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This Futuristic Solar Power Plant From 1923 Was Supposed to Light Up the World

Some people here in the 21st century still think of solar power as a futuristic, unproven technology. But solar-powered machines have been around for well over a century. Read More >>

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Much Like Cake, Solar Calculators are (Sometimes) a Lie

You trusted your calculator, and it lied to you. That little panel on the top there; it looks like it takes light and converts it to electricity - but there's a chance it doesn't. Instead, your solar calculator might be powered by a battery and nothing more. Read More >>

science
Australian Scientists Just Made A Major Breakthrough That Could Put Solar Power Anywhere

A new type of electrode developed by researchers at RMIT University has the potential to not only boost the capacity of existing energy storage technologies by 3000 per cent, but it opens the door to the development of flexible, thin film, all-in-one solar capture and storage. We're talking the means to self-powering smart phones, laptops, cars and buildings. Read More >>

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China is Going to Build a Solar Plant in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

A pair of Chinese companies are planning to build a solar plant in one of the scariest places in the world: the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Says His Smart Solar Roof Could Cost Less Than Your Dumb Old Regular Roof

Shortly after shareholders approved the acquisition of renewable energy firm SolarCity on Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that his company’s new solar shingles could cost less than conventional versions of the same thing, even before saved energy costs are accounted for. Read More >>

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Solar Power Could Be Coming Soon to Chernobyl

The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2,600 square kilometres (roughly 1,000 square miles) of land out of commission. It’s been good for shitty horror films and for the wildlife that has blossomed there following the disaster, but after decades of people unable to return to their homes and the property surrounding the reactor abandoned, it was only a matter of time before somebody wanted to attempt to reuse it. Read More >>

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Solar Impulse Becomes First Plane to Go Around the World Using Solar Power

The question on everyone’s mind: what’s going on with Solar Impulse? Read More >>

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Dubai Is Building the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

They like to do things big in Dubai, including a newly-approved concentrated solar power project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2020—and a whopping 5,000 megawatts by 2030. Read More >>

energy
China’s Wind and Solar Energy Capacity Is Soaring

Smog-filled days may be a part of life in Beijing for now, but China is cutting coal and growing its wind and solar energy capacity fast, according to figures released yesterday by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. Read More >>

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BioLite’s New Camping Accessories Make Roughing it Not So Rough

Unless required by your reality TV series, you don’t always need to completely disconnect from civilisation when you venture into the great outdoors. And BioLite, makers of a compact stove that can keep your gadgets powered, is introducing three new ways to make camping a little more comfortable. Read More >>

space
All Hail Juno, Our Record-Breaking Solar-Powered Emmissary to Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has broken the interplanetary distance record for solar-powered spacecraft. The Jupiter explorer is close to half a billion miles from the Sun, setting a new standard for using solar power for deep space exploration. Read More >>

energy
Watch a Massive Solar Power Plant Take Shape in the Sahara Desert

Construction for the first phase of Morocco’s Noor 1 power plant is nearing completion. Once complete in 2020, the solar farm will be the largest of its kind in the world. But even now, the plant’s half-million solar mirrors are already visible from space. Read More >>

environment
Uruguay Shames the World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

As the world’s top carbon offenders attempt to one-up each other with commitments in Paris this week, one country is quietly snickering from the sidelines. That’d be Uruguay, which already sources a staggering 94.5% of its electricity from renewables. Read More >>

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This Solar-Powered Plane Doesn’t Come With Batteries and Doesn’t Need Them

A few years ago the Volta Racer—a solar-powered electric toy car—helped educate kids about the virtues of harnessing the sun’s energy. The Volta Flyer does the same thing, except that it’s able to take to the skies after just 90 seconds of soaking up the sun’s rays. Read More >>