Solar Tech Breakthroughs

Solar Roadways – The Future is Now!

Solar Roadways – The Future is Now!



You haven’t seen amazing until you’ve seen Solar Freakin Roadways! This is the future and it looks like Tron! Imagine every road, interstate, highway, parking lot, driveway and basketball court in America made of pure 100% USA invented solar panels! How about 3 times the amount of power consumed by America generated every day for […]


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Super Bowl XLVIII Goes Solar

Super Bowl XLVIII Goes Solar



Got dreams of rolling up to the Super Bowl XLVIII stadium gates in your sleek limousine? Too bad. In fact, game-goers won’t even be able to take a taxi to Sunday’s big event. That’s because this year, NFL officials have committed to making the event as “green” as possible. To that end, this year marks […]


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Record Breaking Solar Powered Ship

Record Breaking Solar Powered Ship



PlanetSolar, the world’s largest (so far) solar powered vessel, put to sea on March 31 2010 and achieved 3 record breaking feats:1. She became the first ship relying entirely on solar energy to circumnavigate the planet, an astonishing 37,000 mile journey taking some 19 months2. She achieved the fasted crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by […]


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London Opens Wold’s Largest Solar Powered Bridge

London Opens Wold’s Largest Solar Powered Bridge



Nearly five years after construction began, London’s Blackfriars Bridge opened earlier today to great fanfare. Network Rail, which develops and maintains Britain’s rail tracks, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and transport stations, cut the ribbon on the project touted as the world’s largest solar-powered bridge. Spanning across the River Thames and developed by Solarcentury, the […]


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Solar Powered Flight Makes History in NYC



John F Kennedy International, once of the busiest airports in the world, welcomed The Solar Impulse late in the evening on July 6th, the world’s first day-and-night flying solar powered aircraft. The plane had just completed an historic trans-continental journey powered entirely by solar technology – though the final short leg of the flight from […]


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Guinness World Record for Solar Boat Crew



She’s not super sleek. She’s not sexy. She’s not all that beautiful. But she’s cheap. Cheap to run, that is. The Ra is the passionate project of Captain Jim Greer, who has been building watercraft for over half a century. Wanting to go boating, but short on capital to fund the venture, Greer said “..we […]


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3 Solar Powered Innovations Providing Clean Water for Third World Countries

3 Solar Powered Innovations Providing Clean Water for Third World Countries



Clean water should be a basic human right. Unfortunately, in many areas of third-world countries, clean water is far more a luxury reserved for the wealthy than an accessible basic for everyone. To help change that, a number of socially and environmentally conscious inventors have created potentially life-changing products that draw upon the power of […]


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Solar Power in India and Sri Lanka



August 2013. Previously known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is a small independent nation off the South East tip if India, and has a surprisingly complex and diverse cultural mix among its 20 million or so residents. It’s also sunny there, which is great for the solar industry. An established solar contractor supplying the entire island […]


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Solar Lights Deliver Safety to Somalians



Somalia – few people can even place it on the map. It’s on the North East coast of Africa, an area commonly referred to as the Horn of Africa. Only in the last year or so has a stable federal government been established, after over 2 decades of civil war nightmare capped off by a […]


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Solar Artist Sarah Hall Marries Beauty with Technology

Solar Artist Sarah Hall Marries Beauty with Technology



Technology and art may seem strange bedfellows at first glance. But that’s only if you’ve never seen the work of world renowned solar artist Sara Hall. Internationally recognized for her large-scale art glass installations, this virtuoso of color, light and energy fuses photovoltaic technology with her colorful craft. The results are both extraordinarily beautiful and […]


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Google Glass Aids Solar Power Field Techs

Google Glass Aids Solar Power Field Techs



Technicians with San Diego’s Sullivan Solar Power are seeing their jobs in a whole new high-tech light by donning Google Glasses in the field. Correctly and effectively installing solar power requires solid knowledge of building plans and roof specifications for each particular facility. Until now, that meant hauling around large and cumbersome collections of blueprints, […]


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Four Fantastic Solar Sights at CES 2014

Four Fantastic Solar Sights at CES 2014



The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, known as CES 2014, has dominated headlines over the past week, and with good reason. It’s the top platform for technology innovators to debut their latest wares each year, and is a bit like the Super Bowl of the geek world. Yes, we were fully taken with all the new […]


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Additional Solar Tech Breakthroughs Information

Solar energy technology is rapidly advancing. These advancements make it more affordable than ever to add new applications for solar energy use. And, the more you learn about solar energy, the more appealing the technology becomes.

What Are Solar Panels?

Photovoltaic cell is another term for solar cell. Photovoltaic systems convert the photons in light to voltage. Solar panels are made up of these cells and are often manufactured from silicon. Other manufacturing materials include cadmium telluride and conductive plastic. These active systems produce electricity that we can put to use.

Small solar panel systems can power exterior lighting at night by storing the energy generated during the daylight in rechargeable batteries. Continued advancements in battery technology has allowed for much larger storage capacities. This change in capacity makes today’s systems more cost-efficient for providing full power for homes and business during both day and night hours.

How Can Solar Energy Be Used?

Solar hot water systems are the easiest technology to understand. Heat from the sun is collected and then transferred to the water. In passive systems, the heat is collected with a flat panel attached to copper pipes. Direct passive systems send the collected heat directly to a holding tank. Direct active systems add a controller and pump to the system. Indirect active systems use a pump and controller with a heat exchanger located inside the tank.

Solar energy technology is also used in other types of passive systems. Buildings can be designed to maximize south facing windows that collect the sun’s heat during the day. This heat can be stored with the use of the correct building materials to provide warmth after the sun sets. When both passive solar energy for heating and solar panels for energy are combined, the benefits of solar power technology are maximized for unlimited new applications.