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Facebook Considering Solar Powered Dr...

Facebook Considering Solar Powered Drones?

Facebook is reportedly in the process of purchasing Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of high altitude solar powered drones. According to TechCruch, the deal would be worth around USD $60 million. So why would Facebook be interested in solar powered drones? Facebook is part of the initiative; which has a goal of bringing affordable connectivity […]

Renewable energy expansion planned in...

Renewable energy expansion planned in ACT

The ACT Government will introduce legislation today to allow a much greater proportion of Canberra’s electricity to be provided by renewable energy. The bill will increase the current cap to allow 90 per cent of Canberra’s energy to be generated by wind farms and solar energy. Environment Minister Simon Corbell says the extra cost of […]

Will the grid become optional? Solar ...

Will the grid become optional? Solar and storage already at parity

For years, low-cost solar-plus-battery systems were seen as a distant possibility at best, a fringe technology not likely to be a threat to mainstream electricity delivery any time soon. By far, the limiting factor has been battery costs. But thanks to a confluence of factors playing out across the energy industry, the reality is that […]

Solar Saves Money and Creates Jobs

Solar Saves Money and Creates Jobs

Australia to host world’s large...

Australia to host world’s largest wave energy project

Top US arms maker Lockheed Martin Corp yesterday said it had signed an agreement with a unit of US-based Ocean Power Technologies to harness the motion of ocean waves to generate electricity off the coast of Victoria. The $230 million deal will produce the world’s largest wave energy project using power buoys designed by Ocean […]

Get Ready for Solar-Powered Apple Mac...

Get Ready for Solar-Powered Apple MacBook with two-sided DIsplay and Rear Touch Inputs, Apple Secures Patent

A new means a new year for tech companies to show off or introduce new products. As the tech market becomes more competitive, tech manufacturers are working on stepping up their offerings as much as they could. According to recent patent sighting and reports, Apple is gearing up for solar-powered MacBooks featuring two-sided display, rear […]

Power company says solar panels can s...

Power company says solar panels can soon stand alone

AUSTRALIA’S largest energy retailer is predicting that solar rooftop electricity panels will be competitive without subsidies in the next few years, adding to pressure on the federal Coalition to scale back the renewable energy target in this year’s review of the scheme. The Weekend Australian can reveal that ahead of the RET review this year, […]

Small scale battery storage costs tip...

Small scale battery storage costs tipped to fall quickly

Overcoming the challenge posed by the intermittent nature of renewable energy continues to be a major roadblock to high levels of renewable penetration and a stick with which doubters of clean energy can attempt to hit the sector. Battery and storage technologies are an obvious solution to this, but high prices have seen uptake and […]

How to tap solar power through heat a...

How to tap solar power through heat as well as light

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it easier to store the energy for later use, the researchers say. […]

The top 10 clean energy developments ...

The top 10 clean energy developments of 2013

2013 was an exciting and inspiring year in many regards. And we’re not just talking the arrival of Prince George or the fact that the new Pope rides an electric bicycle. There were many remarkable clean energy developments that are helping to bring us closer to a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.