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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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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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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac Hands-on [Video]

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac Hands-on [Video]

As we saw announced in the middle of last month, Logitech it coming correct with its newest iteration of the Wireless Solar Keyboard, this time catering specifically to the Mac user. As we saw at this year's Pepcom Holiday Spectacular (2011), the new K750 not only comes in several color combinations, it actually works with solar power - believe it or not! Our helpful Logitech representatives showed us briefly what the keyboard was all about - check it out!

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Google details green credentials

Google details green credentials

Google has launched a stats offensive to prove its carbon-neutral status, adding a "The Big Picture" section to its Google Green pages that claims a month of using the search giant's various services only amounts to 3hrs light from a 60W bulb per user. The company's data centers use less than 0.01-percent of the world's electricity - something that's actually still pretty mind-boggling, if you think about it - thanks to a combination of renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and more creative building design.

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Yosemite adds lots of solar panels to save $50K yearly in electricity costs

Yosemite adds lots of solar panels to save $50K yearly in electricity costs

Going green is a big deal not only for the environment, but also for the impact it can have on the costs to operate a business or home. The price of electricity is a huge expense for many organizations and even what seem to be small reductions in energy use can add up to huge savings. Yosemite National Park has rolled out a new solar power system that is placed on existing structures to minimize the impact to the views and environment in the park.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

The biggest news this week is Google I/O, coming up tomorrow. We will be there live, so be sure to stay tuned for all the exciting announcements, and of course our analysis. In other news this morning, the Apple brand may be one of the most valuable in the world, even more than Google. And we know people love Apple products, but, let's not fight about them, mmmkay? And we are continuing to follow the Sony PlayStation Network story, as Sony has just announced that it will be the end of May before they get up and running fully again. Plus, NVIDIA and Icera, news about the Nexux S 4G, yet another Android tablet, and one that's a little different, and lots lots more.

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Eton Soulra XL solar-power iPhone dock debuts

Eton Soulra XL solar-power iPhone dock debuts

I will be glad when scientists and researchers are able to design a solar panel that allows us to harvest more free energy from the sun. There are a number of gadgets and devices on the market today that use solar panels to supplement power and charge batteries. The catch is that most of that stuff takes a really long time to charge using solar power. A new solar powered radio has turned up called the Soulra XL from Eton.

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