Solar energy

Solar Plane Makes First-Ever Flight Over Moroccan Desert

June 25, 2012 / No Comments

"Mother Nature seems to be more favorable than the last time,” said pilot Andre Borschberg optimistically before the flight. When Solar Impulse, the Swiss-made solar powered plane landed in Ouarzazate, it indeed turned out to be a landmark journey. Not only has the aircraft made its first successful flight over the Moroccan desert, but it was the first-ever flight between two ...

Parasol Solar Array Set Up by Rutgers School of Engineering

June 1, 2012 / No Comments

Researchers at Rutgers School of Engineering have made a new solar powered array, called Parasol. The Parasol has been installed on the roof of the computing center of the school. Comprising 16 polycrystalline solar panels clubbed together and holding up to 160 servers housed inside a stainless-steel-framed metal chassis to protect the batteries, transformers and other electrical equipment, the device ...

Solar Charger Now Comes With A Stretchable Cell

May 21, 2012 / No Comments

Solar power panel that can be stretched? Strange, but true. Kuaray, designed by Ruben Freire, is a concept that uses stretchable solar cells in it. It is created out of materials like organic particles of plastic, lithium ions, aluminum soda cans and corn. The plastic case forms the major part. It is made from a patented material called Mirel. It is ...

Saudi Arabia Hopes to Build Solar Industry

May 15, 2012 / No Comments

This could surprise many in the global energy industry and international politics. But it’s true. Saudi Arabia, one of the largest producers of fossil fuel, is planning to tap sustainable energy sources. The country aims for 41 GW solar power by 2032. The nation has the history of obstructing many international agreements that tended to go against its rich natural resource ...

Apple New Data Centre to Sport Largest Solar Panel Array

February 22, 2012 / No Comments

To satisfy the huge power needs of their facility in an environmentally acceptable way, Apple is building the largest end user–owned, onsite solar array in the US. The 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility will supply 42 million kWh of clean, renewable energy every year. Apple is also building a 5-megawatt fuel cell installation, due to go online later in 2012. This installation will ...

Apple iPhone Gets a Green and Tough Outdoor Accessory from Snow Lizard

February 21, 2012 / No Comments

Snow Lizard is a design consultancy that creates a variety of client based products which are thoroughly researched and defined prior to our designers touching a sketch pad. This time around, the company, which operates from located in Park City Utah and Miami Beach Florida, has made it to the top list by making something extremely innovative. The company recently showcased ...

IKEA Solvinden Line Offers Solar and Wind Powered Home Lighting Solutions [Video]

February 10, 2012 / 1 Comment

IKEA’s Solvinden (sol=sun and vinden=wind) line of products has added a few lamps and now the product line is starting to amass popularity from all over the world. IKEA’s new Solvinden lamps run on batteries that are charged from the sun or wind. The lamp shades are mini-wind turbines that, when spinning, power a mini-generator for battery charging. The tops of ...

Solar-Powered Vehicle Concept Suited for Deserts and Open Lands

February 10, 2012 / No Comments

Designer Omer Sagiv’s futuristic Solar Powered Vehicle (SPV) is absolutely a mind blowing concept that can give its users an ideal ride across deserts and open lands. The SPV almost resembles Nuon solar car, developed sometime ago by Delft University. The shaft in the centre of the SPV functions as an inbuilt cooling system, integrated in its form. The aerodynamic form ...

Scientists Develop Solar Panels from Green [Video]

February 6, 2012 / No Comments

Dr. Mershin from MIT has found a process which extracts photosynthesizing molecules, called photosystem I, from plant matter. Photosystem I contains chlorophyll, the protein that actually converts photons into a flow of electrons. In short, this has made him capable of making solar panel from grass clippings and other agricultural wastes. These molecules are then stabilized and spread on a glass ...

OLED Solar Sun Roof Turning Real

January 25, 2012 / No Comments

Philips and BASF have teamed up to create an OLED concept for your car that would also function as a high-tech roof. The idea is that the sunroof will let in light during the days and also charges the solar cells at the same time, and at night, the panels turn into a light powered by the electricity stored earlier. Philips, ...