Tagged: solar

An Innovative Wind Turbine For Small Scale Use

South Point Wind Farm
Photo Credit: wind turbine of the Kama’oa Wind Farm in Ka Lae (a.k.a. South Point), Big Island of Hawaii by Harvey McDaniel

Today, we see more and more individuals installing solar panels on their roofs as an attempt to live in a more sustainable way. While this practice is increasing, there has not been much talk of individuals utilizing wind turbines in their homes. Continue reading

Happy Birthday NASA Even Though You’re Good For Nothing

The kids are fond of saying, “What’s really good?” and in a way it’s a kind of non question like saying, “Seriously?”, but when it comes to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) I’ve asked myself many times what’s really good with those folks, their budget and their mission. Continue reading

Where Can You Get Green Jobs?

Photo Credit: Getty A windfarm is seen near Palm Springs, California.

Solar and wind energy are two segments of the renewable energy industry that are growing with great speed and breadth…

Even industries that are thought of as belonging to the business and financial sector, and out of the green job market have been making strides in green jobs. ~gogreenstreet.com

It’s hard enough to get a regular job these days it seems, let alone a green one, but there are some out there. Continue reading

Presidential Weekly Address: A Solar Recovery

That’s one of the reasons why we’re accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy and doubling our use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power“ steps that have the potential to create whole new industries and hundreds of thousands of new jobs in America.

For the 4th of July weekend what’s more American than a presidential address? This one is about our clean energy future and jobs. Continue reading

Printing Solar Cells On Paper From DOOM’s “Papermill”

Above: An organic photovoltaic device deposited on printer paper (~120 µm thick) that was pre-coated with 100 nm thick oCVD PEDOT electrodes. After multiple foldings the device maintains its initial performance.

MIT scientists created a printing technology that prints solar cells on paper. The inkjet-style printing is still in its embryonic stage and at this point these cells are under 2% efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, but think of the possibilities.

The scientists say the process is low-cost, low-temperature, low-energy-consumption and could pave the way for solar panels so lightweight they could be installed with a staple gun or could be integrated with other materials to boost energy efficiency.

Can you imagine recycling paper then putting solar cells so thin they could be printed on it? Continue reading

Solar Powered Plane Takes Flight

The goal is to fly day and night with no fuel. The goal is to demonstrate the importance of renewable energies, to show that with renewable energies we can achieve impossible things.” Bertrand Piccard, solar plane project leader

Based on recent events regarding the late Guru, voice of the legendary Hip Hop group Gang Starr, some folks on twitter seem to be confused. Guru’s former creative partner and apparent all around shady character MC Solar has spawned trending phrases like #f*cksolar or even word of this new website fucksolar.com that were confusing to some not familiar with the story of Guru’s tragic passing.

This animosity is totally separate from people’s feelings about solar energy. And for good reason. Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source. Solar energy gets to add fueling a plane around the world to its resume in 2012. For now the 90 minute test flight of The Solar Impulse propeller plane in Switzerland was a success.

How fast can it go? Continue reading

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