Posts tagged: sun

Tiny Scottish Island Running Almost Entirely on Renewable Energy

Managed and maintained by the citizens themselves. By: David Nield If you want a template for making renewable energy work in the here and now, look no further than the Scottish island of Eigg, which is powered almost completely by wind, solar, and hydro technology. The off-grid electricity system on this 30-square-kilometre (12-square-mile) island has […]

Researchers have shown a new way to help solar cells track the sun as it moves across the sky, which could boost a panel’s energy generation by 40 percent.

By Mike Orcutt Most of the solar panels in the world sit on rooftops at a fixed angle, so they miss out on capturing energy during parts of every day. Now researchers have shown that by cutting solar cells into specific designs using kirigami, a variation of origami which entails cutting in addition to folding, […]

Luminant inks deal with SunEdison to bring more solar power to Texas grid

By: Jordan Blum More solar power will enter Texas’ power market next year to compete “apples to apples” with coal and gas power now that Dallas-based Luminant has signed the largest such deal in the country with SunEdison. Power generator Luminant will buy 116 megawatts — enough to power 58,000 homes during normal demand — […]

A Solar Orb: Will the Face of PV Panels Change in the Near Future?

Guest Post As the need for solar energy efficiency improvement continues to weigh heavily on the minds of developers, many innovative designs are coming into the spotlight. Recently, André Broessel posted a new project on Indiegogo to fuel his research and development of an orb solar energy device. Theoretically, the giant glass orb is more […]

Inventor Develops Way to Absorb Constant Solar Power

Though the sun is an abundant, ever-present source of energy for our planet, capturing this energy and using it to power our lives has proven harder for us than it has for plants. The problem lies in the technology we currently use to capture this energy. Solar panels are bulky, expensive, and unable to produce […]