Can solar power transform the electricity market as much as shale did for oil and gas? This question has been posed in a new study by Wood MacKenzie, an international energy research and consulting company. Continue reading… “Can solar be the next shale?”
GTM Research’s solar analysts release every quarter, the most important data and findings from the past three months. The most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing follow. Continue reading… “8 Solar trends for 2015 to follow”
Fontus, is a “self-filling water bottle for your bicycle.”
Do you always have to constantly stop to refill your water bottle on long bike rides. Kristof Retezár, a student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, has come up with a new way to quench your thirst on the go. He has invented a little thing called Fontus, which he calls has invented a little thing called Fontus, which he calls a “self-filling water bottle for your bicycle..”
The solar industry employs nearly 120,000 Americans.
Solar energy is hot. With a foundation of consistent, long-term deployment policies at both the federal and state levels, solar PV in the U.S. is leading an unparalleled price decline on the strength of enduring high demand from U.S. consumers.
US solar installations jumped 76% in 2012.
There has been a dramatic fall in the cost of solar power generation. Solar is at grid parity in many countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and in parts of the US such as the Southwest. That means it is as inexpensive to build a solar plant as a gas or coal one. The pace of technological innovation in the solar field has also accelerated, so that costs have started falling precipitously and efficiency is rapidly increasing.
Rotating dome house
Usually, when someone asks for the remote, it’s because they want to undertake some serious TV channel surfing. But in one unique home located just 90 minutes north of New York City, playing with the remote control will set the entire wooden house spinning on its axis. (Pics and video)
Solar energy produced from all angles.
One of the difficulties with using solar energy is its inability to produce electricity around the clock. Torresol Energy in southern Spain has solved this problem by storing thermal energy in two tanks of molten salt. This enables the plant to generate electricity long after sundown in order to satisfy the energy needs of the local populace. The molten salt — known as MSES — stores enough thermal energy during the day to create steam power during the night…
Mobiles and laptops to run for up to 100 times longer between charges.
Mobile phones could soon run for months rather than days between charges, after scientists discovered how to make them work more efficiently.
What a perfect energy solution for our cold winters!
The heat radiating off roadways has long been a factor in explaining why city temperatures are often considerably warmer than nearby suburban or rural areas. Now a team of engineering researchers from the University of Rhode Island is examining methods of harvesting that solar energy to melt ice, power streetlights, illuminate signs, heat buildings and potentially use it for many other purposes. Continue reading… “Harvesting Solar Energy from Pavement to Melt Ice & Power Streetlights!”
Solar energy cycles may cause an overload during peak load times
Solar energy has become more than a trend or movement; with global government support, it has become a viable means to cut energy costs and migrate to a green lifestyle for hundreds of millions worldwide. Part of the attraction is the capability to earn energy credit from utility companies by feeding power back into the grid. But can this present a threat to the grid? Perhaps not yet in the U.S., but in Germany the threat is looming.
According to the Berliner Zeitung, the head of Germany’s energy agency DENA is warning that there is a significant danger that solar power, could crash Gemany’s ageing electricity grid.
The problem is the amount of electricity produced by solar panels varies due to time of day, time of year, location, and cloud cover. They are most effective during daylight hours. However, that is when demand for electricity is lowest.
In natural photosynthesis, plants take in solar energy and carbon dioxide and then convert it to oxygen and sugars.
For decades, farmers have been trying to find ways to get more energy out of the sun. In natural photosynthesis, plants take in solar energy and carbon dioxide and then convert it to oxygen and sugars. The oxygen is released to the air and the sugars are dispersed throughout the plant — like that sweet corn we look for in the summer. Unfortunately, the allocation of light energy into products we use is not as efficient as we would like. Now engineering researchers at the University of Cincinnati are doing something about that.
Developers say that an artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk.
An artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk, its developers say.