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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

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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

Balancing Costs and Competition

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Alternatives to fossil fuels are becoming even more enticing because of advances in technology that are lowering prices and improving efficiency.

Batteries and Renewable Energy Set to Grow Together

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400

As sun and wind become bigger parts of the electricity mix, scientists are pushing to increase the capacity of battery storage.

Farming Sunshine by the Megawatt

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400

An ambitious array of more than 50 large-scale solar energy farms is in the works across five Long Island towns.

Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400

As homemade electricity gains popularity, it puts new pressures on old infrastructure and cuts into electric company revenue, pitting solar companies against utilities.

A video camera that powers itself

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:29:24 EDT

Scientists have invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered -- it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:58:13 EDT

Researchers have developed a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the "full absorption concept." This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to produce media that neither reflects nor transmits any power -- enabling full absorption of incident waves at a specific range of frequencies and polarizations.

California's solar incentive program has had only modest impact on adoption rates

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:16:45 EDT

According to a new analysis, California's aggressive incentive program for installing rooftop solar-electric systems has not been as effective as generally believed.

Shifts in electricity generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:41:20 EDT

In four years following the 2008 recession, the US coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar, and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new. Few of the new jobs were added in states hardest hit by coal's decline, particularly West Virginia and Kentucky.

Battery energy storage project shows promise for electricity network

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:14:17 EDT

Scientists have revealed the potential of a new battery energy storage system to reduce electricity prices while improving power efficiency and quality.

Solar cooling system keeps water at 9 degrees Celsius for up to three months

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:17:56 EDT

Maintaining food in places where high temperatures prevail, using little energy at a low cost,  it is now possible with new technology, thanks to the creation of a solar cooling system.

Wrapping carbon nanotubes in polymers enhances their performance

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:11:25 EDT

Scientists say polymer-wrapped carbon nanotubes hold much promise in biotechnology and energy applications.

New kind of 'tandem' solar cell: Two types of photovoltaic material combined to make a cell that harnesses more sunlight

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:08:24 EDT

Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun's energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations, the researchers say. The new cell uses a layer of silicon -- which forms the basis for most of today's solar panels -- but adds a semi-transparent layer of a material called perovskite, which can absorb higher-energy particles of light. Unlike an earlier "tandem" solar cell reported by members of the same team earlier this year -- in which the two layers were physically stacked, but each had its own separate electrical connections -- the new version has both layers connected together as a single device that needs only one control circuit.

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