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Could Solar Energy Be Next California\'s Cash Crop?
Could Solar Energy Be Next California's Cash Crop?
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Several years ago, Nick Rajkovich bought 1,200 acres in California's Fresno County, planning to grow almonds for his family's farming business.
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Could Solar Energy Be Next California's Cash Crop?

Thursday, 29 December 2016
Several years ago, Nick Rajkovich bought 1,200 acres in California's Fresno County, planning to grow almonds for his family's farming business.

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

Sunday, 25 December 2016
R&D:A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.

New Scientific Study Says Solar Can Already Generate More Energy Than Oil

Monday, 19 December 2016
Oil proponents have been saying for awhile now that solar doesn’t match up to oil’s energy output, but that statement may have just been proven false. In a major scientific study published in November 2016’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, researchers looked at 29 separate studies and compared the solar photovoltaics (PV) generated as compared to the energy needed to create and install the panels.

There is a power revolution heading for our homes

Monday, 19 December 2016
There is a power revolution heading for our homes – a device that allows you to take power into your own hands. Its batteries, home batteries, and they've been called the holy grail of renewables – the key to the transition away from fossil fuels. Australia is at the vanguard of this revolution - we will be one of the first countries in the world to experience the transition to the battery powered home. Find out how you can be part of it.

See-Through Solar Could Turn Windows, Phones Into Power Sources

Wednesday, 07 December 2016
It's a whole new way of thinking about solar energy," says startup CEO about using transparent solar cells on buildings and electronics.

Future Solar Panels Will Generate Energy From Raindrops

Wednesday, 07 December 2016
A new solar cell prototype developed by a team of scientists in Qingdao, China may change the way we use solar panels in the not so distant future.

Bill Gates Explainer: Energy Equation

Monday, 28 November 2016
Climate change is an issue that has plenty of noise surrounding it. Bill Gates shares an equation that helped him cut through the noise.

TED: How do solar panels work? - Richard Komp

Thursday, 24 November 2016
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.

90MW Battery Storage Project Inaugurated In Germany

Tuesday, 22 November 2016
A 90MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project was officially put into operation in Germany last week, the largest implementation of its kind in the country.

Tesla’s solar roof to cost less than a regular roof

Monday, 21 November 2016
During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at a lower cost than a regular roof – even before energy production.

Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Australia’s burgeoning residential battery storage market is set to have yet another contender come September, with the release of a modular 2.5kWh lithium-ion product by prestige car maker Mercedes Benz.

Virginia Tech flexible solar panel goes where silicon can not.

Monday, 14 November 2016
In the very near future, recycling light energy may be easier than recycling any other item in your house.

Energy On a Sphere

Thursday, 10 November 2016
Renewable Energy is an important resource that will be critical for a clean energy future. There are so many various renewable energy sources, so this Science on the Sphere live program was put together to help put them into a global perspective....

Spreading their wings: AICA leads the way into ‘greener pastures’

Thursday, 05 May 2016
AICA Engineering is proud to announce it has extended its operations further into the globally competitive markets of Malaysia, U.K and U.S.A.

SunPower Breaks World Record for Efficient Solar Panels

Monday, 22 February 2016
The more efficient the solar panel, the less space used.Solar giant SunPower announced on Monday that it can now make a solar panel that can convert 22.8% of the sunlight that hits it into electricity. According to SunPower, that’s a new world record.

Explained: The Tesla Powerwall and what it means for Australias energy market

Tuesday, 02 February 2016
The Powerwall, a lithium-ion battery system designed to store electricity generated from rooftop solar panels, is widely considered to be a game-changer for the electricity industry. 7.30 has asked consumer group Choice to crunch the numbers. Here's what they found.

Taste of Tasmania by Tesla Model S85: 10 days energized with renewable energy

Wednesday, 20 January 2016
After travelling the Australian East coast towards Northern Queensland a few months ago, I recently did an about turn and made a 6,383 km return trip from Bribie Island in Queensland all the way down to and through Tasmania.

India's solar surge may slash coal imports

Monday, 04 January 2016
Dramatic cost declines in solar power tenders in India have shaken up expectations on pricing for the renewable fuel and have triggered warnings that the country's need for thermal coal imports will be much lower than some are banking on.

Solar Balloons Could Soon Soar

Friday, 18 December 2015
We’ve reported on space-based solar farms before, where orbiting satellite arrays beam uninterrupted energy back to Earth via microwave or incredibly huge electrical cables.

Paris climate deal: Historic climate change agreement reached at COP21

Saturday, 12 December 2015
The global climate change conference in Paris has adopted an international accord aimed at transforming the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and slowing the pace of global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Barcaldine solar farm expected to provide about 10pc of Australia's large-scale solar electricity

Thursday, 10 December 2015
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) says the Barcaldine solar farm in central western Queensland will provide about 10 per cent of the country's large-scale solar electricity.

Tesla home solar battery hits Australia

Thursday, 10 December 2015
TESLA'S much-hyped home battery, which promises to dramatically cut consumers' power bills by letting them store solar energy for later use, has gone on sale in Australia.

Minister feels heat of solar flare-up

Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Energy Minister Mike Nahan has pledged to outline major changes to electricity pricing in next year’s State Budget as he vowed any shake-up would be phased in.

Is installing solar panels on your home still worth the cost?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015
GENERATING your own electricity from the sun is not as profitable as it once was, and it’s fair to question whether buying solar panels today is worth the cost.

LG Chem pushes Australian battery storage prices further down the curve

Thursday, 23 July 2015
The competition in the nascent battery storage market continues to intensify, with South Korean appliance manufacturers LG Chem launching a new 6.4kWh battery storage system that approaches the key $1,000/kWh mark.

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