NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels. Students at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri can now recharge up to
Solar panels need regular cleaning to ensure they are working at their optimum efficiency, and spraying them with the hose from the ground or relying on a heavy downpour won't necessarily get the job done. Like the windows on your house, they need to be scrubbed and polished for maximum effect. Show More Summary
The ENGO charging station uses kinetic tiles and solar panels to charge up to 14 smartphones at a time, and provides free WiFi access and an emergency phone.
Solar energy enthusiasts, here’s another solar energy news roundup. Enjoy! Solar panel prices have dropped 80% since 2008, and wind power prices are down too. (Planetsave) Recurrent Energy, a US-based subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, is reportedly up for sale. Show More Summary
Ruinda Njaba uses his solar panels (visible on the roof behind him) to power up villagers' cell phones. He charges them 12 cents apiece. Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk Lusela Murandika just wants to be able to watch the evening news. The...Show More Summary
"Ultimately, we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there." In the future, you'll be able to charge your phone just by placing it in the sun, and you'll generate electricity through your windows, not just from the panels on the roof. Show More Summary
What a lovely sight to see the sheep among the solar panels. Modern farming is becoming dual purpose. The land between and underneath rows of PV models is accessible for grazing of small livestock, such as sheep and free-ranging poultry. Show More Summary
Could solar panels be the source of electricity in the future? While the science fiction authors have probably toyed with the idea, it seems scientists have invented a way to turn the Sun into a source of power we can literally see through. Show More Summary
Solar panels must be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them operating efficiently and maximize the amount of sunlight they convert into electricity. With this in mind, a group of students from CalTech and UCLA have developed an impressive
You've seen some closeups of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but this image gives an idea of what it might actually look like if you were onboard the Rosetta spacecraft. One of Rosetta's two solar panels provides context for its true apparent size and the dim light from a sun more than 300 million miles distant. Show More Summary
By George Fisher: Distributed Generation DG is a term used to describe the relationship between a utility consumer generating intermittent power using solar panels and the regulated utility serving the geographic area. The issue of DG has been receiving more attention as the installed solar-powered generating base continues to expand. Show More Summary
The reaction was expected given how technically difficult it would be to execute their vision of electrifying roads and highways with reinforced solar panels. Some questioned whether the application for solar is even necessary. But one organization — the most important agency governing America’s roads — was willing to give them a shot at proving the Continue reading ?
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has unveiled a new lighting system which uses kinetic energy from the movement of players on a pitch, as well as solar panels; to illuminate a community soccer field in Morro da Mineira, Rio de Janiero. … Continue reading ? Brazilian Legend Pelé Unveils New Lighting System To Enhance Community Soccer Pitches is a post from World Soccer Talk.
Solar technology In Australia took a step forward recently, with the installation of a machine that can print solar panels.
SYDNEY — The future of power is just a step away Australian scientists claim they are extremely close to having printable solar panels available for market. Scientists from Australia's national science agency, known as CSIRO, along with...Show More Summary
Apple says its new phone is an environmental dream. But where's the built-in solar panel?
More solar news for you solar lovers: Chinese solar panel production is projected to double by 2017. (sustainablog) Apple, Verizon, Google, UPS, Walmart, Kohl’s, IKEA, GM… there are a lot of big corporations investing in solar now. Remember, corporations are primarily aimed at financial profits. Show More Summary
Carlos Jericho Petilla is the Secretary of Energy for the Philippines. He recently explained that rooftop solar panels are now cheaper than coal there. “As a simple example, the cost of electricity from a coal plant can run up to P5.50 per kilowatt hour, plus P6.50 for distribution and transmission, which amounts to P12.00. Show More Summary
You just can’t move for stories about ‘wearables’ at the moment. It seems every five minutes a company is launching a new smart watch or a fitness and wellbeing tracker that monitors everything from your sleeping patterns to how quickly you can run round the block. Show More Summary
The solar panel market is expected to see significant growth in 2014, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. In particular, the market leaders are expected to see greatly boosted shipments — the expectation being about 52% more panels shipped than on 2013. Show More Summary