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August 24th, 2014 at 8:19 am

The next big challenge for energy storage

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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 history it will become feasible to store electric energy.

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August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am

Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

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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 for birds flying overhead.

 

 

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August 7th, 2014 at 11:17 am

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

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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 panels. (Videos)

 

 

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July 7th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Elon Musk plans to build gigantic solar power super-factory in New York

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SolarCity hope to create competitive made-in-the-USA panels.

In addition to Elon Musk’s revolutionary SpaceX and Tesla Motors businesses, he’s trying to revolutionize solar energy, too. Now Musk’s solar company SolarCity wants to build a gigantic solar panel manufacturing plant in New York intended to build enough plans to meet what he hopes will be rapidly rising demand.

 

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June 26th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

New technology from Sharp demonstrates ultra-high efficiency solar cells

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Sharp’s technology could be twice as efficient at converting sunlight to electricity.

Right now the best solar cells we have convert less than a third of the energy on sunlight into electricity, even though for decades researchers have calculated that exotic physics could allow solar cells to convert far more energy than they do now.

 

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June 12th, 2014 at 9:39 am

World’s most efficient solar cells may soon get cheaper

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Solar panels

The world’s most highly-efficient solar cells are twice as efficient as the ones people put on their roofs, but hardly anyone uses them because the semiconductor materials they’re made of are so expensive. That could be about to change.

 

 

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May 29th, 2014 at 10:32 am

Aviation Futurist George Bye to Speak at DaVinci Institute June 10

Aviation's Next Quantum Leap

George E. Bye, CEO and Founder of Bye Aerospace, Inc., will speak on the endurance capabilities and benefits of solar-electric powered aircraft as part of DaVinci Institute’s Speaker Series on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the DaVinci offices in Louisville, Colo.

 

 

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May 16th, 2014 at 10:52 am

Germany generates 74% of power needs from renewable energy

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An offshore wind turbine near Rostock. Germany.

Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continues, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday last Sunday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.

 

 

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May 12th, 2014 at 8:21 am

The Next Great Space Race – Space-Based Power Stations

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Earth’s appetite for power continues to grow. Since the 1960s, power consumption has quadrupled around the globe, with many countries opting to build large oil and coal plants to meet the demand.

 

 

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May 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Solar-powered batteries woven into fabric boost wearable technology

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flexible polymer solar cells are integrated into the textile battery eliminating the need for connecting the battery to a power outlet for recharging.

Google Glass and a wave of smartwatches are just some of the choices in wearable electronics, and they are quickly multiplying. But the batteries still need to be plugged into something to charge up. What if your watch strap could contain the battery components, along with a flexible solar cell? Voilà: No more plugging in.

 

 

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