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Why China has become the world leader in renewable energy

China is the now world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, using fossil fuels to drive rapid industrialization. But it has also become the world leader in renewable energy. The Economist investigates how the country is now investing billions of dollars in green technology. China’s investments into green tech can be clearly illustrated by the facts …

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Australian National University: ANU Scientists Set Solar Thermal Record

With an area of 500 square meters, The Australian National University’s solar collector is the world’s largest of its kind, writes the University. Now it also hold the world record in efficiency for solar collectors that concentrate the light.   Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have set a world record for efficiency for …

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Solar Impulse Airplane – Hawaii to Mountain View

Bertrand Piccard just landed at 6:44AM UTC on April 24st, 8:44AM CET, 11:44PM PT, in Moffett Airfield, California. He completed the Pacific Crossing! What a feat and a great way to resume to Solar Impulse flights around the world! He descended from the night sky, touching the runway, completing a smooth landing.  

TED-Ed: How We Turn Solar Energy Into Electricity

Solar panels are becoming cheaper and more efficient. So how exactly do they work?  

Lund University: Solar cells help purify water in developing countries

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a water purification plant that provides clean water far beyond the reach of the electrical grid – thanks to solar cells. With the help of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, these small and portable solar cell stations have now been placed across rural Bangladesh.  

Bloomberg Business: Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’

“Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the nation’s biggest solar energy supplier, and may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime.  

TED-Ed: How do solar panels work? – Richard Komp

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.  

Harvard University: Daniel Nocera: Energy for 1 X 6 Billion

The capture and storage of solar energy at the individual level – personalized solar energy – drives inextricably towards the heart of this energy challenge by addressing the triumvirate of secure, carbon neutral and plentiful energy. Because energy use scales with wealth, point-of-use solar energy will put individuals, in the smallest village in the non-legacy …

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Using solar power to purify water

For nearly two years now, members of the remote Mexican village of La Mancalona, have operated and maintained a solar-powered water purification system engineered by researchers at MIT.  

Stellenbosch University: Helio100: breakthrough for modular concentrating solar power

The feasibility of concentrating solar power (CSP) as a realistic, cost-effective and clean alternative to fossil fuels, is set to be given a major boost with the launch of a pilot CSP facility at Stellenbosch University (SU) demonstrating a new solar collector system. Situated at Mariendahl, an experimental farm of SU, the Helio100 pilot facility …

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Shou-En Zhu: Getting to grips with graphene

Graphene, a nano-structure, has many different usages. For instance, imagine a world where you would be able to desalinate water with a tool that can fit in your pocket or windows that can produce power because of it’s conductivity and clarity. Imagine all electronic devices fully charged in 10 minutes or electronic devices embedded in …

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Tesla Motors: Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall

Tesla Powerwall Keynote by Elon Musk “The Missing Piece”. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the Powerwall, a wall-mounted rechargeable lithium ion battery.  

MIT: Recycling old batteries into solar cells

A system proposed by researchers at MIT would recycle materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. Features image credit: Georg Slickers.  

Bertrand Piccard: Solar-powered adventure

Adventurer Bertrand Piccard shares his plans at TED to do what many say can’t be done — to fly around the world, day and night, in a solar-powered aircraft.  

Siemens: Unlocking the Energy Challenge

Panel discussion on unlocking the energy challenge to confront climate challenge and global warming. Global climate change, a scarcity of resources and the accelerating energy demand from emerging markets such as China or India pose significant challenges to global and local energy supplies. The question as to how supplies can be secured for the future …

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