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Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

A group of Australian students has set an official world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500km using a car they built at the university dubbed eVe and operated by team Sunswift. The record was certified by FIA, a motorsports governing body, with a new speed mark of 109.966 km/h set by team Sunswift in July. Before Sunswift reset the record, it had stood at 73 km/h for 26 years.

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New solar cell is its own battery

New solar cell is its own battery

Solar power is an important part of our future, but in many ways it is still too expensive. The Ohio State University has helped lessen that issue with a new device it created -- a solar cell that serves as its own battery, doing so using a type of panel design that introduces air into the "breathing" battery.

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MIT recycles old car batteries into cheap, long-lasting solar panels

MIT recycles old car batteries into cheap, long-lasting solar panels

Lead pollution is a serious issue, particularly when looked at from the perspective of thousands of old car batteries that are increasingly unneeded due to changes in the battery technologies used. Researchers at MIT have developed a new way to recycle these batteries, and rather than creating them into new car batteries, they've figured out how to make them into very efficient solar panels.

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GeckoEye: a security camera puck powered by the sun

GeckoEye: a security camera puck powered by the sun

Security cameras serve an obvious purpose: to keep an eye on your possessions in case something happens to them. As technology morphs, these cameras have become smaller and more useful. One such camera is the GeckoEye, a puck-shaped camera that can be fit onto any surface, drawing its power from the sun.

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Silica extends efficiency and lifespan of solar cells with passive cooling

Silica extends efficiency and lifespan of solar cells with passive cooling

Solar panels get really hot; I’ve touched mine this summer on my rooftop and it really burns - solar panels could heat up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on its normal operation. The high temperature will result in shorter lifespan of these panels and reducing its effectiveness to produce power.

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Honda Smart Home is now open source

Honda Smart Home is now open source

Earlier this year, Honda introduced its Smart Home, a home on the University of California Davis West Village campus that, among other things, produces more energy than it consumes. Interest in the Smart Home has been high, and due to that demand, Honda has announced that its Smart Home is now open source.

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Aston Martin bringing AC to race cars via solar power

Aston Martin bringing AC to race cars via solar power

Aston Martin is planning to keep its drivers cool using a novel idea: solar panels. The company revealed its plans this week, saying it is an effort to be more green, and, more importantly, to improve performance by taking the load off the race cars' engines.

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Sun’s solar sibling is first discovery of its kind

Sun’s solar sibling is first discovery of its kind

University of Texas at Austin researchers lead by Ivan Ramirez have discovered what they believe to be our sun's sibling, a so-called "long-lost brother" believed to have resulted from the same space cloud as our star. The discovery could increase understanding of our solar system.

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BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

Plugging in an electric car to recharge often happens in the dark confines of a garage, but BMW wants to brings its u3 and i8 EV range into the light with a new BMW i Solar Carport Concept. Mounting translucent solar panels on top of a bamboo frame - the wood picked for its rapid regrowth - the carport could be entirely off-grid, BMW claims, though you'd obviously need to get enough sun.

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Solar Impulse 2 plans to circumvent the globe without fuel in five consecutive days

Solar Impulse 2 plans to circumvent the globe without fuel in five consecutive days

A new solar-powered aircraft is being shown off called the Solar Impulse 2 that plans to make a flight that will take it around the globe. The aircraft was unveiled on April 9 in Switzerland. Pilots of the aircraft's circumnavigation of the Earth using no fuel will be Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Solar Impulse 2 will be used to fly around the globe in 2015.

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Robots employed as first fully automated solar panel cleaners

Robots employed as first fully automated solar panel cleaners

We may not yet have achieved our Jetsons utopia, but advancements in robotics have happened at a clipped rate over the years, and slowly robotic devices have worked their way into many industries, taking over tasks that would be difficult or needlessly wasteful if performed by adults. One such task is keeping a field of solar panels in the desert clean, something Ecoppia E4 robots are doing at one Israeli solar field.

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Ivanpah solar facility scorching birds with 1000-degree heat

Ivanpah solar facility scorching birds with 1000-degree heat

Last week we mentioned that the Ivanpah solar facility had gone online in California and was now creating 392 megawatts of electricity. We also mentioned that while the facility had just gone live that it was already outdated and the firms behind the plant were already considering upgrades to the facility.

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