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Costa Rica has run on only renewable energy so far this year

April 6th, 2015 at 3:15 pm » Comments Off

Costa Rica has managed to produce all of its electricity from renewables for 75 days straight.  The country hasn’t had to burn fossil fuels to supply the grid with electricity so far in 2015, a stretch that has never been previously attained by any nation, according to the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).  

Clear solar panel could turn windows into a power source

April 4th, 2015 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

Michigan State University researchers have developed a transparent solar cell capable of being used as a replacement for windows.  Due to the fact traditional solar panels absorb light and convert it into energy, this concept was once deemed impossible as transparent surfaces are not capable of absorbing light.  

UK university unveils electricity generating toilet

March 16th, 2015 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

The University of the West of England has developed a prototype toilet that can convert human urine into electricity.  They hope this technology can be useful is refugee camps.

New pocket sized fuel cell

March 12th, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

The next time your smartphone is running low on power, recharge it with this new fuel cell that weighs about the same as a cup of sugar.  

New compact fusion reactor from Lockheed Martin could change humanity forever

March 12th, 2015 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

This invention could possibly modify civilization as we know it:  Presented by Skunk Works, , the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin, a compact fusion reactor about the size of a jet engine, capable of powering airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities.  

Elon Musk and Tesla to unveil a new battery to power your home

February 19th, 2015 at 3:22 pm » Comments Off

Despite Tesla not shipping nearly as many cars this quarter as they had projected, CEO Elon Musk remained upbeat during last week’s earnings call as he let some details slip about a brand new product.  Musk says that the company is working on a consumer battery back for the home.  

Apple’s $850M solar farm

February 19th, 2015 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

Apple is taking on its “most ambitious project ever” and its not a phone, some new wearable gadget, or a even a TV.  Instead, Apple is going to cover 1,300 acres of California countryside in electricity-generating solar panels.

Liter of Light project helps to illuminate Filipino homes with old plastic bottles

February 17th, 2015 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Can something as simple as a used plastic bottle filled with water could be the difference between light and darkness for a lot of people?  This almost no-cost solution is raising the quality of life of thousands of families in the Philippines with no access to electricity that mostly use very dangerous kerosene lamps indoors.  

Can solar be the next shale?

February 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Can solar power transform the electricity market as much as shale did for oil and gas?  This question has been posed in a new study by Wood MacKenzie, an international energy research and consulting company.

Conversion efficiency record crushed by First Solar at 21.5%

February 16th, 2015 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Last year, First Solar set a world record for conversion efficiency mark for cadmium telluride at 20.4 percent.  A year later and that figure has now been easily passed with a new record of 21.5 percent, and with that, First Solar anticipates to exceed 22 percent in 2015.