solar

  • AU Optronics Unveils A Solar Touch Keyboard

    Move aside Logitech, there’s another solar keyboard in town. Earlier this week, Logitech introduced the K750, an $80 wireless, solar-powered keyboard made of recyclable plastic and billed as the world’s first solar keyboard. The K750 may be first but it certainly won’t be the last. This Wednesday, Taiwan’s AU Optronics released details on its own solar keyboard solution… Read More

  • Logitech K750 Is The World's First Solar Keyboard

    Ah, mother sun: you give us maize, you give us warmth, and in the summer you give us just a little color, not too much, just maybe a little around the shoulders so we look like we went outside. Now you can charge our keyboards! The $80 Logitech K750 is the first solar keyboard built of fully recyclable plastic. The device has a set of solar panels along the top edge and even includes a luxmeter… Read More

  • Even If Solar Grows 30X, It Will Only Be 4% Of America's Power Capacity

    Even If Solar Grows 30X, It Will Only Be 4% Of America's Power Capacity

    For all the talk about solar, the US market for solar power still has a long way to go before it makes a real dent in the country’s overall power capacity. On Monday morning, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a major aggregator of green industry data released a few key projections: the US solar market is on track to grow 30x to 44 gigawatts by 2020 and could make up 4.3% of America’s… Read More

  • Innovalight Chief Awarded For Making Solar Cells (And Industry) More Efficient


    The chief executive and president of Innovalight, Conrad Burke, won the 2010 Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award, the companies announced today, following the ceremony in Dublin, Ireland earlier this week. The award recognizes “entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses” according to an E&Y press… Read More

  • Driving Down The Cost Of Solar, 1366 Technologies Raises $20 Million

    Before solar can become mainstream, the cost of producing the industry’s basic component, the solar wafer, will need to drop dramatically. Solar startup, 1366 Technologies is trying to do just that by innovating the manufacturing process with the hope of generating energy from “solar at the cost of coal” — a tag line prominently displayed on 1366’s… Read More

  • Now I Want A Solar Tuk-Tuk

    There was some chatter a couple months ago about the possibility of solar-powered tuk-tuks — you know, the little three-wheeled mini-vehicles used all over Asia. But the pictures were bad and the idea was still in execution. No longer! Read More

  • Solarve: Sanyo Shows World's First Solar Cell-Equipped Bus

    Sanyo in Japan today announced [JP] what it says is the world’s first solar-cell-equipped public bus, the Solarve (which stands for Solar Vehicle). The bus was unveiled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a Japanese transportation and logistics company called Ryobi [JP]. The Solarve is essentially a city bus with solar cells on top that generate power for its interior LED lights. Read More

  • Self-Cleaning Solar Panels Could Boost Efficiency

    The $24 billion solar panel market could use a good dusting. The benefits of solar energy are well-known, but what’s rarely mentioned is its nemesis: dust. Even a little bit—one-seventh of an ounce per square yard—can weaken a panel’s power conversion by 40%. To tackle the problem, scientists looked to Mars, where similar technology was developed for space missions to… Read More

  • Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    What’s cooler than a rotating house? One whose solar panels produce five times the energy the house uses. That’s pretty incredible, considering that even zero-energy structures are rare. German architect Rolf Disch built the home, called Heliotrope, to follow the sun throughout the day. The structure features triple panes of thermally insulated glass to strike a balance between… Read More

  • Alternative Energy: A Guide To Greening Your Home

    Alternative energy is a growing market, and though many states offer tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to promote clean energy, it can still prove to be an expensive proposition. It generally also requires plugging your energy source into the grid so you’re not left in the dark when the wind calms or the sun lingers behind clouds. Here is a roundup of solutions that can help power… Read More

  • Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Airplanes release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere and require enormous amounts of fuel to fly. A Boeing 747 can consume up to five gallons of fuel per mile. But what if planes could be powered by electricity? Though they won’t replace passenger airliners anytime soon, small, zero-emission, electric planes are flying today. Engineers have been pursing electric flight for decades. Read More