Tagged: Renewable Energy

India completes world’s biggest solar power plant in just 8 months, Can power 150,000 homes

 

Kamuthi Solar Power Plant

India has unveiled world’s biggest solar power farm in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. Plant can generate massive 648 megwatts of clean, green electricity by harnessing sun-rays via 2.5 million solar modules spread over 2,500 acres area. With this feat, India has left behind California’s Topaz Farm as the world’s biggest plant prior to Kamuthi plant.  Entire setup includes 576 inverters and a network of 6,000 kms cables. Read More…

Solar Voyager – World’s first autonomous boat to undertake 100% solar-powered journey across Atlantic  

Solar voyager boatTwo friends, Isaac Penny and Christopher Sam Soon, spent four years building an autonomous solar-powered boat aptly named Solar Voyager. They did it from scratch without any corporate funding or sponsorship. Now, the boat is attempting to cross Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Portugal. The boat is entirely powered by solar energy and is expected to complete its 3,000 km journey in four months. Read More…

Apple gets go-ahead to construct ‘landfill gas to electricity’ plant in North Carolina

Apple landfill-gas-plant

A few days ago Apple had officially become a power company as it registered its subsidiary ‘Apple Energy LCC’ in Delaware (run from Cupertino headquarters). We are already aware of Apple’s stress on solar energy and this solidifies it further. Apple is pushing renewable energy movement and now it is generating more than it needs, so the giant will sell excess energy to the US. Now, Apple has obtained permission from North Carolina to establish a facility that will generate electricity from methane gas rising from landfill waste. The plant will be based in Catawba County. Not only will it generate electricity from waste, but will also prevent methane, a greenhouse gas, from dissipating into the atmosphere. Read More…

Researchers develop miniature ‘Pee-powered’ fuel cell to juice-up electronics

Urine fuell cell

Researchers have already demonstrated use of urine as potential source to generate hydrogen fuel, and a group of teenagers in Africa had even developed a prototype that runs on bodily fluid. Urine powered cellphone and socks that can generate electricity from urine are some previous attempts to tap human waste energy. Now, a new paper published by a team of researchers at England’s University of Bath claims to have developed a low-cost, urine-powered fuel cell or microbial fuel cell (MFC). Read More…

Lumen Flashlight powered by your body heat doesn’t need battery at all

Lumen flashlight

Gosh, those flashlights need to be fed with batteries or recharged after the juice is down. And being a must-have accessory that you might need at any time, you have to carry it in your bag or keep in the drawer. There has got to be some way to have a flashlight that doesn’t require any batteries or recharging from the user side. Thankfully a project is up on Kickstarter that promises limitless power supply without you needing to do anything except than keeping it warm with body heat.
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Facebook’s Forth Worth data center will be solely powered by wind energy

Facebook Fort Worth data center powered by wind energy

Facebook has unveiled that it is building a data center in Fort Worth which makes this one the fifth data center along with the ones in Prineville, Forest City, Lulea and Altoona. Seeing the huge influx of increasing user-base and growing database of Facebook apps and services. According to Ken Patchett, Director of Data Center Operations, West Region, this data center is going to be the most advanced and efficient data center that Facebook has built.
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Yamaha working on motorcycle and bike inspired by nature

Yamaha Root motorcyle

Yamaha, the Japanese automotive giant has always been at the forefront of two-wheeler manufacturing and now plays a pivotal role in robotics as well. Keeping with its tradition of high-end bike and motorcycles, Yamaha has kept up with the tradition and now to make things interesting, it has ventured into an offbeat project that makes us understand the importance of renewable energy sources. This design initiative dubbed AH A MAY (which is YAMAHA when spelled backwards) included a prototype motorcycle that had all its dials removed to clear the riders view and a bicycle that charges a battery on the go and then later on powers musical instruments. Read More…

Portcar – Short of funds, students use old junk to built solar-powered car

solar-powered port car

There is a place known as Antalya in Turkey, and it’s famous for bright sunshine it’s blessed with. The region gets a lot of sunlight throughout the year, and it’s a boon for those who wish to harness renewable energy of the sun. Taking inspiration from the same fact, students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Akdeniz University are working on a solar-powered car since 2011. They named it as ‘Portcar’. Read More…

Scientists devise unique method to recover rare metals for low-cost CIGS solar cells

Midsummer's unique rare metal recovery method

In purely statistical terms, the growth rate of thin film solar cell market touched a whopping 60 percent benchmark from 2002 to 2007. Suffice it to say, such kinds of advanced CIGS solar cells do account for a crucial commercial chunk of renewable energy. But the predicament lies with their relatively high-cost of manufacturing and usage, partly due to the technology’s utilization of expensive rare earth materials like Gallium and Indium. Fortunately, scientists are looking forth to a solution that can significantly alleviate this high cost factor. Midsummer, a company dealing with cost effective production of CIGS solar cells, has collaborated with Professor Christian Ekberg and PhD-student Anna Gustafsson (from Swedish Chalmers University of Technology) to develop a special procedure that can effectively recover the leftover rare metals after a conventional manufacturing process (of solar cells).

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SolePower charges your mobile phone as you walk or run

This is the era of modernization in conjunction with energy conservation and looking for alternative sources of energy no matter how meager they are. Project Olympus gave a sneak peak at their latest concept named SolePower for charging phones developed by Matt Stanton from Rich Bucks County and Hahna Alexander from Ithaca New York. The device is no bigger than an orthotic insect having micro-motors that spin when the person wearing the shoe walks or runs, charging the cell phone or any other battery operated gadget. The main aim of this project is to reduce dependency on batteries or power grids by having a portable source for energy anywhere anytime you want.
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