solar power

First Solar Produces 1 Gigawatts of Power in 2009

December 16, 2009 / No Comments

First Solar have announced that their production of solar systems for 2009 is the equivalent of 1 gigawatts of power. This is great news, as it's indicative of a rising interest in this type of technology among consumers. First Solar produces cadmium telluride solar cells and panels, and their production has been only 75 megawatts for 2007, and 420-460 in ...

Energy Sun-Bag: Carry Solar Power Along

October 30, 2009 / No Comments

The Sun-Bag is rather straightforward in its approach, especially by proclaiming its solar powered status loud and clear. Its size is big enough to be of practical use, and it is actually more practical with the claim of being the "lightest solar energy bag available on the market."

ReNu Modular iPhone Charger Makes Solar Power Practical

October 26, 2009 / 2 Comments

There are a number of devices or solar chargers that offer to charge gadgets with solar energy. But most of them are impractical, to say the least. It is simply not possible or viable for most people to allow their gadgets to be placed in direct sunlight for the entire day. That is where the ReNu Modular iPhone charger scores, ...

The Solar Powered 6 in 1 Robot – an Entertaining Option

May 26, 2009 / 2 Comments

[caption id="attachment_5277" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar Powered Robot Takes Various Shapes"][/caption] The current challenge for mankind is to seek the advantages of alternative energy. We are not quite sure whether we have reached a level where we can actually use solar energy to entertain ourselves but, if someone creates an "android" based on the same theory, we're going to hail the development ...

Semprius intros ultra-thin solar cells that can be worn on t-shirts

May 21, 2009 / No Comments

A United States-based company is seeking to produce the tiniest solar cells ever made. Semprius, based in Durham, North Carolina, was inspired by research conducted by Professor John A Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois.

PG&E and BrightSource of Oakland Strike Solar Power Deal

May 15, 2009 / No Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday announced it has gone into solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy to produce a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity. That's enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours— 12 noon - 7pm. [caption id="attachment_5078" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar farm by BrightSource Energy"][/caption] Go California! Wait! Let me check my PG&E bill. Somebody has to pay ...

Palmdale Airport Land Proposal Can be a Solar Farm

May 5, 2009 / No Comments

Palmdale was set to be the location for a new international airport in LA. However, it never got off the ground. Today, however, there is good news! Apparently the authorities have finally come up with a plan for the location. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to install a solar farm on some 4,000 (largely undeveloped) acres ...

Wal-mart plans to double solar energy use

April 27, 2009 / No Comments

While the rest of the world is in an economic slump, Wal-mart keeps chugging along. It makes sense to me. When all else fails, which is the case these days, Wal-mart is still the cheapest place to buy anything ... anything that the company sells. [caption id="attachment_4833" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Wal-Mart aims to buy the green power at prices equal to or ...

Tokyo Says, “Companies will go green or else?”

February 25, 2009 / No Comments

Tokyo will soon require domestic electricity companies to buy surplus solar power generated by households at about twice the current price. The plan will come into effect as early as April the start of Japan's new fiscal year. Tokyo wants to promote solar power as part of Japan's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. "Japan has already led solar power technology in ...

Indian Solar Cell Industry Suffers Due to Financial Crisis

January 27, 2009 / No Comments

 Not all is good news in the solar industry, and researchers are not helping ... Indian solar cell manufacturers were hanging out at the 18th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference & Exhibition. Yeah, they really do have conventions for this kind of thing. This one took place from Jan 19 to 23, 2009, in Kolkata, India. India's solar cell manufacturers all ...