Solar Power

Tesla Solar Roof V3 is ready for scale as Elon Musk reveals “Solarglass”

Tesla Solar Roof V3 is ready for scale as Elon Musk reveals “Solarglass”

Tesla's V3 Solar Roof is finally ready for primetime, solar panels that look like regular roofing tiles and the latest step in Elon Musk's war on fossil fuels. The long-anticipated solar tiles take a different approach to most solar panel installations, being a true roof in themselves rather than requiring separate panels being mounted on an existing roof.

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Surviving a Power Outage: Generators, portable batteries and caffeine

Surviving a Power Outage: Generators, portable batteries and caffeine

Whether it's a planned outage or an unexpected one, losing power at home is never fun, but with some straightforward preparation it needn't be a nightmare. With big chunks of California going offline this week - myself included - it's been a good opportunity to test out my emergency plan, including some low-tech preparation and some high-tech gadgets like the latest battery backups. Here's what has worked for me, and how it might help you.

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LightSail 2 solar spacecraft proves viability of ‘flight by light’

LightSail 2 solar spacecraft proves viability of ‘flight by light’

The Planetary Society has announced that its LightSail 2 solar spacecraft has managed to raise its orbit using only solar power, successfully demonstrating that flight powered by light is a viable option for CubeSats. The milestone follows the unfurling of LightSail 2's solar sail last week, which itself followed the spacecraft's launch in late June.

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China plans to deploy a solar power station in space

China plans to deploy a solar power station in space

China has announced that it plans to build a solar power station that will orbit the Earth and send power back to Earth for use. China has become with this announcement the first country to plan a solar power station in space. The station would orbit the Earth at 36,000 km.

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DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels

DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels

As the use of renewable energy, in this case solar power, continues to rise in the US, there's also a growing need to better understand not just how much of the country's energy comes from solar, but also how many solar panels are in use and where they are installed. While the government and utilities can offer estimates on commercial installations, the lack of data on individual residential installations makes these inaccurate. That's where Stanford University's DeepSolar Project aims to help.

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Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof cars

Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof cars

Hyundai and Kia plan to integrate solar roofs and hoods into their cars, taking advantage of free sunshine energy to maximize efficiency in more than just EVs. The scheme will see Hyundai Motor Group develop three types of its own solar roof systems, including a semi-transparent panel which won't force drivers to sacrifice a sunroof.

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Tesla Q1 2018: Model 3 helps drive $3.41bn revenue

Tesla Q1 2018: Model 3 helps drive $3.41bn revenue

Tesla coaxed Model 3 production to 2,270 cars per week in April, the electric automaker confirmed today, after CEO Elon Musk took drastic steps to boost manufacturing. The company announced a Q1 2018 update today, addressing widespread concerns about just how many of the more affordable electric sedans it could ramp up to producing.

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Google hit 100% renewable energy goal in 2017

Google hit 100% renewable energy goal in 2017

Google has hit a major green milestone: it bought enough renewable energy to match 100-percent of its 2017 electricity usage. That's in line with the company's previously stated goal, helping it increase its environmental friendliness while ensuring its facilities aren't an energy burden. Back in late 2016, Google revealed that it was about to reach its goal.

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Microsoft enters largest corporate solar power deal in US history

Microsoft enters largest corporate solar power deal in US history

Microsoft has doubled down on its green initiatives by entering into the largest corporate solar agreement in the US. The company announced that it has purchased 315MW of energy from a pair of solar projects located in Virginia. Called Pleinmont I and II, these projects are part of a bigger 500MW development owned by sPower. According to the company, this new deal gives Microsoft the honor of making the largest single corporate solar purchase in US history.

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Tesla promises game-changing 2018 for Model 3 and more

Tesla promises game-changing 2018 for Model 3 and more

Tesla delivered 1,542 Model 3 in the final quarter of its 2017 financial year, with the EV-maker insisting it's still on track to produce 5,000 of the cars per week by the end of Q2 2018. The numbers, shared in Tesla's Q4 2017 financial results, also saw Tesla shift to a positive operating cash flow, an unexpected turnaround for the car-maker which has struggled to meet its initial, ambitious production goals.

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Australia Virtual Power Plant is a grid of Tesla solar homes

Australia Virtual Power Plant is a grid of Tesla solar homes

Solar energy is no longer just an experiment, thanks to companies, like Tesla, that are pushing for its mass commoditization. But by appealing to individual consumers only, the true potential of solar power is never reached. That is, it only benefits a single house. The government of South Australia is casting its net wider by trying to build the world’s largest virtual power plant that will be made of up 50,000 homes, each outfitted with solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery.

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Solar cell imports slapped with Trump tariff in China trade war

Solar cell imports slapped with Trump tariff in China trade war

The US government will impose a 30-percent tariff on solar cell imports, the Trump administration has confirmed, raising concerns among green power enthusiasts that costs are set to rise. The decision comes amid ongoing complaints from domestic solar panel manufacturers that the Chinese government was subsidizing production of panels and solar cells, and using that cost advantage to flood the US with cheaper models to boost the country's market share. Critics, though, argue that far from creating US jobs, this move will only reduce solar adoption and kill American jobs.

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