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Moth eyeballs inspire glare-dimming gold-coating for solar panels

The glare from commonly used objects such as solar panels or electronics displays can be greatly reduced with the use of a newly developed transparent film black inspired by moth eyeballs. The new film — created by researchers at UC Irvine — can……

Rare tornado shocks residents of Northern California city

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare tornado has damaged about a dozen homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying and leaving residents of the city of Roseville in shock over the unusual event, officials said on Thursday. The twister descended late on Wednesday…

Kibbutz recruits 100 solar panel robots to combat desert dust

The humble chore of cleaning solar panels plays a key role in solar cell efficiency, especially in desert regions where frequent dust storms and lack of rain combine to reduce panel output by up to 35 percent. That same lack of rain also presents a……

Conservative group ALEC pushes stealth tax on homeowners who install solar panels

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “freeriders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned. Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with…

Massive solar drone could remain in flight for five years

Huge Solar Plane Could Fly For Five Years (via Clean Technica) A solar-powered high-altitude drone made by Titan Aerospace is intended to be able to remain in flight for about five years. When manufactured, it would have 3,000 solar panels producing about 7 kW of electricity and would be above…

Chinese solar panel company defaults on $541 million worth of bonds

Chinese solar panel giant Suntech Power announced Monday that it was in default on its debt after failing to make a payment on $541 million worth of bonds. One of the world’s top two solar cell and panel producers, targeted last year by US trade sanctions, Suntech said it had…

Engineer invents floating solar panels

Rays of the winter sun bounce off gleaming mirrors on the tiny lake of Colignola in Italy, where engineers have built a cost-effective prototype for floating, rotating solar panels. “You are standing on a photovoltaic floating plant which tracks the sun, it’s the first platform of its kind in the world!” said Marco…

Google ramps up investment in solar energy

Google on Tuesday ramped up its investment in clean energy by backing the construction of solar panels that will feed electricity to California’s power grid. The Internet giant announced that it is pumping $94 million intoRecurrent Energy projects near the state’s capitol of Sacramento, raising its investments in Earth-friendly power generation to $915 million. “We believe…

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