Solar energy

Solar-charged cell phone strap

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

My wife needs one of these things from Strapya and Tokyo Coil Engineering. The companies have come up with a plan to prevent missing phone calls. A solar-charged cell phone strap. The strap weighs just 40g (1 oz) and is just 12.5cm (5 in) long. Yet it can store up to 40 minutes of call time once fully charged. Just one problem ...

HSBC’s Canary Wharf Skyscraper is All about Green

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

HSBC unveiled their latest project, the Canary Wharf headquarters in London with its 617 square meters of solar panels installed on the roof. HSBC is now the tallest corporate headquarter building in Europe using photovoltaic panels to create energy from the sun's light. A total of 422 monocrystalline photovoltaic Sharp panels were installed. The panels are guaranteed to withstand wind speeds ...

Sharp Launches Sunvista, New Solar Cells with Highest Conversion Rate

June 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Osaka's Sharp Corp has a new residential solar cell panel (polycrystaline) that Sharp says has the highest solar-to-electric conversion rate to date. The new environmentally friendly product is called SunVista and will be released on Jun 18th. The addition of a third main electrode instead of the conventional two is the difference. Sharp's conversion rate will be 14.4% compared to the ...

Solar power cheaper than coal by 2020

June 4, 2008 / 9 Comments

Imagey by drawdenizlop The US government, along with many investors such as Chevron, Goldman Sachs, and Google, is confident that solar power could become much cheaper than coal within the next 12 years. Taking into consideration tax incentives, carbon-capping legislation and the rising prices of natural gas, experts think that solar power is going to be more economical than coal ...

Solar Costs Down to $2 per Watt, IBM Claims

May 16, 2008 / 11 Comments

Silicon photovoltaic panels are the most expensive solar installations at the moment but things are about to change because IBM claimed they have the technology to reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's energy for electricity, down to $2 / W. The company announced in a press release on Thursday, that using a large lens that concentrates power to around 2300x, ...

Airship Covered in Solar Panels For Rescue Operations

May 16, 2008 / 2 Comments

Everywhere online and on TV there are news about the cyclone in Burma, the earthquake in China and many other natural disasters that cause thousands of deaths every year and leave behind even more refugees. How can we solve this problem? How can we help all those people? Andrew Leinonen seems to have it all figured out. He especially designed an ...

Workers needed in the solar industry

May 13, 2008 / No Comments

A new survey by two Californian college researchers proved that companies in the solar power business will need more and more workers. The attractive domain of turning the sun light into energy is very active in California where 16,500 to 17,500 people are employed to work for such companies. The study estimated 5,000 more jobs next year and most of these ...

Village on South Korean Jeju Island Runs Completely on Solar Power

May 13, 2008 / No Comments

Solar power seems to be the future or at least this is what a South Korean village teaches us.  Donggwang is getting all its power directly from the sun and is totally energy independent with clean technology. Today, Donggwang is a solar town because in 2004 the government subsidized the installation of solar panels on all of the 40 buildings ...

New Film Solar Panels Holds Efficiency Record of 19.9%

May 7, 2008 / No Comments

The efficiency of a solar panel is given by the percentage of the sun's light that is being turned into electricity. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) innovated a new thin film solar panel that just broke the world's efficiency record, reaching 19.9-percent. "The copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell recently reached 19.9 percent efficiency in testing at ...

OptiSolar to Build World’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Farm in California

May 5, 2008 / No Comments

Hayword, California based, OptiSolar are trying their best to build the world's largest solar photovoltaic farm (550-megawatt) 100 miles north of Los Angeles in San Luis Obispo County. The company will produce clean and competitively priced electricity using low profile solar panels that will be placed on ballast on the ground. Thanks to the thin-film photovoltaic technology OptiSolar doesn't need large ...