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Ring Solar Panel for Stick Up Cam eliminates charging hassle

Ring Solar Panel for Stick Up Cam eliminates charging hassle

Ring, the company behind the Ring Stick Up Cam and Video Doorbell, has introduced the new Ring Solar Panel for powering the aforementioned camera. The solar panel serves an obvious purpose — it keeps the camera powered up, removing the need to manually recharge (assuming you get adequate levels of sunlight). The Ring Solar Panel is described as a self-install device, which can be put up within three minutes wherever your camera may be located.

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Morocco turns on the 1st part of epic solar power plant

Morocco turns on the 1st part of epic solar power plant

Morocco is a name usually associated with exotic getaways and clothing, but by 2018, it will also be knowns as a super power, almost literally. By that time, its sprawling solar power plant complex will be in full operation to provide electricity for as much as 1.1 million people. But while that dream is still two years away, the country has already started the important first step in that journey, turning on the switch for Noor 1, the first of three sections that together will make up the world's largest solar plant.

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Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

In May 2015, one of Google’s Internet drones, a Titan Solara 50, crashed during a test flight in New Mexico. The drone was solar powered and didn’t last long in the air before crashing in the company’s Albuquerque test field. This drone was part of Google’s larger effort to deliver Internet from the stratosphere; investigators began probing the cause of the crash following the incident.

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ThermalTech’s new solar smart fabric is made of steel yarn

ThermalTech’s new solar smart fabric is made of steel yarn

ThermalTech has introduced its new solar smart fabric made of steel yarn. This fabric has been used to create a collection of new jackets that draw energy from the sun and other lighting to help keep the wearer warm, doing so without the bulk of thick winter coats or the weight one might anticipate from a steel-based yarn. According to the company, its jackets can generate up to 18F of heat from light sources in two minutes.

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MIT material stores solar energy and releases it as heat on demand

MIT material stores solar energy and releases it as heat on demand

The sun is constantly throwing out energy when it is in the sky. The catch is that to use that energy during a storm or at night, we need a way to store the energy for later. MIT has invented a new material that makes it possible to store solar energy and then release that energy as heat on demand.

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Google expands its Sunroof estimates to more US territories

Google expands its Sunroof estimates to more US territories

This month, the focus is placed heavily once more is on climate change and the environment in general. Considering their reliance, as well as adverse effects, on the environment, tech companies have rallied around efforts to use or at least promote more responsible use of resources. At the start of the UN Climate Change Conference last week, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a whole host of other Silicon Valley luminaries announced a new Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Now Google is making its own very small contribution by making its Project Sunroof available to more states in the US.

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Morocco will be home to world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Morocco will be home to world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Morocco will soon be home to the world’s largest solar farm, according to a new report. The city of Ouarzazate is in the pipeline to get four mega solar plants, all of them linked together into a single complex. This will operate alongside both wind and hydro energy farms, as well, the sum total of which is expected to produce half or more of the nation’s electricity needs by 2020. If all goes as planned, there might be enough electricity left over to export into Europe.

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Panasonic eneloop solar storage provides light, charges phones

Panasonic eneloop solar storage provides light, charges phones

Given the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, it might be too easy to presume that every place in the world has a constant and reliable supply of electricity. The fact, however, is that one out of every five people in the world actually lives without enjoying the conveniences, not to mention the essential benefits, of electricity. Almost ironically, these same areas do have working cellular networks. Panasonic "eneloop solar storage" tries to hit two birds with one stone, gathering enough solar power to give light as well as charge mobile devices.

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Apple steps up its clean energy programs in China

Apple steps up its clean energy programs in China

True to the promise it made last May, Apple has launched several programs that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of its operations in China. But rather than just keeping the benefits to itself, it is moving to apply its environmental achievements to a wider range, including its own manufacturing partners in the country. And to prove that it isn't all just words, Apple announced that it has finally completed the construction of its 40-megawatt solar project in Sichuan Province which can power all of Apple's offices and stores in China and more.

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GM to put solar panels at its transmission factory generating 800-kilowatts

GM to put solar panels at its transmission factory generating 800-kilowatts

GM has announced that it plans to go green at its Warren Transmission plant and will install a large solar panel array near the facility. GM is teaming with DTE to install the solar array and it will be the largest solar installation that GM has in Michigan. The solar panels installed will be able to generate 800-kilowatts of power.

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Researchers make new cooling material to boost solar efficiency

Researchers make new cooling material to boost solar efficiency

Solar cells are less efficient when they’re hot, which poses an obvious problem — solar cells sit in direct sunlight and get incredibly hot as a result. Solar researchers have spent years trying to develop a solution to this problem, and Stanford is perhaps at the top of the list when it comes to new developments. Latest among its efforts is a new thin material that can be laid over traditional solar cells to reduce heat exposure.

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Google Project Sunroof takes guesswork out of solar switch

Google Project Sunroof takes guesswork out of solar switch

Google is hoping to encourage more homeowners to fit rooftop solar panels, launching Project Sunroof to do the math on just how much could be saved. The system relies on the same aerial imagery that Google already delivers in Google Earth, figuring out rooftop area and then taking into account factors like what angle the sunlight will hit it, whether it's in the shade of nearby buildings or trees, and even what the weather might be like in your area.

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