January 31, 2011

Boston Power Assists Solar WorldGSM

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Vihaan Networks Ltd. and Boston Power are working together on VNL WorldGSM, a communication service that will soon be able to still work without its solar power source. Used in rural markets in places such as India, the microtelecom system is a complete solar powered GSM and broadband system. VNL's technology will use B-P's lithium-ion technology to back up storage on devices such as notebook batteries. This idea should become almost fully functional later this year.

Via Morningstar

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January 24, 2011

Solar3D Develops More Efficient System

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Solar3D is simply what its title implies. Because up to 30% of incident sunlight can bounce off regular solar cells, this technology traps the sun in micro-photovoltaic structures that collect photons that are converted into electrons. The system uses light management techniques currently utilized in fiber optics. Not only can this be used in have many different applications, the company claims that it will make solar power more efficient and affordable.

(Thanks, Monica and Jennifer)

Via Solar3D

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January 17, 2011

Solar Speed Record Broken by IVy

Students at the University of New South Wales built a solar-powered car that broke the current speed record. The Sunswift IV (aka IVy) hit 56.85 mph, beating the previous record of 40.09 mph set in 1987. What made this a great day for the team was not only the fact that they performed on a mostly cloudy day, the miniscule Ivy ran solely on sun power, no batteries allowed.

Via Popsci

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January 10, 2011

Solar Window Technology More Affordable

New Energy Technologies has announced a new type of technology that could be more efficient and lower priced than most solar power tech used today. Solar Window is a liquid, see thru compound that can be applied without a high-vacuum. Developed by a USF physics team, the resulting coating is less than 1/10th thick and uses what they claim are the "world's smallest functional solar cells." Between the lower cost and easier application, we think that NET may soon help make solar energy fit into more energy budgets.

(Thanks, Jerry)

Via NET

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January 3, 2011

Solar Powered Earthship Built in Haiti

We first saw the efficient Earthship on 'Nightline'. We were quite impressed with architect Michael Reynolds' vision and ability to make passive housing out of old tires, trashed appliances and plastic bottles. Although it takes an up front investment to make one for yourself, the result is a home that only costs $100.00 a year to run, and that's just for the propane for the stove.

The whole idea, says Reynolds, is to create a machine. Steel, cement, solar panels, recycled materials and a lot of sweat and tears makes one of these Earthships. But what really got to us is what he accomplished in 4 days in Haiti, where it seems that the people have been forgotten and many funds have gotten lost in a bureaucratic nightmare.

After collecting $7,000 and adding $3,000 of his own, he and his team built a small shelter there with Haitians doing most of the work. He plans to go back and build more Earthships this year, so if you have felt the need to do something for Haiti, volunteer, donate and pass the word.

Via Earthship

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