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Alta Devices unveils world’s lightest solar charging mats, aims them at the military

Alta Devices unveils world’s lightest solar charging mats, aims them at the military

Alta Devices has announced "the future of mobile power," claiming to have the world's lightest, most high-density military solar charging mats. Such technology has the potential to change a soldier's every day life, with about a third of their very heavy loads - which can exceed 100 pounds - being caused by batteries. By using their charging mats, Alta Devices claims to be able to reduce pack load weight by 25lbs.

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Scientists develop first all-carbon solar cell

Scientists develop first all-carbon solar cell

Scientists at Stanford University have built the world's first all-carbon solar cell. Because carbon offers a combination of low cost and high performance, it is a viable alternative to current photovoltaic materials, which are expensive. This new solar cell is made from materials such as carbon nanotubes and "buckyballs".

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Scientists develop printable liquid solar cells

Scientists develop printable liquid solar cells

Scientists at the University of Southern California have developed new solar cells in the form of a liquid that can be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The new technology is cheap to produce and relies on stable solar nanocrystals that are only four nanometers in size, which is so small you could fit 250 billion on the head of a pin. These particles are then suspended in liquid like pigment and can be printed like ink.

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Nokia tests show solar-powered phone not practical

Nokia tests show solar-powered phone not practical

Nokia has finished a research project that's been testing the feasibility of harvesting solar energy to power a mobile phone. The test involved five prototype feature phones equipped with built-in solar chargers that were distributed to various regions around the world to test under different climate conditions. Overall, Nokia finds that solar-powered phones are possible but very challenging and, at its current state, impractical.

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Solar satellite plan blasts fossil fuels with eco-laser

Solar satellite plan blasts fossil fuels with eco-laser

A study group of the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris this week has published a study which notes that in as little as 30 years we could be meeting our global power needs by harvesting the sun's solar energy with satellites. This group notes that with seed money from the government, orbiting power plants will be "technically feasible" within a decade or two, each plant able to beam solar energy back to Earth for use by citizens across it. Of course all of this is without a specific road map or exact scientific architecture it seems, but it seems like a good time!

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Samsung reveals Solar Powered Internet School for Africa

Samsung reveals Solar Powered Internet School for Africa

When technology giants like Samsung get it in their minds that they've got a mission to save the world, one might expect such epic wins as this Solar Powered Internet School to come to fruition. That's just what's happened this week as Samsung notes its first Solar Powered Internet School unit is currently undergoing pilot testing at the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Boksberg and will be shipped out to other regions within months. Ship em all!

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13 year old Scientist Makes Solar Power Breakthrough

13 year old Scientist Makes Solar Power Breakthrough

The manufactured collection of solar power has been a regular staple in our everyday environmentally friendly means of collecting power docket for quite a few years now. Our method of doing so, of collecting that power with a bit flat array of solar panels to collect the sun's energy. There's a little man by the name of Aidan Dwyer who may have just changed the way we look at collecting solar power forever this year as he created an contraption that closely replicates how trees collect solar power to create the most effective means for doing so in history. This little guy is 13 years old.

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Google teams with SolarCity to make solar affordable for home owners

Google teams with SolarCity to make solar affordable for home owners

Google is big into things outside of its traditional purview of search technology. One of the categories that Google has invested heavily in is solar power. Google purchased 49% of a German solar power plant in April of this year and is working hard on solar initiatives at home too. One of the initiatives for solar with Google is the new partnership with SolarCity. The partnership allows a discount to Googlers for the installation of the solar panel tech on their homes.

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Small solar panel could power Pixel Qi and ARM tablet

Small solar panel could power Pixel Qi and ARM tablet

Earlier this week, we put up a video of Pixel Qi showing off its new and thin screens for tablets and other devices. The cool thing about all of the Pixel Qi screens is that they are designed to be easy to read in direct sunlight and to consume very little power. At Computex Pixel Qi was also showing off another very cool item along with the new screens. The company was demoing a tablet that could get all the power needed for the Pixel Qi screen and an ARM-powered tablet mainboard from a small 1W solar panel.

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Artificial Leaf to Cheaply Provide Power For Developing World

Artificial Leaf to Cheaply Provide Power For Developing World

Yesterday we came to another major breakthrough in technology that's going to bring us a future without dependence on petroleum fuels. Last week we talked about a breakthrough in nanotech-batteries that charge in a fraction of the time needed for conventional batteries. Yesterday, scientists at the 241st Meeting of the American Chemican Society released details on a new design, an advanced solar cell married with fuel cells. Instead of transforming sunlight into stored sugars for a plant's metabolism, the artificial leaf uses the energy to transform water into hydrogen and oxygen for later combustion.

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