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Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

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Renewable Energy

This solar-powered plane is as big as a 747 and weighs as much as a 'family car'

According to Bloomberg, it's as big as a Boeing 747 but weighs only as much as a "family car."<p>It's the Solar Impulse, an aircraft that powered by light — but that can still soar in darkness because it uses batteries to store energy gathered during daytime flight.<p>It isn't exactly supersonic, …

Aviation

6 unexpected places to find solar power - MarketWatch

Slide 1 of 8<p>A rooftop dotted with solar panels isn’t unusual anymore. And many recall calculators and watches powered by sun rays.<p>But how about a …

Clean Energy

Under the sun: Australia's largest solar farm set to sprout in a Queensland field

A sea of glass panels may soon be sprawling across a paddock in Queensland’s Darling Downs cranking out two gigawatts of energy – 100 times more than the largest solar farm in Australia today – and a former top flight barrister is the unusual shining light behind its development<p>As a barrister …

Renewable Energy

Flower Power: Advancing Solar Panels With Nature

<i>This article was originally published in September 2012 on the Energy Realities blog.</i><p>Solar power stations take up a lot of room. They need either vast arrays of photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight directly into electricity, or of mirrors, which direct it towards a boiler, in order to raise …

Clean Energy

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Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Clean Energy

One of the world’s largest activist hedge funds has made a $152 million bet on Britain’s solar power industry

One of the world’s largest activist hedge funds has made a bet worth nearly £100m on Britain’s solar power industry, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.<p>Elliott Capital Advisors, the UK arm of the American hedge fund, has put money into half a dozen unnamed projects capable of generating about 85 …

Renewable Energy

Apple is building a solar-powered data “command center” in Arizona

Apple’s sapphire plant project in Arizona didn’t work out, so Apple is investing another $2 billion to convert the facility into a massive data center, the Wall Street Journal’s Daisuke Wakabayashi reports (paywall):<p>The company plans to employ 150 full-time Apple staff at the Mesa, Arizona, …

John Gruber

Solar power in the UK almost doubled in 2014

Installed solar photovoltaic capacity grows from 2.8GW to nearly 5GW as industry hails ‘milestone achievement’<p>Solar power almost doubled in the last year, with 650,000 installations ranging from solar farms to panels on homes, figures showed.<p>By the end of 2014 there was almost five gigawatts (5GW) …

Renewable Energy

Africa's new breed of solar energy entrepreneurs

<b>African economies may be booming, but continued growth and quality of life are being jeopardised by lack of power.</b><p>The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas.<p>The …

India Gets Obama’s Backing for $160 Billion Solar Push

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India

The shape of things to come: the solar powered car of the future

Meet EVA — the latest racing car. EVA has an elegant shape, with aerodynamics worthy of any of the cars which race in Formula One. The difference is …

Energy

That Solar-Powered Plane Is Almost Ready for Its Round-the-World Flight

As soon as next month, a single-seat, solar-powered plane with a wingspan longer than that of a Boeing 747 will take off on a five-month journey …

Solar Panels Floating on Water Will Power Japan's Homes

More solar power plants are being built on water, but is this such a good idea?<p>Nowadays, bodies of water aren't necessarily something to build around—they're something to build <i>on</i>. They sport not just landfills and man-made beaches but also, in a nascent global trend, massive solar power …

Renewable Energy

Solar power drives renewable energy investment boom in 2014

Global clean energy investment leapt 16% in 2014 led by solar power surge in US and China - but Europe lags behind<p>Global investment in clean energy jumped 16% in 2014, boosted by fast-growing solar power in the US and China. Solar, whose costs have plummeted in recent years, attracted over half the …

Renewable Energy

BMW solar roof helps i3 drivers even when sun isn't shining

At the Consumer Electronics Show, BMW has announced a release window for its i Wallbox Pro that unites domestic solar power and the electricity grid. The box itself was shown off during last year's i8 drives and it rests inside a solar carport to control the simultaneous delivery of both solar …

Clean Energy

How solar power and electric cars could make suburban living a bargain

WASHINGTON — The suburbs have had it rough in the last few years. The 2008-2009 economic collapse led to waves of foreclosures in suburbia, as home prices plummeted. More recently, census data suggest that Americans are actually shifting back closer to city centers, often giving up on the dream of …

Electric Vehicles

India Is Going To Build The Largest Solar Power Plant In The World

India is making a massive commitment to the solar industry and it may be poised to have the world's largest solar power plant with plans for a 750 MW project.<p>India's "ultra mega solar power plants" are part of a 25 GW plant to make the country a solar powerhouse.<p>For some perspective, that's enough …

Renewable Energy

How Solar Power Could Slay the Fossil Fuel Empire by 2030

A Stanford business professor predicts that today’s energy and automobile industries will be swept away in just over a decade by solar and wind power, and electric cars.<p>​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over. A …

Renewable Energy

UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid

Landmead in Oxfordshire is capable of powering 14,000 homes from panels on land used for grazing, says company running facility<p>The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire.<p>The 46MW Landmead solar farm, in East Hanney near …

Farming

Following A Greener Path: What You Must Understand About Solar Power

Going forward, people will be using oil less and less. Luckily, you can join this transition by making good use of clean, renewable solar energy …

Corporate America Is Turning Its Rooftops Into Solar Panels

Rooftop space is among the most wasted space in the country, but solar energy is quickly changing that.<p>According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, if all of the residential and commercial rooftops were covered with solar panels the U.S. could produce 819 TW-hr of electricity annually, or …

Renewable Energy

7 solar wonders of the world

Solar energy is clean, reliable, abundant and an affordable alternative to fossil fuels - but not only that, solar is also cool. Check out our …

Renewable Energy

World's largest solar farm is up and running in California

The world's largest solar plant is up and running in California, with the completion of Topaz, a 550 megawatt plant; the Topaz solar project …

Renewable Energy

Solar-Powered, Glow in the Dark Bicycle Path Opens in the Netherlands

The world’s first solar-powered, glow in the dark bicycle path opened today in the Netherlands city of Eindhoven. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path …

Cycling

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient – a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that …

Renewable Energy

Here comes the sun: America's solar boom, in charts

Renewable Energy