Solar energy

Wal-mart plans to double solar energy use

April 27, 2009 / No Comments

While the rest of the world is in an economic slump, Wal-mart keeps chugging along. It makes sense to me. When all else fails, which is the case these days, Wal-mart is still the cheapest place to buy anything ... anything that the company sells. [caption id="attachment_4833" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Wal-Mart aims to buy the green power at prices equal to or ...

Livermore Cinemas Becomes Largest Solar-powered Theater in the US

April 23, 2009 / No Comments

Livermore is a bit inland from the Bay Area of San Francisco. What that means in practical terms is that it gets real hot real fast and can be pretty windy. But Livermore Cinemas is not worried. The cinema is now the United State's largest solar-powered movie theater. Largest of a mere handful, but still has the bragging rights. [caption id="attachment_4786" ...

Kyoto Box, Solar Cardboard Cooker Wins Climate Prize

April 9, 2009 / 9 Comments

The Kyoto Box is probably the cheapest and most useful version of the fancy solar cooker (solar ovens) models, we've seen. Winner of the contest for sustainable and practical green ideas— organized by the Forum for the Future, it's a an amazing design by Jon Boehmer, a Norwegian based in Kenya, that plans to save the trees, reduce carbon emissions ...

Taiwan’s Gintech, China’s Suntech Takes Aim at Japan

February 27, 2009 / No Comments

Japan says it is a leader in solar cell manufacturing. Taiwan and China want a piece of Japan's solar panel market, especially considering the onslaught of business that is expected. Meanwhile, a Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer Gintech Energy Corp. will supply Japanese companies this year on an OEM basis. Low-cost production is why Gintech hopes to sell 50,000kw to 75,000 kW worth ...

Solar Panel Competion Heating Up in Japan

February 27, 2009 / 1 Comment

With Tokyo expected to make buying surplus solar power at double the cost a requirement demand for solar panels is expected to climb in Japan. Image by richardmasoner Sharp Corp. and Kyocera Corp. are Japan's biggest solar cell manufacturers. However, Chinese, Taiwanese and other foreign solar cell makers are getting ready to enter the market in Japan. There is a 2nd International Photovoltaic ...

Plastic Solar Cells for Portable Electronic Devices

January 28, 2009 / 1 Comment

A U.S. company, Solarmer, is developing plastic solar cells for portable electronic devices. Technology for the project was invented at the University of Chicago.  A commercial-grade prototype will be ready later this year, said the vice president of IP development and strategic alliances at Solarmer. The prototype measures eight square inches (50 square centimeters) and is expected to achieve 8 percent ...

Indian Solar Cell Industry Suffers Due to Financial Crisis

January 27, 2009 / No Comments

 Not all is good news in the solar industry, and researchers are not helping ... Indian solar cell manufacturers were hanging out at the 18th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference & Exhibition. Yeah, they really do have conventions for this kind of thing. This one took place from Jan 19 to 23, 2009, in Kolkata, India. India's solar cell manufacturers all ...

Eneos and Sanyo Envision 1GW Solar Cell Production by 2015

January 26, 2009 / No Comments

Nippon Oil Corp,also know as Eneos and Sanyo Electric Co Ltd have a joint venture - 50:50 to produce amorphous Si thin-film solar cells and marketing power generation systems. Panasonic, which recently bought Sanyo has not put up any money yet. Sanyo will develop manufacturing technologies for thin-film solar cells as well as the production of cells and modules. Eneos will ...

Solar Powered Toyota Prius in 2010

January 6, 2009 / 1 Comment

Toyota is coming out with a new Prius, a solar-powered Prius. The car will have solar panels in its roof that will be used to run the car's air conditioning. And, when does a car need air conditioning? Right! When the sun is out. The 2010 Prius is expected to get 55+mpg, be plug-in-able, smaller, a wagon, and even Li-ion battery ...

Solar-Powered Street Lamp and Lawn Mower

December 23, 2008 / 1 Comment

Sanyo Electric is the world's largest Li-ion secondary battery maker. At Eco-Products 2008, Sanyo introduced a street lamp that operates on solar power. The lamp stores power generated when the sun is up, then uses a built in capacitor for illuminating at night. This strategy along with low-power white LEDs is becoming the trend. Sanyo hopes to replace the lead ...