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

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, and there's often room for only one occupant. But this solar-powered vehicle has a whole lot more style. DON'T MISS: VW Bus... read more

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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 


 
Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered airplane

Solar Impulse Electric Airplane Now Flying Around The World

The history of aviation is full of circumnavigations of the Earth meant to prove the mettle of pilots and technology. Now, it's time for solar power to be tested in this way... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger site with photovoltaic solar panels, Rocklin, California, Feb 2015

UPDATE: Tesla's First Solar-Powered Supercharger-Store-Service Center Now Open

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has rapidly been opening Supercharger DC fast-charging stations throughout the U.S. and outside the country. But despite its goal of providing... read more March 2, 2015 by 


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

Do Low Gas Prices Hurt Renewable Energy Adoption? Unlikely, Says Analyst

Gas prices have fallen dramatically in the U.S.--40 percent in six months--and it's assumed by some that this will hurt the renewable-energy industry. With the financial... read more January 26, 2015 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Installations Soar, Utilities Confront Distributed Renewable Power

As electric-car sales continue to grow, major changes are expected to come to the electricity infrastructure used to power them. As solar cells become more affordable... read more January 17, 2015 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Jordan Wants To Boost Electric-Car Adoption; Solar Charging To Come

Jordan may soon join the list of countries that heavily promote electric cars. Located between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan isn't generally thought of in connection with... read more January 10, 2015 by 


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity... read more December 30, 2014 by 


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

How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle

Renewable energy is attractive to many not just for its environmental benefits, but because it means independence from electrical utilities. Now, one small town in Germany... read more December 15, 2014 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices... read more November 13, 2014 by 


 
Ford and Windy Energy Windy System clean-energy pilot program.

Four Ford Dealers To Test Solar & Wind Clean-Energy Systems

As fuel economy slowly rises across its entire range, Ford is looking to lower the environmental impact of the dealerships that sell its greenest cars as well. The company... read more November 10, 2014 by 


 

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