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The future of construction may be concrete that generates its own electricity

November 8th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

We need buildings in which to live, but crafting those buildings is making it harder to live on this planet. As much as 10% of global carbon emissions come from the production of concrete. One ton of CO2 is generated by making one ton of cement, which is made from limestone and a few other […]



Japan’s new solar-powered “Second Skin” device revolutionizes wearable tech

October 2nd, 2018 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

It looks more like a band-aid than a watch. Advances in wearable tech have been pretty impressive lately, but the device described in a new Nature study blows the competition out of the water. While the Apple Watch is now equipped with an FDA-approved EKG sensor and companies like Samsung are going out of their […]



Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the world (and maybe in space, too)

August 24th, 2018 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

In a quest to cut the cost of clean electricity, power utilities around the world are supersizing their solar farms. Nowhere is that more apparent than in southern Egypt, where what will be the world’s largest solar farm — a vast collection of more than 5 million photovoltaic panels — is now taking shape. When […]



Power worth less than zero spreads as green energy floods the grid

August 7th, 2018 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

Wind and solar farms are glutting networks more frequently, prompting a market signal for coal plants to shut off. Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority […]



Amazing solar panel device is now open source

July 25th, 2018 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Anyone who has wanted to generate their own energy and filter their own water can now do so with an amazing open source device. Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2018, Chinese-Canadian mechanical and electrical engineer Eden Full Goh described what inspired her to develop a cheap, easy-to-build solar panel device called the SunSaluter.



These living solar cells make energy, even in bad weather

July 24th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

When it comes to generating energy from sunlight, unusual solutions have been shown to make the process more efficient. Now, a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has demonstrated how solar cells made of living organisms can generate energy even with limited sunlight. Known as “biogenic” solar cells, these cells could […]



Florida’s ‘city of the future’ is first solar-powered town in America

June 9th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.Video America’s first solar community coming to life in Florida Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.



Breakthrough solar panel can harvest power from raindrops — day or night

May 22nd, 2018 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

In a truly remarkable feat of innovation, scientists have figured out how to create “hybrid” solar cells that generate power not just from sunlight but also from raindrops. This means we may soon see all-weather solar panels that work when it is cloudy and even at night, if it’s raining. Solar has soared in recent […]



Elon Musk’s first Tesla Solar Roof is here and it looks amazing

April 1st, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk’s house runs on solar. The Tesla CEO made the announcement during Wednesday’s second quarter 2017 earnings call, where he revealed that both himself and Jeffrey B. Straubel, the company’s chief technology officer, have installed solar roof tiles on their houses. “We have installed and working the Solar Roof tiles,” Musk told investors during […]



Hybrid solar cell captures energy from the sun and raindrops

March 8th, 2018 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

A new hybrid solar cell device can capture energy from the sun and from the movement of raindrops.As useful and ubiquitous as solar energy is becoming, it still has one major Kryptonite: gloomy weather. Now, a team of Chinese engineers has developed a hybrid solar cell that can produce electricity come rain or shine, using […]



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