Posts Tagged ‘solar powered’

Inspirational Solar Homes at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Many creative minds eager to present unparalleled ideas can be seen at the annual U.S. Department of Energy awarded Solar Decathlon. The year 2011 is no different as colleges from all over the world participate to challenge innovation and opposite teams to create solar-powered houses that are inexpensive yet effective. Since the D-date of September 23rd is just round the corner, competition is intensifying between colleges who are seen putting on a brilliant display of energy-efficient homes at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Check below for some amazing innovations! (more…)

MIT Invents 24 Hour Solar Power

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Diagram shows the idealized arrangement of a vat of molten salt used to store solar heat, located at the base of a gently-sloping hillside that could be covered with an array of steerable mirrors all guided to focus sunlight down onto the vat. Image: Courtesy of Alexander Slocum et al.

MIT team of researchers are working on a system which can supply 24 hours solar energy by designing a concentrated solar power (CSP) that would store heat in molten salts containers. Though this technology has been implemented before by Spanish company Torresol Energy through its “power tower” system, MIT is focusing on lowering the installation, operation and maintenance costs. With extra costs saved, this system will effectively work to help small towns and communities switch themselves from grid to clean energy. (more…)

Powering over 2000 homes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Solar panels on house rooftops. AP/ Jens Meyers

A huge solar project is on the cards by the Solar City and Hickam Communities. It will supposedly be the largest solar power infrastructure in Hawaii. In the US it will also be one of the largest solar powered communities at the Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam. (more…)

Solar powered SmartEnergy Compactor strives towards cost savings and environmental sustainability

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

WASTE MANAGEMENT/PR NEWSWIRE

According to a press release, Waste Management, Inc. , a leading provider in waste management services recently introduced the SmartEnergy(SM) Compactor which could curtail electrical consumption by almost 70% compared to conventional compactors. The result is low operating expenses and carbon footprints for clients. The announcement of the SmartEnergy compactor by the Houston based environmental solutions company is aiding businesses in cutting down costs and meeting their sustainability targets more efficiently. (more…)