solar power

This Ball Machine Fakes Perpetual Motion As Long As The Sun Is Shining

Why is watching a marble snake its way around a twisty maze so mesmerising? Maybe it’s an allegory on the human condition as we all try to make our way through the world? What’s for certain is that they make for great desk toys, and as long as your office gets a bit of sun during the day, this one could — at least in theory — keep running until our local star eventually burns out.


Study: Solar Energy Will Be As Cheap As Fossil Fuel Energy By 2016

A new study on solar energy from Deutsche Bank bears very good news. Thanks to technology and innovation, solar energy will be just as cheap as energy from fossil fuels by 2016. That’s basically tomorrow, and it’s awesome.


This Cheap, New Solar Cell Doubles As A Battery

Solar power has an efficiency problem. When the electrons move from the solar panel to the battery that stores them, about 20 per cent of the energy is lost. But now, thanks to new type of solar cell, nearly 100 per cent of the energy is stored. That’s because the solar cell itself is the battery.


A Solar Cell Snowboard Powers Your Gadgets While You Cruise

A couple of years ago the folks at Signal Snowboards tried their hand at making a board with a thin layer of solar cells on top to charge a battery while it careened down the slopes. Not only was their creation a success, it actually worked so well the company decided to put it into production, and it’s now available in its online store.


How The World's Largest Solar Plant Wants To Fix Its Fried Bird Problem

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has a problem. The myriad mirrors that reflect the sun’s searing rays onto towers that generate electricity also create a death ray that fries anything in its path, namely poor innocent birds flying through the desert. But don’t worry. They’re working on it.


MIT Explains How To Turn An Old Car Battery Into A Working Solar Cell

There are over one billion cars in the world, and the vast majority of them use batteries made from lead. As lithium batteries replace these old timers, eventually there may be many of the lead suckers sitting in landfills. Which is why MIT wanted to find a way to reuse them — by turning them into a new kind of solar cell. It’s surprisingly simple.


This LED Torch Is Powered By Spherical Solar Cells

Solar-powered torches consistently suffer from one glaring problem: They’re ugly as hell. But that’s nothing that a multidisciplinary creative collective from Japan can’t solve.


Solar Power Company Wants To Make Up For Frying Birds By Neutering Cats

A few months ago, there were reports on an unsettling consequence of running the world’s largest solar plant. The 350,000 mirrors bounce sunlight back towards the atmosphere with such intensity that it basically creates a giant death ray. The poor little birds that pass by don’t stand a chance — they get scorched in midair.


Smart Grids Could Save Australians $28 Billion In Electricity Costs

A $500 million, four year smart electricity grid pilot project in Sydney and Newcastle CBDs has paid off, with the final analysis showing that smart grid monitoring and control could save Australian consumers a total of $28 billion over 20 years. A national smart grid would enable a gamut of services like real-time consumption monitoring that could help Australians lower their energy bills.


The World Is Your Steam Room With A Material That Turns Sunshine Into Steam

Good news for vaporised water fans everywhere: MIT researchers have developed a disc-shaped material structure that generates steam using solar power.