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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

Hawaii: Flight in Solar Plane Breaks Record

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400

A solar-powered plane landed at a small airport outside Honolulu after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Record-breaking solar flight reaches Hawaii after 5 nights and days airborne without fuel

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:59:06 EDT

The longest and most difficult leg of the Round the World Solar Flight attempted since last March by Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg ended successfully in Hawaii. At the controls of Solar Impulse 2, pilot André Borschberg landed safely in Hawaii after flying 117 hours and 52 minutes over the Pacific Ocean from Japan powered only by the sun.

Viaducts with wind turbines, the new renewable energy source

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:51:40 EDT

Wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity. So it is confirmed by calculations carried out by a European researchers team, that have taken a viaduct in the Canary Islands as a reference. This concept could be applied in heavily built-up territories or natural areas with new constructions limitations.

New storage cell for solar energy storage, nighttime conversion

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:18:53 EDT

A materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's dark.

New method can make cheaper solar energy storage

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:37:20 EDT

Building on a unique idea, scientists have developed a cost-effective new method for converting and storing solar energy into hydrogen.

Orange is the new red

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:12:38 EDT

A photoprotective mechanism in cyanobacteria is triggered by an unprecedented, large-scale movement from one location to another of the carotenoid pigment within the Orange Carotenoid Protein, researchers have discovered.

Better heat exchangers using garbage bags

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:07:16 EDT

Researchers are making better heat exchangers for industrial use using the same plastic as in garbage bags.

First certified efficiency of 15% in perovskite solar cells with area of over 1 square cm

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:13:02 EDT

Researchers achieved 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells for the first time certified at an international public test center.

Distributed technique for power 'scheduling' advances smart grid concept

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:59:42 EDT

A new technique for 'scheduling' energy in electric grids has been developed. It moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices. The approach advances the smart grid concept by coordinating the energy being produced and stored by both conventional and renewable sources.

Toward tiny, solar-powered sensors

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:19:10 EDT

Scientists have developed a new power converter chip that can harvest more than 80 percent of the energy trickling into it, even at the extremely low power levels characteristic of tiny solar cells. Previous experimental ultralow-power converters had efficiencies of only 40 or 50 percent.

Russia's renewable energy policy: Profitable for investors

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:29:04 EDT

In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in the country's energy production. New researchers demonstrates that the incentive system can make renewable energy investments in wind, solar and small-scale hydro power profitable for investors. However, in order to be profitable the investments must be within the scope of the full Russian support scheme.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:36:01 EDT

Chemists have developed a major improvement to capture and retain energy from sunlight, where the stored energy can last dramatically longer than current solar technology allows -- up to several weeks, instead of the microseconds found in today's rooftop solar panels.

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