World Solar Challenge Concludes As Teams Cover 1,800 Miles On Sun Power (Video)

World Solar Challenge Concludes As Teams Cover 1,800 Miles On Sun Power (Video)

The closest most people can get to a solar-powered car is to buy a battery-electric vehicle and charge it with electricity generated by a home solar array. But cars powered directly by the sun really do exist--at least a handful of them. Every two years, teams from around the world converge on... read more

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

HyperSolar Reaches Voltage To Produce Hydrogen With Solar Energy

HyperSolar claims to have reached a major milestone in its quest to produce hydrogen using solar energy. The startup hopes to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial... read more September 28, 2015 by 

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid used by West Hill House B&B, Warren, Vermont

Vermont B&B Offers Solar-Powered Electric-Car Charging

In Vermont, a bed & breakfast housed in an 1850s home is getting a 21st century makeover. The West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center in Warren, Vermont, now offers... read more September 23, 2015 by 

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what... read more August 30, 2015 by 

Immortus solar-electric car

Immortus Electric-Car Concept Claims Solar Running Up To 35 MPH

Many electric-car owners use solar panels to generate power that they can use in home charging stations. But what if they could actually put those panels directly on their... read more August 17, 2015 by 

2015 Ford Focus Electric

Electric Car Drivers Tell Ford: We'll Never Go Back To Gasoline

Fully nine out of 10 electric-car drivers say they won't go back to cars with internal-combustion engines, according to a new Ford survey. The results included responses from... read more August 11, 2015 by 

Solar-powered electric 1966 Volkswagen bus owned by Daniel Theoblad

Classic 1966 VW Bus With Green Drivetrain: Solar-Powered Electric Motor

Solar-powered cars are typically custom-built affairs that prioritize function over form. Their shapes are usually dictated by aerodynamics and the placement of solar panels... read more August 1, 2015 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Lack Of Innovation Could Doom Battle To Trim Carbon Emissions

Representatives of world governments will meet in Paris this December to discuss a global strategy for combating climate change. But the outlook doesn't appear promising... read more July 28, 2015 by 

Stella Lux solar car

New Stella Solar Electric Car Produces More Energy Than It Uses

Back in 2013, a group of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology built a solar-powered car for the World Solar Challenge race held in Australia. Called Stella... read more July 8, 2015 by 

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Airplane Lands Safely In Hawaii

Nearly four months after taking off from Abu Dhabi to attempt a circumnavigation of the globe, the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 airplane has crossed the Pacific Ocean. The... read more July 6, 2015 by 

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

What's so magical about 1.5 volts, you may ask? It turns out that it's the practical voltage required to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial photosynthesis... read more July 1, 2015 by 

SolaRoad solar bicycle lane, The Netherlands

Solar Panels On Dutch Bike Lane Produce More Power Than Planned

Apparently, solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore. The Dutch company SolaRoad has long planned to build bike paths and roadways with embedded solar panels, using... read more May 19, 2015 by 

Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla's New Powerwall Batteries: 7 Or 10 kWh For $3,000 Or $3,500

Last night, as promised, Tesla unveiled the new, non-automotive product line it had previously teased--confirming that the carmaker will enter the energy-storage business... read more May 1, 2015 by 

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for... read more April 28, 2015 by 

Georgetown, Texas, by Flickr user Matt Turner (Used under CC License)

Georgetown, Texas: Far From Green, But 100 Percent Renewable Energy--Why?

While the politics of climate change remain contentious in the U.S.--if not in much of the rest of the developed world--that doesn't have to hold up the growth of... read more April 4, 2015 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

You'd be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric... read more March 21, 2015 by 


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