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Toyota testing out self-powering solar cars

Tokyo - Imagine driving an electric car that charges as you drive? Toyota are experimenting with fitting solar cells into the roofs of cars to see if cars can self-charge as they drive along.

South Americans marvel at total solar eclipse

La Higuera - A rare total solar eclipse plunged a vast swath of Latin America's southern cone into darkness Tuesday, briefly turning day into night and enthralling huge crowds in much of Chile and Argentina.

New solutions proposed for renewable energy scaleup

A new energy assessment has outlined how innovation in the energy sector can pave the way for next stage of global energy transformation, focusing on delivering renewable solutions and meeting future demand.

This is the most efficient solar cell on record

Nuremberg - Researchers have developed what is described as the world’s most efficient organic solar cell. The cell is formed from a new type of organic molecule and energy capture results from a prototype are described as ‘impressive’.

New technology to generate energy from windows

Is it possible to generate energy from the windows found in office blocks and homes? The answer appears to be use, drawing on the enhanced power factor found with transparent thermoelectric nanowire materials.

Oil to solar: Saudis push to be renewable energy powerhouse

- Saudi engineers whip up a simulated sandstorm to test a solar panel's durability at a research lab, the heart of the oil-rich kingdom's multibillion dollar quest to be a renewable energy powerhouse.

Improving military camouflage by copying squids

Cephalopods are adept at camouflage. While this works effectively in nature, no scientist has been able to replicate this form of disguise. However, new research moves the ability completely to disguise an object a step closer.

Armenia looks to solar energy to move out of Russia's shadow

Yerevan - Landlocked and poor, Armenia has long relied on Russia for its energy needs, but the government is hoping to reduce that dependence by tapping a resource that is plentiful in the region: the sun.

Huge solar plant aims for brighter Brazil energy output

Pirapora - Brazil has lagged far behind in the shift to solar power, but the continent's biggest facility now being built in the south-east aims to give the country its place in the sun.The plant in Pirapora, in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, has 1.

Wearable solar thermoelectric generator invented

Ulsan - Power on the move has taken a step forwards with the invention of a new type of energy harvesting system. The system is capable of generating electricity by simply being attached to clothes, as well as windows, and outer walls of a building.

Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia

Adelaide - Dominant Dutch team "Nuon" Thursday won an epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across Australia's outback for the third-straight year in an innovative contest showcasing new vehicle technology.

Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'

L - In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light -- and could help save the rainforest.Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state.

Duke Energy goes solar and drops plan for Florida nuclear plant

Duke Energy Florida's settlement over plans to scrap the proposed Levy nuclear plant will instead bring PV batteries, EV charging, smart meters and grid modernization to customers, the company announced on Tuesday.

Total solar eclipse mesmerizes America

Charleston - Sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America Monday as the Sun vanished behind the Moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century.

How to safely watch an eclipse

Miami - Everyone who plans to look skyward when the solar eclipse sweeps across the United States on Monday should have the proper protective eyewear, or risk lasting blind spots, experts warn.Regular sunglasses will not do, the US space agency says.

Eclipse-chasers trot the globe, addicted to Moon's shadow

Miami - Eclipse-chasers are a dedicated crew of scientists who travel the globe to catch a few moments in eerie darkness, and even after seeing dozens of eclipses, they say they can't get enough.

Global renewable energy production hit record levels in 2016

Paris - In 2016, the world produced enough renewable energy capacity to power every home in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy combined, according to a new report released by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Syrian hospital saves lives by going solar

Birut - Neo-natal wards and emergency rooms in a northern Syrian hospital will from Tuesday have uninterrupted electricity for the first time in years thanks to new solar panels, a charity said.

The Sun had no sunspots for two weeks

Reading - Astronomers working for NASA regularly monitor the Sun and note down any unusual patterns. Last month the Solar Dynamics Observatory flagged up something unusual: there were no sunspots for a 15 day period.

Huge solar plant beams power, hope to rural Uganda

Soroti - When power goes out in the rural town of Soroti in eastern Uganda, store manager Hussein Samsudin can only hope it won't go on so long it spoils his fresh goods.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

Los Angeles - The Solar Impulse 2 plane touched down in Tulsa, in the south-central US state of Oklahoma, ending the latest stage of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

Solar Impulse 2 soars over U.S. southwest on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - The Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, soared over the US Mojave Desert Monday en route to the southwest city of Phoenix.

Solar-powered plane to soar again on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, is to take flight again on Monday, organizers said.

Solar-powered plane lands in California after Pacific crossing

Mountain View - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental plane flying around the world without consuming a drop of fuel, has landed in California, one leg closer to completing its trailblazing trip."The Pacific is done, my friend.

Solar Impulse 2 to resume round-the-world flight in April

Washington - The Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered plane is set to resume its record-breaking flight around the world next month, leaving Hawaii when weather permits, a spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

Developing nations became top investors in renewables in 2015: UN

Paris - Investment in renewable energy hit a record $286 billion (256 billion euros) in 2015, more than half of which came from developing countries for the first time, according to a UN report released Thursday.

Brazil uses dammed lake surface for floating solar panels

Presidente Figueiredo - Two decades ago, a section of the Amazon rainforest was flooded for a dam that currently produces little electricity. Engineers now see that artificial lake as an ideal surface for floating solar panels.

Solar-powered display puts an end to low smartphone batteries

Mobile World Congress isn't just about new smartphone launches as some interesting new components also get revealed. Kyocera is showing off a solar-powered display this year that could create phones that don't need recharging.

Low-Income Solar Act of 2015 to expand solar energy access

With the use of solar energy people can be saving economically as well as helping to save the environment from unnecessary pollution. It is with that thought in mind that the new Low-Income Solar Act being introduced in Washington D.C.

Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

Nanjing - Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.
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