Category Archives: Solar Power

Energy Efficiency—For the Spring

Spring may not seem like the time of year to care about energy efficiency, but it is actually the perfect time of year to improve the safety and energy efficiency of your home. By adding a few easy tasks to your annual spring-cleaning list, you can make significant improvements to the overall energy efficiency of…
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Transparent Windows Open the Possibility of Every Window Being a Solar Panel

Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass into a photovoltaic solar cell. According to Richard Lunt, who led the research, the team is confident that the transparent solar panels can be efficiently deployed in a wide range of settings, from “tall…
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Solar-Powered Plane: Its Here and Making History

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5cPuhEinU[/embed] Just over a century after the Wright brothers piloted the first airplane, which was fueled by gas, history is being made again with a plane powered completely by the sun. The Solar Impuse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi today in a potentially record breaking flight around the world. It is aimed to be…
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Energy Efficiency Today, Energy Efficiency Tomorrow

Solar carports feed energy into an adjacent building.   Energy Efficiency, also sometimes called the “fifth fuel,” is the cheapest and cleanest energy choice.  Growth and improvements in this industry started in the 1970s and in the last few years, a lot of money has been invested in doing even better. After 11 of the International…
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Going Green Does Not Mean Losing Out On Comfort

The roof is covered in photovoltaic panels to produce electricity and thermal solar cells to heat a water boiler. The outdoor pool is heated using excess heat drawn from inside the house while the sauna (left) uses firewood.   Going off grid does not mean that you have to live in a small, log cabin…
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