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New research explains how solar panels could soon be generating power at night

February 16th, 2020 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

As beneficial as current solar panel technology has been in our quest to switch to renewable energy, such panels can’t generate electricity at night. Now, new research suggests it could be possible to design panels that can operate around the clock. Under optimum conditions, at night these specially designed photovoltaic cells could generate a quarter […]



The smart cell turning solar energy into hydrogen

February 6th, 2020 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

What could be better than a solar cell that captures most of the visible light spectrum to generate energy? A cell that can capture the whole visible light spectrum and turn the energy into hydrogen. The cell is actually a molecule, and it is a busy molecule: it not only harnesses 50 percent more solar […]



This customized RV with solar-panel body does not need fuel, electricity to run; ever

January 20th, 2020 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

Named as the Iveco Daily Electric, the RV that can take you anywhere – completely for free. Cleaner vehicles with minimum emissions make up for a new segment that is currently the most hotly contested around the world. This is not only because of the emission norms of major countries that have compelled manufacturers to […]



Our pathetically slow shift to clean energy, in five charts

January 10th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

We’d better pick up the pace in the 2020s. By most measures that matter, clean energy had a stellar decade. The cost of large wind and solar farms dropped by 70% and nearly 90%, respectively. Meanwhile, renewable-power plants around the world are producing four times more electricity than they did 10 years ago. Similarly, electric […]



New battery tech can keep your smartphone charged for five continuous days

January 9th, 2020 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

h can keep your smartphone charged for five continuous days The new high-capacity lithium-sulfur batteries can pave way for cheaper electric cars and solar grids. Researchers have developed a new solution that is capable of powering smartphones for five continuous days or electric cars to run over 1,000 km without needing to refuel. The new […]



What will the end of oil dependence mean for geopolitics?

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

Solar power is one form of renewable energy that is replacing fossil fuels If you want to understand the revolution taking place in renewable energy, come to a power station called Gemasolar in southern Spain. Here, in the dusty plains of Andalusia, they have worked out how to generate solar power 24 hours a day. […]



Off-the-grid container house in Mexico is move-in ready in 99 days

December 9th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

The VMD tiny home is an eco-conscious dwelling that is built using shipping-containers Mexican architectural studios Studioroca and Taller Escape have recently joined forces to create a prefabricated housing model that is move-in ready in just 99 days from ordering. Dubbed VMD, the 30-sq-m (323-sq-ft) tiny home is an eco-conscious dwelling that is built using […]



Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study says

November 18th, 2019 at 3:14 pm » Comments Off

Generators now on drawing boards will be left uneconomical Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries, a study found. By 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. […]



A new floating solar farm shows that renewables can be easy

November 15th, 2019 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

The Sekdoorn floating solar farm in the Netherlands is completed after a record six weeks of work. This is the fastest construction speed ever for the German company specialized in the renewables sector BayWa r.e., who worked together with its Dutch partner GroenLeven to build the power plant. The construction was done in only six […]



Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia’s power grid for first time

November 14th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

For a brief moment solar, wind and hydro combined to deliver more than half the power into the National Electricity Market Australia’s main electricity grid was briefly powered by 50% renewable energy this week in a new milestone that experts say will become increasingly normal. Data on the sources of power in the National Electricity […]



Zeppelins could make a comeback with this solar-powered airship cargo mover

October 15th, 2019 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Zeppelins, the rigid airships most famously epitomized by the Hindenburg, now seem kind of retro, rather than the image of futurity they represented in the 1930s. But they could be about to make a comeback in a big way — courtesy of a new aluminum-shelled, solar-powered airship that’s being built by the U.K.-based company Varialift […]



Home energy storage capacity breaks records in U.S.

September 28th, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

  Additions of new residential energy storage capacity in the United States reached a record high in the second quarter of the year, exceeding 30 MW, a new report by Wood Mackenzie says. The market for energy storage in the country is growing fast, the authors note, driven by customer interest and government incentives. In […]



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