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Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

The Solar Impulse team, the people behind the solar-powered aircraft of the same name that's attempting to complete a journey around the globe, has revealed that the plane has suffered significant battery problems after its latest leg and will not be able to resume its journey until 2016. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Hawaii on July 3rd after successfully completing a non-stop, 5-day flight from Japan, setting a world record in the process. Unfortunately the flight caused "irreversible damage" to the plane's batteries.

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Solar Paper is a paper-thin solar charger

Solar Paper is a paper-thin solar charger

Small solar chargers for your gadgets are nothing new, but the most modern batches are only vaguely similar to the first chargers on the market. Solar Paper is perhaps the best example of this -- it is a solar charger ranging from 2.5 watts to 10 watts, and it is thin enough to slip between the pages of a book, hence its name. The charger features a USB port for charging USB devices, and is scarcely larger than a dollar bill.

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Solar Impulse 2 has flown above the Pacific for 80 hours non-stop

Solar Impulse 2 has flown above the Pacific for 80 hours non-stop

Earlier this week we talked a bit about the record setting aircraft called Solar Impulse 2. The plane had become grounded in Japan after weather over the Pacific wasn’t favorable for the flight to Hawaii to continue. After sitting grounded for a while, the aircraft was finally able to take off again on its record setting journey. Currently Solar Impulse 2 has been flying above the Pacific for 80 hours on its way to Hawaii.

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How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

General Motors is one of the auto makers working to reuse old electric car batteries, and in its case it is doing so with Chevrolet Volt batteries with one of its IT buildings. Using a handful of old Volt batteries from the model’s first generation, General Motors is powering an administration building in conjunction with wind and solar energy. This is due to the remaining capacities of the batteries after they stop being useful for the Chevy Volt electric cars.

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Tracking Bill Nye’s Solar Sailer LightSail

Tracking Bill Nye’s Solar Sailer LightSail

LightSail has deployed, and with it, a Mission Control Center with the ability to predict where the solar sailer will be moving above the Earth as it makes its important journey. The good news is that this solar sailer will be passing over the United States. The bad news is - it's probably already passed over you for the first time if you're reading this article in the late afternoon. This won't be the only opportunity you get to be close to a solar sailer, on the other hand, as development will continue well into the future with The Planetary Society.

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Solar Impulse plane forced to land in Japan, ending flight across Pacific

Solar Impulse plane forced to land in Japan, ending flight across Pacific

The Solar Impulse 2 plane, a project that aims to have an aircraft powered only by solar energy fly around the world, was forced to cut short the Pacific Ocean leg of its journey due to bad weather. 36 hours after taking off from Nanjing, China, the aircraft, with only Swiss pilot André Borschberg on board, made an unexpected landing in the city of Nagoya, in central Japan. The Solar Impulse was supposed to go all the way to Hawaii, flying 120 hours non-stop, and in turn set a new world record for the longest flight of a solo aircraft.

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Elon Musk: Tesla home batteries “basically sold out” through mid-2016

Elon Musk: Tesla home batteries “basically sold out” through mid-2016

After speculation of such, Tesla recently introduced home batteries as part of its Tesla Energy division. These Powerwall (residential) and Powerpack (industrial) batteries, as they're called, are Tesla's way of ushering in a new future of sustainable energy, and they provide an enticing opportunity for those who may have otherwise been hesitating about switching to solar energy. During the Tesla earnings call today, company CEO Elon Musk touched on the topic of batteries, saying that the company has “basically sold out” the product all the way through the middle of next year.

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Tesla Energy Powerwall batteries want to supercharge solar

Tesla Energy Powerwall batteries want to supercharge solar

Tesla has revealed Tesla Energy, its ambitious plan to make sustainable electricity more practical by putting rechargeable batteries into homes and businesses. Announced at Tesla Motor's Hawthorne facility today, Tesla Energy consists of a wall-mounted lithium-ion battery that can operate in multiple ways, including as a backup for power-outages, as a way to "stockpile" power when traditional energy suppliers are offering lower rates, or - most interestingly - store surplus solar energy, such as for use during the night.

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Save your solar power; Tesla to announce home batteries on April 30

Save your solar power; Tesla to announce home batteries on April 30

The rumors are true. Tesla just "announced" that it will unveil new type of lithium-ion battery for homes and offices. In an email to investors, Tesla's Jeffery Evanson said that the company will use its April 30th presentation to, "explain the advantages of our solutions and why past battery options were not compelling.” The innovative car company also plans to reveal a second, "very large" lithium-ion battery for large-scale utilities. Such a sizable battery would be idea for doomsday preppers and those wishing to stay "off the grid."

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