Solar energy

Transparent Solar Panels Capture the Sun From all Directions

March 30, 2010 / 1 Comment

According to common beliefs, for solar panels to work at their best, they should be placed at an angle favorable to the sun. Also, they have to be dark to make best of the incident solar energy. Sphelar solar arrays beg to differ. These solar cells developed by Kyosemi Corporation debuted at the PV Expo 2010 in Tokyo, and claim ...

Muzatech Light Weight Solar Charger for Gadgets

March 29, 2010 / No Comments

There are a lot of solar chargers for gadgets available these days, and the Muzatech light weight solar charger deserves mention for interesting claims that it makes. The charger as has been already said, is light weight, and foldable, making it ideal for traveling. It can charge gadgets ranging from a mobile phone to a laptop, all thanks to the ...

Rolla Missouri brings Solar Car Racing Back

March 25, 2010 / 1 Comment

Think solar car racing is a thing of the future? Well, think again. This  summer on June 20th, the Missouri University of Science and Technology will host competitors in the Tulsa-to-Chicago solar car race. The race, is only the third solar car race to visit Rolla, Missouri (MO), and only the 10th major solar car race to take place in North ...

Solar Ivy may Soon be Commercially Available

March 19, 2010 / No Comments

Solar Ivy loves to do a bit of biomimicry and while on that part, it generates power from the sun as well. This facade technology designed by startup company SMIT, is being developed under the GROW moniker. It now appears that the system is ready for its day under the sun, and will soon see commercial production.

Smart Energy Glasses Generate Energy, Stay Smart

March 15, 2010 / 2 Comments

The Smart Energy Glasses from Dutch company Peer+ make a lot of sense, they give you the desired privacy, and they generate energy. Also, they don't look like ugly or other-worldly appendages on your windows. With these glasses in place, you can do away with the need for curtains and blinds, and simply adjust the settings of the glasses to ...

Tiny Solar Power System can Keep Itself Going For Ever

March 9, 2010 / No Comments

Researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a tiny solar power system, that could ostensibly keep itself powered for a long time. Theoretically, this could go on forever, but the batteries have to be replaced after a few years. The tiny system measures 2.5mm x 3.5mm x 1mm, with a volume of just 9 cubic mm, making ...

Two Solar Panel Companies to Provide Cheap Solutions

March 8, 2010 / No Comments

Two companies that provide solar power systems have decided to expand the availability of solar leases with no down payments. The company Sungevity has just launched a new 10-year residential solar lease, which has no upfront costs.

Google Creates a Mirror to Halve Solar Energy Costs

March 2, 2010 / No Comments

Google's green energy czar Bill Weihl says that the internet giant has developed a new prototype mirror that could potentially halve the cost associated with building a solar thermal plant. Apparantly, not quite content with ruling the internet, the company wants some piece of the "physical" world too. It is still an internal prototype in early stages, but Bill Weihl ...

Low Energy Cellular Network to Expand Reach

February 24, 2010 / No Comments

Cellular Networks are an essential part of modern lifestyle, but at the same time, they are responsible for very high emissions. That said, cellular networks play an important role in communications, and countries which haven't yet been able to have a decent wired network, now provide access to cellular networks for millions of people. Expanding cellular networks to such areas ...

Town Town Erdberg Building Generates More Power Than it Uses

February 22, 2010 / No Comments

While most buildings (or designs for that matter) struggle to go near the zero energy mark, the Town Town Erdberg actually promises to generate more power than it would consume. Granted, it isn't very easy to the eyes, but the new approach has its benefits. Also, the building (design) was good enough to get hold of the 2010 MIPIM sustainability ...