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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group

Solar is so popular right now, we're facing a shortage of panels!

It's worth repeating again and again: The price per watt of solar power is going through the floor while worldwide installed capacity is going through the roof.

New Crystal Clear Solar Cells Could Power Your Smartphone One Day

5 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The idea of a completely transparent solar panel has always been a bit of a dream. Such revolutionary technology would mean that we could turn windows into power generators and build phones with self-charging screens. Well, guess what? That dream is becoming a reality. Read more...

Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Nearly Invisible to the Naked Eye

It’s hard to see the latest solar panel technology — which is kind of the point. Researchers at Michigan State University developed a new type of solar panel that is almost completely transparent. It harnesses solar energy using organic...Show More Summary

SunPower Begins Pilot Solar Leasing Program In Australia

It comes at a weird time in Australia’s renewable energy market, but leading solar panel manufacturer SunPower has launched a new pilot leasing program set to provide customers in Melbourne, Australia, with SunPower solar systems. SunPower...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, August 20: COURTS DISMISS 98% OF WIND HEALTH COMPLAINTS; TURNING OLD CAR BATTERIES INTO NEW SOLAR PANELS; OCEAN ENERGY PIONEERS

COURTS DISMISS 98% OF WIND HEALTH COMPLAINTS Anti-wind 'experts' failing legal test John Conroy, August 17, 2014 (The Australian) “…[Wind Health Impacts Dismissed in Court from the Energy and Policy Institute]found that of the 49 cases...Show More Summary

See-through solar panels provide power and a killer view

13 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

While we've seen some pretty big advancements (and even bigger installations) in solar-energy collection lately, unless you're looking for privacy, one of the biggest light-catchers -- windows -- have to go largely under-utilized. Researchers at...

2014 Is Expected To Be The Solar Market's Tightest Supply Year In Nearly Half A Decade

For the past five years or so, the world has found itself awash in solar panels. Thanks to an initial spurt of European incentives for renewable energy and subsequent production boom out out of China, prices for solar module units went into a multi-year decline. Show More Summary

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. read more

Solar Panel Farms Are Burning Birds Alive Midair

yesterdayOdd : Thought Catalog

This particular solar plant is igniting birds in mid-air at a rate of 1 every two minutes (262,975 a year at that rate).

Problems with Renewables

When your solar panels burn so hot that the birds flying over them burst into flames, your energy plans have problems. As I’ve said before, all forms of energy are going to have negative environmental consequences. But while far more birds die from smashing into glass buildings that will ever die from solar panels, the […]

NASA Creates Space Solar Arrays that Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

Bigger is better when it comes to solar panels, but rockets have a very limited amount of space, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking for solutions to their packing problem? Surprisingly, they look no

Origami might change the way NASA builds solar panels

A new type of solar panel for spacecrafts blooms like a flower thanks to origami-inspired design.

Recycling old car batteries into solar cells: Environmental twofer could recycle lead batteries to make solar cells

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries -- a potential source of lead pollution -- into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free po...

Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted. Such is the case with renewable energy in Germany, where anything is to be believed. read more

NASA researchers use extreme origami to build space solar panels

Here's the dilemma: getting heavy things into space is expensive, yet larger, more useful solar panels for satellites weigh a lot. The solution? Make them lighter using the ancient art of Japanese origami. Researchers at Brigham Young University...

NASA Is Working On Origami Solar Arrays That Unfurl In Space

The dream? Orbiting solar panels that beam energy down from space. The problem? Solar panels are shaped with maximum surface area to catch as many rays as possible, but wide, flat disks are also not very aerodynamic on the trip into space. The solution is to get clever with geometry. More »      

NASA Is Developing Origami Solar Panels

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Brian Trease, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is working with researchers at Brigham Young University to construct a solar array that uses origami principles for deployment. Read more...

NASA Is Working on Origami Solar Arrays That Unfurl in Space

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The dream? Orbiting solar panels that beam energy down from space. The problem? Solar panels are shaped with maximum surface area to catch as many rays as possible, but wide, flat disks are also not very aerodynamic on the trip into space. The solution is to get clever with geometry. Read more...

In Australia, Businesses Are Getting Hit With A $500 Fee Designed To Kill Solar Power

The fee makes it so businesses in Queensland have no monetary incentive to lower their electricity consumption by installing solar panels, industry players say. The post In Australia, Businesses Are Getting Hit With A $500 Fee Designed To Kill Solar Power appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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