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Spray-On Solar Cells Show Promise For Cheaper Sun Power

Spray-On Solar Cells Show Promise For Cheaper Sun Power

What if you could get solar panels in a can? A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has developed a solar cell made from a spray-paint like material, Mashable reports. While it won't necessarily be applied with a rattle can, this spray-on solar cell could make sun power cheaper. The... read more

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Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business

For owners of electric vehicles, powering their homes and cars using solar panels mounted on the roof are a win-win scenario. Not only do they get to drive past every gas... read more July 27, 2013 by  97


 
"Stella" World Solar Challenge Car (Image: Solar Team Eindhoven)

Entrant In World Solar Car Challenge Is 'Family Sedan,' Sort Of

We're always interested in following the progress of competitors in the World Solar Challenge--a solar-powered race across Australia--but as our readers regularly point out... read more July 25, 2013 by  20


 
GM OnStar and TimberRock's on-demand solar charging

GM To Test Utility-Controlled Solar Charging For Electric Cars

If there's one thing that most people agree on when it comes to electric cars, it's that powering them with electricity generated by renewable energy is generally the... read more July 19, 2013 by  20


 
Fold-out solar pavilion for Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid (Image: Synthesis Design + Architecture)

Is This Volvo Solar Pavilion The Ultimate Electric Car Accessory?

Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really... read more July 16, 2013 by  6


 
Stanford's Luminos World Solar Challenge car (Image: Stanford Solar Car Project)

Luminos Solar Electric Car For Australian Race Cruises At 55 MPH

The latest United States entry into October's World Solar Challenge in Australia has been unveiled by a team at Stanford University. First held in 1987, the World Solar... read more July 11, 2013 by  3


 
Rusty car (Image: Flickr user Another Seb)

Is Rust The Key To Cleaner, Solar-Generated Hydrogen?

Rust is usually something to be avoided in the automotive world, unless you're a hot-rodder looking for that sun-scorched appearance or a VW scene kid wanting the "rat look"... read more July 9, 2013 by  5


 
University of Michigan's World Solar Challenge car (Photo: Flickr user Michigan Engineering)

University Of Michigan Solar Car Takes Sun Power To New Extremes

If you want to know why road-going electric vehicles aren't powered by solar panels mounted on the roof, here's your answer. Technically it's feasible, but you'd have to do... read more June 20, 2013 by  5


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

World's Largest Coal Company To Use Solar Power In Bid To Cut Energy Costs

It's perfectly reasonable to be skeptical when an alternative energy organization says we should move away from fossil fuels, and likewise reasonable to be skeptical when the... read more June 7, 2013 by  7


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Electric Cars Vs. Solar Panels: Which One's The Gateway Drug?

Among the 100,000 or so U.S. drivers with plug-in electric cars, it's widely noted that a lot of them charge their cars using photovoltaic solar arrays. But which comes... read more June 4, 2013 by  64


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Will Solar Panels Destroy Electric Utilities' Business Model? Yes, They Say

Technology can be a real drag. CDs killed cassettes. MP3s killed CDs. Video killed the radio star. Bummer. Now, a new threat looms in the dark pit we call progress: solar... read more May 31, 2013 by  71


 
Utah highway

Solar Roads: Is The Future Of Energy Under Our Feet?

Whatever the future energy mix, it's becoming apparent that coal and gas are both hugely consumptive and not entirely great for the environment--even if they provide large... read more April 8, 2013 by  6


 
Lotus Mobile solar charging array (Image: Monarch Power)

Lotus Mobile: A Portable, Affordable Solar Charging Solution?

Given millions of years of adaptation to conditions, it's no surprise that nature is pretty good at doing what it does. Each leaf on a tree, and indeed the shape of a tree's... read more April 2, 2013 by  10


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Could Carmakers Sell More Electric Cars With Green Energy Included?

In our experience, owners of electric vehicles are also rather keen on green energy. Where appropriate, many fit solar panels to supply some of their energy needs, and others... read more April 1, 2013 by  3


 
Chiton marine snail could inspire improved battery and solar cell development (Wikimedia Commons)

Snail's Teeth Could Help Develop Future Battery Tech--No, Really

We often cover the progress of battery technologies here on Green Car Reports, and while always of interest, few new discoveries are really that surprising. The potential of... read more March 13, 2013 by  0


 
Sunseeker solar glider (Image: Solar Flight)

Next Kind Of Electric Transport: Solar Electric Aircraft?

In utopian visions of the future, we won't have to burn anything to get anywhere. No fossil fuels, no coal, no burning of any sort. For some, that future is already... read more March 4, 2013 by  1


 
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