The problem with most solar power schemes, is that they don't work too well when there isn't any sun. Not so with the vast GemaSolar array in Spain, which stores some of its power in a massive battery allowing it to deliver power 24/7.
Renewable energy's dependence on weather is one of the factors that's kept it from replacing oil and coal and nuclear and other nasty evil polluting power sources for day-to-day use. In a stroke of genius, scientists in the U.K. have stuck a solar powered generator onto a rain and wind-powered generator to make an all-weather power harvester.
Trains are already one of the greenest ways to move people and goods, but a new two mile long tunnel in Belgium is making them even greener by adding some serious renewable power to the system.
If you're in the market for a new death ray, an important thing to consider is what you'll be able to do with it when you're not busy committing nefarious acts. One option is coffee roasting, and, if you're so inclined, you can even contribute to an open source project that's looking to create a giant mirror array capable of superheating air to 2,000 degrees.
Making a pizza with a brick-oven is so old-fashioned. It's time to go green. A couple of students from Brooklyn's James Madison and Edward R. Murrow high schools will be out in Manhattan's Union Square tomorrow to show off their solar-powered pizza boxes. Who wants a slice?
Solar powered furniture is nothing new, but this crazy looking rocking lounge chair created by architecture students at MIT adds a couple of unique features.
A transparent photovoltaic film that lives on top of traditional displays could provide substantial amounts of power to mobile devices. By substantial, we mean that as long as you spend enough time outside, you might never have to charge your phone ever again.
With so many soldiers being deployed in hot sunny places, it seems like a no-brainer to put all that blazing sunlight to good use. So a British team has developed a special photovoltaic fabric, that captures the sun's rays to provide juice for all of a field soldier's electronic gadgets.
What's the problem with a table covered in solar panels? Well, if you actually put anything on it that covers the panels, it stops working. So it's a good thing, then, that it transmits the power it harvests to your mobile devices wirelessly.
Solar power, as cool as it is, still won't give you the same kind of charge you need to run something like an automobile continuously without tacking on an enormous number of panels. The solution? Redesign said car until it's almost only the panels, and make it run on a ridiculously low amount of energy.