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Solar power is key to extended drone flights

As with many things battery powered drones have a finite time to function after which the power runs out. One means to make longer flights possible is with the application of solar power. This has been looked at by the Naval Research Laboratory.

Water harvester uses sunlight to create water from dry air

Solar power is an amazing source of energy, and now, that energy has been used to produce water from the air in low humidity conditions. The device could change the lives of millions of people around the world where water is scarce.

Elon Musk tweets that Tesla's solar roof tiles are now on sale

Tesla is officially accepting orders for some of its solar roof tiles Wednesday afternoon, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

Powering medical implants with solar cells

Solar power technology is being tested to see how effectively it works with medical implants. The idea is to allow implants to become self-charging, avoiding the risk of breakdown or the need for invasive replacements.

Solar cell world efficiency record broken

Investment, in terms of time, money and scientific endeavor continues to rush into solar power as the push for renewable energy continues. In terms of scientific progress, a new record has been set for solar cell efficiency

California solar power generation reaches milestone in March

Solar power generation in California met nearly half of the state's electricity demand on March 11, making up over 44 percent of the electricity sent to the grid.

Graphene-based electrode increases solar power storage

What is described as a 'groundbreaking prototype' may be the answer to the storage challenge that is holding back solar back as a complete energy solution. This is a new type of electrode that could boost storage technologies by 3000 percent.

'Energy transformation' taking place around the globe

Abu Dhabi - On Thursday, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) published data confirming that 2016 was the strongest year ever for new renewable energy installations worldwide.

Solar-powered skin developed for prosthetic limbs

Glasgow - Prosthetic limbs and bionics continue to advance, restoring mobility to patients who have suffered injuries. One new innovation is powering artificial limbs with energy derived from solar power.

Advancing storage of solar energy in liquid form

An efficient way to store energy form solar power is in liquid form using chemicals, according to a new research. The stored energy can be transported and released as heat as required.

Gas stations soon to be provided directly by solar farms

Energy technologists have come up with a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen at a central point, miles away from the solar farm. If commercialized this method will lower the cost of producing hydrogen and also for shipping it.

Solar power sees a big growth spurt in the Southeastern U.S.

There are now 29 states in the U.S. with renewable energy initiatives, backed by residents who want to see more use of clean energy. Florida and North Carolina are two states where solar power is experiencing rapid growth.

Energy collecting windows edge closer to reality

Imagine if the windows in your home were able to collect energy and covert this into power to run your heating or home appliances, leading to annual energy cost savings. Such a technological feat is becoming closer. We take a look at the latest research.

'Solar revolution' is coming to Africa says Energy Chief

A "solar revolution" is coming to Africa, comparable in scale to the rapid increase in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, according to the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Three-pronged approach to electrical power generation

Much of the energy around us is wasted, such as the sunlight around us or the movements we make. What if this could be harnessed to create power to drive wearable devices and portable systems? Researchers have been looking into this.

Edging towards printable solar cells

Toronto - Imagine being able to print out your own solar cells? Or popping to a store and having solar panels fashioned to your specification within minutes? These processes are becoming close to reality.

China's NEA claims solar production more than doubled in 2016

Beijing - China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released its solar photovoltaic (PV) installation figures for the entire year of 2016 in mid-January, laying claim to being the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity.

Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

Fossil fuels will soon be a thing of the past as renewable energy sources are being embraced globally and the technologies behind electric cars, solar and wind power make them less costly to consumers.

Why home solar power should not be stored

Austin - For homes with solar power it might seem like a good idea to store the energy collected that isn’t needed for later use. However, a new report finds that storing solar energy for night-time use increases both energy consumption and emissions.

Manufacturing inexpensive solar cells through new technology

One of the leading renewable energy solutions is solar power. The application is hampered by energy conversion efficiency and restricted by where panels can be positioned. Organic superconductors address the efficiency issue.

Clean energy momentum in U.S continues as wind power soars

Clean energy's momentum continues into 2017 and beyond, and there is no stopping it, President Obama asserted in a thesis published in the journal Science on Monday.

Op-Ed: Scotland proves large scale community renewable energy works

Edinburgh - The fight for basic energy has taken a new twist with news from Scotland that they’ve increased local renewable power owned by communities. That is a big deal, and they’ve already exceeded their 2020 target, too.

Solar power has become the world's cheapest form of electricity

New statistics from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Thursday show that for the first time, solar power has become the cheapest form of electricity in the world.

Nanotechnology boosts solar power heating

Solar power, along with tidal power and wind power, represents the leading alternative energy technology. Scientists are seeking to improve efficiency and nanotechnology offers an answer.

Chinese firms to build solar plant in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Chernobyl - Two Chinese firms are planning to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor an area off limits since a devastating explosion contaminated the entire region with radiation in 1986.

New means of making cheap and effective solar cells

Physicists have found a method to manufacture low-cost and effective solar cells using the material perovskite. The method could provide the foundation for developing next-generation solar power.

New steps for low cost energy generation

Physicists have taken the first steps of generating lower cost ‘green’ electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials.

Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in energy contracts

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that they are cancelling the next round of renewable energy contracts for the province. They hope to save $3.8 billion in energy costs, in order to lighten the load on hydro customers.

Imploding bubbles create better solar cells

Growth in solar power technology continues and considerable research efforts are orientated towards making solar panels more efficient. A novel way of doing so involves the use of imploding bubbles.

Chernobyl nuclear site could become a giant solar farm

The Chernobyl nuclear power site was one of the most deadly in history. The abandoned area could not be turned into a giant solar power farm.
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Seacharger on display at local fair.
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The Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, Kentucky.
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Medium rooftop solar power installation on South Beach roof in 2012.
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