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MIT Scholars Bring Solar Power to Remote African Clinics

August 9, 2012 / 1 Comment

How about powering remote Africa with the sun? MIT scholar Matthew Orosz has done exactly that. He and his team have developed a solar-powered system to provide electricity in remote African clinics. Interior Africa, as of now, uses electricity to light lamps and run medical devices in clinics courtesy of expensive imported diesel fuel. Orosz spent two years in the African ...

Tokelau to be World’s First Nation to be Fully Powered By Solar Energy

August 3, 2012 / 1 Comment

Tokelau is all set to become the world’s first solar powered nation. Amazing, isn’t it? The island country will be generating all its required electricity from solar power in the near future. All major steps to be taken to achieve this status will be finished by this September. The three atolls that make up the nation of Tokelau are in the ...

San Francisco Dairy Takes on Solar Cogeneration

July 25, 2012 / No Comments

Clover Stornetta Farms is a dairy with a different business strategy. With a solar facility on its fleet maintenance center, diesel trucks that have been converted to cold plate technology and the use of a Freon-based cooling system instead of ammonia, the farm is well-known for its sustainable business practices. The farm works with a few dozen family-owned local dairies to ...

Bali School Sports Solar-powered ATM

July 5, 2012 / No Comments

AN ATM on a school campus is nothing new. What sets the Green School, on the Indonesian island of Bali, apart is that it has a solar-powered ATM in its campus. When the school decided to set up an ATM, it was in a fix. ATMs require electricity and are usually set in concrete. The school didn't want both. That's because ...

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-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, ...

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 ...