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Solar Walls

February 22nd, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Generating heat and power from the sun doesn’t have to involve huge projects like the new 5 megawatt Kimberlina solar thermal power plant in Bakersfield. Conserval Engineering, which has offices in less-than sunny Buffalo and Paris, developed SolarWall panels decades ago which are made from simple corrugated and perforated galvanized steel. The panels are attached to the outside of the south-facing walls of industrial and commercial buildings and the sun-warmed air that is created in this cavity is vented up and into heating ducts. This simple technology generates six times the power of similarly-sized photovoltaic solar panels, but costs one-tenth the price.

William Yuan

September 18th, 2008 by Jeff | 0

A Twelve year-old boy has solved the earth’s energy crisis. William Yuan, a seventh-grader from Beaverton, Oregon, has developed a new 3D solar cell which provides 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells. Yuan’s design increases the efficiency of electron movement through carbon nanotubes and enables light absorption from visible to ultraviolet light. He was awarded a $25k scholarship from the Davidson Institute and got on local Portland TV.

Toyota Hybrid-Hybrid

June 5th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

That 60mpg you’re getting from your Prius just not good enough? Then slap some solar panels on it. SEV, a Southern California solar company has developed a system that improves the fuel economy of Toyota hybrids by up to 29% by putting high efficiency mono-crystalline photovoltaic cells on the roof of the car. The SEV system also qualifies for Federal renewable energy tax credits of up to $2,000.