Tesla activates its large solar energy project in Hawaii

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Tesla has completed installation on its new solar project Tesla has activated its new large-scale solar energy system, which has been built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This week, the company announced that it had successfully completed installing the systems needed to power the 13 megawatt project. The project, at peak performance, is expected to generate 52 megwatt-hours of electrical power, further increasing the rapidly growing solar energy capacity that is being built in Hawaii. Electricity provided by new solar energy project is less expensive than oil The Kauai…

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Tesla shows off its new solar energy solution

Tesla continues to break into the solar energy market with new glass tiles Acclaimed automaker Tesla has very ambitious plans for clean transportation, but this may pale in comparison to the company’s new efforts in the solar energy market. The company has unveiled a new range of textured glass tiles. What sets these glass tiles apart from others is that they are affixed with solar cells. Moreover, these solar cells are almost indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts. This makes gives them a type of “camouflage” quality, which could make them…

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New project using solar power to bring food to desert in Tunisia

The Tunisian government has approved a project that aims to grow food in the Sahara. Growing food in the desert isn’t easy, which is a problem for Tunisia, considering 75% of the country is covered in desert. However, a new cutting-edge agriculture project that is funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, is working on building a $30 million facility, which will use solar power and desalination technology to grow food in the Sahara Desert. The Sahara Forest Project aims to grow 10 hectares of food in the desert. The Sahara…

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MIT researchers develop new material that may improve the solar energy space

New material can be used to store heat produced by solar energy systems and the sun itself Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new material that can store heat generate by solar energy systems. With solar power becoming more popular, researchers throughout the world have been working to find ways to make this form of energy more efficient and add value to solar power systems that will take form in the future. The new material could be used to ensure that heat generated by solar…

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Science breakthrough could result in cheaper solar power

Molecules that contain iron could capture energy from sunlight. Swedish researchers from Lund University have discovered a new method for capturing energy from sunlight that involves the use of molecules that contain iron, and their discovery may lead to cheaper and more eco-friendly solar power applications. The researchers have produced an iron-based dye capable of transforming sunlight into electrons. Researchers from Lund University’s Chemistry Department collaborated with Uppsala University, and successfully produced an iron-based dye that can convert light into electrons with almost 100 percent efficiency. According to a press…

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Umbrellas used as solar battery charger

American University Students bring solar-powered umbrella to campus. While umbrellas have traditionally been used as protection against rain and from the sun, now, a special type of umbrella found at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, can be used as a solar battery charger for mobile phones. The power of the sun collected from the top of the umbrellas is delivered to a battery charging station. The umbrellas gather energy from the sun via solar collectors, which line the ribs on the tops of the large umbrellas. According…

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New solar panel concept inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art

The new concept could maximize the efficiency of solar cells. Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a new type of solar panel that looks somewhat like a lattice with the ability to stretch like an accordion, which enables it to capture more energy from the sun by tilting along the sun’s trajectory. The inspiration for the design came from Japanese paper-cutting art known as Kirigami. These solar cells can capture energy that is otherwise lost by traditional PV panels. One of the main problems with conventional solar arrays…

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Solar energy generation improved by new method

American researchers have found a way to increase low-energy infrared protons to enable them to produce power inside PV cells. A recently published study revealed that researchers from the University of California Riverside (UCR), have discovered a new and innovative approach to solar energy that could significantly boost the quantity of light that is available to traditional solar panels; a method that could take infrared light, which is currently inaccessible, and transform it into visible light. The new technique could make current solar panels up to 30% more efficient. The…

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Solar energy sector to reach $803 million by 2020 in the US

Study highlights the growth of solar power in the United States GTM Research has released a new study, which was produced with the aid of SoliChamba Consulting, that predicts the growth of the photovoltaic sector in the United States. The country has become quite fond of solar energy, which is becoming a larger focus for utilities throughout the U.S. as an alternative to fossil-fuels. Solar projects are becoming more common and the value of the photovoltaic sector is on the rise, which is expected to have a significant economic impact….

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Tesla Motors unveils solar power storage system

A collection of batteries for homes and businesses was unveiled by Elon Musk. Tesla Motors, the well-known manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles, has revealed that it is venturing into the solar power storage market and is working toward meeting the challenge of how to use solar energy when the sun is not shining via a suite of solar battery backup systems designed for utilities, businesses, and homeowners. The Tesla Powerwall consumer battery was derived from the batteries Tesla uses in is Model S EVs. A spokesperson from Tesla, Khobi Brooklyn,…

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Solar energy to power Japan’s future

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan. It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power. One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down. After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to…

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Solar power plants to be built in China by Apple

Apple Inc. to work with SunPower Corp. to build 40 MW of solar energy projects in Chinese province. The two companies intend to build two solar power projects in Sichuan province, which will result in a total capacity of 40 MW (megawatts) and, once complete, the project will be owned by Apple and SunPower’s project development joint venture, Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co Ltd. The projects are expected to be completed in Q4 2015. It is anticipated that the projects will provide as much as 80 million kWh (kilowatt-hours)…

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New solar energy projects to take root in Utah

SunEdison will be developing three new utility-scale project in southern Utah Three utility-scale solar projects will be taking form in southern Utah. These projects will be developed by SunEdison and will boast of a combined energy capacity of 210 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power approximately 36,000 homes in the state. SunEdison currently has 570 megawatts of solar energy projects in development, with another 306 megawatts of wind energy projects being developed in the state. Utah has shown strong interest in renewable energy and has been providing support…

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Solar energy capacity is growing in Vermont

Report shows that Vermont’s solar capacity is growing quickly Vermont has made promising progress in bolstering its solar energy capacity, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report highlights the growth of solar capacity throughout the United States, but notes that Vermont has become a very promising market for solar energy developers. The U.S. solar market is showing healthy signs of growth as more states move to embrace clean energy for economic and environmental reasons. State installed 38 MW of solar energy capacity last year,…

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By 2050 solar power could be one of the world’s cheapest energy sources

German experts say solar energy has a very promising future. Although solar power still makes up only a small share of net electricity production around the globe, if Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende is right, this source of renewable energy will play a much more important role in the future and could become a cheaper energy source than coal or gas. Cost has been the primary obstacle standing in the way of the widespread adoption of solar energy. Photovoltaic systems are not cheap and this is one of the major…

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Solar energy company launches new service called GridLogic

SolarCity launches new service that aims to combine solar energy with battery storage SolarCity, a leading solar energy company, has launched a new service called GridLogic. The service is meant to “deliver and balance” energy for communities, with a focus on the microgrid. Microgrids are small-scale versions of an energy infrastructure that have specific goals, such as focusing on reliability, sustainability, and emissions reduction. GridLogic is meant to be available worldwide, helping communities take advantage of the benefits of a microgrid. GridLogic could be a boon for remote communities around…

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