Solar Power

World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is known for their vast amounts of oil, and of course the money that comes from that oil. However, the region is also getting into renewable energy and alternative methods for providing electricity, most specifically the United Arab Emirates, which is now home to the world's largest solar power plant, located in Abu Dhabi.

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New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

Let's face it: battery life in smartphones is pretty awful, with only a few devices that are actually worthy of a battery-life crown. However, what if smartphones were powered by solar cells? That would basically change how we use devices, and we would essentially not have to worry about battery life anymore. A new patent from Apple may very well point to a possible solar-powered iPhone in the future.

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MpowerD Solar-powered waterproof Lantern hands-on

MpowerD Solar-powered waterproof Lantern hands-on

For those who are always in need of a little light while camping, we have just the device for you. MpowerD has introduced a solar-powered lantern they're calling Luci. Luci is "the little solar lantern with a big impact" and we're actually really liking this neat idea. Essentially this is a fully waterproof and lightweight lantern that only needs the sun for a charge, and will last up to 12 hours.

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Panasonic to offer live broadcast of Australian total solar eclipse next month

Panasonic to offer live broadcast of Australian total solar eclipse next month

Panasonic has announced that it plans to live broadcast a total solar eclipse from Australia next month. One of the most interesting things about the live broadcast of the total solar eclipse is that Panasonic will use its solar panel technology and lithium-ion batteries to power the broadcast. That means Panasonic will be filming the sun using power generated by the sun, which is pretty cool.

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Pics reveal expansion at Apple’s data center

Pics reveal expansion at Apple’s data center

Apple’s main data center is currently located in Maiden, North Carolina, covering 500,000 square feet that houses the servers for iCloud among other services. Wired has managed to take pictures of the new addons that Apple is adding to the data center which will help generate power, including a site for a 4.8 megawatt biogas plant, plus a solar farm that can generate an additional 20 megawatts, spanning 100 acres.

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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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Apple to build nation’s largest end-user owned on-site solar plant

Apple to build nation’s largest end-user owned on-site solar plant

Apple is big on green for many reasons. The company uses green power, such as solar energy, to reduce the money spent to power its facilities and because green power causes less pollution. This week Apple published its 2012 Facilities Report and Environmental Update. This report details Apple's environmental footprint. The report shows that in 2011 Apple saved 5,000,000 kWh in Cupertino alone.

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Energy net-zero Eco-home is iPad and Kinect controlled

Energy net-zero Eco-home is iPad and Kinect controlled

A net-zero energy house concept could actually feed power into the grid using a bank of solar panels and innovative exterior insulation cladding, without sacrificing either style or geek-appeal. CHIP - or Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype - is the handiwork of students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), wrapping a thick thermal envelop around a house controlled by an iPad and a Kinect sensor bar.

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SolarKindle case packs sun-charged battery and reading lamp

SolarKindle case packs sun-charged battery and reading lamp

E-Ink's power-sipping frugality makes it an ideal partner to solar panels, and so it's hard to believe SolarFocus' SolarKindle idea hasn't been offered before. A combination case, recharging system and LED light for the Kindle ereader, the new accessory is fronted by a bank of solar cells that recharge an integrated 1,500 mAh battery pack. That battery can be used to top up your Kindle's power, turn on the flip-out LED lamp, or both.

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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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