Solar energy

Now, biodegradable solar panels

March 18, 2013 / No Comments

Solar panels, which are a sustainable energy source, are made with toxic materials like cadmium that can’t be easily recycled. But now, a California-based solar company named BioSolar developed a new type of panel which is made from a material obtained from cotton and castor beans. The material, named BioSolar Backsheet, is said to be non-toxic and more durable than petroleum-based ...

Quetsol Solar Kit to Light Up Guatemala Hinterland

March 13, 2013 / 1 Comment

Guatemala has a considerable size of population below the poverty line. Twenty percent of this Latin American country citizens still have no access to electricity. These families go completely dark in their homes at night; their children are unable to study.  Most of them use kerosene lights and candles to light their homes. But buying these products eats into their ...

Apple Lining Up Solar-Powered iPhone; Patent Filing Suggests

February 8, 2013 / No Comments

Are you an Apple fanboy? If yes, this could excite you more. The iGiant seems to be looking at the sun to charge its devices. And, as if in a bid to make things possible in that terrain, the company has filed a patent application for integrated touch sensor and solar assembly that could usher in iDevices that would capture ...

VW Chattanooga Solar Park Gets KickStarted

January 25, 2013 / No Comments

Volkswagen has officially kickstarted its huge array of photovoltaic solar cells at its Chattanooga plant. The plant has already been already certified LEED Platinum and now will help build cleaner cars at cleaner plants. This huge solar field could supply up to 12.5 percent of the plant’s total energy needs and will reduce the CO2 emissions by 30 percent. The plant ...

Solar Power Could Provide Earth’s Power Needs by 2050

January 22, 2013 / No Comments

It is a fact that a global switch to renewable energy would be necessary to save our planet. But over the years, critics have been arguing that renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power could never satisfy the entire world’s energy needs. The argument seems to be getting invalid. A recent research on solar power has found that ...

Goal Zero Introduces their Latest Solar Generator

January 11, 2013 / No Comments

Goal Zero has introduced yet another solar generator the Yeti 150 at Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas. While considering its earlier model of solar powered generator Yeti 1250, this one is more portable. The Yeti 150 weighs 12 pounds and uses a 15W Bolder 15 Solar Panel to charge the 150 watt-hour battery. According to Goal Zero, the unit can ...

Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells to the Fore

December 31, 2012 / No Comments

You are well aware of the potential of the conventional solar cells that are placed on glass or silicon to extract energy. Unlike these regular ones, new peel and stick thin-film solar cells have arrived, and they require direct fabrication on the final carrier substrate. These new peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells can be peeled off like Band-Aid and stuck to virtually ...

Ghana to be Home to Africa’s Largest Solar Power Plant

December 7, 2012 / No Comments

The UK-based renewable energy company, Blue Energy, has announced plans to begin a photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Ghana. It will be the largest plant on the continent. The plant, which will be worth $400 million, can generate sufficient energy for 100,000 homes. The construction work of the 155MW solar PV plant will begin with in a year and will ...

Pakistan Students to Get Solar Panels for Good Grades

October 30, 2012 / No Comments

The government of the Punjab province in Pakistan has approved a novel initiative scheme for students moving from the 9th to the 10th class, Named Ujaala Program, the scheme will allow students who score 50 percent and above marks in 9th class examinations, to own a solar panel, The panel will boast the capacity to run one fan and one ...

Solar-Powered Lamp Can Also Charge Your Phone

October 9, 2012 / No Comments

We are familiar with solar-powered lamps that act as an after-dark illumination extracting solar energy. Bright Products is taking it a bit further. The new solar powered lamp not only illuminates but also charges your mobile phones through a tucked in microUSB cord.  Not just that, it can act as an electricity-free sound amplifier to your smartphone or MP3 player. The ...