Solar energy

With Stabilized Revolving Fund, Solar Energy Can Ditch Kerosene

January 17, 2012 / No Comments

Two organizations, Eight19 and charity SolarAid, have jointly established the new KickStart Sustainable Energy Fund with a combined $200,000 to provide working capital to drive the rollout of the IndiGo system in rural, off-grid communities. Both firms are looking for donations to help extend the company's "pay as you go" solar system to communities acrossAfrica. Launched on January 16th, the KickStart ...

Black Silicon to Make Solar Tech More Efficient and Profitable

December 28, 2011 / No Comments

Generating electricity using solar panels is an area where research has been going on for the past two decades. There hasn’t been any modification that was enough to change the way we looked at this in terms of profit or enhanced efficiency. But the discovery of black silicon and the news of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) licensing its ...

On the Verge of a Clean Energy Transformation: Morocco

December 26, 2011 / No Comments

So much of the conversation about clean energy debate focuses around the big boys - the U.S., China, the G8 - but it would behoove us to remember there are interesting efforts afoot in many parts of the globe. I was reminded of that after coming across an article about the solar transformation underway in Morocco. While many countries took their time ...

Top 10 Countries Using Solar Power

December 23, 2011 / No Comments

Despite the state of the economy, the use of solar power is on the rise worldwide. Due in part to the green movement, in part to worries over the future of oil, in part due to (never-ending) unrest in the Middle East, solar is the darling of alternative power. That's also due in part to the fact that the sun is ...

Solar Projectors to Aid Education in Developing Countries

December 14, 2011 / No Comments

A group of scientists, from the University of Southampton, have recently developed a solar powered projector, to give students in developing countries, access to modern teaching facilities. Students in many parts of the world are denied quality education in science and technology for the lack of proper learning accessories, which require electricity to function. In rural areas, where electricity is difficult ...

Solar Cucumber for On-the-Spot Desalination of Sea Water

November 9, 2011 / No Comments

Innovation never isolates environment friendly technology. This time around, let us introduce the innovation in solar powered desalination process to our readers. This one, called the Solar Cucumber, carries out the desalination of sea water and produces drinkable freshwater. The Solar Cucumber turns sea water to freshwater at source, making it much useful to the water starved communities in costal environment. ...

Nissan Leaf Charges Up With SunPower

November 8, 2011 / 1 Comment

Nissan is partnering SunPower Corp to help Nissan Leaf electric vehicle owners learn the benefits of using a solar power system, so as to reduce carbon emissions and to control the cost of charging their electric vehicles. It was only few months ago that  Ford had signed a deal with SunPower to provide a 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar system with their Ford ...

LuminAID Inflatable Solar Powered Light Set for Debut [Video]

November 2, 2011 / 1 Comment

Wow, this amazing! An inflatable solar powered light christened LuminAID has emerged. Apart from being inflatable, the new innovation is a waterproof bag that contains an LED bulb, and a solar cell on the outside. Small enough and handy, the bag can be folded up too. So how does this work? The bag distributes light from the LED to provide brightness. ...

Clean Energy Revolution Round the Bend

October 18, 2011 / No Comments

Who told you that the world’s power scenario is increasingly getting dark? Might be that they are still in the dark about the incalculable and perennial possibilities of solar energy. It is now predicted that in seven or eight years solar power will be cheaper than coal, gas, and nuclear power. 'Grid parity' is a term often used in articles about ...

NASA Unfurls Plans for Largest Solar Sail Ever

September 30, 2011 / No Comments

NASA is on cloud nine. It has plans to expand its exploratory horizons through deploying solar sails that will harness solar power. This will increase spacecraft efficiency and lower operating costs. NASA recently unveiled plans to advance the technology by rolling out the largest-ever solar sail created--- in 2015. The next-gen solar spacecraft will deploy and operate a sail seven times ...