Solar Power

US gov removes major residential solar power hurdle in green tech push

US gov removes major residential solar power hurdle in green tech push

Climate change concerns combined with the growing availability and affordability of green tech have driven many consumers to explore solar-powered home energy systems, including solar panels that can be installed on one's roof. The Department of Energy has announced a new fast-track tool that is designed to help get consumers automatic permits to install residential solar panels, making the entire process easier.

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Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk is in court today, as the Tesla chief exec testifies in a SolarCity lawsuit brought by shareholders upset with just how much the electric car company spent on the solar panel business. Tesla acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion back in 2016, though the case alleges Musk applied undue pressure in an attempt to drive through the deal before the solar firm ran out of cash.

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Bluetti AC300 and AC200 MAX modular portable power stations deliver flexibility

Bluetti AC300 and AC200 MAX modular portable power stations deliver flexibility

There seems to be an abundance of portable power stations these days coming in all shapes and sizes. While the different competing brands offer a wide variety of options, they all come with fixed sizes and capacities, burdening the buyer with making a hard decision upfront. Bluetti, however, has been pioneering different systems that let owners connect two power stations together. It is taking that flexibility to the next level with the AC300 and AC200 MAX Portable Power Station systems that give you the freedom to select how many Battery Packs you want or, if needed, even double the maximum power output to run a whole house off the grid.

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Ford’s F-150 Lightning could end America’s addiction to the grid

Ford’s F-150 Lightning could end America’s addiction to the grid

With a 0-60 mph time expected in the mid-4.5-seconds, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning certainly won't be slow. Still, what could end up persuading truck buyers to give the electric pickup a chance might be how useful it is when it's standing still.

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Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Google parent Alphabet has been working on "a moonshot" for the electric grid, with a secret project in its X R&D division aiming to figure out how to make power use more stable, and more green, than it is today. The research, revealed at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, has been underway for the past three years.

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Perovskite solar panels reach 25.6 percent conversion efficiency

Perovskite solar panels reach 25.6 percent conversion efficiency

Researchers worldwide have been working to optimize solar panels to allow more free clean energy to be gathered from the sun. One of the materials that researchers have been investigating as a potential replacement for conventional solar panels is perovskite. So far, the problem with perovskite solar panels and hybrid compounds is that they are less efficient than conventional solar panels.

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Apple is building a mega battery for Tesla-style solar power storage

Apple is building a mega battery for Tesla-style solar power storage

Apple has revealed plans to build a huge energy storage battery in California, near to the vast solar farm which it counts on to provide renewable power for its operations. The strategy takes a leaf out of Tesla's book, among others, and will store excess energy generated by the 130 megawatt solar panel installation for use later on.

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Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

California-based Jackery has been in the portable generator business for almost a decade now but recent events have shown how alternatives to gasoline-powered generators are even more important these days. Safety, environment friendliness, and flexibility have become just as critical as having a power source while off the grid or, more importantly, in an emergency. At its annual Jackery Day, the company announced two new such solutions and we take the Jackery Explorer 1500 for a spin to see how much it has improved since we met the Jackery Explorer 1000 last year.

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POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

The folks at POC revealed a new sort of bike helmet this week - one with a solar panel. This new bicycle helmet has a red light at its base (at the back) and obtains power from the sun's friendly rays. This is only the latest in a collection of collaborations between POC and companies that bring advanced tech to the classic helmet line.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai offers a solar roof on the Sonata Hybrid sedan, though the promise of free driving courtesy of the sun isn't really where the technology shines. The frugal family car eschews plug-in hybrid technology in favor of the altogether simpler pairing of a decent-sized gas engine and an electric motor that play together, though the solar cells embedded in the glass roof do step away from the norm.

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Samsung solar remote for 2021 TVs means no more replacing batteries

Samsung solar remote for 2021 TVs means no more replacing batteries

Samsung is aiming to put an end to dead TV remotes, bypassing batteries in favor of a solar powered remote control for its latest 2021 models. The Samsung Eco Remote Control looks just like the company's regular, AA- or AAA-powered versions, but rather than a battery compartment there's a solar panel on the back.

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Aptera is taking orders for its solar-electric three-wheeled EV

Aptera is taking orders for its solar-electric three-wheeled EV

American startup Aptera is now taking orders for its quirky three-wheeled electric vehicle. Internally known as Aptera 3, the startup claims it’s the first solar-electric vehicle that may never need recharging in most applications.

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