In the six months it’s been in use an experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations - and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars.
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Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk says the company is already overrun with orders for its new line of zero-carbon batteries for homes, businesses and utilities.
In a remote part of southern California the new Topaz Solar Farm sprawls over an area about a third of the size of Manhattan, and these solar plants are only getting bigger.
A new artificial photosynthetic system has been invented by a team of scientists. This new system could one day reduce industry’s dependence on fossil fuel-derived energy by powering it with solar energy and bacteria.
By turning the mattress-shaped batteries in Tesla’s electric car into upright pillars so they can be used to power homes, businesses and even utilities, Elon Musk is trying to pave the way to a better energy future.
Life today in Mueller—an innovative suburb of Austin, Tex., seems like something out of the distant future. New homes wired with the latest smart gadgets cluster together around shared park spaces. Blue-black panels that transform sunshine into electricity grace a majority of roofs. Electric cars or hybrids glide silently to rest in garages.
Fossil fuels have provided the vast, vast majority of the world’s energy for many decades. But cleaner sources, like wind and solar have been growing at an astonishingly rate in recent years.
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).
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.
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.