Solar energy

Antireflective Coating to Make Solar Cells More Efficient

January 27, 2010 / No Comments

Solar cells, as we all know, generate energy by absorbing the sun's rays. A good portion of the solar energy incident on these cells is reflected back, and as such not used in the generation of power. So, solar cells could be made more efficient at creating electricity from incident light. Another method to increase the efficiency would require making ...

Wind Plays Music on the Winduino

January 26, 2010 / No Comments

The Winduino II is an instrument from the Fascination Workshop, and it utilizes the power of the sun and the wind to create music. It can be placed indoors or hung outdoors, and the instrument will start off with its surprizing musician, the air. Piezo sensors in the instrument detect the movement of air around the Winduino II, and they ...

Wal-Mart Installing Massive Solar Array in California

January 26, 2010 / No Comments

Wal-Mart have been contributing their fair shair of trouble to their environment, but that doesn't mean that they can't be nice every once in a while. Just now, they've installed about 5300 solar panels in California, where its Apple Valley distribution center is located. The panels will be used to provide energy to the distribution center, which has quite the ...

Apple to Use Solar Cells to Power the iPod?

January 22, 2010 / 1 Comment

Apple have been known for trying out various green technology - now, it seems they're looking into new ways to power the iPod - with solar cells integrated into it. This was revealed by a patent application, showing solar cells used in an iPod.

Solar Carport To Generate One Million kWh Annually

January 15, 2010 / No Comments

The massive carport built in Bordentown, New Jersey, is all set to draw juice from the sun and supply it to the attached auction facility. This carport is probably the largest of its kind in the USA. The carport itself is spread over 13000 square meters, and it incorporates 5880 solar panels of 170W capacity.

Sanyo, Mitsubishi Get Working on Solar Powered Hybrid Car Carrier

January 14, 2010 / 1 Comment

Marine vessels, or ships use up a lot of fuel, even more so, when the vessel in question is a giant one like a car carrier. Sanyo, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have come together to create a hybrid system that would make these vessels go easier on fuel, and a lot more environment friendly. The project also ...

Solar Ear: Low Cost Hearing Aid With Solar Power

January 7, 2010 / 1 Comment

The Solar Ear has been created as a low-cost and easy to maintain option for the numerous people who can't even afford the simple luxury of owning a hearing aid. Estimates say that nearly 600 million people in the world have some sort of hairing impairment, out of these, only a small fraction, that is 8 million people have hearing ...

Plastic Recycled Into Solar Sling Tote Bags

January 6, 2010 / 3 Comments

Ready for a debut at the upcoming CES is this recycled sling tote bag, that probably needs to recycle its name into something better first. This one is called 4U2ReUSE Solar Sling, and that isn't quite a catchy name, even though the form and style of the bag are very interesting. Plastics of course, are big villians of the environment ...

Solar Power Overcomes Biggest Hurdle, Produces Energy at Night

December 23, 2009 / 2 Comments

As is common knowledge, solar energy installations are only as good as the direct sun they face. There's nothing to do at night, and clouds are a bad thing. In an interesting turn of events, solar energy appears to have overcome that giant hurdle, in what some optimistic people call the "Holy Grail for Renewable Energy."

First Solar Opens Power Plant in California

December 21, 2009 / 1 Comment

First Solar, a company that produces solar modules, just opened the largest photovoltaic solar power station in California on Monday. The company have announced plans to replicate this technology, in order to grow its utility business to a larger extent.