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Solar Skylight Illuminates the Future

Deep in the heart of Silicon Valley, an office building home to Google is about to become a prototype for a cleantech product that’s capable of harvesting the sun’s power in a whole new way. The product in question is EnFocus Engineering’s Diamond-Power panel—a high-tech module that’s one part skylight, one part solar panel.

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5 years ago
Katie Fehrenbacher 5 years ago
Katie Fehrenbacher

Today in Green IT: solar-powered cell phone networks

While we take a stable electrical grid for granted in the developed world, that’s often not a certainty in the developing world, which can make running a business quite difficult. Airtel Nigeria has complained that 70 percent of its wireless downtime results from power supply issues. So with that in mind, the company has signed a deal with Ericson to upgrade 250 of its diesel powered cell stations with solar generation in an attempt to go green and also to access a stable off grid power source. I’m…

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Katie Fehrenbacher 5 years ago
Ucilia Wang 5 years ago
Matylda Czarnecka

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 be land-locked. The devices can be made using recycled materials and, by attaching the units to underwater mooring, can be…

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5 years ago
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Solar Power Goes Viral

Catching a nasty virus certainly isn’t on anyone’s holiday wish list, but for solar power it might be just what the doctor ordered. With the help of a genetically modified virus, materials researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to boost the efficiency of one type of thin-film photovoltaic cell by 30 percent.

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5 years ago
Ucilia Wang 5 years ago
nsercpvin 5 years ago
Devindra Hardawar

A sunny day for Google, invests $94M in solar power projects

While the implosion of solar power company Solyndra has seemingly cast a shadow on the viability of the solar industry, that hasn’t stopped Google from investing $94 million in photovoltaic (generating power through solar radiation) projects in California. Google says it’s investing the funds in four photovoltaic projects near Sacramento, Calif. which are being built by Recurrent Energy. The investment brings Google’s total clean tech portfolio to over $915 million. At this rate, Google’s clean tech…

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