Post Thumbnail

Earlier this week, the second Solar Impulse aircraft embarked on its maiden voyage over Payerne, Switzerland. Solar Impulse 2 hopes to expand on the success of its predecessor, and make an around-the-world flight in 2015. The 72 meter-wide wing houses over 17,000 solar panels that can power the cr

6 months ago 0 Comments
June 5, 2014 at 2:00PM
Post Thumbnail

Right now, you can install relatively cheap technology on your own roof and power your house, gadgets and even your car. For free! Sorcery? Not so much. The Earth receives more energy from our sun in about one hour than humans consume in an entire year. That's why solar power was the second leadin

7 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Next time you're at a park, beach or high-traffic spot in New York, and your phone battery's running low, look for the contraption in the image above. That's AT&T's Street Charge station, which harnesses the power of the sun so you can continue tweeting and uploading those selfies on the go. M

7 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Solar panels have become cheaper and more efficient in recent years, but you can't say the same for the big, costly inverters turning their energy into usable electricity. Google isn't happy with this lack of progress, so it's about to launch the Little Box Challenge, an open competition to build

7 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

When I showed Sol to my family, they all got a bit confused. My dad asked why I was testing a toolbox for Engadget, while my sister took one look at it and said \"Bumblebee.\" If you peek at the images below, you'll understand why: This solar-powered laptop does resemble a hardware tool case. And ye

8 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Solar power just hit the big time in the US -- BrightSource Energy has confirmed that the world's largest solar thermal plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, is up and running. The array, also backed by Google and NRG Energy, produces a total 392MW of power through 173

10 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

It's tough to build solar cells that capture both heat and light -- most of these multi-talented devices can't trap more than one percent of the energy they receive. However, MIT has just blown past that limitation with a prototype chip that absorbs warmth through an outer layer of carbon nanotub

11 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Let's imagine you've already crashed a Rolls Royce into a pool, flown to the moon and bought that \"I Am Rich\" iPhone app. What else are you meant to do with your cash? Well, thankfully, Hasselblad is willing to take around $10,000 off your hand in exchange for the Hasselblad Solar. In every other

1 year ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

...Because when you think of Britain, you think of sunny skies. Ikea has started selling solar panels for residential rooftops at its stores in the United Kingdom. The furniture outfit's move into home solar systems (as opposed to sun-powered lighting) was apparently made attractive due to the dro

1 year ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Voltaic's solar bags sure can be useful, but not everyone likes lugging a laptop or a 10-inch tablet around while on a holiday. It's a good thing the company has developed the new Switch solar bag specifically for smaller slates like the iPad mini, so you don't pull a muscle carrying a 6-pound gad

1 year ago 0 Comments