New 3D Solar Cells Created

Recently, we featured some intriguing spherical solar cells from Japan. But now there’s an announcement that unique 3D solar cells have been created using nanotubes. The 3D solar cells capture photons from sunlight using an array of miniature “tower” structures that resemble high-rise buildings in a city street grid. The tower structures, which are about […]

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$14 Million From DOE For Plug-In Hybrids

This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will provide up to $14 million in funding plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery development. This research aims to find solutions to improving battery performance so vehicles can deliver up to 40 miles of electric range without recharging. This would include most round-trip daily […]

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275 Homes With Solar Tiles Opened

One of the nation’s biggest home builders, Lennar Homes, has announced the completion of 275 solar powered homes in Windemere community of San Ramon (near San Francisco). The homes will be powered by solar tiles integrated into their roofs. The tiles are PowerLight “Sun Tiles” made by a company called SunPower. In its promotional video […]

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Plug-In Cars That Power Your Home

Soon, in California, you may be able to power your home with your car during a blackout, or even have the utility company pay you for the power that your car produces. San Jose Mercury News reports that PG&E, a Californian utility company will showcase a converted Toyota Prius in Sunnyvale, CA. (Update: See a […]

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Wind Turbine Art: Portable, Wind-Powered Lights

Young Dutch designers demakersvan have created a wind-powered outdoor light inspired by windmills. Called Light Wind, the freestanding design is topped by a 2m-diameter propeller. The blades are made out of sail fabric, so there’s no possibility someone will have their head taken off by one of these. Here’s how the designers describe the turbine: […]

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