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Home Power Plant Uses Sun and Waste Water, Could Cost $20

After years of work, an MIT scientist has perfected a cheap way to convert and store clean energy using sunlight and water -- much as a plant does during photosynthesis. According to Fast Company, professor Daniel Nocera used solar power captured during the day to split a water molecule into its basic elements -- oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen gas is stored in a fuel cell, which is used to...

U.A.E. Resident Fuels His Road-Tripping Wheelchair With the Sun

Haidar Taleb, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, embarks on a 200-mile wheelchair road trip this week, and he plans to completely fuel the journey with solar power. Taleb's mission, which will take him through all seven Emirates, is to reportedly "raise awareness of disability and sustainability as well as what we can achieve as individuals if we have the courage and determination to try."...

Logitech K750 Keyboard Charges on Solar Power, Calculators Not Impressed

Solar power continues to gain traction as a viable energy source. Although the expensive technology still seems out of reach for most consumers, Logitech is installing the increasingly popular panels on a mainstream product. The company's new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 sports a thin, one-third-inch profile, a series of ambient light solar panels (which can reportedly charge even indoors) and...

White House Going Green With 2011 Solar Power Plan

Barack Obama initially promised to support and fund numerous techie projects, and now the President appears ready to publicly lead by example. With mounting pressure from green activists, White House officials are reportedly intending to install solar panels atop the President's residence next spring. According to the Associated Press, the White House solar panels will power unspecified areas,...

Solar Power Cheaper Than Nuclear Power, Duke Study Finds

It's easy to talk about the benefits of 'green' power, but the bottom line is that the method has to be affordable before people will use it. According to Physorg, a study conducted at Duke University claims that solar power in North Carolina has now become more cost-efficient than nuclear power. Earlier this year, the cost of producing one kilowatt hour (kWh) of solar power dropped to 16...

Sun-Powered 'Solar Impulse' Plane Survives the Night Sky

The Solar Impulse is one of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen. The ultimate goal is to fly a solar-powered plane around the world, relying for power solely on the rays of the sun. That might still be a ways off, but the Impulse took to the sky Wednesday morning with an intermediary goal: to survive 24 hours aloft in the night sky (read: often with no sun) without plummeting to the...

World's First Solar Blimp to Attempt English Channel Crossing

We've already told you that the world's largest airship, called the Bullet 580, will depart on its maiden voyage later this year. Now, according to Inhabitat, the world's first solar-powered blimp is set to take flight over the English Channel as early as next week. The helium-filled Nephelios, which measures 72-feet long and 18-feet wide, is covered with a strip of semi-flexible solar cells....

No Duh: LG's Solar Hybrid Air Conditioner Is a Good Thing

Kudos to LG Electronics for creating the Most Obvious Product That No One's Ever Made. With all these new-fangled concepts coming out for solar-powered cellphone chargers and drink coasters and what-have-you, it makes the most sense to craft an eco-friendly device that performs the best in high-sun seasons and whose traditional counterparts are electrical siphons of the worst sort. We present to...

First Solar Cell Printed on Paper Achieved by MIT Scientists

Scientists at the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Research Center have successfully developed the first solar cells printed on paper, using a process similar to inkjet printing. Organic semiconductors in the form of carbon-based dyes were applied to paper, resulting in a solar cell with a 1.5- to 2-percent sunlight conversion efficiency rate. (Current thin-film solar cells have achieved record efficiency...

Oh! You Pretty Things: Our Favorite Designs at CES

CES is all about the hottest and latest tech, from 3-D TVs (yawn) to every single kind of e-reader imaginable (double yawn). And while the circuitry of these devices typically blows minds, their exteriors are often an afterthought. It's like having Einstein's brain in the body of Brian Peppers [note to eds.: or replace Peppers with Sam the Chinese Crested Dog] -- genius, but a little tough on the...

Revolutionizing Solar Energy by Taking It Underground

Want greener energy without having to install large, gaudy solar panels on your house? Join the club. But what was once wishful thinking might soon be reality. According to ABC Science, scientists have created a way to harness sunlight and convert it into electricity by connecting a photovoltaic cell to fiber-optic wiring that's barely wider than a human hair. (Note that it doesn't actually use...

Forget Panels, New Solar Shingles Offer Easier Installation

Many people would love to build an entirely "green" house. But "going green" isn't always cheap or practical. That's why we're so excited about Dow Chemical's new solar-powered shingles, which are meant to be used on asphalt-tiled roofs. According to The New York Times, the Powerhouse thin-film shingle can be installed by most roofers, and they're durable, too. You can even drop one from a roof,...

Google Developing Cheaper Mirror Technology for Solar Panels

In 2007, Google announced that it was delving into scientific research, specifically the investigation and development of viable green energy sources. According to Reuters, the world's biggest brand is particularly interested in solar power and the development of cheaper and more efficient panel mirrors, which harvest heat and energy from the sun. Google is looking to cut current mirror...

Hair-Brained Teen May Revolutionize Solar Panel Industry

Milan Karki, an 18-year-old Nepalese student who idolizes inventor Thomas Edison, has been experimenting with electricity since he was a child. His goal is to create low-cost, low-maintenance providers of energy in order to cheaply and efficiently bring power to remote, impoverished villages. Karki and four of his classmates now believe they have successfully accomplished that task and are...

Adventurer Unveils Solar-Powered Plane for Around-the-World Flight

Adventure runs through Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard's veins. He was born that way, thanks to a father who dove deeper in the ocean than any other man, and a grandfather who was the first man to fly a hot-air balloon into the stratosphere. To paraphrase a certain country singer, daring feats are just 'a family tradition' for the Piccards. After floating around the world in a balloon called...