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Sparks Fly As Solar Toilet Meets Hydrogen Fuel Cell

We were mighty impressed when a solar toilet from the California Institute of Technology won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Reinventing the Toilet Challenge” last year, and now the winning team of toilet reinventors has fulfilled the promise of their championship endeavor. As toilet champs, the team won a $100,000 grant to fine tune their device, and the result is a solar toilet that generates energy in the form of hydrogen, which it saves in a fuel cell. Who Needs A Solar T...

2014 will see growth in solar power industry, UAE expert says

Vahid Fotuhi still remembers the observation that moved him towards a career in solar power.In 2007 Mr Fotuhi began with BP’s oil trading division in Dubai as an analyst, where he was involved in quantifying the region’s fossil fuel exports.By 2009 he had noticed a shift in the movement of oil and diesel, with tankers carrying fuel into the Arabian Gulf countries, rather than just exporting from them. “At first it was only a trickle, a few ships coming to the region, but the...

Northern Power Distribution Company Limited to buy solar power

WARANGAL: The Northern Power Distribution Company Limited NPDCL has signed power purchase agreement PPA with 10 private consumers for production 50 mw of solar power in five districts. Karthikeya Mishra, chairman and MD on Tuesday said that the company has set up a 80 kw capacity solar power plant last week, and so far has generated 2,804 units. Under this, the private persons will erect solar power plants within 18 months and supply power to NPDCL.

Nonprofits Get Solar Power Boost From CollectiveSun, Crowdinvesting

Originally published on Cost of Solar. How much will solar save you? Find out in about 60 seconds! There are now several options for homeowners and businesses that want to go solar — purchasing + tax credits/rebates, solar leasing, power purchase agreements PPAs , PACE financing, and more. However, nonprofits don’t have these same options. Due to the federal tax credit being centered around having tax liability which nonprofits don’t have , it’s not as economical for the...

First ever weather forecast for planet outside our solar system

Scientists have issued a weather forecast for a planet outside our solar system for the first time, with the alien ''super-Earth'' orbiting a star 40 light years away set to remain cloudy and hot for the foreseeable future.

The battle over net metering between Colorado's Xcel Energy and

The battle over net metering between Colorado's Xcel Energy and rooftop solar advocates could make the recent impassioned debate in Arizona seem tame.Xcel Energy, Colorados dominant electricity provider, will have its 2014 Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan reviewed by the state Public Utilities Commission in February.In its filings, the utility proposed to change net energy metering NEM to a net metering incentive. To validate the request, Xcel filed a value of solar study that puzzled C...

Why China is building a massive solar power plant in the middle of

Back in 2009 when China announced it would build the worlds largest photovoltaic power plant in the Mongolian desert, it choose a US company, First Solar, to construct the 2,000-megawatt MW project. Yesterday, China unveiled plans for another huge solar power plant, a 1,000 MW project in the remote Xinjiang Region. This time, though, a homegrown company, Trina Solar, won the contract. That marks a significant shift in the global solar market, one that will accelerate in 2014. Over the past two y...

Wearable, Solar Soldier Power Nears The Battlefield

Seeking to solve one of the most intractable challenges of 21st century low-intensity warfare supplying power to troops laden with electronic devices and deployed to remote battlefields  the U.S. Army is developing wearable solar panels that will be integrated into uniforms. Todays infantryman or, rather, infantryperson carries around a dozen pounds of batteries, according to Chris Hurley, battery development team leader at the U.S. Armys Communications-Electronics Research, Deve...

Solar expansion

Microspec, a Peterborough company that designs medical device components, is going green with the addition of multiple solar panels onto its office on Route 202. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »Microspec, a Peterborough company that designs medical device components, is going green with the addition of multiple solar panels onto its office on Route 202. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »Microspec, a Peterborough company that designs medical device components, is going...

The Army Wants Soldiers to Wear Solar Panels and Bionic Knee

When United States soldiers venture out on routine three-day missions in the field, they mostly pack the essentials: food, water, ammunition and 10 to 13 pounds of batteries. Modern soldiers have so many electronically-powered devices, from night vision goggles to flashlights to radios, that batteries are a vital component of their livelihood. In fact, they have to carry so many batteries that the weight impedes mobility. The occasional demand for a resupply means more soldiers must risk their l...