Solar energy

Japanese Research Group Charges Home Appliances with DC Supply of Solar Power

December 22, 2008 / No Comments

A Japanese group was able to charge a Li-ion secondary battery with DC power generated by solar cells and supply it to home appliances without using AC conversion. The test was part of the Development Project of Energy-saving Technologies for Weak Energy Storage Type Eco House. The program was conducted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment with an aim of developing technologies ...

Asia’s Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

We hear that China is not very eco-friendly. That may be true in many regards, but not so when it comes to the builders of Asia's largest railway station - Beijing South. The station is large enought to hold a 747, has a roof area the size of 24 football pitches, can send 30,000 passengers on their way each hour ...

To Think – Japan Wonders Why The Country Cannot Meet Its Kyoto Protocol Goals

December 8, 2008 / No Comments

he problem is not why Japan cannot meet its protocol goals. The problem is why Japan doesn't know WHY it's not meeting its goal. Consider these two most recent Christmas displays. This one is not technically a Christmas display, but it's Christmas, and here it is. It's called the Kobe Luminarie in central Kobe, home of Kobe Bryant and Kobe beef. ...

Europe Increases Demand for Solar Cells in 3Q

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

Business is bad? Where is business bad? Not in the solar cell industry is business bad. During the 3Q of this year, Japan's fiscal 2Q shipments of solar cells to the European Union grew 44% on the year in power capacity terms. It now reaches 304,500kW says the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association. Europe accounted for 60% of all shipments. Exports to the ...

Solar powered submarine by BKW

November 25, 2008 / No Comments

Solar energy is making such giant strides forward that it would be no surprise if in the next decade or so we all completely convert to solar power. For now though, each day is proving to be a new adventure for those working with and following the power of the sun. The new arena that is being touched by solar power ...

Japan’s Solar City

November 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

Ota City is Japan's Solar City. Three-quarters of the town's homes are covered by solar panels. The panels are distributed for free. They are also a draw for new residents keen to minimize their power bills. "We moved here because of the panels -- it was something we wanted, but not something we could afford on our own," said a resident. Ota ...

Seville Builds Largest Solar Park in Europe

November 12, 2008 / 1 Comment

You can call this a celestial show on earth or probably the most eco-friendly display of dazzling light aimed at producing clean energy. The Solucar solar park, near Seville, Spain, has been designed to produce 11 megawatts of electricity from the sun's rays, collected by 624 giant movable mirrors. This is the first in a set of a solar power generation ...

California’s First Solar Thermal Plant in 20 Years

October 31, 2008 / 1 Comment

Solar energy is without a shadow of a doubt, the leader when it comes to renewable energy sources. It seems that the State of California is assuming the mantle of being the new "Sunshine State" in the US with its amazing progress in utilizing solar energy to the optimum level. Even the economic meltdown that hit the country so hard ...

Two Hinnies Found in Iowa – Abandoned Because of Economical Woes?

October 28, 2008 / No Comments

I don't know if this is spelled right or wrong but it looks to me like somebody lost their backside. Not so. A hinny is a cross between a stallion and a female donkey. Two of them were found at a golf course in Primghar, Iowa. The sheriff's office is looking for the owner of the two unusual four-legged creatures found ...

4 Japanese Companies Race to Boost Solar Cell Materials

October 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

The world's economy may be taking a hit, but solar-cell-related business is still on the up and Japanese companies know this well. Four such companies are increasing the output of their contribution to the solar-cell industry. Mitsui Chemicals produces a sealant film to prevent solar cells from cracking. The firm will raise its annual production of the film from 9,000 tons ...