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We're about to find out if Trump meant anything he said about taking a jackhammer to global trade deals

In the coming weeks the White House will make trade decisions about a number of goods ranging from steel to solar panels. Mostly, these decisions are about attacking China, but the way Trump is undertaking them could mean massive collateral...Show More Summary

Off-Grid Water from Zero Mass

Spectrum reports: The hydropanel. It looks a bit like a solar panel. Indeed, it is part solar— the side sections create heat using solar thermal technology (see photo, above); the center two sections of each panel are full of solar cells So it does generate a little electricity, enough to operate its fans, pump, and electronics. Show More Summary

All-black solar panel from California achieves groundbreaking 19.4% efficiency

California-based Solaria has designed a sleek, all-black solar panel with more than just a pretty face. The company manufactures products with less space between the monocrystalline silicon solar cells for better efficiency than conventional solar panels, which tend to hit 15 to 17 percent, according to the company. Show More Summary

Report: Tesla Manufacturing Solar Roof Panels in NY

Tesla is finally making good on the promise of premium solar roof tiles. The automaker-cum energy storage firm last month began manufacturing its integrated roofing solution, as reported by Reuters. Early-bird customers who […] The post Report: Tesla Manufacturing Solar Roof Panels in NY appeared first on Geek.com.

Using solar panels as a camera

6 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Jeroen Boeye is a data scientist who was parsing the power output of his panels, and noticed that they were influenced -- as you'd expect -- by the trees near his house, which got in the way of direct sunlight. That made him wonder:Show More Summary

Evolved illusion—blackest black gives bird of paradise an edge

The mating display of the male bird of paradise owes its optical extravagance to a background so black it is the envy of telescope and solar panel engineers, according to a new study published Jan. 9 in the journal Nature Communications.

Ukraine to launch its first solar plant at Chernobyl

At ground zero of Ukraine's Chernobyl tragedy, workers in orange vests are busy erecting hundreds of dark-coloured panels as the country gets ready to launch its first solar plant to revive the abandoned territory. The new one-megawatt...Show More Summary

China’s heralded 'solar highway' closed after thieves allegedly made off with some of the panels

It was supposed to be China’s grand “photovoltaic highway” — a solar energy-collecting, 0.6-mile stretch of road that symbolized the country’s extraordinary clean energy ambitions. But that was last month. Five days after the road opened in the industrial city of Jinan for testing on Dec. 28, inspectors...

US Solar Imports See Upswing With Solar Tariffs Waiting In The Wings

International manufacturers sent twice as many solar cells and modules to the US in November 2017 as November 2016. Solar panel importers are looking to capitalize on the robust market fundamentals ahead of potential future tariffs, ArsTechnica reported

Blockchain Technologies Could Help You Profit from Green Energy

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set. Is this even possible? Some companies certainly think so. These startups are harnessingShow More Summary

Someone stole a piece of China’s new solar panel-paved road less than a week after it opened

Putting solar panels into our roads isn’t the craziest idea, but we may as well admit that it poses some unique challenges. For instance, people may want to walk away with pieces of it. That’s what happened in China, anyway, just five days after authorities opened up what they claim is the world’s first solar panel-paved highway. Read More

Solar panels loom, neighbors fume in Indianapolis suburb

2 weeks agoNews : USAToday: News

The city of Carmel approved at least 156 solar panels for the rear of an estate that backs up to a neighborhood of smaller homes.        

What Will 2018 Hold For First Solar?

First Solar had a strong 2017, driven by strong solar demand as well as stronger than expected panel prices, with its stock price almost doubling over the last year. We expect 2018 to be an interesting year for the company, as it prepares for the commercial launch of its Series 6 panels.

CHINA X Cleantech — 1st Edition

China is the largest emitter of CO2. It has also firmly cemented itself as a global leader in clean technologies. Sooner or later, we will see Chinese electric cars sold globally, and Chinese solar cells and solar panels already dominate global sales. In early editions of CHINA X Cleantech, we'll spend some time figuring out who’s who and what does what

China Opens 1-Kilometer Long Solar Road

China has opened a 1-kilometer solar road. It features solar panels sandwiched between transparent concrete on top and an insulating layer underneath. It can generate up to 1 million kWh of electricity every year according to Chinese officials.

How Solar Is Saving Refugee’s Lives

‘This solar panel saved my life’ John Fitzgerald Weaver, December 26, 2017 (electrek) “…In southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean we’re seeing solar power – right now – offering huge services to people in trying times…In...Show More Summary

N. Korean boat skipper 'charged over Japan theft'

2 weeks agoNews : The Cutline

Japanese prosecutors reportedly charged a North Korean fishing boat captain for theft on Thursday, accusing him of making off with items ranging from home appliances to solar panels. The 45-year-old was among 10 North Korean "fishermen" spotted aboard a tiny wooden boat struggling in bad weather off the northern island of Hokkaido in late November. Show More Summary

New Nissan LEAF owners in Japan offered free installation of solar panels for their homes

Owners of the new Nissan LEAF in Japan are offered free installation of solar panels for their homes if they sign up for an electricity retail plan offered by Ecosystem Japan. The.. The post New Nissan LEAF owners in Japan offered free installation of solar panels for their homes appeared first on Gadgets, gizmos, and tech from the East.

Is this the best RV of the year?

The inside of this 41-foot RV resembles a “Manhattan condo” In 2017, we saw a motorhome covered completely in solar panels, a camper that can expand to three times its size, and a burly adventure vehicle that can go just about anywhere. Show More Summary

Unconventional Solar Panel Siting Saves Agricultural Land While Providing Plenty Of Power

Researchers in California have identified new siting strategies for solar panels and CSP facilities that could meet all the state's energy needs without taking up valuable agricultural land or affecting conservation areas.

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