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    Official: Honda MC-β will use solar-powered chargers in 'micro' EV tests

    Honda is envisioning what it calls a CO2-free society and, not surprisingly, it's a rather sunny one, in one Japanese city, at least. The Japanese automaker is kicking off a test program with the micro-electric-vehicle that will use power generated via photovoltaic energy collected and stored at ...

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    Official: Renault installs massive photovoltaic panels, enough to offset 1,500 gas cars

    Now if only Renault could get all 15,000 of those people to buy those electric vehicles. The French automaker has set up what it says is the world's largest solar-panel system within the automotive industry by building about 100 acres worth of photovoltaic panels at six of its French ...

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    Report: Solar energy could match coal's price by 2015 in China; globally by 2020

    A new report from the Chinese government notes that the cost of solar power in that country could drop below 0.80 yuan (12.5 cents) per kilowatt-hour by 2015. At that price, solar matches up favorably with the current go-to source for cheap energy, coal. How? Well, China already expects to ...

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    DOE approves $967-million loan for huge Agua Caliente Solar Project in Arizona

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to support a wide variety of alternative energy project and has finalized a $967-million loan to support construction of the Agua Caliente Solar Project in Yuma County, Arizona. This is a big one. Once complete, the 290-megawatt photovoltaic facility ...

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    Infineon Raceway gets solar powered, uses sheep to mow lawns

    Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, is a 2.52-mile track located near Sonoma, CA. The course features a complex series of twists and turns, dramatic changes in elevation and is host to one of only five NASCAR races run on road courses. All this fuel-burning action doesn't mean the ...

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    DOE to hand out $112.5 million under SunShot solar power inititative

    Under its SunShot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will hand out up to $112.5 million over the next five years to fund the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes throughout the U.S. The Department says that its SunShot Advanced ...

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    DOE to invest $7M in emerging solar technologies

    Hire Electric's solar charging station in Richland, WA
    The Department of Energy's ongoing commitment to back emerging solar energy technologies comes in the form of $7 million in funding issued under its Photovoltaic Solar Incubator Program. Through this program, the DOE aims to assist in ...

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    A bit of extra solar energy on the solstice

    Most everyone in the plug-in vehicle movement knows about Paul and Zan Scott. Leaders of Plug In America, they have been tireless advocates for electric drive vehicles (especially for pairing them with solar panels) for years. But yesterday they shared a bit about why they work so tirelessly to ...

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    SEAT starts installing solar panels on Martorell factory roof

    As we announced, SEAT is trying to maximize the possibilities of the sunny Mediterranean climate for its factory in Martorell, near Barcelona, Spain. SEAT's plan is ambitious, and could allow the plant to be able to function almost off the grid. The factory will use 320,000 m2 of solar panels on ...

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    Why don't we use solar to power our electric cars?

    Venturi Astrolab concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    For years, we've been watching as solar-powered race cars travel at relatively high rates of speed for hours on end – as long as the sun happens to be shining, of course. In fact, the World Solar Challenge has been taking ...

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    SUNRGI tempts us with solar power for 5Kwh

    Sometimes we get a little fired up about new developments in solar technology. This new solar energy system (pictured above) from SUNRGI is making us downright delirious. What is it exactly? Thought you'd never ask. This, my friend, is the latest in concentrated solar technology or Xtreme ...

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    Me too: SEAT manufacturing plant also installing photovoltaic panels on roof

    SEAT (a brand that belongs to Volkswagen) has announced the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of its Martorell (near Barcelona) factory in Spain. The company expects this move will save up to 11,700 tons of CO2 from being released to the atmosphere. The panels have a power of 8.5 MW ...

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    Nissan to save some CO2 by installing solar panels on Spanish plants

    In an effort to both save some euros off the electricity bill and some CO2 from hitting the environment, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, will install 606 solar panels at its Barcelona (Spain) vehicle plant by the end of this summer. which will cover a surface of 3,000 square-metres and generate 308,000 kWh ...

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    Bush Administration and the DOE helping invest in solar technology

    President Bush outlined what he is calling the Advanced Energy Initiative in his State of the Union speech. Part of this initiative includes investment in solar technology. Specifically, the Department of Energy has chosen 13 Industry-Led solar projects. Click here for a list of the companies. The ...

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    ABG POLL RESULTS: Best way to spend the DOE's money

    On the 13th February we posed the question "What is the best way to spend the DOE's money?", and asked you to vote for your favourite answer.After receiving 290 votes, the results are in and it looks like Lithium Ion battery technology was the clear favourite with 29 percent of the votes. Two ...

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    Solar chief sells photovoltaics and drives green

    DayStar LightFoil flexible solar cellsStephan DeLuca, the former COO, and now CEO, of solar cell manufacturer DayStar Technologies Inc. has just received a healthy $50,000 pay rise, plus access to a healthy vehicle. DeLuca, who, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, is allowed ...

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    World's biggest solar roof for Tesco U.S.A.

    British supermarket chain Tesco, the fourth-largest retail chain in the world, is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Solar Integrated Technologies to build what is claimed to be the world's biggest roof-top solar panel installation. Solar Integrated won the $13 million contract to install solar ...

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    Calculate solar array size for electric car

    I attended an energy symposium earlier this year and someone calculated that a solar cell would have to be larger than the state of Kansas to power America's electricity needs. Now there's a formula for determining how large a photovoltaic array should be to power an electric vehicle.The sample ...

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    Sunset on alternators, hybrid batteries?

    MIT researchers have developed a system that could potentially do away with vehicle alternators and even hybrid batteries.The system is called "thermophotovoltaics". Briefly, a gasoline engine heats a light-emitting material which causes a photovoltaic (aka solar) cell to emit electricity. The ...


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