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US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Electronics Science and Technology Division recently announced that they have developed a new breed of underwater solar panels that are able to power

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Spaceships With Solar-Powered Lasers Could Deflect World-Ending Asteroids

Spaceships With Solar-Powered Lasers Could Deflect World-Ending Asteroids

Solar technology has taken off and literally shot into orbit over the last few years with satellites and the USAF's top-secret shuttle being powered by photovoltaic panels. Now a team from Scotland's

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Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

The site and design optimize daylighting and solar gain during the cold winter months while the windows were placed strategically to capture the prevailing breeze and allow hot air to escape during

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MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new type of textured solar surface that could bring down the cost of photovoltaic technology by reducing the thickness of silicon used by more than 90% while

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Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency

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The USAF’s Secret X-37B Space Plane is Powered by a Deployable Solar Panel

The USAF’s Secret X-37B Space Plane is Powered by a Deployable Solar Panel

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) - the US Air Force's top-secret automated space plane - is finally set to return to Earth after a year in space. Although not much is known about the spacecraft, we do

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Solar Energy Generation Costs to Compete with Fossil Fuels by 2017

Solar Energy Generation Costs to Compete with Fossil Fuels by 2017

Despite recent clashes between the US and Chinese solar industries, it seems that the entire solar power sector is prospering. As stated in a new report from GlobalData, with the ever-increasing number

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Could Solar Satellites Be the Key to Infinite Energy?

Could Solar Satellites Be the Key to Infinite Energy?

While solar energy has long been touted as the key to solving the planet's energy demands, the problem of efficiency has always hampered it. However, a team of engineers from the University of

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Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia has long been a wealthy country because of its enormous oil reserves. But the kingdom also is rich in sunlight, and it now promises to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of

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Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Ombrellone Solare recently unveiled two solar parasols at Fabbrica Del Vapore during this year’s Milan Design Week. Dubbed Eclipse and Kosmos, the designs saw great success, not only because of the

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USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

Imagine a solar cell that comes in a jar instead of a big, clunky panel, and that could be painted on a piece of plastic. It might be closer than you think - scientists at the University of Southern

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Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Painters Hall is a 100 percent solar-powered building nestled in the beautiful surroundings of quiet Pringle Creek community, in Salem, Oregon. The 80-year-old Painters Hall recently earned

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Goodesign by BestUp Creates a Go-To for Sustainable Design and Food at the Milan Furniture Fair

Goodesign by BestUp Creates a Go-To for Sustainable Design and Food at the Milan Furniture Fair

3.0 is a stool developed by nuup. The piece employs a life cycle assessment, and features only three wood components for a smart structure that makes no waste during production. The stool can be

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Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Do you think homeowners should have the right to install solar panels on their own condos? Many homeowner associations (HOAs) in the United States don't think so. Even as solar energy becomes

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United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia, which

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Power House is a symbol of innovation, enlivening a community with artistic ideas, education, and an introduction to the potential of green and renewable energy. The project also brings international

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

David Vandervort was keen to create a happy marriage between the relative urbanity of Issaquah and a sense of privacy for the residents living at zHome. The entire complex is organized around a central

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New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been toying with the idea of collecting solar power in space, where solar collection rates are stronger than on the surface of the Earth. But because of the costs

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Alain Gilles’ Portable Nomad Solar Lamp Is a Safe Lighting Solution for Developing Countries

Alain Gilles’ Portable Nomad Solar Lamp Is a Safe Lighting Solution for Developing Countries

Kerosene lamps have been known to cause serious accidents in developing countries, but this new design by Alain Gilles provides a safe lighting alternative that relies simply on the energy of the sun to

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

For the first time ever, a solar plane will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco. Back in 2011 Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg flew their Solar Impulse plane from Paris to Brussels, however

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XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

Charging your phone just got a whole lot easier and more energy-efficient with XD Design's brilliant solar charger, which sticks to windows to maximize its exposure to the sun's rays. Instead of having to

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Solar Cooker Could Provide for Hot Water and Food In Disaster Zones

Solar Cooker Could Provide for Hot Water and Food In Disaster Zones

In disaster zones, emergency rescue services need reliable appliances to help provide the basics to victims who may suddenly be without provisions. As a quick-response to emergency

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Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

The US solar industry is gaining some serious ground, according to a new industry report charting a recent spike in solar installations. While big bankruptcies -- such as government-backed

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