Why aren't you driving an electric car right now? Let's ignore the fact that they're expensive, temperamental, and inconvenient, and focus on the impossibility of long-distance travel, because that's a problem that Tesla Motors has just solved with a network of solar-powered battery "Superchargers" in California.
The idea of a beautiful solar panel probably seems like a bit of a stretch, unless you dig rectangular, mirrored panels. But German architect André Broessel saw a way to make solar panels (well, really, solar-gathering shapes) beautiful while also making them more efficient. He made them into enormous spheres.
It seems the NFL can't keep the competition limited to the field, as various iconic stadiums have added solar and renewable energy installations as others rush to get on board. Renewable energy upgrades could power everything from decorative stadium lighting, general stadium power needs and even electric vehicle charging stations.
Tokelau, a small island nation, is officially becoming the first habited place on Earth to completely rely upon solar for its energy needs. Tokelau is a tiny group of coral islands that have up to now used diesel fuel for the daily needs of its roughly 1,400 residents. Within the next few weeks, the nation will make the historic switch to solar.
Everyone's favorite Danish artist, Olafur Elisasson, is at it again. The artist, known for his New York City waterfalls, also has some awesome installments (check out this giant kaleidoscope). This time, he's making solar powered lamps that look like little suns.
Imagine something that's made of glass: your home's windows, a car's windshield, the screen on your smartphone. Now imagine that glass surface acting as a power generator. That could be a reality one day soon, thanks to a new transparent solar cell developed by researchers at UCLA.
Solar cellphone chargers are a dime a dozen, but this one from British telecom company Vodafone puts a few new spins on an old idea.
It's been quite a year for artificial plant life, but Singapore has really branched out with its garden of solar-powered super trees that will reach up to 50 meters high. The Bay South garden, which is filled with 18 of these trees, will open on June 29.
You know how water is blue, right? The reason water is blue is because it absorbs the red part of the solar spectrum. This, unfortunately, is a big chunk of the energy that solar cells like to suck down, which is why we don't have solar powered submarines, but the Naval Research Lab has designed a new type of cell that does work under da sea.
The sun had a busy day last week. On Saturday, for a few hours around noon, Germany (the entire country) managed to meet half of its total demand for electricity from solar power alone. That's 22 gigawatts, or about the capacity of 20 nuclear reactors.