Solar Power

  • ‘Solar Voyager’ autonomous boat looks to make history in sun-powered journey across the Atlantic

    ‘Solar Voyager’ autonomous boat looks to make history in sun-powered journey across the Atlantic

    About 200 miles due east of Boston, a robotic boat is putting along at a walking pace on what could be an historic journey across the entire Atlantic. “Solar Voyager,” built by two friends in their spare time, would be the first autonomous vessel to cross that ocean — and the first one to cross any ocean using solar power alone. Read More

  • Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

    Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

    An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

  • SolarCity Beats Q4 Estimates, But Stock Plunges 30 Percent On Soft Outlook

    SolarCity Beats Q4 Estimates, But Stock Plunges 30 Percent On Soft Outlook

    SolarCity, which is down more than 50 percent over the past year, just released its Q4 2015 earnings. The market has reacted negatively, with the stock trading down about 30 percent after-hours at a price of around $17.50 per-share. While Q4 revenue of $115M and loss of $2.37 per share beat estimates of $111M in revenue and a loss of $2.59 per share, the company’s Q1 2016 forecast… Read More

  • SolarCity Acquires Silevo To Become A Large-Scale Solar Panel Producer

    SolarCity Acquires Silevo To Become A Large-Scale Solar Panel Producer

    Elon Musk’s SolarCity has acquired Silevo, a solar panel manufacturing and design firm that produces low-cost, high-output photovoltaic cells, the company announced today. The deal will help SolarCity “achieve a breakthrough” in solar power pricing thanks to “massive economies of scale,” according to a blog post on the SolarCity website. Already, the company… Read More

  • Apple Patents Solar Panels Integrated Into Flexible Touch Displays

    Apple Patents Solar Panels Integrated Into Flexible Touch Displays

    Apple has a new patent that could pave the way for future solar-powered mobile devices, according to AppleInsider. The new intellectual property describes a method for embedding a solar array within a layer that includes touch sensors, and which can all be fit within a flexible display module, in order to save space in its ever-shrinking electronic devices. The patent is a modified version of… Read More

  • Apple Looking Into Practical Solar Charging For Notebooks, iOS Devices

    Apple Looking Into Practical Solar Charging For Notebooks, iOS Devices

    A new patent application published by the USPTO this week indicates that Apple has been thinking about how to practically deliver the benefits of solar power to mobile devices, without requiring clumsy and gigantic external convertors. Solar charging is still fairly fringe when it comes to the general gadget-using population, but Apple’s patent, filed originally in 2012, looks like it… Read More

  • Apple Exploring Alternative Wind Power Technology And Motion-Control Mac Mice

    Apple Exploring Alternative Wind Power Technology And Motion-Control Mac Mice

    Apple’s patent filings today reveal one concept outside their usual product-focused applications, detailing a method for harnessing wind power in a manner different from that employed in traditional turbines. Electricity gathered from a wind turbine would be converted to heat energy and stored in a “low-heat capacity fluid” in Apple’s patent, allowing it to be tapped… Read More

  • The Electree+, A Solar-Powered, Induction Charging Bonsai Tree Hits Kickstarter

    The Electree+, A Solar-Powered, Induction Charging Bonsai Tree Hits Kickstarter

    Induction charging seems ready for its time in the spotlight, with the Nexus 4, Droid DNA and Lumia 920 all shipping with wireless charging based on the Qi standard built-in. Now a concept design that offers solar-powered wireless charging cleverly hidden inside a futuristic looking bonzai tree hopes to become a reality with the help of Kickstarter. Read More

  • The Long Hard Road To The Edge

    The Long Hard Road To The Edge

    A Year In The Life Of An Entrepeneur 1. July 2010: Ready: Set: Delaware, the state with the lowest highest point. David Argentar, a biochemist by training and bioinformaticist by trade, has launched a startup. Of sorts. Well – more of a hobby, he’d be the first to admit. He has no business plan, no investors, no employees. All he really has, in fact, is an idea and a pending patent. Read More

  • Power To The People

    Power To The People

    As I type this, a UPS beeps furiously behind me, and the growl of half-a-dozen diesel generators is audible down the street. I’m in Leh, a city nestled in a Himalayan valley surrounded by 6,000-metre / 20,000-foot peaks, the fast-growing capital of India’s northernmost territory Ladakh. It’s clearly outgrown its electrical capacity; power cuts hit several times a… Read More

  • Could This Be The First Solar Powered Laptop?


    While there are plenty of solar-powered peripherals that plug into your laptop to boost its battery power, we haven’t yet seen a model that runs solely on solar. Industrial Designer Andrea Ponti‘s concept for the Luce Solar Panel Powered PC could become the greenest laptop ever made. Read More

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