Solar energy involves the use of heat engines and photovoltaic solar panels for electrical generation. Applications includes space heating and cooling, distillation and disinfection of potable water, daylighting, water heating and industrial purposes.
A small California company thinks it knows how to finally harness fusion power, the Holy Grail of energy. Its latest investor is the Russian government.
4 | May 6, 2013 6:24am |
Your window might be an unlikely place to plug-in your smartphone, but a team of designers has made that possible with a novel take on the portable charger.
1 | April 29, 2013 7:31pm |
Four Harvard University women created a soccer ball that generates electricity for use in off-grid areas of the world. It is having a powerful impact.
11 | May 6, 2013 3:00am |
Researchers have demonstrated an innovative "self-powered" method of producing hydrogen that may revive interest in fuel cell technology.
26 | September 21, 2011 7:29am |
How two mayors of small towns in right-wing America are showing the way to energy and climate progress: through local action.
29 | May 1, 2013 3:00am |
The big glass panels that are built into skyscrapers could soon produce solar power.
2 | May 12, 2013 7:44pm |
The $204 million whopper is part of a renewable energy push.
11 | April 22, 2013 4:35am |
A recent survey found the majority of Americans would go solar -- that is, if cost weren't a factor. Turns out, their perception of upfront costs might not align with reality.
61 | April 26, 2012 9:18am |
SmartPlanet is launching a new, occasional series aimed at dissecting some of the complex topics we cover on a daily basis. First up: wave power.
13 | May 27, 2010 4:00am |
Two entrepreneurs have some advice for would-be startup founders: Don't spend too much time planning when you should be selling.
4 | May 21, 2013 3:00am |
N. Carolina's Semprius and its German backer Siemens develop a prototype that converts more than a third of sunlight into electricity. Smoke and mirrors? Well, mirrors anyway.
41 | February 1, 2012 7:51am |
The South African native is challenging the legacy rules of U.S. power generation and financing, seeking to make clean energy as cost-effective as electricity generated by fossil fuels.
6 | May 7, 2013 3:00am |
Has the photovoltaic industry's agonizing four-year run of squeezed profits and bankruptcies ended? And will people still buy as the cost climbs?
45 | April 24, 2013 3:41am |
The bloom is sliding off the rose of renewables. Electric and hybrid vehicles losing favor too. What about nuclear?
28 | May 16, 2013 4:51am |
An analysis of the materials, labor and parts showed that turning an LED into a light bulb requires the integration of some pretty sophisticated technologies.
20 | October 7, 2011 6:00am |
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe securing country's energy and economic future.
7 | May 13, 2013 6:25am |
Daredevils piloting a solar plane will embark on the first transcontinental flight of its kind across the U.S. starting tomorrow
1 | May 2, 2013 7:50pm |
The solar company's plans to roll out an energy storage product marks a shift within the industry to offer more services.
4 | May 16, 2013 9:36am |
Terrestrial Energy's safe, liquid reactor could be ready in eight years.
10 | April 23, 2013 4:55am |
Internet giant, aerospace firm and renowned venture capitalists pop up together in the quest for energy's Holy Grail.
18 | February 15, 2013 5:25am |