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Google Invests $168 Million in Huge Mojave Desert Solar Project


Google announced this week that it will be making its largest renewable energy investment to date by investing $168 million in Brightsource Energy's Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in the Mojave desert.  The plant will have an installed capacity of 392 MW.

The Ivanpah plant began construction last year and www.karlbarth.nl should be completed in 2013.  It will employ 173,000 heliostats, each with two mirrors, to concentrate solar energy onto a tower where the heat will make steam that turns a turbine and creates electricity.  While other solar thermal projects are in the works in the Southwest, Ivanpah is the largest solar tower project so far.

This type of solar power technology is one that Google is trying to improve upon themselves.  The company announced last year that it was working on a more efficient mirror technology that could lower the cost of canadian cialis for sale solar thermal plants.

This latest investment brings Google's total renewable energy investments up to $250 million.

via Google

 

Glowing Pendant Lamp Powered by Ambient Light

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At the Milan Furniture Fair, a cool new pendant lamp design was unveiled today.  The Trap Light, as it's called, absorbs waste energy from surrounding ambient light sources during the cheap viagra without rx day and then glows at night without ever being plugged in.

The hand-blown glass of the Trap Light is cheap levitra online prescription embedded with the photoluminescent pigments during its production.  The pigments store energy from light bulbs (LED, CFL or incandescent) present in the same room.  Only 30 minutes of exposure to surrounding light is needed for the lamp to online drug store for viagra glow for eight straight hours.

Check out the website for some more photos of this beautiful design and how it's made.

via Inhabitat

 

GE to Build Largest Solar Panel Factory in U.S.

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GE is going from being a major investor in solar technology to a major manufacturer.  The company is announcing today that it will build the largest solar panel factory in the U.S., set to open in 2013.

The factory will produce thin-film cadmium telluride panels at a rate of 400 MW worth per year.  The location of the factory has yeat to be determined, but it already has customers lined up, including NextEra Energy Resources, who is purchasing 60 MW worth of the thin film panels.

The cadmium telluride panels are less efficient than conventional panels, with a record of buy viagra in canada 12.8 percent efficiency, while conventional panels fall between 16 and 20 percent efficient.  But the benefit to the www.fashionunited.info thin-film panels is that they are cheaper to produce, which has made them attractive to solar developers and GE has stated it plans on both increasing the efficiency of the panels and lowering their costs by 50 percent within the next few years.

via NY Times

 

 

Floating Solar Power Plants Coming Soon

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We've heard about ideas for floating data centers and floating wind turbines; it was only a matter of time before we heard about floating solar power plants.  Australian solar power company Sunengy has just gotten approval for a pilot project in India through a partnership with Tata Power.

The floating solar power units, called Liquid Solar Arrays (LSA), use concentrated photovoltaic technology where a lenses direct the light onto solar cells and i use it womans cialis move throughout the day to best cialis follow the sun.

The company says the advantage to floating a solar power plant is that it erases the grefa.org need for expensive structures to protect it from inclement weather and high winds -- when rough weather comes along, the lenses just submerge.  Floating on water, whether it be the ocean, a lake or a tiny pond, also keeps the solar cells cool, which increases their efficiency and lifespan.  You can see a video demonstration of the technology here.

The pilot project should begin construction this August.  Sunengy as another larger array in the works for 2012 and if both projects go well, they plan to go into full production.

via Treehugger

 

America's Tallest Skyscraper Becoming a Solar Farm

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Chicago's Willis Tower, America's tallest building -- formerly known as the Sears Tower, is getting a major green makeover.  The south side of the 56th floor will soon be home to solar electric glass windows, turning the tower into a 2-MW vertical solar farm.

The windows called high power density photovoltaic glass units are being made by Pythagoras Solar.  They will retain views and daylighting for the floor, reduce heat and produce as much electricity as a traditional solar panel.  The windows consist of monocrystalline silicon solar cells sandwiched between two layers of glass with an internal prism that directs the sunlight onto the solar cells, while letting diffuse light through.  The result is a cooler, natural lighting environment inside the online purchase cialis skyscraper and a more efficient solar panel.

The windows are part of can you buy ultram online a bigger project by the tower's owner and Pythagoras to show the benefits of a building integrated PV system (BIPV).  For large towers all over the world, this could be a key component in both energy efficiency and renewable energy production.

via Inhabitat

 
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