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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.

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Solar Power Digest

The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:23:06 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

Solar Power World Map

Home Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:37:21 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

Do you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. Think how […]

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 23:35:40 +0000

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power

New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals and […]

Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 02:08:07 +0000

Electric Cars | Future Technologies | Transportation

While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. Now a smaller one – the purely electric run, Infinyte I4 […]

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:20:45 +0000

Energy Industry | Energy Inventions | Environment and Sustainability

PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use of soil, water, power and finding and focusing on innovative ways to do so. Recently PepsiCo developed the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from renewable […]

Flying Wind Farms: Future Power Harvesters

Sun, 24 Apr 2011 23:34:16 +0000

Future Technologies | Wind Farms | Wind Power

How would you like swarms of kite-like airborne turbines spinning at high altitudes sending power down via nano-tube cable tethers to generate power for your community? This could very well be a true picture of future power harvesters according to NASA. A federal fund of $100,000 is being reserved for exploring these high-altitude, nano-tube cable […]

Hydrogen Generation & Storage Made Easy with Nano-Technology

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:34:47 +0000

Fuel Cells | Future Technologies | Hydrogen Fuel

Fuels like gasoline, based on hydrocarbon, create pollution and carbon footprint. Hydrogen has been claimed to be a good alternative to replace fossil fuel since the 1970s. But hydrogen’s potential has not been realized even partially mainly because of storage and commercial production difficulties. There have been research being done on renewable energy sources like […]

Artificial Electronic Super Skin – Powered By Stretchable Solar Cells

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:27:49 +0000

Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

Zhenan Bao, Stanford researcher, is keen to create “Super skin.” Taking her previously created super-sensitive sensor a step ahead, she is now creating a super skin that will be self-powered with renewable clean solar energy. Bao and her team have designed polymer solar cells that are flexible and can be stretched to power the ‘super […]

South Saigon Yacht Park: Modern and Green Clean Living

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 07:42:14 +0000

Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability

Vietnam is setting an example in setting up a stunning green center with the ongoing project called South Saigon Yacht Park. Right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the state capital, plans are afoot to create a green oasis to spread the message of green revolution across the country. This Yacht Park is […]

PowerMod: To the Rescue

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:12:33 +0000

Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

Think of the earthquake that happened at Tahiti, or havoc-provoking typhoons like Katrina; or the recent plane crash that took so many lives. With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly at all corners of earth, there has been a sharp demand for dependable portable energy sources that can make rescue efforts a lot easier and […]

Common Algae for Biofuel Butanol Production

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 07:37:28 +0000

Biofuels | Future Technologies | Transportation

There have been various methods tried for reducing fossil fuel dependency and containing carbon footprints for a healthier and more eco-friendly future. Corn-produced ethanol has been used for mixing with gasoline but there have been side effects like corrosion from ethanol. Also huge tracts of precious farmlands need to be diverted for corn production. But […]

The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 07:20:48 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power | Wind Power

Yes, as of 2011, The Empire State Building, one of the world’s largest buildings has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power. The Empire State Building will be using more than 100 million kWh of wind energy in the coming couple of years approximately. It will be totally – […]

Renewable Energy News

Magnetic nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cells

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:43:17 EST

Magnetic nanoparticles can increase the performance of solar cells made from polymers -- provided the mix is right. Adding about one per cent of such nanoparticles by weight makes the solar cells more efficient, according to new findings.

Researchers enable solar cells to use more sunlight

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:41:30 EST

Scientists report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a higher current.

Using 'fuzzy logic' to optimize hybrid solar/battery systems

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:29:29 EST

A group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria show how fuzzy logic has helped them create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance. They have now described this new sizing system of a solar array and a battery in a standalone photovoltaic system.

Detecting defects at the nanoscale will profit solar panel production

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:28:45 EST

New research may lead to major efficiency gains and cost savings in the manufacture of flexible solar panels. The goal is to develop new technologies for the detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nanoscale defects in thin films that are vital in products such as printed electronics and solar panels.

Appraising Solar Energy’s Value

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Research shows buyers will pay more for homes with solar panels — strengthening the case for factoring sustainable features into home appraisals.

Hydropower completes greening of Norway

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:39:14 EST

The Norwegian energy supply can be sustainable by 2030, according to new research, as long as politicians keep their promises, authors say, after analyzing the development potential of the Norwegian energy system to find out how it could be made more sustainable. 

Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:17:24 EST

Researchers have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.

Semiconductor works better when hitched to graphene

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:15:47 EST

Graphene -- a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon with highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength -- shows great promise for future electronics, advanced solar cells, protective coatings and other uses, and combining it with other materials could extend its range even further.

Your Letters: Carbon Dioxide Storage, H.I.V. Drugs and Ebola Management

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Your letters to the Editor.

Apple Building Solar Farm to Power California Operations

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:29:39 -0500

The company is aggressively adding to its renewable energy sources, a point of pride for its chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.

Hybrid perovskite nanoparticles with 80% luminescence yield obtained

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:37:57 EST

Researchers have developed a method for preparing methylammonium-lead bromide hybrid nanoparticles with extraordinary luminescence. They have successfully increased the luminescence efficiency of nanoparticles up to 80% and has also proven their high stability under ultraviolet visible light.

Construction of the world's biggest solar telescope

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:08:30 EST

With a four-meter diameter primary mirror, the telescope will be able to pick up unprecedented detail on the surface of the Sun -- the equivalent of being able to examine a coin from 100 kms away. It will address fundamental questions at the core of contemporary solar physics. It will do this via high-speed (sub-second timescales) spectroscopic and magnetic measurements of the solar photosphere, chromosphere and corona.

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