Category: Solar Energy

Tesla’s solar roof sets Elon Musk’s grand clean-energy ambitions into motion

Tesla has begun taking orders for its transformative new solar roof, the final piece for Elon Musk’s grand clean-energy ambition – combining solar power, home batteries, and electric cars.

Source: Tesla’s solar roof sets Elon Musk’s grand clean-energy ambitions into motion

You Can Now Buy Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles (If You’re Very Rich) | IFLScience | Cheaper in time and IP

Tesla has begun selling its Solar Roof tiles as it tries to revolutionize solar powered homes, with a promise of an infinite warranty that protects the til

Source: You Can Now Buy Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles (If You’re Very Rich) | IFLScience

Northern Lights: Large-Scale Solar Power Is Spreading Across the U.S. – Yale E360

Once largely confined to the sunny Southwest, utility-scale solar power plants are now being built everywhere from Minnesota to Alabama to Maine. Aided by plunging costs and improving technologies, these facilities are expected to provide a big boost to U.S. solar energy production.

Source: Northern Lights: Large-Scale Solar Power Is Spreading Across the U.S. – Yale E360

Tesla says its batteries could fix Australia’s energy problems in 100 days

They are only starting to gain a foothold in the Australian market, but could batteries provide a near overnight solution to the energy woes that have hit South Australia and risk spreading east?

Source: Tesla says its batteries could fix Australia’s energy problems in 100 days

All Dutch Electric Trains are Wind-Powered & other Advances Trump’s US will Miss out On

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Although Donald Trump has complained about America’s failing airports, bridges and …

Source: All Dutch Electric Trains are Wind-Powered & other Advances Trump’s US will Miss out On

Aboriginal-owned energy company one-upping Tesla | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Australian Aboriginal-owned company AllGrid Energy has launched WattGrid, a new 10kWh solar energy storage system it says is around 30 per cent cheaper than Tesla Powerwall.

Source: Aboriginal-owned energy company one-upping Tesla | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Developer of $20 million Australian-first solar thermal pilot plant predicts sunny future under Turnbull – Localisation Information – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An Australian company says its new solar thermal technology could produce power more cheaply than coal

Source: Developer of $20 million Australian-first solar thermal pilot plant predicts sunny future under Turnbull – Localisation Information – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal : Renew Economy

 

 

 

West Australia energy minister says the future is in solar, noting that it is cheap, democratic, and was likely to displace the state’s ageing coal generators. And this man used to head the IPA!

Source: W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal : Renew Economy

This Transparent Solar Cell Could Make Every Window A Power Source

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A new transparent solar cell that could be used as a window was recently developed by researchers at Michigan State University.

This is a feat that was once thought to be impossible, because traditional solar panels absorb light and turn it into energy, but a transparent surface is not typically able to absorb light.

To make a transparent solar cell, researchers opted for a different system called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC), which contains organic salts that absorb specific non-visible wavelengths of ultraviolet and infrared light. This light is then guided towards traditional photovoltaic solar cells which are able to trap the energy and convert it into electricity.

Not only can this material be used for windows, but it can also be used for displays on electronic devices, giving them another source of power and potentially extending their energy life significantly.