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How They Clean Those Gigantic Solar Energy Plants

The world’s largest solar plants sure look amazing, but they raise one big question: how the hell do they keep all those panels clean? Nowadays, using robots like this!


The World's Largest Solar Plant Is Blinding Pilots

We probably should have seen this coming. At the Ivanpah solar power plant near Las Vegas, a massive glittering field of 170,000 garage door-sized mirrors reflects sunlight. And all those mirrors are making flying near Ivanpah not so fun — or safe.


Report: Apple's Smartwatch Could Use Wireless Charging And Solar Power

The New York Times reports that Apple is researching new technologies to charge its products — and it could see its smartwatch come equipped with solar charging capabilities. Some day.


After Two Years Of Nuclear Crises, Japan Opens Its Biggest Solar Park

This month, Japanese electronics company Kyocera launched the country’s largest solar plant. The facility can power 22,000 homes — and, maybe more importantly, it poses no risk of melting down, injuring workers or spewing radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.


Ray-Ban Solar Chargers: Why Don't All Sunglasses Do This?

Mumbai-based designer Sayalee Kaluskar has come up with a wonderful concept that makes sunglasses more than just a way to prevent squinting or hide a hangover. With the addition of a thin solar cell to each arm, suddenly the glasses become a mostly subtle way to top off your gadgets when you’re out in the sun.


Monster Machines: This Solar Thermal Plant Makes Electricity Even In The Dark

The primary complaint against solar power — that it, you know, requires the sun — is perfectly valid. But Arizona’s new Solana Generating Station, the largest capacity solar thermal plant on the face of the Earth, has just provided a $US1.4 billion counterpoint. Thanks to its massive molten salt reserves, this plant keeps producing power even after lights out.


The World's Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Is Now Online

After three years and $US2.2 billion of construction, California has just flipped the switch for the planet’s largest solar thermal plant — the 392 megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.


New Connectors Let Solar Cells Withstand The Power Of 70,000 Suns

The power of 1,000 suns? Pfft. That ain’t nuthin’. A recent breakthrough in solar panel connections has allowed scientists to create arrays of solar cells that can stand strong under the blazing glare of 70,000 suns. Not that they’d ever have to, but still.


How To Sun-Cook A Steak In South Africa

Consistent electricity is more guideline than rule in South Africa, even on the outskirts for the capital city of Johannesburg. This ambiguity leaves residents either living in the dark or at the mercy of expensive and hazardous kerosene-based or coal-based fuels. One social entrepreneur however, has a plan to provide clean, safe, nearly free energy to even Johannesburg’s poorest citizens.


The Yeti 150 Solar Charger Will Be Great For The End Of The World

It weighs in at a cumbersome 12 pounds, but the Yeti 150 charger box by Goal Zero is an electrical beast: it includes AC, 12V and USB ports — which should cover every gadget you own.