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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.  



Roll to roll manufactured decorative solar panels to be 10 times cheaper

January 29th, 2015 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

Based on printing technologies, VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and utilized a mass production method allowing the manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels.  Freedom of design increases the range of panel applications on the surfaces of interior and exterior building spaces.



8 Solar trends for 2015 to follow

January 28th, 2015 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

  GTM Research’s solar analysts release every quarter, the most important data and findings from the past three months.  The most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing follow.



Dutch company using living plants to power streetlights

January 15th, 2015 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Dutch company harnessing electricity from living plants. The Dutch company Plant-e, is using living plants to power more than 300 streetlights, WiFi hotspots, and cell phone chargers.  The “Starry Sky” project started in November 2014 by Plant-e near Amsterdam in an old ammunition site called HAMburg.  



How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



Human Waste can be used as Fuel in Space

January 9th, 2015 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

Get your toilet humor and poop puns ready – it’s time for another edition of “What do astronauts do with all that doo-doo?” NASA recently asked researchers to come up with a way to use all of the human waste expected to pile up when it builds a moon base. The best answer was to […]



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