Posted on October 31, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Colored Solar offers an array of colors and styles to enhance any home
I recently told you about a company in Southern California called Colored Solar, which provides high quality colorful solar panels. These high-efficiency durable panels offer comparable performance to standard solar panels but compliment the architecture and style of any building.
Now the company is seeking additional funding to expand and improve and they’re asking for help. All it takes is a click and a vote for them to capture a grant from Google and Chase called the Main Street Grant.
So take a moment and click here to help them in their efforts to give we consumers some beautiful choices in color and energy efficiency we can be proud of.
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Posted on October 21, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As the cost of utilizing fossil fuels continues to unfold – i.e. oil spills devastating wildlife habitat, increased carbon released into the air, growing occurrences of asthma in metropolitan areas – cost-saving renewable energy sources look better and better. As the price of the installation solar panels continues to fall, this is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Yet homeowners have to put up with unattractive solar panels with no regard to aesthetics. Until now.
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Posted on September 26, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Solar energy is an integral part of our renewable energy game plan. Yet as useful as solar is, their efficiency has always seemed incredibly low. Who would consider 15-25 percent “good” if it were your electricity delivery?
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Posted on September 5, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As useful as solar panels are in helping to save energy and helping to wean us off fossil fuels, there’s a darker side that is proving to be unexpectedly hazardous. Firefighters are having enormous difficulty fighting fires in or on buildings sporting energy-producing solar arrays.
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Posted on January 31, 2013 by Debra Atlas
The Mezolift solar elevator
The idea of using solar to power all kinds of devices isn’t a new one. But the opportunity to ride a solar-powered elevator or tie a solar air conditioner to your solar power system is now an exciting reality.
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Posted on November 30, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Those tractor trailers you see on the highway are notorious gas guzzlers, to say nothing of the emissions they produce. Mercedes-Benz has created a new Aero-trailer concept.
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Posted on September 30, 2011 by Debra Atlas
The cost of solar panels has fallen 20 percent so far this year, according to a report from Navigant Consulting, making solar more affordable than ever for consumers.
More and more, our on-the-go lifestyles demand having solar power at our fingertips. FTL Solar has its finger on that button.
For more details, see http://bit.ly/qvXNfd.
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Posted on August 31, 2010 by Debra Atlas
This post is taken from an article by Anne Michelsen, freelance writer and co-owner of Performance Energy, Inc.
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Posted on August 11, 2010 by Debra Atlas
Solar highways could replace asphalt roads in our future
Roads and highways have been covered with asphalt since President Dwight Eisenhower opened the federal highways in the 1950′s.
Today, that black liquid’s getting expensive – close to $1,000 a ton – and being petroleum-based, chances are the price will keep going up.
Inventor Scott Brusaw is working towards an innovative, more environmentally friendly possibility – the Solar Highway.
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Posted on January 13, 2010 by Debra Atlas
The products including some sort of solar charger continues to grow – from backpacks to clothing. Now the technology is progressing so that we may soon see solar cells that are thinner than human hair!
Future solar cells could be microsized, making them more efficient and less costly
Sandia National Laboratories have been developing glitter-sized photovoltaic cells made from crystalline silicon that are fabricated using microelectronic and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) techniques. Measuring around 14 to 20 micrometers thick and 0.25 to 1 millimeter across, these cells are expected to be cheaper and more efficient that current solar cells.
Sandia’s lead investigator Greg Nielson said these cells would be wrapped around unusual shapes for building-integrated solar, tents and possibly clothing. The latter would allow consumers to walk around and charge up simultaneously. Hunters, hikers or military personnel in the field would be able to recharge batteries for phones, cameras and other electronic devices as they walk or rest.
Inverters, intelligent controls and storage would be built in at the chip level. It’s thought these amazing cells will be mass produced sometime in the future.
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