Solar energy

Darker Side of Solar Power Comes to the Fore

September 12, 2011 / 1 Comment

The findings of an engineer have cast a long shadow over solar power. Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environment engineering, of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has found that solar power, which is heavily dependent on lead batteries, can potentially release nearly 2.5 million tons of lead pollution in India and China. Lead poisoning causes damage to the central ...

Solar Energy to Go Cheaper than Coal by End of Decade

September 2, 2011 / No Comments

Ever thought about a day when solar energy will cheap as coal? Tough to imagine, but then its happening! In the next five years, we might get to see solar energy go cheap. With initiatives aimed at ushering in such a scenario increasingly gaining in prominence, the cheaper than coal solar power would be a reality in time for the ...

Aussie Soldiers May Get to Wear Light-Weight Solar Panels

August 17, 2011 / No Comments

Technology is growing fast, resulting in the miniaturization of almost every thing. As a part of this growth, soldiers can lighten their burden. Nowadays, soldiers are forced to carry about 100-150 pounds as they are equipped with a lot of heavy weapons, communication devices and its supporting batteries. Solar power, the most widely used natural resource of energy, is expanding ...

PlanetSolar Turanor Solar-Powered Boat Could Cut Down on Greenhouse Emissions [Image Gallery]

August 16, 2011 / 1 Comment

You might know the global merchant shipping industry contributes  4.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s one innovation that is attempting to cut down on that. PlanetSolar's Turanor is the world’s largest solar-powered boat, driven by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine powered exclusively by solar energy. Turanor has its name derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, ...

Xenith Could be the Fastest Ever Solar Car

August 15, 2011 / No Comments

The fastest solar car ever is ready. Christened Xenith, this renewable energy vehicle, originated from the thoughts of young students at Stanford and is set to conquer the World Solar Challenge at the Australian Outback this year. A 30-pupil project team has worked on the designing and developing of the Solar Car concept to materialization As many as 26 glass solar ...

GE Pumps in $40 Million in eSolar

August 9, 2011 / No Comments

GE, leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, and eSolar, developer of modular, scalable concentrating solar thermal power technology, are ready to take their relationship a step further. GE is going to do a strategic investment of up to $40 million in the Pasadena company. eSolar’s President and CEO John Van Scoter said that their partnership with eSolar moves ...

Solar Farms from Unused Rice Paddies, the Japanese Way

August 4, 2011 / No Comments

Here’s something highly laudable. Masayoshi Son, President of Softbank Corporation is doing his share to save Japan from the power crisis after the recent unfortunate disasters hit his nation. He is ready with a blueprint for transforming 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms. Since the March 11th earthquake, Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed, Japan ...

Ricoh Unveils Eco-board that Runs on Solar Power [Video]

August 2, 2011 / No Comments

Office solutions company Ricoh has unveiled an eco-board, which is a billboard powered entirely by solar and wind power. Situated on the M4 motorway in London, the billboard is equipped with 96 solar panels and five wind turbines, and it only lights up when it has produced enough energy to do so. It's not the first of its kind, though ...

New Solar Power System Gives Sun’s Rays the Miss

August 1, 2011 / No Comments

Scientists at MIT have developed a new solar power system that doesn’t need sunlight as its source. They have developed a new photovoltaic energy conversion system, driven by heat, sun’s rays, a hydrocarbon fuel or a decaying radioisotope. Compared to the lithium–ion battery, this button-sized generator battery can run three times longer, giving high efficiency. The discovery is not a new ...

Nuon Solar Team Nuna6 All Set for World Solar Challenge

July 29, 2011 / No Comments

Students from the Delft University of Technology, comprising the Nuon Solar Team have reasons to be proud. They have just presented to the world the lightest, most aerodynamic solar car till date. This will be the best such vehicle to come out of the Nuna line up, after cars made by the students of the same university had dominated the ...