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French renewables power grid pilot shows limits of batteries in Europe

NICE, France (Reuters) - A major pilot project by Europe's largest power network operator to integrate power from rooftop solar panels into the grid has shown that battery storage of renewable energy is not yet economically viable in Europe.

QUICK NEWS, July 1: AVATAR DIRECTOR GOES SOLAR; U.S. KEEPS WIND TURBINE BUILDERS BUSY; VW ENTERS THE RACE FOR THE 200 MILE EV

AVATAR DIRECTOR GOES SOLAR James Cameron’s Plan to Fix Solar Panels Alissa Walker, June 30, 2015 (GizModo) “…[Avatar director, deep-sea explorer, NASA advisor, and all around badass James Cameron has turned his attention to solar. Panels]...Show More Summary

South Korea Ingeniously Uses Solar Panels To Cover Bike Lane To Attain Solar Power And Shade Bikers

Over the past five years, the solar energy community has seen major innovation in solar panels. First, the new solar panels are efficiently made to look like windows. As a result of the new design, there’s been a dramatic decrease in...Show More Summary

James Cameron's Plan To Fix Solar Panels

When Avatar came out, James Cameron boasted that it would be the first solar-powered movie franchise in history. Now the director, deep-sea explorer, NASA advisor and all around badass has turned his attention to designing cinematic-quality solar panels for the rest of us. More »      

SunPower Could See Upside Through Higher Efficiencies, Inroads in China

We remain bullish on SunPower, the second largest U.S. solar company, owing to its industry leading panel efficiencies, its recent move to form joint-venture yieldco vehicle with rival First Solar and a strong outlook for global solar demand. Show More Summary

James Cameron’s Plan to Fix Solar Panels

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

When Avatar came out, James Cameron boasted that it would be the first solar-powered movie franchise in history. Now the director, deep-sea explorer, NASA advisor, and all around badass has turned his attention to designing cinematic-quality solar panels for the rest of us. Read more...

London Mayor Targets Solar Schools

London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to make solar schools, fitting rooftop solar panels on existing schools. This represents one of the priorities in his public sector energy retrofit program, titled RE:FIT. This ambitious program is meant...Show More Summary

MM: Weekend Marriages, Church Installs Solar Panels, and Recycling Wrong

Special Saturday hours bring more same-sex ceremonies in DeKalb [AJC] Decatur church installs solar panels, supports pope’s climate change message [Decaturish] Atlanta Cyclorama to close permanently on Tuesday [ABC] Six Atlanta OTP greenspaces worth the drive [Atlanta Magazine] You’re probably recycling wrong [CityLab] Cyclorama photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair...Show More Summary

Electricity from your garden

Inventor Markus Weingartner says solar furniture will make roof panels a thing of the past.        

Portsmouth Naval Base Harnesses Sun Power

BAE Systems has completed a large scale installation of solar panels at Portsmouth Naval Base to increase energy efficiency and generate savings. In total, almost 2,

Daymak Photon Scooter

Daymak’s Photon is an affordable electrically assisted kick scooter. It has a 6.4W solar panel that trickle charges not only its 100W motor but also powers its headlight, 1W speaker, FM radio and USB charger.

Tesla, Xiaomi top MIT’s list of world’s smartest companies

"Massive solar panel factories. Fertility treatments. Friendly robots. Meet the companies reshaping the technology business," the Review says.

After Decade Of Decline, Solar Panel Prices Are Rising In World's Biggest Solar Market

The average price of a solar panel in Europe is doing something it hasn’t done in years. It is rising. Prices for solar panels in the European spot market have risen by about 6% so far this year, according to pvXchange, a solar market consultancy based in Bremen, Germany. Despite its modest [...]

Chemical Battery Can Recharge Itself With Light

No strap-on solar panels here: this “photo battery” charges directly from light

This Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Solar Panels And A Sideways-Hourglass Wind Turbine

Palmyra Atoll is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine reserve in the world. The post This Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Solar Panels And A Sideways-Hourglass Wind Turbine appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Should You Put Solar Panels On Your House?

This past winter was one of the worst on record for the northeast, but the snow didn’t stop U.S. homeowners from investing in solar paneling. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), 2015’s first quarter broke records, with 66,440 new solar systems getting installed in the first three months of the year. That brings…

SunPower E- & X-Series Solar Panels Now Cradle To Cradle Certified

Citing a commitment to the issue of sustainability in product design, SunPower has announced that its E-Series and X-Series solar panels, manufactured at the company’s facilities in France, are Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver (C2C). Show More Summary

Biomimicry Could Lead To Solar Cells That Store Energy For Several Weeks, New Study Says

The lack of low cost, large scale energy storage systems is a big problem for solar power. Today, the typical solar cell can only store energy for only a few microseconds. As a result, customers equipped with solar panels will for the foreseeable future remain dependent on the electric power [...]

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