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Two US startups break solar efficiency records, aim to light up your life

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Two US startups are breaking solar efficiency records in their quest to bring clean, cost-effective, eco-friendly energy to a power grid near you. Alta Devices, based in Santa Clara, CA, has achieved a 23.5 percent efficiency rating with its standard solar panel, while Semprius, a Durham, NC company, has...
Two US startups break solar efficiency records, aim to light up your life

Solar startups set new power records

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Startups Alta Devices and Semprius boast new solar efficiency records using very different techniques in an effort to knock down the price of solar power....
Solar startups set new power records

Solar power arrives in the Puno region of Peru – in pictures

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The isolated village of Pasiri and the Uros people of Lake Titicaca, in southern Peru, are two of the communities to have benefited from an EU-funded project to install solar panels in poor countriesMattia Cabitza...
Solar power arrives in the Puno region of Peru – in pictures

China builds $3.7 billion, 1,373 mile power cable, how was your afternoon?

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The State Grid corporation of China is constructing a power line of capable of transmitting a staggering 37 billion kWh per year. The record-breaking cable stretches from the power rich north eastern Hami Prefecture to the energy-starved city of Zhengzhou in the west. Costing a twitch-inducing $3.7 billion, when...
China builds $3.7 billion, 1,373 mile power cable, how was your afternoon?

Infosys cuts energy use in US

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Indian IT giant claims it's efficiency efforts are better than Google and Apple's, but Greenpeace says it should look beyond itselfInfosys, the Indian outsourcing giant, has cut its per employee electricity use by about a third and introduced energy efficiency measures that have saved the company $32m (£29m) since 2009.Through...
Infosys cuts energy use in US

Photosynthesis molecules from yard waste can provide the basis of low-cost solar power

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Scientists are increasingly focused on finding renewable sources of power, and a researcher at MIT is working on putting together one such source that's primarily fueled by the sun and old yard waste. Andreas Mershin, a physicist and research affiliate at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, has...
Photosynthesis molecules from yard waste can provide the basis of low-cost solar power
Lessons learned from an entrepreneur electrifying rural India

Hand-cranked vending machine offers products sans power, refreshments during emergencies (video)

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Ever needed to grab a bottle of water only to find the vending machine you've spotted is without power? The folks in Japan have, especially in the period immediately following natural disasters. The solution? Easy. A hand-cranked vending machine that still affords you the option of your desired food...
Hand-cranked vending machine offers products sans power, refreshments during emergencies (video)

This Futuristic Boat Just Circumnavigated the Globe on Solar Power

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A pioneering ship proves a point about the possibilities of renewable energy....
This Futuristic Boat Just Circumnavigated the Globe on Solar Power

Stone Spray research project wants to print bridges with sand, solar power

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Envious of your pet hermit crabs' 3D-printed domicile? Maybe you should cast your green eyes upon the Stone Spray project, an Eco-friendly robot printer that's exploring the viability of soil as a building material. Although making actual buildings is a bit out of the robot's reach, its team has...
Stone Spray research project wants to print bridges with sand, solar power

Thinly sliced cells slash solar power costs

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Startup Twin Creek's equipment creates super-thin silicon solar cells to dramatically cut the cost of solar panel production. [Read more]...
Thinly sliced cells slash solar power costs
Logitech iPad case and keyboard charges itself with solar power

NASA Looks Into Satellites to Beam Solar Power Directly to Earth

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Coud satellites one day beam solar energy back to Earth? It could be possible, thanks to a new research project....
NASA Looks Into Satellites to Beam Solar Power Directly to Earth

100,000 'firefly' LED bulbs float through Tokyo

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Charged with solar power, this ethereal flotilla of glowing LEDs streamed down the Sumida River to celebrate the beauty of fireflies. [Read more]...
100,000 'firefly' LED bulbs float through Tokyo

Logitech goes solar powered with new iPad folio

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Logitech applied its expertise in developing solar power to computer peripherals to the iPad. Its new Solar Keyboard Folio both gives a new iPad or iPad 2 full protection as well as powering its built-in keyboard by light. The new peripheral is capable of using either indoor or outdoor light...
Logitech goes solar powered with new iPad folio
DOE study says that 80 percent of US power could come from renewable energy by 2050

Amazon’s cloud rockstar not a fan of solar-powered data centers

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James Hamilton of Amazon Amazon’s web infrastructure rockstar James Hamilton writes on his blog that he’s not convinced that solar power is a good fit for powering data centers. He points to the two most high profile examples of Internet companies embracing solar for data centers — Facebook’s tiny solar...
Amazon’s cloud rockstar not a fan of solar-powered data centers
DOE-backed Abound Solar to shut down
Huge Arizona solar panel farm now 2/3 completed

SunEdison looking to light up rural India with solar

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India has become a hot bed of solar activity, thanks to the country’s booming economy, the problems with the domestic coal industry, and the country’s strong solar incentives. And while many of the solar projects are being connected to the grid to generate power for cities, some companies are looking...
SunEdison looking to light up rural India with solar

MIT spinout Liquid Metal Battery lands $15M from Bill Gates and others

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Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, an MIT spin out that’s developing new technologies to for electricity storage, has raised $15 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, Total and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The technology behind the company was developed by Dr. Donald Sadoway, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was...
MIT spinout Liquid Metal Battery lands $15M from Bill Gates and others
Welcome to the DC data center

BrightSource Cancels IPO

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Citing poor market conditions, California solar-power developer BrightSource Energy said it was withdrawing its initial public offering, originally scheduled for later this week....
BrightSource Cancels IPO

Apple reveals big solar, fuel cell plans for data center

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A few months ago it was revealed that Apple planned to build a solar array for its massive data center in North Carolina. Now according to Apple’s latest environmental report (hat tip CNET), the company has disclosed that its solar project will actually be pretty sizable at 20 MW, and...
Apple reveals big solar, fuel cell plans for data center

Urban tech: From Masdar to Main Street?

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Self-driving electric taxis, smart appliances and municipal solar power are all amenities enjoyed by the residents of the futuristic Masdar City in the Middle East. Here's how they'll make their way to the U.S....
Urban tech: From Masdar to Main Street?

Inhabitat's Week in Green: rise of solar power, cardboard forts and a Death Star ping pong ball

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. It was a big week for superlatives in clean tech and green architecture -- particularly in Europe. First, construction on The Shard, architect Renzo...
Inhabitat's Week in Green: rise of solar power, cardboard forts and a Death Star ping pong ball
SunPower scores deal for Apple’s huge solar farm

Moss-Covered Table Powers Clock, Might One Day Power Your Laptop

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The Moss Table shows the potential of the emerging field of biophotovoltaics to lower the total cost and energy usage of solar power....
Moss-Covered Table Powers Clock, Might One Day Power Your Laptop
Geostellar raises $13M for solar data
Why diluted investments are diluting cleantech's impact
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