solar

How The Energy Grid Handles The Surge After A Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse which covered much of Europe on March 20 was the continent’s first for 16 years. Back in 1999, as people stopped staring at the sun and got back on with their day they caused a power surge which still stands as a UK record — greater than anything after a football match or royal wedding.


California's Wine Country Is Getting A Huge Floating Solar Farm

California has long been on the cutting edge of solar power, and now it has what be its most interesting plan yet: a vast solar array floating on top of wastewater ponds. The project will be built in Sonoma County, which you may know better as wine country.


This Solar-Powered Plane Is About To Fly Around The World (Very Slowly)

After endless years of planning (and a not-so-successful dry run), the Solar Impulse sun-powered plane is about to take off on its around-the-world voyage — provided it’s not too cloudy, of course.


How A Moth's Eye Could Help Improve The Efficiency Of Solar Cells

Inspiration lies in the strangest of places — and for researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research in Singapore, that includes the eye of moth. A new antireflective coating inspired by the creature’s ocular faculties could help bump up the efficiency of solar cells.


Simon Hackett Is Taking His Office Off The Grid

Former Internode boss and founder Simon Hackett is a big fan of battery power — he was the first owner of a Tesla Motors Model S in Australia, has a house kitted out with a solar array and energy storage, is a key part of Aussie energy tech innovator RedFlow. And now, he’s using RedFlow to take his $7 million office complex in Adelaide entirely off the grid — eventually.


Apple Just Spent An Incredible Amount Of Money On Solar Power

$US848 million. That’s the amount of cash Apple is spending on what Bloomberg calls “the biggest commercial solar deal EVER.” That may seem like a crap ton of money to us, it’s still less than a per cent of the $US178 billion in cash Apple — aka the 55th richest country in the world — has on hand right now.


Watch How The World's Largest Solar Farms Get Built

Large-scale solar plants are monstrous construction projects, that cover hundreds or thousands of acres of land in photovoltaic goodness. This amazing video shows how they go from concept to reality.


A More Efficient Solar Panel Can Be Made With Old Blu-ray Discs 

Yes, a Blu-ray copy of Police Story 3: Supercop was destroyed for the sake of science. It turns out that the nanostructure of Blu-ray disc makes them especially well-suited to soaking up light — exactly what you’d want with a solar panel.


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.


Report: Solar Is Way Worse Than Other Renewables

Solar is an established — and constantly improving — form of renewable power. But according to a new report by the European Union its economic impact is incredibly costly, and far worse than wind and even hydroelectric power.