Harnessing energy from glass walls: Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Science Daily, 29 May 2017  A Korean research team has developed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that could be great candidates for solar windows. Scientists are exploring ways to develop transparent or semi-transparent solar cells as a substitute for glass walls in modern buildings with the aim of harnessing solar energy. But this has …

Carlos Ghosn of Nissan shares his experience behind the wheel of an AV as it smoothly and safely negotiated the suburban streets, including intersections and dense traffic

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, 14 Jan 2017, by Cynthia Shahan   “We started at the beginning. We were seeing something that other people did not see. Now they are seeing it.” Carlos Ghosn explains that the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been a leader and continues as a catalyst in advancing autonomous vehicle technology, and it aims to continue that leadership. Enjoy watching Ghosn with his hands-free …

Engineering students in Kolkata create device for 24×7 solar power

By Debjoy Sengupta, ET Bureau | Dec 23, 2016 While battery manufacturers and solar power companies are struggling to develop batteries that would be cheap, smaller in size and can store power for days, an engineering college in Kolkata has devised a combo of solar based generation and power storage system that can supply power perpetually 24 hours a day …

Lighter and more powerful electric motors, batteries that can store more energy, and more sophisticated aviation software are transforming small aircraft

By Tim Lee, Dec 2016, Cross-posted from Vox.   There’s a couple of technologies that are maturing and converging” to make small, affordable airplanes feasible, says Brian German, an aerospace researcher at Georgia Tech. German argues that lighter and more powerful electric motors, batteries that can store more energy, and more sophisticated aviation software could transform the market for small …

Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …

Denver new city hub will be an internet of things (IoT), have self-driving EasyMile shuttle, and an energy grid with solar power during the day and batteries at night

Peña Station, currently a remote rail station south of Denver International Airport, may be the location of one of the most futuristic smart city developments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock expressed his desire for Peña Station to be more than just a transit hub and earlier this year Panasonic jumped at the chance to make it a thriving community, outfitted with …

Lithium recovery from geothermal – a path forward linking mining with renewables

Cross-posted from Clean Technica December 2nd, 2016 by Tina Casey  The Energy Department is very excited about its California lithium project piggybacked onto a geothermal power plant, and with good reason. Lithium is the key ingredient in innumerable electronic devices, from portable gear on up to EVs and large scale lithium-ion energy storage systems. The problem is — or has …

Solar-panel roads to be built on four continents next year

Electric roads and sidewalks that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.  Rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, are now being built into road surfaces, after nearly five years of research and laboratory tests.  A unit of Colas SA  is constructing 100 outdoor test sites …

Plug & Play Microgrid Systems

October 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Solar Love. On October 10th, ABB, a pioneer and world leader in microgrid technology, announced a new range of microgrid solutions to enhance and promote distributed power generation. These modular and scalable “plug and play” products are designed expressly to address the needs of remote areas that are not tied to the …