How low can you go? Mind-blowingly low 65-cents-per-watt solar system pricing emerges in India.
Scientists at the University of Glasgow have invented a robot skin that surpasses human flesh.
Professor Ravinder Dahiya and his team created a silicone and graphine skin which provides haptic feedback to the user. The thin layer of graphine acts as a sensor, making the electronic skin (e-skin) very sensitive to touch. It’s also flexible and cheap to manufacture.
A bike path outside Amsterdam was plastered with custom solar panels a year ago and it has been generating more power than predicted—and the designers are convinced that it’s proof that networks of solar-covered roads could eventually be a viable energy source.
A home battery that is cheap, durable, safe and as big as you like that could store solar or wind power is closer to reality. Harvard University researchers report that they have tested a “flow battery” that uses cheap and abundant chemical elements, can be operated with plastic components, will not catch fire and can operate at 99 percent efficiency.
Showing no signs of slowing, the global solar boom that began a decade ago could triple the generating capacity installed worldwide by 2020. Continue reading… “Global solar market could triple in the next 5 years”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Cabinet recently approved increasing the country’s solar target five times to a goal of reaching 100 gigawatts, up from 20 GW, by 2022. Continue reading… “India raised solar goal five-fold, will install more solar than Germany”
Engineers from Stanford have developed a state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050. Continue reading… “Stanford engineers’ plan for converting U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050”
An innovative eco-friendly, energy efficient lab, Honda’s smart house is able to generate its own power as a solution to living off the grid. Continue reading… “Honda’s smart house for the Future”
In the dusty khaki scrubland of South Africa’s inhospitable Northern Cape province, brightly polished mirrors flash light across the landscape as they rotate slowly to follow the sun, producing electricity for 80,000 homes. Continue reading… “The leapfrogging continent”
Japan’s main space agency has said that they have successfully deployed a space sail 770 kilometers above the earth and that it has started producing power. Continue reading… “JAXA: Space sail producing energy”
Nice Architect, a Slovakian company, has created the ecocapsule, a new kind of super green micro dwelling. The ecocapsule is powered by a built-in wind turbine and solar cells, and its egg-like shape allows the collection of rainwater and dew. Continue reading… “The Ecocapsule is a new super green micro dwelling”
Design practice, Forward Thinking Architecture, has designed a concept for modular floating farms that harvest sunlight and rainwater, as well as desalinate saltwater and grow thousands of tons of vegetables ever year. Continue reading… “Solar powered floating farm that could produce 20 tons of vegetables a day”