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Tesla's solar grid now powers an entire island in the South Pacific

Tesla's solar grid now powers an entire island in the South Pacific The island of Ta’u is the easternmost volcanic island of the Samoan islands, and it’s historically relied on diesel generators for power, despite the constant need to import fuel.4MW microgrid will provide power to virtually the entire island, backed up by 6MWh of battery storage.

Extreme science: the biggest, fastest and hottest breakthroughs of 2016

Extreme science: the biggest, fastest and hottest breakthroughs of 2016 Where LCLS-II is like a microscope, used to image specific tiny things, proton colliders like the LHC are closer to sledgehammers.Remember that photons and electrons have both wavelike and particle-like properties, and they both have the mass-related property of momentum.

China has become the world’s biggest producer of solar energy

China has become the world’s biggest producer of solar energy Not only is it the world’s most populous country, it’s now also the world’s biggest producer of solar energy.On Saturday, the National Energy Administration (NEA) noted that the nation officially claimed the title after doubling its installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity last year.

The U.S. solar power industry added over 51,000 new jobs last year, and it’s still growing

The U.S. solar power industry added over 51,000 new jobs last year, and it’s still growing If you needed proof that solar power is the future of US energy production, look no further than these new stats released from the National Solar Jobs Census 2016.The annual review shows that solar energy industry employment ranks higher in U.

The Renogy Phoenix solar kit fits into a briefcase, charges your phone 30 times

The Renogy Phoenix solar kit fits into a briefcase, charges your phone 30 times Thanks to advances in solar panel and lithium-ion battery technology, portable solar generators have become efficient options for keeping our devices charged, even while traveling off the grid.Take the new Renogy Phoenix all-in-one solar kit for example.

Toshiba facing bankruptcy, total disintegration thanks to bad bets on nuclear power

Toshiba facing bankruptcy, total disintegration thanks to bad bets on nuclear power 2 billion write-down on the value of its nuclear plant construction business.In 2015, Toshiba declared its nuclear business was more profitable now than when the company acquired it, but scandals over the Japanese firm’s accounting broke soon thereafter.

This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower

This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower 'Smartflower' claims to be the world's first "intelligent energy plant." It's a solar system that unfolds its giant solar panel petals in the morning and follows the sun throughout the day.

Solar-Thermal System Purifies 500 Gallons Of Water A Day

Solar-Thermal System Purifies 500 Gallons Of Water A Day Easy access to clean water is something that most of us take for granted.For hundreds of millions of people around the globe, however, things are much different.

Toyota’s Prius Prime gets a solar roof from Panasonic, but only in Japan

Toyota’s Prius Prime gets a solar roof from Panasonic, but only in Japan This is probably not what most people have in mind when they think of a “sunroof.While solar roofs have been tried on production cars before, Panasonic claims this new version can generate more power than before, and is easier to fit to a car’s curved roof.

Sistine Solar’s custom panel skins give rise to stealthy photovoltaics

Sistine Solar’s custom panel skins give rise to stealthy photovoltaics If you feel like solar panels break the lines of your home’s aesthetic, or think that covering your roof in solar cells is a waste of advertising space, Sistine Solar’s new solar skins could be what you’re looking for.They let you make your rooftop panels look like whatever you want, without much impact on efficiency.

Hawaiian island gets a huge renewable energy boost thanks to Tesla

Hawaiian island gets a huge renewable energy boost thanks to Tesla A Hawaiian island is one step closer to getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.Perhaps most importantly, it includes over 270 of Tesla's Powerpack batteries, which will store some of the solar power created during the day and supply those electrons to the grid in the evening.

Should you install solar panels on your roof? Ask Google

Should you install solar panels on your roof? Ask Google In 2015, Google launched Project Sunroof, a map that shows which houses have enough sun exposure for solar panels to be a viable energy source.Now, Google has greatly expanded the project to cover all 50 U.

The nature-inspired Smartflower is a smart solar panel that follows the sunlight

The nature-inspired Smartflower is a smart solar panel that follows the sunlight When it comes to soaking up the sun, don’t look to your over-tanned neighbor for pointers — look to your backyard autotrophs instead.So of course, it comes as little surprise that the latest solution for sustainable energy comes in the form of a giant sunflower … or rather, a solar panel that looks like a giant sunflower.

Tesla’s low-profile solar energy panels blend in with your rooftop

Tesla’s low-profile solar energy panels blend in with your rooftop The low-profile panels will be manufactured by Panasonic in Buffalo, New York, at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 starting this summer, Tesla told Electrek.More: Tesla’s stylish new solar roof expects to cost less than a traditional roof According to Tesla, the new panels will “exceed industry standards for durability and lifespan.

California Briefly Met 50% Of Its Energy Needs With Solar Last Month

California Briefly Met 50% Of Its Energy Needs With Solar Last Month According to the state’s most recent figures, there are already well over half a million solar installations in California.A number of factors have driven California’s explosive solar capacity growth.

An Old Coal Mine May Become The Largest Solar Farm In Kentucky

An Old Coal Mine May Become The Largest Solar Farm In Kentucky Today, however, the shift from coal to renewables is well under way… even in the heart of coal country.states when it comes to total coal production.

Forget solar panels, experts are making self-charging solar batteries that don’t need them

Forget solar panels, experts are making self-charging solar batteries that don’t need them While it sounds unbelievable, it actually uses an established technology we’re all likely familiar with, just in a very new way.The battery is solar, but rather than incorporate solar panels onto the battery or the device it powers, researchers are combining dye-sythensized molecular solar cells with the lithium-ion material inside the battery itself, creating something they’re calling, “light assisted battery charging.

Charge two devices at once with Aukey’s 20W Portable Foldable Solar Charger

Charge two devices at once with Aukey’s 20W Portable Foldable Solar Charger The answer, of course, is a solar power charger, such as the Aukey 20-watt Portable Foldable Solar Charger ($50) we’re reviewing here today.Others, including the ECEEN Foldable Solar Charger ($34) and today’s review unit, the Aukey 20W solar charger, do not.

At just $50, Aukey folding solar charger will keep campers happy, powered up

At just $50, Aukey folding solar charger will keep campers happy, powered up A good solar charger frees you up from wires and wall outlets, drawing power from the sun and converting it into energy for your mobile tech.The Aukey folding solar charger is one of our favorite picks, with our review team praising it for its ruggedness, excellent charging rate, light weight, and affordability.