Posted on February 26, 2015 by Envirothink
A solar covered canal system – just not yet here in the United States
Governor Brown’s recently announced plan to have California derive 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 has opened the door for bold ideas to help achieve this.
Carl Weidert, a retired, self-employed biologist who lives in Shingletown, California, has spent years garnering interest in his idea of utilizing California’s canals as solar arrays to generate electricity. Of the five governors he’s proposed his innovative plan to, only Governor Schwarzenegger responding favorably.
Approximately 1,000 miles of canals – managed mainly by government agencies – exist throughout California, covering around 100,000 acres. Weidert wants to cover the canals with moveable covers covered with solar panels.
To learn more about this innovative idea and find out what country has already adopted this, click here.
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: California, Carl Weidert, Governor Brown, Governor Schwarzenegger, renewable sources, renewables, Shingletown, solar, solar arrays, solar covered canals, solar panels | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 20, 2014 by Envirothink
Mew Energy Technologies’ new SolarWindow™
The growth of solar is exploding. As the technology continues to improve, the focus for commercial buildings is solar, but with a twist.
Not all commercial buildings can handle large solar arrays on their rooftops. Between the weight of the solar panels and the fixed angle of the buildings, standard solar panels aren’t a one-size-fits-all. Because of this, the new technology of smaller solar cells embedded in glass has become a race to see who will perfect and make this available first.
One of the leading contenders in the U.S. is New Energy Technologies, a building integrator photovoltaic (BIPV) developer in Maryland. Their chief focus – a product called SolarWindow™ – is a spray-on solution of solar cells that allows windows to generate electricity.First announced in 2010,/the idea of this solar film caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2011. NET now has an exclusive world-wide licensing agreement with the University of South Florida, and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NREL to advance SolarWindow technology.
To learn more about this exciting new innovation, see the full article here.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: commercial buildings, innovation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, New Energy Technologies, photovoltaic, solar arrays, solar cells, solar panels, solar powered windows, Solar window technology, U.S. Department of Energy | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 2, 2014 by Envirothink
Ford’s newest concept car is solar powered – a big step forward in the industry
The idea of using solar power for energy is gaining traction in a wide variety of industries. The auto industry may have been a bit slow to the party but it seems that at least one brand has its eye on the future.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car, EPA, Ford, greenhouse gas emissions, hybrid electric car, International Consumer Electronics Show, solar, solar panels, solar-powered car, US Environmental Protection Agency | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 31, 2013 by Envirothink
Colored Solar offers an array of colors and styles to enhance any home
I recently wrote 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.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: Colored Solar, energy efficiency, Main Street Grant, solar, solar panels | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Envirothink
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.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: business incubator, Colored Solar, Department of Energy, energy efficiency, environment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar, Solar Decathlon, solar panels, Ventura Ventures Technology Center | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 26, 2013 by Envirothink
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?
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: Fraunhofer Institute, fraunhofer institute for solar energy systems, renewable energy, solar, solar array, solar energy, solar panels | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 5, 2013 by Envirothink
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.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: electricity, energy, fire, fire prevention, firefighters, national fire protection, National Fire Protection Association, photovoltaic, solar panels, Underwriters Laboratory | Leave a comment »