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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... >>

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 18 August 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... >>

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... >>

New project sees ‘solar’ jet fuel made from just water and CO2

New project sees ‘solar’ jet fuel made from just water and CO2

By 2 May 2014

Airplane tickets are costly, and that's largely because jet fuel is costly. But scientists with the SOLAR-JET project have come up with a multi-step process in which the result is a solar jet fuel made from water and carbon dioxide. As reported by Gizmodo,... >>

Plugged Solar panels can deliver 10,000 miles a year for your hybrid car, free

Plugged Solar panels can deliver 10,000 miles a year for your hybrid car, free

By 17 January 2014

Plugged Solar is a US solar panel provider that creates home systems. It says that you can generate enough power to drive your plug-in hybrid car up to 10,000 miles a year - effectively reducing your carbon footprint to zero. Of course this company is... >>