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Dutch self-charging solar car wins important CES award

January 11th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

Remember those Dutch solar cars that won the World Solar Challenge car race? The range of those cars powered by the sun was excellent. However, the vehicles themselves were not up to snuff in the design department. In comes Lightyear, a self-charging electric solar car with a sexy design, and recently awarded with the renowned […]



These solar panels that can pull clean drinking water out of the air just got a big boost

December 5th, 2017 at 2:53 pm » Comments Off

Zero Mass Water makes solar panel arrays that pull clean drinking water from the air. The $4,500 arrays just launched in the United States. Zero Mass arrays could come in handy in areas where water sources are far away or scarce. Some homeowners have purchased arrays as an alternative to plastic water bottles.



Astronomers want to send a probe to that interstellar asteroid, but there’s a catch

November 24th, 2017 at 10:03 am » Comments Off

They’d better hurry!



Transparent solar panels are “the wave of the future”

October 27th, 2017 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Researchers from Michigan State University believe transparent solar panels have the potential to generate just as much solar power as rooftop solar panels. When used effectively, they could at full implementation provide 40 percent of electricity in the U.S.



Solar Vertical City is a self-contained, green-infused tower planted into the ocean floor

October 6th, 2017 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Resigned to the fact that rising sea levels are inevitable at this point, architects are starting to create feasible, water-based living solutions. Italian architect Luca Curci has just unveiled a design that envisions a soaring zero-energy tower infused with greenery on each level that will be planted into the sea floor, resulting in what could […]



Solar Panels to be Integrated into 10 Million Bicycles in China

October 1st, 2017 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

Thin-film solar cell vendor Hanergy Holding Group has signed an agreement with bike-sharing company MTbike to integrate solar panels into the body of more than 10 million bicycles in the next three years.



Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

September 22nd, 2017 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

TOKYO/HIGASHI MATSUSHIMA, JAPAN (Reuters) – A northern Japanese city’s efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country’s old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission.



Solar costs are hitting jaw-dropping lows in every region of the world

July 14th, 2017 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

How low can you go? Mind-blowingly low 65-cents-per-watt solar system pricing emerges in India.



How graphene is going to transform the way we get power

April 15th, 2017 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  In 2002, when Dr. Bor Jang, a little-known researcher in Akron, Ohio, filed his patent for graphene, few people had a clue as to how revolutionary it would be. Certainly not the people at the Nobel Foundation who forgot to check the patent registry and instead awarded the Nobel Prize for graphene […]



Scientists just made electronic skin that’s better than human skin

April 9th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have invented a robot skin that surpasses human flesh. Professor Ravinder Dahiya and his team created a silicone and graphine skin which provides haptic feedback to the user. The thin layer of graphine acts as a sensor, making the electronic skin (e-skin) very sensitive to touch. It’s also flexible […]



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