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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

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

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

Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

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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

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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

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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 […]

Tulip Shaped Solar Plants to be Installed in Ethiopia

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:39:47 +0000

Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar Power

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AORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]

Tulip Shaped Solar Plants to be Installed in Ethiopia

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:39:47 +0000

Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar Power

tulip-solar-hybrid

AORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]

Tree Shaped Wind Turbines to be Installed in Paris

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:08:53 +0000

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

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A French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be […]

Japan Closer to Harvesting Solar Energy from Space

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:57:50 +0000

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

solar-power-space

Since 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]

Japan Closer to Harvesting Solar Energy from Space

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:57:50 +0000

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

solar-power-space

Since 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]

Renewable Energy News

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.

Discovery could yield more efficient portable electronics, solar cells

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:21:57 EDT

A team of chemists has set the stage for more efficient and sturdier portable electronic devices and possibly a new generation of solar cells based on organic materials.

Airships: The future of aviation?

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:57:47 EDT

Researchers have completed a three year investigation into stratospheric passenger airships as part of a multi-national engineering project designed to provide a future sustainable air transport network.

Solar Eclipse and Supermoon Have Europe Energy Providers Watchful

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Energy operators reliant on the sun prepared for a day of headaches as a total eclipse coincided with a supermoon.

Outlook for Solar Gets a Bit Brighter

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Solar has seen a dramatic fall in costs, on the order of more than 60 percent over the last five years.

Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:08:20 EDT

Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll -- much like newspapers are printed -- are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels. Scientists have now created prototype flexible solar cell modules as well as novel silver-based transparent electrodes that outperform currently used materials.

The New Optimism of Al Gore

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Mr. Gore has warned of the dangers of climate change for years. Now he has found a new role: prophet of possibility.

SolarCity, a Vocal Critic of the Utility Industry, Joins It

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400

SolarCity will design and operate small, independent power networks called microgrids for cities, remote communities, campuses and military bases.

A new method for making perovskite solar cells

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:56:02 EDT

Researchers have come up with a new way of making thin perovskite films for solar cells. The method forms perovskite crystals at room temperature, which could be helpful in mass production settings. The technique is especially well suited to make ultra-thin, semitransparent films, which could be used in photovoltaic windows.

Scientists move closer to 'two for one deal' on solar cell efficiency

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:54:42 EDT

The underlying mechanism behind an enigmatic process called 'singlet exciton fission,' which could enable the development of significantly more powerful solar cells, has been identified by scientists in a new study.

Solar could meet California energy demand three to five times over

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:51:52 EDT

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world. New work finds that the amount of energy that could be generated from solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California would exceed the state's demand by up to five times.

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