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  • This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

    04/13/2017 7:55:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Apr. 13, 2017 | Robert Service
    You cant squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people. There are an estimated 13 trillion liters of water floating in the atmosphere...
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

    04/25/2015 6:14:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | Mike Wall,
    "The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) are investigating an experimental propulsion system on the X-37B on Mission 4," Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesman, told Space.com via email. "AFRCO will also host a number of advance materials onboard the X-37B for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the durability of various materials in the space environment," Hoyler added ... The Air Force owns two X-37B space planes, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. The solar-powered spacecraft are about...
  • Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

    01/22/2017 3:27:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 12:27 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill
    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agencys value. What this means for states efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trumps pick to lead the...
  • Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

    01/15/2017 11:17:42 PM PST · by aquila48 · 84 replies
    Berkeley News ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2016 | Robert Sanders
    Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell. Perovskite solar cells are made of a mix of organic molecules and inorganic elements that together capture light and convert it into electricity, just like todays more common silicon-based solar cells. Perovskite photovoltaic devices, however, can be made more easily and cheaply than silicon and on a flexible rather than rigid substrate. The first perovskite solar cells could go on the market next year, and some...
  • U.S. Spends Millions to Give Africa Clean Energy

    11/29/2016 3:48:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 29, 2016
    As part of a broad mission to end extreme poverty worldwide the Obama administration is giving unproven startups millions of dollars to create solar power in Africa. Its a multi-million-dollar U.S. initiative to inspire entrepreneurs and investors to help bring enough connections so households in sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean, modern and affordable electricity. Uncle Sam will pitch in around $36 million and the money will flow through Power Africa, a program created by President Obama to increase the number of people with access to power in the worlds second-largest continent. More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa...
  • Hillary Clintons Solar Energy Promise Will Help the Chinese

    11/03/2016 10:18:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/03/16 | Jack Dini
    $205 billion of American tax dollars will be used to subsidize extraordinarily expensive solar power panels that are mostly made in China Hillary Clinton announced goals for increasing US reliance on renewable energy, pledging to have more than a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years of taking office. She also pledged that the US would generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years of taking office. (1) Stephen Moore calls this one of her wackiest ideas. It would be one of the largest corporate welfare giveaways in American history. The Institute...
  • Worlds First 24/7 Solar Power Plant Powers 75,000 Homes for 3 hours per day.

    06/21/2016 11:11:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 6/21/2016 | David Middleton
    While the production will almost certainly improve this summer, SolarReserves Crescent Dunes Project in Tonopah, Nevada [isnt even] quietly providing clean, green solar energy to 75,000 homes in the Silver State even when the sun [is] shining The average U.S. residential utility customer uses about 900 kWh per month. 75,000 homes * 900 KWh/month = 67,500,000 kWh/month = 67,500 MWh/month In its best month so far, Crescent Dunes generated 9,095 MWh About 3 hours of electricity per day for 75,000 homes. This is the Venezuela version of 24/7 /SARC.
  • The Worlds Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself

    05/20/2016 4:16:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Gzmodo ^ | 5/20/16 | George Dvorsky
    Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the worlds largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being. It sounds like the plants workers suffered through a real hellscape, too. A small fire was reported yesterday morning at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in California, forcing a temporary shutdown of the facility. Its now running at a third of its capacity (a second tower is down due to scheduled maintenance), and its not immediately clear when the damaged tower will restart. Its also unclear how the incident will...
  • Nevada agency seeks to block new rates for rooftop-solar customers

    12/25/2015 7:37:22 AM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 24, 2015 - 1:51pm | By Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection on Thursday filed a motion to halt the implementation of a new net metering rate for rooftop-solar customers while petitions seeking reconsideration or clarification of the controversial decision can be filed. The petition filed with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission says that the order approved Tuesday appears to conflict with the desire of Gov. Brian Sandoval to allow the rooftop-solar industry to continue to create jobs while balancing the interests of nonsolar ratepayers. "Major companies in the solar industry have stated the order could result in the loss of jobs numbering...
  • Massive Solar Power Plant Emits 46,000 Tons of CO2

    10/20/2015 3:32:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/19/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama once praised it as a shining example of America's clean energy future. "With projects like this one," he said at the site of a solar plant just before construction started, "we're putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy."
  • Tesla Leases Former Solyndra Manufacturing Site

    06/22/2015 7:54:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Gas2 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Steve Hanley
    Electrek is reporting that Tesla has signed a lease for the former Solyndra manufacturing site just a few miles away from its assembly plant in Freemont, California. Its current production facility can build up to to 500,000 cars a year, but Elon Musk says Tesla will be building millions of cars by 2020. What will it do with the new space? In an e-mail to Business Journal, it said 901 Page, located conveniently down the road from the Tesla Factory, gives us the space to expand our manufacturing and build more engineering labs as we build up production. There is...
  • Which Kills More Birds? Oil Spills, or Windmills?

    06/18/2015 2:54:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Kerry Jackson
    Any time there's an oil spill on the water, the media are filled with photos and videos of crude-soaked birds. The coverage is the cue for the self-appointed environmentalist defenders of wildlife to wring their hands and furrow their brows.
  • Philae Wakes Up, Makes Contact!

    06/14/2015 9:19:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    The lander spoke with its team on ground via Rosetta for 85 seconds its first contact since going into hibernation in November. Signals were received at ESAs European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt at 4:28 p.m. EDT yesterday June 13. The lander sent more than 300 data packets reporting on its condition as well as information about the comet. ... If coming out of hibernation isnt surprising enough, it appears Philae has been awake for a while because it included historical data along with its current status in those packets. There are still more than 8000 data packets in...
  • Comet Probe Makes Contact After 7 Months Of Silence In Space

    06/15/2015 8:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 15, 2015
    European scientists are celebrating after receiving a remarkable communication from space. The solar-powered Philae comet probe is sending signals back to earth after seven months of silence. The Philae spacecraft has been in touch with Earth from a speeding comet for the second time since waking up a few days ago, mission control said Monday, and scientists hope to improve communications with the lander by shifting the trajectory of its mother ship. Philae in November became the first spacecraft ever to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but it managed to send data to Earth...
  • Environmentalists are fighting to stop a huge solar power plant on behalf of ... 100 sheep?!?

    06/15/2015 4:29:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/12/2015 | John Merline
    This week, leading environmental groups cheered when the city of Los Angeles refused to buy electricity from a proposed new power plant. "The Sierra Club is delighted to see the city do the right thing and choose not to sign a power purchase agreement with this harmful project," Sarah Friedman, a senior campaign representative with the organization, told the Los Angeles Times. The Natural Resources Defense Council said it had "significant concerns" about the project. So what are we talking about here? A new CO2-spewing coal plant? Something that runs on "extraordinarily dirty" oil from the Canadian tar sands?
  • G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuels by 2100, Merkel says

    06/08/2015 6:34:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 104 replies
    Global News ^ | Jun 8, 15 | AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed that the world should phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. Merkel said Monday that the G-7 leaders committed themselves to the need to decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century. That is a technical term for ending the use of oil, gas and coal but not nuclear power and replacing them with alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Saudi Arabia solar power exports absolutely realistic

    05/28/2015 3:18:23 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 11 replies
    rtcc.org ^ | 28 May 2015, 4:47 pm | Ed King
    Saudi Arabia solar power exports ‘absolutely realistic’ Last updated on 28 May 2015, 4:47 pm Desert state has abundance of sunshine and could produce more than it consumes, says power company boss(Pic: Activ Solar/Flickr) By Ed KingHopes that Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude oil producer, could soon become a top solar energy exporter are well founded, according the head of one of the country’s leading power firms.“Saudi could be a solar exporter – I think it’s absolutely realistic and it’s going to happen,” said Paddy Padmanathan, CEO of ACWA Power, which runs a portfolio of solar, coal, gas...
  • Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal (Wind power has already reached grid parity)

    04/18/2015 7:10:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 90 replies
    ensia.com ^ | 4.15.15 | Phil McKenna
    Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Photo courtesy of 1366 Technologies Writer Phil McKenna@mckennapr Freelance writerShareTweet Facebook Share on Google+ Linkedin   April 6, 2015 — Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names like “Fearless” and “Intrepid”...
  • Crispy Critters Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • Three counties hope to salvage $88M solar project by borrowing more money, officials say

    02/22/2015 7:07:59 PM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    nj.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | Ben Horowitz and Seth Augenstein
    Three counties have a solution to salvage an $88-million-dollar solar project that went bust: borrow more millions to pump into the project and hope it will eventually turn a profit and ease the pain to taxpayers, officials said. Some officials view the solution as damage control. Others are calling it a repeat of a mistake, one they will fight to avoid. Freeholders in Sussex, Morris and Somerset counties will vote on settlement agreements this week that would end multiple lawsuits and get the projects back on track, officials said. But there will be opposition -- and some have even called...