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Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

DETROIT (AP) — After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer ThursdayShow More Summary

Worlds first solar panel mural unveiled in San Antonio

In a world where solar farms are shaped like giant pandas, there's certainly room for some solar butterflies. Determined to beautify our cities by converting solar panels into creative works of public art, the Seattle-based Land ArtShow More Summary

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions (Update)

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs—and, more recently, solar panels—Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

Nanoholes Found In Butterfly Wings Could Boost Performance Of Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules

After studying the wings of butterflies, researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say that reproducing the pattern of nanoholes found in nature can increase the efficiency of thin film solar panels by up to 200 percent.

Musk on New Tesla Trucks: 'Better in Every Way'

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs—and, more recently, solar panels—Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, Calif. CEO Elon Musk said the semi is...

The Secret To See-Through Solar

Transparent Solar Panels Slated To Innovate Green Energy; Researchers developed transparent solar panels that will turn every window into a power source: here’s how they did it. Mariana Cid de Leon Ovalle, November 2017 (BOSS Magazine) “…[T]ransparent solar panels have a way to go before making it to market…[but a new technology brings that closer. Show More Summary

This school is covered with 12,000 solar panels, which cover half its electricity needs

Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, "Copenhagen International School" just got a new campus. The campus consists of four towers that are surrounded by 12,000 solar panels, rendering the building able to cover half of its annual electricity consumption needs. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Architecture, International, Denmark, and School

The brilliant folding M.A.Di Home can be assembled in hours

The M.A.Di Home is an ingenious a-frame home that can be easily assembled in just a few hours. The foldable design, created by Italian architect, Renato Vidal,, is earthquake-resilient and can be equipped with rooftop solar panels LED lighting, and grey water systems to take it totally off-grid.[...]

Smart grid tech tested to balance Swedish solar, wind and battery system

E.ON has implemented a solar, wind and battery storage microgrid for a Swedish village.The southern village of Simris, which features 140 households, now gets its power from 500 kW of wind power, 440 kW of solar PV panels and an 800 kW battery. Source: Smart grid tech tested to balance Swedish solar, wind and battery […]

Natural defense – how the US military is embracing solar power

The biggest solar panel installation in Florida went live this summer, an initiative that will drastically cut CO2 emissions by powering tens of thousands of homes with natural energy.Coronal Energy, part of the Panasonic Group, is a North American provider of renewable energy solutions. Traditionally, its customers have been utility companies like Southern California Edison […]

Plan for solar panels atop old landfill delayed

Plans to top an aging landfill in Portland, Maine, with a solar array have been delayed after trash was found popping through the topsoil. The Portland Press Herald reports that … Click to Continue »

This wallpaper is actually a tiny solar panel

Wallpaper seems to be having a moment. Whether conductive or metallic, these wall coverings are definitely not your grandparents’ wallpaper. Now another innovation has emerged, this time out of London, where researchers at the Imperial College London have created a “living” wallpaper. Working with the University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins, researchers found a […]

New Solar Panel Design Could Charge Your Phone With Ambient Light

A French solar power startup with the counterintuitive name of Dracula Technologies says it has developed a new type of solar panel that could be integrated into almost any device thanks to its thin, flexible design. The post New Solar Panel Design Could Charge Your Phone With Ambient Light appeared first on ExtremeTech.

New solution for storing your solar power 

Electricity created by residential solar panels can now be more easily stored for later use, such as when the sun goes down or during a power outage.A new generation of lithium-ion batteries that are totally sealed and wall mounted in a similar fashion to a flatscreen television, are being introduced to Bermuda.While it has always […]

Student uses solar energy to power personal devices

Jacob Wilmoth, mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, bought two solar panels and a battery this past summer.“I wanted to play around with solar panels and batteries, so I started off with a solar panel kit off of Amazon,” Wilmoth said.Wilmoth is from Moore and during tornado season, he said it was nice to have a […]

Father-son team plans Antarctic trek powered by renewable energy

LONDON (Reuters) - With solar panels tacked to their sledges and a biofuel made from wood chips to keep them warm, a British father and son duo will attempt to reach the South Pole relying solely on green energy.

Here’s How Solar Panels Work

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to offer his help to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid, damaged by Hurricane Maria. True to his word, the company provided a solar panel and battery storage array to Hospital del Niño, a children’s hospital in San Juan. While solar panel tech has gotten cheaper […]

Tesla battery keeps lights on

The windstorm that swept through Vermont last week left many homes powerless. Solar panels connected to homes couldn’t be used — except by a lucky few who had already taken advantage of Green Mountain Power’s Tesla Powerwall battery lease program.Andy McMahan, owner of Ripanco Kennel in Duxbury, signed up for the lease program as soon […]

Building Energy SpA begins construction on largest solar project on U.S. landfill

Building Energy SpA has begun construction on Annapolis Solar Park, a 18-MW photovoltaic system stretching over an 80-acre area occupied by a landfill in Annapolis, Maryland. This solar park, that will use over 50,000 panels to convert sunlight into electricity, will be the largest solar project exclusively installed on a closed landfill in the United […]

This weird $9 trick increases solar panel efficiency 5-17% 

Mega Sunergy released a new “multi shingled array module” 315W solar panel design that increases the efficiency of a standard solar panel by up to 17%. The company has changed how they lay out the 60 individual solar cells within the solar panel. Instead of perfectly spacing those 60 out – with small, defined areas […]

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