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$100B invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

September 18th, 2014 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

By the late 2020s or early 2030s renewables could be competing much more aggressively with the oil market. Kepler Chevreux, a French investment bank, has produced a fascinating analysis that has dramatic implications for the global oil industry. The investment bank estimates that $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy – and […]



The sky’s the limit for 3D printing solar panels

September 16th, 2014 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Solar cell printers. We’ve come a long way from the solar-powered calculator to waiting to see when innovators are going to give us solar-powered smartphones, where most of our calculators are these days.  While the average energy consumer is busy worrying about such everyday concerns, scientists at the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) are wondering how to […]



Japan to build the world’s largest floating solar power plants

September 8th, 2014 at 1:58 pm » Comments Off

One of Kyocera’s existing solar power plants in Japan, which has 70 MW of power capacity. Being short on free land space is not stopping Japan from investing in renewable energy. Solar panel company Kyocera Corp, Century Tokyo Leasing Corp and Ciel Terre have announced that they’re teaming up to create two huge floating solar power […]



Will solar roadways actually work?

September 4th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Solar roadway Scott and Julie Brusaw have faced a constant barrage of skepticism and even outright hostility since they went public with their idea for building solar-powered LED roadways.    



The next big challenge for energy storage

August 24th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

Solar is now the fastest growing segment in the energy business in the U.S. The energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology advancements have boosted performance and trimmed costs. For the first time in […]



New transparent solar cells can be used on windows, smartphone screens to produce solar energy

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

Transparent solar cell. Developed by researchers in Michigan State University, a new material, called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, can be used to cover anything that has a flat, clear surface. Transparent solar cell technology has been attempted before, but the energy the cells produced was poor and the materials they were made out of […]



Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]



DIY ‘Solar Pocket Factory’ can 3D print a solar panel every 15 seconds

August 7th, 2014 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Solar Pocket Factory Two young inventors based in the Philippines, Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone. These guys are working hard to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar […]



New spongelike material converts solar energy into steam

July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

The DLS that consists of a carbon foam supporting an exfoliated graphite layer. MIT has developed a new material structure that generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits […]



10 American cities that are leading the way in the solar energy revolution

July 16th, 2014 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

The U.S. has made great strides in promoting and installing solar energy systems. In the U.S., Solar energy is on the rise. In President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, he recognized this shift, saying that, “We’re becoming a leader in solar … every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every […]



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