Australia plans to build the world’s largest solar power station with an output of 1000 megawatts in a A$1.4 billion (US$1.05 billion) investment, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday. The plant would have three times the generating capacity of the current biggest solar-powered electricity plant, which is in California, Rudd said during a tour of a power station. Full Story : Reuters.com…..(Continue reading)
Spanish company iUnika is set to launch next month an uber-cheap (and uber wimpy) netbook that runs on solar power. Coming in at about $200, Gyy weighs only 700 grams, runs on Linux (hence the small price) and is made of biodegradable materials. The solar panel charges the Gyy’s internal battery and you can check the state of the battery via the small LCD display on the lower left corner of the netbook. Initially, the Gyy will be available only in Europe in June. Full Story : PCWorld.com……(Continue reading)
The world’s largest solar power tower just began operating outside Seville, Spain. PS20 consists of a solar field made up of 1,255 mirrored heliostats designed by Abengoa Solar. Each heliostat, with a surface area of 1,291 square feet, reflects the solar radiation it receives onto the receiver, located on the top of a 531 feet-high tower , producing steam which is converted into electricity generation by a turbine. Full Story : TreeHugger.com……(Continue reading)
Sharp and Japanese network KDDI designed a cellphone which can nab one minute of talk time or two hours of standby power from ten minutes of sun. The phone can derive 80% of its charge in total from solar power. The phone is scheduled to be released on June in Japan. Full Story : Fastcompany.com….(Continue reading)
According to a newly released draft of a report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), Spain now leads the world in added photovoltaic capacity. Spain added 1.7 million kilowatts of capacity in 2008, followed by Germany at 1.5 million kilowatts. The United States lagged behind in a distant third place at 300,000 kilowatts. Full Story : Ecoworldly.com……(Continue reading)
Teams at the Universit?© d’Angers and at the Universit?© Strasbourg have recently obtained record conversion efficiency with solar cells based on organic molecules. They can be manufactured easily and cheaply, they have low environmental impact, and since they are compatible with flexible substrates, they could be used in many applications such as packaging, clothing, flexible screens, or for recharging cell phones and laptops. The solar cells currently on the market are made up of inorganic materials such as silicon. Full Story : Physorg.com….(Continue reading)
Measurements by the Ulysses spacecraft reveal a 20% drop in solar wind pressure since the mid-1990s‚Äîthe lowest point since such measurements began in the 1960s. The solar wind helps keep galactic cosmic rays out of the inner solar system. Careful measurements by several NASA spacecraft show that the sun’s brightness has dropped by 0.02% at visible wavelengths and 6% at extreme UV wavelengths since the solar minimum of 1996. The changes so far are not enough to reverse the course of global warming. Full Story : NASA….(Continue reading)
All of Europe‚Äôs energy needs could be supplied by building an array of solar panels in the Sahara, the climate change conference has been told. A ¬£50 billion investment by governments over the next ten years would be enough to make Saharan solar power an attractive and viable prospect for private investors. By harnessing the power of the Sun, possibly in tandem with wind farms along the North African coastline, Europe could easily meet its 2020 target of generating at least 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. Full Story : Timesonline(Continue reading)
Namaste Solar Electric snagged a starring role in the signing of the $787 billion economic stimulus package by President Obama on Tuesday. Namaste Solar designs, supplies, installs and services solar electric systems for homes and businesses throughout Colorado. The stimulus package includes tax credits, grants and loan guarantees for solar, wind, plug-in hybrid cars, advanced batteries and other renewable energy sectors. Full Story : GreenTechMedia…..(Continue reading)
The eclipse will start around 8:30 a.m.(GMT) tomorrow in the eastern part of the arc, leading to totality in just under an hour. The eclipse will be visible from a narrow corridor through northern Canada, middle of Russia, western Mongolia and China.¬† A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially obscured. Total solar eclipses are rare events. Although they occur somewhere on Earth every 18 months on average. The last full solar eclipse took place almost a year ago on March 29, 2007. Next Total Solar Eclipse will occur on 22nd July, 2009.(Continue reading)
Shree Swaminarayan Mandir,currently under construction and, scheduled to open later to this summer will get all its power from Solar. The temple and cultural center is being built in Chino Hills, California. The temple will be entirely powered by a 60 KW solar power system,which is installed by Los Angeles‚Äô GoGreenSolar.‚Ä® In addition to the temple and cultural center, the entire 20 acre complex will include classroom, a gym, a dining hall, a snack shop, an exhibition hall, and living quarters. Hinduism is the world’s oldest living religion and is shared by about 800 million people, or approximately one-sixth the world’s population.
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Prius is the high-end models of Toyota hybrid cars, and it is planned to add solar-powered air conditioning to make it more fuel efficient. This new feature is part of the third-generation Prius, and it will be launched next year. The solar panels will be used to provide the air conditioning system. There has been some doubts about the amount of electricity that can be obtained by solar panels. According to Kentaro Endo, a specialist on renewable energy from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, laying solar panels out on the roof only gives energy that can only be used to power 2 hairdryers.(Continue reading)
Maryn Smith (age 10) , the winner of the National Geographic planetary mnemonic contest, has created a handy way to remember the plants with the phrase:
‚ÄúMy very exciting magic carpet just sailed under nine palace elephants.‚Äù
The 11 recognized planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. Ceres, Pluto and Eris are considered dwarf planets.
National Geographic Children’s Books created the contest in response to the recent announcement about the planets.(Continue reading)