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December 13th, 2014 at 7:16 am

Spray-On Solar

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Toronto’s Illan Kramer, Inventor of Spray-on Solar

Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to manufacture. 

“My dream is that one day you’ll have two technicians with Ghostbusters backpacks come to your house and spray your roof,” says Kramer.

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December 5th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Home energy storage market set to grow 10 times over by 2018

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Costs for home energy storage are dropping fast.

A few years ago, most people didn’t have any idea the home solar PV market would grow so fast. But it has, and there’s no stopping its momentum now. Similarly, there aren’t many people that realize how fast the home storage market is going to grow.

 

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November 24th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Could we run the entire world on solar power?

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We all want to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible. The most viable answer to the planet’s energy needs is visible to us any time we look upward. The amount of solar energy that hits just 1 square mile of this planet over the course of a year is equal to 4 million barrels of oil, and the energy that hits the Earth in a mere 40 minutes can fuel all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. Isn’t that incredible? (Infographic)

 

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November 22nd, 2014 at 8:32 am

Stanford researchers develop a way to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night

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How electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy.

There isn’t a cost-effective way to store large-scale solar energy. But researchers at Stanford have developed a solution by using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart water into hydrogen and oxygen. Recombining these gases would generate electricity for use at night.

 

 

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November 18th, 2014 at 8:51 am

New hybrid solar cell battery could solve solar power’s energy storage problem

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Researchers at Ohio State University have created a new hybrid device that can act both as a solar cell and as a battery storing that energy.

Scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy as the world seeks out alternatives to fossil fuels.

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November 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Minnesota could soon see solar arrays lining its highways

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Minnesota to launch solar highways.

Solar arrays could soon be seen along the public rights-of-way that line the state’s highway in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a request for proposal (RFP) accepting bids to build and manage solar arrays, which would provide the state’s grid a new and reliable source of clean energy for at least 20 years.

 

 

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November 7th, 2014 at 10:30 am

101 Endangered Jobs by 2030

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

 

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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Top 9 TED talks on the future of tomorrow

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TED talks have become an integral forum in airing ideas about tomorrow’s world, and how the likes of transport and energy will be revolutionized in the future. Here are nine of the most thought-provoking discussions on what the transformation of tomorrow will entail. (Videos)

 

 

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October 30th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Here’s where 620 million people in Africa live without electricity

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The International Energy Agency has come out with an in-depth analysis of Africa’s energy sector.  According to the IEA report, there are 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t have any electricity at all — and fixing that could require burning a lot more fossil fuels.

 

 

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October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am

100% of the world’s power could be supplied by renewables by 2050

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Even though wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy.

A global low-carbon energy economy could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. The first ever global life-cycle assessment of clean energy sources shows that a renewable system could supply the world’s entire electricity needs by mid-century, writes Tim Radford.

 

 

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