Transparent Solar Cells Could One Day Be Installed On Windows
In the future there is a very good chance our homes and offices could be powered by renewable sources of energy, such as solar. However the way most solar panels are designed these days could stand to use some improvement, such as their placement and their design, where right now it isn’t exactly easy for the average homeowner to install in their homes.
Your Solar Panels Could Help Power Other Homes During A Blackout
As solar panels draw energy from the sun to power homes and offices, in case you did not know, during a power outage, such devices are actually powered down due to safety reasons, which means that if you were hoping to rely on your solar panel to continue providing your home with energy during a blackout, you’d be mistaken.
Low-Income Homes In The UK To Get Free Solar Panels
Going green is great for the environment, like installing solar panels, battery packs for the home, driving electric cars, and so on. However sometimes going green can be expensive and in some instances, like electric cars, are a luxury that people who are on a minimum salary simply cannot afford.
Ikea Starts Selling Solar Panels And Home Batteries
Ikea is jumping on the renewable energy bandwagon that’s starting to signal a shift in the energy market. The furniture retailer has announced that it has started selling solar panels and batteries to customers in the United Kingdom. The products that it’s selling include panels that can be integrated with existing roofing solutions that are provided by Solarcentury, a solar solutions company based in the country.
India Debuts Their First Solar-Powered Train
As cars and trucks are motorbikes are starting to make the move towards greener options, such as going electric instead of consuming fuel, it looks like trains are headed towards that direction as well. In fact over in India, it seems that the country’s first solar-powered train has made its debut, bringing the country’s train network one step closer to more sustainable options.
You’ll Won’t Believe How Cute This Solar Farm Is
Solar farms are meant to be practical, where they help generate energy which can then be used to power homes, buildings, and so on. However who said that being practical does not mean that you can’t be cute as well? Because if so, it seems that China did not get the message.
This Light-Powered Robot Can Be Used To Clean Solar Cells
When was the last time you heard about someone washing the roof of their home? Sure there might be some, but for the most part since none of us really look at the roofs of our homes, we don’t really bother with it. This also means that if you have solar panels installed on the top, they can start to get pretty filthy.
Tesla To Eventually Transition Superchargers To Solar/Battery Power
Electric cars are great if you’re trying to do your part for the environment by consuming less fuel. However the only downside is that you need to charge your car, which in turn uses electricity, which some could argue kind of makes the whole point moot, but thankfully it looks like Tesla already has a plan.
Solar-Powered Device Can Harvest Fresh Water From The Air
If you live in a particularly humid environment, there’s a good chance you might have a dehumidifier. Basically this sucks water out of the air to help make your surroundings less humid, which can be rather uncomfortable as it makes you feel like you’re sweating all the time.
Tesla Unveils New Solar Panels For Your Roof
Last year Tesla took the wraps off their latest green efforts in the form of solar roof tiles. However this was aimed more towards customers who are either planning to do a major remodeling of their home or who are building one from scratch, which means that existing homeowners have to turn to other solar solutions.
SolSol’s Baseball Cap Comes With Built-In Solar Panels
Have you ever walked around and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if my hat could charge my phone at the same time?” If for whatever reason you have, then you might be interested in a baseball cap by SolSol which actually comes with solar panels built into the brim of the cap itself, which in turn actually lets you charge your mobile device.
New Solar Installations In The US Doubled In 2016
Given the finite nature of fossil fuels, this means that generating electricity the same way we’ve been doing it isn’t exactly a sustainable practice. This is why many are starting to turn towards alternative and sustainable forms of energy, whether it be from wind, water, or from the sun.
Tesla’s Solar Energy Station Will Power Hawaii At Night
Tesla’s interest in renewable energy isn’t new and we’ve seen the company come up with all kinds of ways to take advantage of solar, such as their solar roof tiles and the Powerwall Home Battery. However it looks like Tesla is also interested in the commercial application of solar energy as it has unveiled a new solar energy station that could power Hawaii at night.
Moto Mico Is An Upcoming Solar-Powered Battery Moto Mod
While battery packs are a great way to ensure that you always have a bit of extra juice on you where you go, the only downside is that once they’re depleted you not only have to charge your phone, but you’ll also have to charge the battery pack as well. This means more cables and more time spent charging.
Alphabet’s Solar-Powered Drone Project Is No More
You might recall that several years ago, Google (before they were known as Alphabet) had plans for a solar-powered drone. This was following their acquisition of drone company Titan in which Google then integrated the team into its Google X division, a part of the company that dabbled in all kinds of interesting projects such as their self-driving cars and Google Glass.
A Village In France Now Has The World’s First Solar Panel Road
The idea of integrating solar panels into roads isn’t new and in the past we have seen tests and trials being carried out. Now if you might recall, earlier this year the French government announced their plans for solar panel roads, and it looks like they have successfully deployed it in a Normandy village.
We Can Expect More Solar Panel Covered Roads In 2017
For the longest time ever, solar panels were typically placed on top of roofs to allow it to get access to as much sunlight as possible. However in recent times, various companies have been working to bring solar panels to roads where since a lot of surface area is covered by roads, it makes sense that solar panels could be placed there as well.
Elon Musk Says Tesla’s Solar Roof Will Cost Less Than Regular Roofs
Last month Tesla took the wraps off the company’s latest efforts, solar roof tiles. Basically the idea is that instead of installing ugly solar panels on top of the roofs of our houses, we can use these tiles which will do the same job, but blend right in. Also because of their design, you can use more of them to cover your entire home.
Tesla’s New Solar Roof Tiles Will Blend Right In
If you’ve ever seen solar panels installed on top of roofs of homes before, you know that for the most part they tend to stand out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately this is pretty much one of the few ways that one can install a solar panel for their home, and it also makes sense as it has more exposure to collect the energy from the sun.
Solar Roadways Launches Their First Public Test
Way back in 2010 we learnt about a project called Solar Roadways. The idea is that instead of solar panels being installed on the rooftops of buildings or homes, it could be installed on the roads where it could also be used to power things like LEDs on the road for markers and to serve as warnings/instructions.