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Solar powered submarine by BKW

November 25, 2008 / No Comments

Solar energy is making such giant strides forward that it would be no surprise if in the next decade or so we all completely convert to solar power. For now though, each day is proving to be a new adventure for those working with and following the power of the sun. The new arena that is being touched by solar power ...

Photovoltaic Solar Panels on Vatican’s Roof

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

Pope Benedict has become the first ever Pontiff to be using solar power as an energy source for the Vatican. The Pope VI auditorium, which is used by the Pope to meet the pilgrims in bad weather conditions, will have 2,700 solar panels replacing the original roofs. The $1.5 million panels were gifted to the Pope by a Bonn-based company called ...

Sharp, Sanyo and Gifu University Team Up on Solar Cell Research

October 10, 2008 / No Comments

Ah, this is something Japan knows how to do, and do well. Research. Sharp Corp. Sanyo Electric Co. and 15 other companies has joined forces with Gifu University to conduct research on nanocrystalline silicon, a promising material for highly energy-efficient thin-film solar cells. The consortium will explore the nanocrystalline silicon as the next-generation photovoltaic material = solar cell. Japan is a leader in ...

Toyota’s 242,000 Square Feet Solar Power Array

September 24, 2008 / No Comments

Class, what is the biggest single-roof solar installation in North-America? "Toyota's" everyone says out loud. The Japanese from Toyota decided they need to be greener so they installed 242,000 sqf of solar panels above their North America Parts Center California (NAPCC) manufacturing plant. That's a lot of roof that's going to get the sun's energy and make electricity out of it. ...

New Law in Hawaii : New Homes Need Solar Water Heaters

July 24, 2008 / No Comments

It may sound weird, but a new bill in Hawaii was signed into law by Republican Governor, Linda Lingle. It refers to new homes and says that no building permits will be issued unless the new homes don't include solar water heaters. However, there will be exceptions to the rule, for example if the area doesn't allow too much sunshine. Image ...