Solar energy

Photovoltaic Solar Panels on Vatican’s Roof

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

Pope Benedict has become the first ever Pontiff to be using solar power as an energy source for the Vatican. The Pope VI auditorium, which is used by the Pope to meet the pilgrims in bad weather conditions, will have 2,700 solar panels replacing the original roofs. The $1.5 million panels were gifted to the Pope by a Bonn-based company called ...

TEPCO Builds Solar Power Plant in Kawasaki, Japan

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co) will build two solar power plants on the waterfront in Kawasaki, Kanagawa (near Yokohama), that will have a capability of producing some 20,000kw - enough energy for 5,900 households. That's great news, only 24,994,100 households to go. TEPCO's investment will come to about Y10B ($100 million). [caption id="attachment_1989" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Solar power wind turbine ...

Llife-like Artificial Plants and Trees to Capture Solar and Wind Power

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

[caption id="attachment_1890" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Nature - an energy-capturing powerhouse"][/caption] A London-based company, Solar Botanic, claims to have developed life-like artificial plants and trees that have the ability to trap solar and wind power. The prominent feature of these plants is the 'Nano Leaf' which can harness these powers. Its photovoltaic and thermo voltaic cells absorb the sun's energy while the branches produce ...

New Silicon Solar Cells – Flexible As Carpet

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

Solar cells which have been in use for sometime have a new generation of cells being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Northern University. This new solar cell technology makes use of very minutely sliced silicon chips instead of the rigid plastic currently used in these cells. The solar cells which are nearly a ...

Sharp, Sanyo and Gifu University Team Up on Solar Cell Research

October 10, 2008 / No Comments

Ah, this is something Japan knows how to do, and do well. Research. Sharp Corp. Sanyo Electric Co. and 15 other companies has joined forces with Gifu University to conduct research on nanocrystalline silicon, a promising material for highly energy-efficient thin-film solar cells. The consortium will explore the nanocrystalline silicon as the next-generation photovoltaic material = solar cell. Japan is a leader in ...

Japanese Government Wants Energy Firms Weaned Off Fossil Fuels

October 8, 2008 / No Comments

Tokyo has its eyes on weaning electric, gas, and petroleum companies from fossil fuels. The Japanese government will require the big users to utilize certain amounts of nonfossil fuels - solar, hydraulic and nuclear power. The goal is for the proportion of nonfossil fuels to be 30% of the total energy supplies in Japan by 2030. It was 18% in 2005. ...

6 Things Roof Ray Will Teach You about Solar Power

October 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Roof Ray is a great tool for solar fans. That's us here at GP! Trying to determine whether or not solar power is a viable option for you in your area, you can know by going to Roof Ray. Roof Ray will tell a potential solar power user - 1. how a solar array will be set up on their roof. 2. the ...

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Tea Factory is in California

October 1, 2008 / No Comments

The largest solar-powered tea factory will be built by Traditional Medicinals at their headquarters in Sonoma County, California. The whole project was supervised by Akeena Solar and includes some 1,450 solar panels that will generate an approximately 430,000 KWh per year which is some 75% from what the factory needs while the rest will be offset using wind energy credits. “Since ...

LPGA Samsung World Championship & Solar Powered Porta-Potties

October 1, 2008 / No Comments

So, I am hanging out in Half Moon Bay, CA, home to some serious whale watching. But, this week it is hosting the LPGA Samsung World Championships. The question - what does the LPGA have to do with green? The answer was just outside the media tent ... the porta-potties. They are solar-powered. Now, to be sure, I am not ...

Toyota’s 242,000 Square Feet Solar Power Array

September 24, 2008 / No Comments

Class, what is the biggest single-roof solar installation in North-America? "Toyota's" everyone says out loud. The Japanese from Toyota decided they need to be greener so they installed 242,000 sqf of solar panels above their North America Parts Center California (NAPCC) manufacturing plant. That's a lot of roof that's going to get the sun's energy and make electricity out of it. ...