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Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air

By 14 October 2014

While smartphones, smarthomes and even smart wearables are growing ever more advanced, they're still limited by power. The battery hasn't advanced in decades. But we're on the verge of a power revolution. Big technology companies, and now car companies... >>

Classic London phone boxes are back and going green, to solar charge your phone

Classic London phone boxes are back and going green, to solar charge your phone

By 2 October 2014

The famous red phone boxes that are synonymous with England are left disuse all over London, or they were until now. The phone boxes have been given new life as solar powered charging stations, along with a new green paint job. The first of six Solarboxes... >>

IBM's solar Sunflower enhances the sun by 2,000 times to heat and purify water and power homes

IBM's solar Sunflower enhances the sun by 2,000 times to heat and purify water and power homes

By 1 October 2014

Solar power is fine for producing electricity in sunny countries. But current technology takes up room and is expensive for little output. The solar Sunflower, developed by IBM, aims to change that by combining lots of outputs in one machine. The solar... >>

JPods bring personal, self-driving solar travel to New Jersey

JPods bring personal, self-driving solar travel to New Jersey

By 22 August 2014

Self-driving pods that are powered by the sun might sound like something from a sci-fi film but they're real. JPods, as they're known, are going to be tested out in New Jersey as its first personal transit system. JPods are like train carriages only smaller... >>

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

By 8 August 2014

Science boffins at start-up Semprius have found a manufacturing method that will allow them to stack solar cells to improve efficiency. By piling the solar cells on top of each other they will be able to cram enough into solar panels to offer 50 per cent... >>

Wireless power delivery being tested in new Tesla tower this year

Wireless power delivery being tested in new Tesla tower this year

By 11 July 2014

Imagine a world where humans only rely on clean energy harvested from the sun, without the use of power lines. It's dream currently hindered by costs and technical difficulties, though it is possible. And a new campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo... >>

Solar-powered robot farmers are almost ready to take over from puny humans

Solar-powered robot farmers are almost ready to take over from puny humans

By 2 July 2014

Human tilling of the land is a distant memory for most developed countries that now use machines to farm. Those man-operated machine could soon also be a thing of the past as a solar-powered farming machine called Ladybird aims to do a better job than... >>

Solar-powered park benches that recharge phones? We've got them, says Boston

Solar-powered park benches that recharge phones? We've got them, says Boston

By 30 June 2014

Boston is introducing new park benches, called Soofas, which use solar panels to collect energy and allow anyone to charge their mobiles while they rest their feet. The benches are also able to transmit data so information on things like air quality and... >>

Solar plane, Impulse 2, makes its first flight ahead of world trip

Solar plane, Impulse 2, makes its first flight ahead of world trip

By 2 June 2014

A solar-powered plane has taken to the skies in a test flight before it flies around the entire world next year. The Solar Impulse 2 took off from Switzerland and landed two hours later, powered by the sun alone. A similar flight took place across America... >>

Where we’re going we do need roads, solar charging roads

Where we’re going we do need roads, solar charging roads

By 12 May 2014

Solar Roadways are the future of roads, made from intelligent solar panels that could power electric cars. The solar powered road technology has already been developed and is shown off in a video on the project's Indiegogo crowd-funding page. The video... >>