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We've been in the business a long time, but we're still amazed at the rapidly changing photovoltaic industry - PV installation, equipment, incentives, market growth, new state initiatives, etc.

This section rounds up news from several sources available to us all. Come back often to check the constantly updated news headline.

Solar Power Digest

The Spherical Sun Power Generator

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:35:52 +0000

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

beta-ray-generator

German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]

The Spherical Sun Power Generator

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:35:52 +0000

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

beta-ray-generator

German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]

Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed in China

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:55:41 +0000

Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | Transportation

hydrogen-tram

In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]

The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:05:09 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

WaterNest-Solar-Panels

Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]

The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:05:09 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

WaterNest-Solar-Panels

Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:35:23 +0000

Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

floating-solar-pv

Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:35:23 +0000

Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

floating-solar-pv

Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:10:23 +0000

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power

green-roofs-france

France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:10:23 +0000

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power

green-roofs-france

France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:11:27 +0000

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation

apple-electric-car-concept

Recent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in talks to purchase electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors inspired the illustrations to have a similar resemblance. Apple obviously has the […]

The Bigfoot Electric Monster Truck

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:33:47 +0000

Electric Cars | Transportation

bigfoot-electric-monster-truck

Some Friday fun… we discovered this intriguing electric beast while covering this week’s Vancouver Auto Show. It’s not really going to do much to help the environment, but we think it’s kind of neat that many manufacturers are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. If anything this could help expose new technologies to a completely […]

Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:18:57 +0000

Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Transportation

2015-Nissan-BladeGlider-03

This Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]

Renewable Energy News

American energy use up slightly, carbon emissions almost unchanged

Wed, 20 May 2015 12:28:42 EDT

Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow charts.

Nanobionics supercharge photosynthesis

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:33:04 EDT

A new process has been developed for spontaneously incorporating and assembling carbon nanotubes and oxygen-scavenging nanoparticles into chloroplasts, the part of plant cells that conduct photosynthesis. Incorporation enhanced electron flow associated with photosynthesis. When these nanocomposites were incorporated into leaf chloroplasts of living plants, the electron flow associated with photosynthesis was enhanced by 30%.

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%

Mon, 18 May 2015 12:14:40 EDT

Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1 percent efficiency on nanostructured silicon solar cells. An almost 4 percent absolute increase to their previous record was achieved by applying a thin passivating film on the nanostructures and by integrating all metal contacts on the back side of the cell.

With Tesla Entering Market, Hopes for Home Batteries Grow

Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400

For now, home batteries remain a novelty. The market is poised for growth, though, after Tesla Motors said it would offer batteries at a lower price.

Artificial photosynthesis: New, stable photocathode with great potential

Tue, 12 May 2015 15:00:28 EDT

Scientists have developed a new composite photocathode for generating hydrogen using sunlight. The photocathode consists of a thin film of chalcopyrite coated with a newly developed thin film of titanium dioxide containing platinum nanoparticles. This layer protects the chalcopyrite thin film from corrosion, it acts as a catalyst to speed-up formation of hydrogen even shows photoelectric current density and voltage comparable to those of a chalcopyrite-based thin film solar cell.

Superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits

Mon, 11 May 2015 17:25:36 EDT

A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and many other products.

Inkjet printing process for kesterite solar cells

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:15:24 EDT

A research team has developed an inkjet printing technology to produce kesterite thin film absorbers. Based on the inkjet-printed absorbers, solar cells with total area conversion efficiency of up to 6.4 percent have been achieved. Although this is lower than the efficiency records for this material class, the inkjet printing minimizes waste and has huge advantages for industrial production.

Germany, the Green Superpower

Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Contradictory feelings surface after a week in Berlin.

First field-effect transistors on hybrid perovskites fabricated for first time

Tue, 05 May 2015 10:24:39 EDT

Researchers have fabricated halide organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite field-effect transistors and measure their electrical characteristics at room temperature for the first time. Hybrid perovskites are a family of crystalline materials that hold great promise in the clean energy world.

Better battery for storing solar energy?

Tue, 05 May 2015 09:19:51 EDT

The sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now a student has researched his way to a breakthrough which may prove pivotal for technologies trying to capture the energy of the sun, and saving it for a rainy day.

Who Is Tesla’s Home Battery For?

Fri, 01 May 2015 15:28:29 -0400

It will make the most sense where electricity is costly and the grid is unreliable.

Tesla Ventures Into Solar Power Storage for Home and Business

Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Tesla Motors says it is making a foray into the challenge of how to use the sun’s energy when it isn’t shining, with a fleet of battery systems for homeowners, businesses and utilities.

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