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Ray Kurzweil predicts Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

April 26th, 2016 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Ray Kurzweil has made a number of predictions that have been surprisingly correct in the last few decades. His newest prediction, made at a medical technology conference, is that in a little over a decade solar dominate the energy arena. That may be difficult to believe considering it currently only supplies 2% of global energy.



Grid storage technology helps to integrate renewables

March 29th, 2016 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

Developing cheap energy storage is a critical step in moving to renewables and away from fossil fuels as the primary source of electricity: it’s the only way such intermittent sources can supply power to the grid when the wind’s not blowing and the sun’s not shining.



Amsterdam’s solar panel bike path shows all streets could double as power sources

November 18th, 2015 at 5:43 pm » Comments Off

A bike path outside Amsterdam was plastered with custom solar panels a year ago and it has been generating more power than predicted—and the designers are convinced that it’s proof that networks of solar-covered roads could eventually be a viable energy source.



Trillions of tiny solar panels could power the internet of things by 2020

November 12th, 2015 at 6:18 pm » Comments Off

The internet of things will run your home, keep you healthy and even check how much food is in your fridge. With all of these objects being interconnected via a global network means a trillion new “smart sensors” will need to be installed around the world by 2020. But what’s going to power these devices?



Nokero Solar launches world’s most efficient light bulb

October 22nd, 2015 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

After nearly 6 years in the solar light business, Nokero Solar has finally created the perfect mix of performance and price.  This week they launched the world’s most efficient light bulb.



A cost-effective battery that stores surplus wind and solar power a step closer to reality

October 8th, 2015 at 5:30 pm » Comments Off

A home battery that is cheap, durable, safe and as big as you like that could store solar or wind power is closer to reality. Harvard University researchers report that they have tested a “flow battery” that uses cheap and abundant chemical elements, can be operated with plastic components, will not catch fire and can […]



Wave Solar – a solar home energy generator

September 28th, 2015 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

The Wave Solar is a home energy generator that makes electrical power, heat, hot water and air conditioning from a solar thermal panel.  The system is backed up by natural gas or propane for cloudy days or if the power goes out at night. Wave Solar is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor […]



This ‘artificial leaf’ could produce the cleanest energy on Earth

August 28th, 2015 at 6:49 pm » Comments Off

Plants are the original solar power generators, turning the sun’s rays into energy through the process we all learned about in biology class: photosynthesis. So, when we think of solar power, we should be thinking about plants instead of solar panels.



Project Sunroof uses Google Maps data to tell you if it’s worth installing solar panels on your roof

August 20th, 2015 at 5:50 pm » Comments Off

With the help of Google Maps, there is a new service called Project Sunroof that aims to provide a “treasure map” of solar energy. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.



Innovation is the reason China’s solar is cheap

August 13th, 2015 at 4:03 pm » Comments Off

You may hear quite often that “the only reason solar is so cheap is because China is dumping cells. ”Let me correct it. Here is the price, as of February 2015, of solar modules, per watt sold in Europe. SE Asia (Malaysia, mostly) is cheapest. China is next. Japan, Korea, and Germany are slightly above […]



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