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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Solar-Powered Bikini Soaks Up the Sun’s Rays to Power Your iPod

June 8, 2011 / No Comments

The concept of a solar bikini appears to be odd at the first instance, right? No matter, it strikes a note of green somewhere. Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider is now busy taking orders for his solar-powered bikini. The high-tech swim suit helps you to charge your cell phone or MP3 player! Composed of thin, flexible photovoltaic film strips and USB connectors ...