays that concentrate light on a tank have been made before, but now a team at the MIT has designed a system that simplifies what has been done before and also makes it cheap for concentrated solar power to enter our homes, rivaling the price of coal.
If you thought photovoltaics can only get energy from the Sun, then you were wrong. An MIT team of researchers have invented a device that produces electricity from heat. The process uses the photovoltaic effect as the middleman and is three times more efficient than the most efficient lithium ion batteries on market today.
A new EV charging station has recently been developed by Urban Green Energy and GE Energy Industrial Solutions. Dubbed Skypump, this amazing system uses a vertical axis wind turbine and a 150-watt solar panel to produce electricity by capturing wind and solar energy at the same time.
Only 6 percent of the electricity generated by the system is enough to power the St. Lucia campus, which is not small, after all. It is estimated that the entire rooftop solar system is able to generate around 1.22MW of clean energy.
Italy’s solar market is expected to see an unprecedented boom. According to Fulvio Conti, CEO of Enel, the country will generate 30GW of solar power by 2020, in an attempt to reach its goal of fighting against climate change.
A University of Toronto research team has reported the first time construction of what they call “artificial molecules.” These molecules have been inspired by photosynthesis and use nanotechnology to harvest sunlight.
The construction of world’s first solar power plant capable of producing clean energy all day and night has finally been finished. According to Gemasolar, the company behind the project, the solar power plant is able to generate electricity during the day and also the night because it has 15 hours of energy storage to back it up.
ULVAC Inc recently announced that it has created and launched a very innovative battery-charging system for power-assisted bicycles by putting together a solar generator, a small wind power generator and a battery charger.
Currently, the U.S. Army’s electricity generators are largely dependent on oil. This is the reason why Uncle Sam plans to install solar powered microgrids in Afghanistan in order to reduce its energy-related vulnerabilities in the field.
A new solar cell efficiency record has been achieved by a startup CA-based company called Alta Devices. Previously unknown, the Santa Clara firm brags an efficiency of 28.2 percent for their gallium-arsenide solar cell, a number 2 percent higher than last year’s previous record, and could eventually bring down the costs of solar power to make it compete with coal and gas.
The UK has officially opened their largest solar energy farm at the Howberry business park in Oxfordshire. Being the first large ground system connected to the national grid, this solar park is capable of generating about 683 MWh of solar energy annually.
A solar cell developed at the Unversity of Toronto, Canada, is able to harvest both visible and infrared light and can theoretically achieve efficiencies of up to 42 percent. Their tandem solar cell is based on colloidal quantum dots (CQD), and the team has been led by Professor Ted Sargent, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Since 2009, Prologis, a leading global provider of industrial real estate, has been installing solar photovoltaic cells on the roofs of their own properties. Now they come up with a project, named Project Amp, that aims to install solar panels on the rooftops of 750 buildings across the US to produce 733MW of clean power.
I’ve been writing about Nokia testing a solar powered version of one of their cellphones just the other day, and thought it’s a pretty stupid idea to apply solar cells on phones since they’re kept mostly inside pockets, and they aren’t transparent. Today I found out that a company called Voltaic is releasing a solar powered carrying case for tablets – the Spark.