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Dec 11, 2016

Solar Power

Solar power is produced by collecting sunlight and converting it into electricity. This is done by using solar panels, which are large flat panels made up of many individual solar cells. It is most often used in remote locations, although it is becoming more popular in urban areas as well. This page contains articles that explore advances in solar energy technology.

Canberrans Warm to New Solar Energy Law

Canberrans Warm to New Solar Energy Law

The new Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Bill 2008, empowers the Canberrans to generate their own electricity, and the beauty of this bill is they can sell back the

Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Panels

Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Panels

HP and Xtreme Energetics (XE), a solar energy system developer based in Livermore, Calif., have announced that they have entered into an agreement for the development of a solar

ES-A Series Solar Panels

ES-A Series Solar Panels

Solar panels are a collection of solar or photovoltaic cells. These photovoltaic cells harvest sunlight and convert the solar energy into electrical energy. Solar cells are positioned into grid-like

Space-based Solar Power

Space-based Solar Power

American scientist Peter Glaser proposed the idea of using space solar power in 1968. The fast depleting conventional energy resources renewed the interest for trapping the solar power via

Solar Speedboat Gets 30 Knots

Solar Speedboat Gets 30 Knots

Here’s another flashy concept that uses solar energy for transportation: the solar speedboat! Unlike the solar sailor we talked about earlier, the Dutch MK1 prototype is designed to travel

Affordable DIY Solar Heating System

Affordable DIY Solar Heating System

Mother Earth News recently featured an extensive article covering instructions on building your own small-scale solar heating system for as low as $30. The 9 page tutorial includes step

Floating Solar Island Concept

Floating Solar Island Concept

Remember the Solar Lily Pads? Well, Swiss inventor Thomas Hinderling has taken that idea to the next level with his solar islands concept (check out the video). The 5km

Military Tests Solar Field Hospital

Military Tests Solar Field Hospital

Researchers from Florida University recently began testing a new field hospital design in the Honduran jungle. U.s. Military and emergency response teams are hopeful that the project will be

Solar Lily Pads in Scotland

Solar Lily Pads in Scotland

Scotland based firm ZM Architecture was recently awarded a prize by the International Design Awards for its promising solar technology concept known as the solar lily pad. What makes

Ultima Tower – Future City Concept

Ultima Tower – Future City Concept

Eugene Tsui has designed a concept city called The Ultima Tower that would help solve the global population crisis. Acting as a human termite nest, and costing $150 billion,

The 10 Best Solar Airplane Concepts

The 10 Best Solar Airplane Concepts

Recently we posted an article announcing the production of a portable solar charger for airplane avionics. At the end of that article we asked if you thought airplanes could

500MW Solar Plant Coming to California

500MW Solar Plant Coming to California

Pacific Gas and Electric has announced plans to work with BrightSource Energy to three four or more huge solar thermal electric generators in the Mojave desert. The first plant

Which is More Efficient, Solar or Wind?

Which is More Efficient, Solar or Wind?

Thanks for participating in our recent energy poll, where we asked you to choose your favorite renewable energy sources. Voting is still open, but so far it looks like

Solar Powered Airplane Avionics

Solar Powered Airplane Avionics

Powerenz, a manfacturer and retailer of portable solar power systems in Georgia, has designed a system to help pilots power up their light airplane avionics without having to start

Why Solar is the Best Energy Solution

Why Solar is the Best Energy Solution

The amount of energy the sun sends towards our planet is 35,000 times more than what we currently produce and consume. Some part of this energy — better known

Green Resort to Rent Solar Houseboats

Green Resort to Rent Solar Houseboats

An environmental engineer/developer has plans to construct a unique lifestyle “Green” condo development on the banks of the main channel of the Mississippi River in the historic River city

Solar Vistas Eco Community

Solar Vistas Eco Community

The first solar-powered development in Costa Rica is breaking ground in the remote beach town of Malpais. Designed primarily for Americans and Europeans who either plan to move to

Solar Heating for Swimming Pools and RVs

Solar Heating for Swimming Pools and RVs

Do not think that you have to install an entire home solar power system to enjoy the benefits of solar power. In truth, one of the most cost-effective uses of

Lorentz Tracking Systems

Lorentz Tracking Systems

LORENTZ delivers 750 tracking systems for an 8-hectar solar park in Oberruesselsbach close to Nuremberg in Southern Germany. The plant renders 1.7MW and hereby is one of the largest tracked

Build a Solar Space Heater

Build a Solar Space Heater

Retired Aircraft Engineer Gary Reysa has published plans on how to build your own solar heating system. Complete plans and instructions are available online including detailed information about how the

Solar Energy System for Google Headquarters

Solar Energy System for Google Headquarters

Google Inc. plans to build a massive solar-electricity system to help power parts of its Mountain View, Calif., campus that it says will benefit both the environment and its bottom

Ontario buys Solar Electricity from Homeowners

Ontario buys Solar Electricity from Homeowners

Homeowners who purchase and install home solar power systems in the province of Ontario will now earn some extra income to help pay for their systems, thanks to the Ontario

NASA Solar Technology Tour

NASA Solar Technology Tour

The Fourth Annual Ohio Solar Tour begins this coming weekend. Hosted by NASA, the tour includes 19 main events and a free tour of the NASA Glenn Research Center. While

Renewable Energy Prison in Nevada

Renewable Energy Prison in Nevada

APS Energy Services has begun construction on a large-scale renewable energy facility as part of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center‘s plan to generate heat and electricity using forest waste products.

Astrolab Solar-Electric Hybrid Vehicle

Astrolab, the world’s first commercial solar car, will be available in January 2008 thanks to automobile designer Sacha Lakic. The car was developed by the French manufacturer, Venturi. The vehicle

Remote Solar Power Internet

Remote Solar Power Internet

One laptop per child was the ambitious promise a group of MIT faculty members made to the world in January last year. The idea to develop and produce millions of