Solar Cells Becoming More Efficient
A European consortium of scientists has conducted a solar power project whereby they have increased the efficiency rating of solar cells. Their breakthrough allows a record level of 18% of sunlight to be converted to electricity by a solar panel. They believe that this innovation will decrease the costs involved in future solar power projects and will bring the world one step closer to solar energy becoming the world’s chief source of electricity.
Spain Now Requires Use Of Solar Power
The government of Spain has decided to take solar power projects much more seriously. With their new updates to their housing and building codes, they are requiring broad advancements in the use of solar technology. New homes must get at least 30% of their electrical needs from solar energy. The amount can vary based on location and other conditions. Whereas much of Spain’s research and funding has previously been dedicated to wind power, the country now sees solar power as its key to a brighter future in the field of energy resources and consumption.
Solar Powered Car A Huge Hit At Solar Energy Convention
A car powered entirely by solar energy was a huge hit at a recent solar energy convention in San Jose, California. After having been in development for several years, the car was unveiled to an overwhelmingly positive response. Looking more like a golf cart than a normal car, the vehicle is powered by energy collected by solar cells on the roof of the car. Prototypes are being prepared to lead to future models becoming available for consumer purchase. After meeting such a response at a convention of solar energy enthusiasts, it remains to be seen how the cars will be received at more mainstream automotive conventions and showcases.
Providing Heated Water For 2008 Olympics
The Olympic officials for the 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China have announced their plans to have a “green Olympics,” using environmentally friendly technologies wherever possible. In an effort to help them comply with this mission, a newly developed solar power project has been presented by German scientists and funded through the Italian government. Their system will allow the showers in the athlete’s village to be heated via solar power. The showers will be used by nearly 10,000 athletes, and the cost of the solar power project will be much less than heating via conventional means.
Today the whole planet is held for ransom by the greed and indiscriminate use of non-renewable fuel and energy. It does not matter whether we speak of water, wood, electricity, minerals, animals, you name it – man has exploited every one to near exhaustion. A drastic change is needed in human behavior today if we want to save this wonderful planet for posterity.
The Solar Power Car – A Dream Come True
Crude oil being one of the most critically endangered non-renewable energy sources at present, kick-started many research projects which are seeking workable solutions to this problem. The solar power car is one such solution which may have the answer to the dwindling resource for a seamless transfer of technology.
The solar panels that are used in the car, unlike in the past are much more reasonable in cost today, though not exactly affordable. Comparing the costs we had about some 7-8 years back, today’s solar panels are easier on the pocket. It will, of course, still need to come down if we are talking about a mass-appeal product.
Why solar power, you may ask? Solar power is one of the most available and easily within-the-reach as a source of energy for human society. The sun is indeed a form of renewable energy that could last forever, and utilized properly, could provide free energy for everyone in a few years down the track.
The solar power car in this context, is exactly what is needed – since the fuel costs are rising steadily and the crude oil sources are diminishing day by day – one has to have some alternatives handy. The solar power car would answer to some burning needs of today. However, it is not clear whether such a car can be made commercially viable yet.
A few elite motor companies have already released prototypes of cars that run on electricity. They are made only for two – but they are exceptionally fuel efficient. The electric car is also known as the smart car and the general target customers are young women. This is because the vehicle is very small and achieves a maximum of 50 kms/hr speed, which would not appeal too much to men.
An advantage of focusing on women is that their finance (through women-only accounts) would be slightly easier than for men.
Today, the electric car can run some 70 plus kms for the cost of one liter of petrol – which is phenomenal. Can the solar power car better this record?