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Solar charge controller to improve efficiency of solar panels

charge controller

The simplest and easiest way to charge a battery with a solar panel is to connect the panel directly to the battery. Assuming the panel has a diode to prevent energy from flowing through it from the battery when there’s no sunlight. This is fairly common but not very efficient. Debasish Dutta has built a […]

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March 17th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Solar Shirt: the phone charger you can wear

solar shirt

Ever had the frustration of your phone, camera or GPS battery going flat when you’re out and about? That could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the Solar Shirt – the follow-up project after Wearable Solar. Created in collaboration by Holst Centre, TNO and renowned fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, the shirt […]

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March 16th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Natural silk can boost the performance of lithium-ion batteries

natural silk can boost lithium-ion batteries

A green material derived from natural silk can boost the performance of lithium-ion batteries used in portable gadgets and electric cars, scientists say. Carbon is a key component in commercial lithium-ion energy storage devices including batteries and supercapacitors. Most commonly, graphite fills that role, but it has a limited energy capacity, researchers said. To improve […]

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March 13th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,Asia,WORLD | Read More »

Solar panels stolen from Gloucestershire energy farm may be sold on

solar farm

Police have urged people in Gloucestershire to be aware of stolen solar panels being sold door-to-door. Panels worth several thousand pounds were taken from a Gloucestershire farm earlier this week. According to SouthWest Business, the theft happened in Bristol Road, Cambridge, between 9pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday. The thieves gained entry to the […]

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March 12th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,Europe,WORLD | Read More »

Unprecedented solar power boom in U.S.

solar power in U.S.

U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30 percent increase over the previous year and representing nearly $18 billion in new investment, according to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. According to Scientific American, the new power systems, comprising tens of thousands of photovoltaic (PV) arrays for […]

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March 11th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

Solar-powered space camera detects skin cancer on Earth

solar-powered space camera

Space-based cameras originally designed to combat famine in Africa by monitoring vegetation are being adapted to help detect diseases such as skin cancer. According to Red Orbit, the Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite’s high-speed camera and digital infrared sensors can be used with a standard medical scanner, allowing doctors to look deeper into human skin tissue and […]

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March 10th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Technology | Read More »

The first solar-powered round-the-World journey has begun

Solar Impulse 2

An historic attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered aircraft the weight of a minivan began Monday as the plane took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of its record-breaking journey. According to The Washington Post, the Swiss-made, single-seat plane left Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport just as the sun […]

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March 9th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics | Read More »

Traffic cops in Kinshasa? No, they now have solar-powered robocops!

solar-powered robocop

In Kinshasa, the teeming capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where drivers often flout traffic rules, five chunky, arm-waving robots equipped with cameras, lights and solar panels have been set up to watch over the roads. According to South China Morning Post, the solar-powered aluminium robots are huge, towering over the jammed streets, as […]

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March 6th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,Africa,WORLD | Read More »

Australian-first floating solar plant under construction in South

floating solar farm

An Australian-first floating solar power plant it may be operational in South Australia by early April, with construction about to begin. According to ABC News, the plant will float on a wastewater treatment facility in Jamestown in the state’s mid north. Felicia Whiting of Infratech Industries said the plant was designed so that much of […]

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March 5th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,BUSINESS,Market News | Read More »

Google aims to change mobile business with solar-powered internet drones

Google solar-powered drone

Google is working on Project Titan programme, which aims to provide internet services with solar-powered drones to four billion people in rural and remote areas who have no internet access. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Google senior vice-president Sundar Pichai said the lightweight drones will hover over certain areas, and serve […]

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March 4th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,BUSINESS,Market News | Read More »


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