solar

  • 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

  • Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower Corporation. The fund, which will also include $150 million from SunPower, is meant to enable a scheme that is similar to what other residential… Read More

  • Apple Said To Be Exploring Inductive Charging And Solar Power In iWatch Testing

    Apple Said To Be Exploring Inductive Charging And Solar Power In iWatch Testing

    Apple’s work on an upcoming smartwatch includes explorations of induction charging and solar-powered batteries, according to a new report from the New York Times. As part of a larger piece about battery tech in general, the NYT revealed that Apple has been working on tests involving wireless induction charging for the smartwatch, and methods for incorporating solar panels into the display… Read More

  • Solar Mosaic Gets $2 Million DOE Grant To Build Out Crowdfunding Site For Solar Projects

    Solar Mosaic Gets $2 Million DOE Grant To Build Out Crowdfunding Site For Solar Projects

    Solar Mosaic, a startup that’s aiming to be the “Kickstarter for solar projects,” has been awarded a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Sunshot Initiative. Solar Mosaic, which also goes by simply Mosaic, is building an online platform that facilitates crowdfunding of solar projects. Last month the Oakland, California-based company closed on a… Read More

  • Apple’s “Project Dolphin” Green Energy Facility In North Carolina Among Nation’s Biggest

    Apple’s “Project Dolphin” Green Energy Facility In North Carolina Among Nation’s Biggest

    Word got around way back in the middle of 2010 that Apple was building a monster data center near Maiden, South North Carolina. Later, it was shown to be hosting a ton of Nuance software, for obvious reasons. Less widely reported was the fact that nearby, scores of acres were being cleared for a solar array. Now, it turns out that solar array will be the largest “end user-owned… Read More

  • New Hybrid Solar Cells Harness More Of The Sun’s Light Spectrum

    New Hybrid Solar Cells Harness More Of The Sun’s Light Spectrum

    Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK have found a way to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells by as much as 25% through harnessing more of the sun’s spectrum than most traditional silicon-based solar cells can. Read More

  • Marine Solar Cells Make The Most Of Sun And Waves

    Marine Solar Cells Make The Most Of Sun And Waves

    In an unusual hybrid, British industrial designer Phil Pauley created Marine Solar Cells that harness energy from both the sun and water. The web of energy generators capture energy off-shore, using a combination of floating photovoltaics and natural buoyancy displacement. Thanks to the reflective nature of water, the solar component’s efficiency is up to 20% greater than it would… Read More

  • Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solaria Announces Partnership With Service Provider Meteocontrol

    Solar manufacturer Solaria and solar performance monitoring software and hardware provider meteocontrol have today announced a partnership that will see meteocontrol’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM) monitoring system added to Solaria’s projects. The system aims to help Solaria’s customers increase their solar yields through remote management. Read More

  • GE To Build Largest U.S. Solar Factory In Colorado

    GE To Build Largest U.S. Solar Factory In Colorado

    GE has announced plans to spend $600 million on a new solar factory located in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado. The factory, which begins operations in 2012, will be capable of producing enough solar panels per year to generate 400 megawatts of power, or enough energy to power 80,000 homes. When completed, the factory will be bigger than 11 football fields – soon to be the… Read More

  • Why Did Solyndra Fail So Spectacularly?

    Why Did Solyndra Fail So Spectacularly?

    The spectacular failure of solar manufacturer Solyndra is being held up by some as a shining example of the Obama administration’s failure to properly manage government subsidies after its collapse left taxpayers with $535 million in federally guaranteed loans. But Solyndra’s failure on its own is not remarkable. There are always risks involved when you’re introducing… Read More

  • Despite Solyndra, U.S. Solar Up 69%

    Despite Solyndra, U.S. Solar Up 69%

    In 2010, the U.S. installed 887 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV), up 104% from the 435 MW installed in 2009, according to a new recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. However, the U.S. market’s share of global installations fell to 5.1%, down from 6.0% in 2009. In the end of 2011, that’s expected to change, thanks to slowdowns… Read More

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