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.
Nowhere is the challenge of the energy-water nexus so acute as in the Middle East. Here's what Abu Dhabi plans to do about it.
26 | February 6, 2013 3:00am |
Saudi Arabia has completed its biggest ground-mounted photovoltaic solar plant, an installation that presented some unconventional challenges.
February 5, 2013 3:42pm |
Peter Bayly is producing some of South Africa's most remarkable fortified wines.
1 | February 5, 2013 3:00am |
PARIS -- With poor air quality decreasing life expectancy, European insurance Generali is sponsoring a unique hot air balloon to study pollutants and inform the public of unhealthy conditions.
February 1, 2013 1:47am |
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has given the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda carte blanche to ignore U.S. intellectual property rights as reparations for a longstanding trade dispute.
25 | January 30, 2013 8:07pm |
They're good for hydrogen production, CO2 removal, solar energy storage, nuclear reactors, carbon-light oil sands extraction and much more. No industry complete without 'em.
8 | January 30, 2013 5:52am |
Smarts, spare parts and power: SmartPlanet columnist C.C. Sullivan goes to America's biggest trade show for air-conditioning and sees a good year ahead.
2 | January 30, 2013 4:07am |
As the largest single consumer of energy in the world, the U.S. Department of Defense has a vested interest in investing in sources that allow it to curb its reliance on foreign nations.
5 | January 28, 2013 11:41am |
Two months ago, Jim Yong Kim wanted to "shock" the world into action against man-made climate change. So some people might find what he said at Davos over the weekend to be rather shocking.
22 | January 28, 2013 5:07am |
DELHI -- India's new telescope will beat out the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope in Arizona.
5 | January 28, 2013 12:00am |
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about electric vehicles and battery development.
4 | January 25, 2013 12:16am |
Country's post-Fukushima energy pendulum is slowly swinging back to nuclear.
7 | January 24, 2013 6:02am |
The automaker has begun using a solar farm adjacent to its Chattanooga manufacturing facility to power up to 12.5 percent of the plant's needs during full production and 100% off production.
3 | January 23, 2013 9:31pm |
They'll make you an offer you can't refuse -- as long as the sun is shining and the wind is blowing.
6 | January 23, 2013 12:51pm |
The world's biggest furniture retailer plans to use renewable energy to help keep its expenses down while it continues its global expansion.
January 23, 2013 8:33am |
San Francisco's Bay Bridge will soon be the host for a new light sculpture designed by artist Leo Villareal.
January 23, 2013 3:13am |
Two of the world's top oil and gas producers are transitioning to renewable energy. So why isn't the U.S.? Energy expert Chris Nelder reports from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.
30 | January 23, 2013 3:00am |
Carbon dioxide still leads, but black carbon is warming the world twice as much as we thought. Cutting emissions would have fast cooling effects, while saving lives: a "no brainer," researcher says.
20 | January 15, 2013 10:38pm |
ELF, a pint-sized hybrid electric vehicle powered by both you and the sun, has secured enough investment to make its future a real possibility for urban commuters.
10 | January 15, 2013 1:03am |
While investment in clean energy projects took a dive in many developed countries, it hit a record high in China, according to a year-end report by research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
11 | January 14, 2013 10:43am |