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Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

The sun puts out all the clean and free electricity that we could ever need and the big problem in harnessing it is the low efficiency of solar panels today. Much of the solar energy that hits solar panels in use today isn’t turned into electricity. Researchers are constantly working to improve solar panel efficiency and recently researchers from Aalto University and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have set a new record for the most efficient solar panel.

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Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

The Coca-Cola company is working to ensure that all the plastic bottles that it produces for its soft drinks are recyclable and don’t end up buried in a landfill somewhere for eternity. The PET plastic the bottles are made from is intended to be recyclable and are used in all sorts of products including automobile interiors. Misfit, the company behind the fitness monitor called Shine has announced a new accessory for the fitness monitor that aims to give users a new way to wear the monitor.

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Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Today there are a number of wind turbines placed around the US and around the world. These turbines all have some sort of blades that spin like an airplane's propeller to create electricity without having to burn coal. The turbines are so common that many people no longer even notice them as they go about their daily lives. A big change may be coming to the design of wind turbines of the future and the future may have no blades.

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Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

This week Tesla made a big announcement with a new Tesla Energy arm that aims to produce batteries that can be used in homes to store power. While that early announcement focused mainly on consumer applications, there are also some serious commercial applications for the battery tech Tesla Energy has. Amazon Web Services has announced that it has started a pilot of the new stackable battery units Tesla unveiled.

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Drumi cleans clothes with no power and little water

Drumi cleans clothes with no power and little water

In most homes, a significant amount of water and electricity is allotted to operating washing machines and drying clothes. That's all fine and good in areas where there is plenty of water and reliable electricity. For people who want to go green and reduce electricity use while saving water, cleaning clothes can be done with an interesting new device called the Drumi.

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Progress Eagle concept imagines zero-emissions air travel

Progress Eagle concept imagines zero-emissions air travel

We’ve seen a number of vehicular concepts, but some have turned their sights to the sky and envisioned what the future of traveling amongst the clouds might look like. Previously a futuristic design for the AWWA Sky Whale concept was introduced, and now its designer — Oscar Vinals — has updated his own ambitions, creating a new concept called the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle. It’s a triple-decker zero-emissions plane, and were it to be made it would be able to carry around 800 passengers.

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Solarbike has solar panel wheels

Solarbike has solar panel wheels

In many big cities, citizens don’t have cars and the only way to get around it to walk or use public transportation. People who live too far away from work to walk and don’t want to spend lots of money on public transport can also ride bikes. The catch is that peddling can leave you a sweaty mess before you get to work. This has led to the invention of electric bikes.

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