Innovation

Clean Energy Breakthroughs

One of the most inspiring ways to feel power over energy is learning about the breakthrough ideas being generated all over the world. Scientists, students, and everyday citizens are inventing solutions to our energy challenges with everything from solar roads to underwater turbines. These are exciting times.

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Australian company to print batteries on solar panels

July 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Australian company to print batteries on solar panels

One Australian company is on a mission to print out ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries, which could then be applied on top of super-thin flexible screen-printed solar panels.

World’s largest vertical garden boasts 33,500 square feet of plants

June 10th, 2017|Comments Off on World’s largest vertical garden boasts 33,500 square feet of plants

The largest vertical garden in the world is a green giant in Colombia's densely populated capital city of Bogotá that's helping residents breathe.

Printed solar tiles that are thinner, cheaper, and easier to use

May 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Printed solar tiles that are thinner, cheaper, and easier to use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle in Australia have found a way to print solar tiles cheaper and faster than traditional methods, which could be a game changer in the renewable energy industry.

Smart blinds generate solar electricity while shading your windows

May 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Smart blinds generate solar electricity while shading your windows

Solar smart blinds track the sun's angle in the sky throughout the day and produce clean electricity for the home or office to offset energy bills.

Indian berry contains a crucial ingredient for creating cheap solar cells

May 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Indian berry contains a crucial ingredient for creating cheap solar cells

A group of Indian researchers have been experimenting with a pigment from indigenous berries that could make solar panels far less expensive and may even provide a lasting solution to India’s chronic power shortages.

Seeing is believing: Energy harvesting windows one step closer to reality

February 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Seeing is believing: Energy harvesting windows one step closer to reality

Windows that can collect solar energy, called photovoltaic windows, are the next frontier in renewable energy technologies, as they have the

Blooming solar sunflower follows and collects energy from the sun

February 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Blooming solar sunflower follows and collects energy from the sun

The Smartflower POP ground-mounted system produces clean energy right in the backyard via a dual-axis tracking system that keeps its panels oriented directly at the sun throughout the day – and throughout the seasons.

9 unusual ways we can harness the wind’s energy

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on 9 unusual ways we can harness the wind’s energy

Is the traditional three-bladed turbine really the most efficient way to generate wind energy? These innovative ideas for harnessing energy from the air improve upon the existing technology in nine wildly different ways.

Wind energy to be created using street lights

February 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Wind energy to be created using street lights

An IT company in Scotland has joined forces with a green technology firm to develop wind turbines that attach to lamp posts.

Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds

January 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds

A new flapping wind turbine from Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics.

100 percent of Dutch electric trains now run on wind energy

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

PEACE TRAIN: The Netherlands now runs all of its trains on wind energy, meeting a goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy a year ahead of schedule.

Tesla flips switch on Gigafactory to accelerate world’s transition to renewable energy

January 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Elon Musk's Master Plan to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy is becoming reality. Tesla and Panasonic have officially kicked off the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at the massive Gigafactory outside Sparks, Nevada.

France is now home to the world’s first solar road

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

PAVING THE WAY: It's only 1 km long, but a two-year test of a solar roadway in France will help decide if a full 1000 km rollout is worth pursuing.

Building self-sustaining gyms with energy harnessing equipment

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

SWEAT EQUITY: An emerging cardio equipment company is striving to make working out an energy saving activity by sending the power generated by elliptical machines and stationary bikes back into the grid.

This ‘zero fuel’ electric VW bus conversion features its own rooftop solar array

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

SUN ROOF: When the classic style of a '73 VW bus is combined with an electric vehicle conversion and an onboard photovoltaic solar array, you get an eye-catching family-sized clean transport solution.

Producing wind energy in the ocean, no turbines in sight

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

SEA CHANGE: Not a fan of giant wind turbines? Accio's innovative new way to generate energy from ocean winds relies on the physics of a thunderstorm instead.

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

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

ELECTRIC AVENUE: Solar roadways that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you in 2017.

Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs

November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

RAISE THE ROOF: Elon Musk said Tesla's #solar roof will be cheaper than regular roofs, largely thanks to lower shipping costs because the Tesla tiles are lighter.

New solar-powered fabric is straight out of Back to the Future

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

POWER SUIT: A nanotechnology scientist at the University of Central Florida has developed solar-powered filaments that store energy and can be woven into textiles, which act as wearable solar-powered batteries that could charge our devices.

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