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Tryst Energy - Kickstarter: Light Energy. Voor de Wereld van Morgen. SolPad - The smart home solar solution is here. Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics. Solar power is easier to install than ever before thanks to the latest innovation: the Roll-Array.

Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics

John Hingley and his team at the renewable energy company Renovagen designed a high power PV array that rolls out like a carpet. This flexible and easy-to-transport instant microgrid has the capacity to bring alternative energy to places we never thought possible. Check out the video below to see it in action. The Roll-Array is easily towable by a standard 4×4 vehicle such as a Land Rover.

When connected to the back of the car, the flexible solar panels are pulled out of a spool and create ground cover in a matter of minutes. Not only is this new technology installed quickly, but the fuel cost savings during transportation is noteworthy. According to Renovagen, a standard rigid solar field takes 22 hours of man-power to install, while the thin, flexible sheets roll out in just 2 minutes.

. + Renovagen Via Treehugger Images via Renovagen. HOW TO CHART THE SUN’S MOTION IN RELATION TO YOUR HOMESTEAD. Learn to track the sun before you design your home to determine the best orientation for it, as well as how to take advantage of the sun rays, because the position is also important for the passive cooling and heating of the house.


Understanding the sun’s motion relative to a site is an important aspect of a good permaculture design, as various elements like plants, animals and solar devices depend on sun for their functionality. A good appreciation of the earth’s rotation about its axis, its revolution around the sun and the consequences of these motions on the sun’s position and availability at a given location on the earth’s surface, is essential for maximizing plant productivity, harnessing maximum energy, minimizing energy usage and maintaining a comfortable indoor environment for humans and animals alike.

For a given site, if we can create a chart that shows the areas of year round shade and year round sunshine, one can plan and design the various elements for optimal functioning. Solar Panels Cost Guide. Prosumer Microgrid Solutions-סרטון טוב. Solar+Storage 101: An Introductory Guide to Resilient Solar Power Systems - Clean Energy Group. Bladeless, funnel-based wind turbine claims huge efficiency gains. Funny Looking Tower Generates 600% More Electrical Energy Than Traditional Wind Turbines.

The Sheerwind wind turbine promises to produce 6 times the electrical power than traditional wind turbines.

Funny Looking Tower Generates 600% More Electrical Energy Than Traditional Wind Turbines

This funny looking wind tower acts like a funnel, directing the wind from any angle, down through a tube to a ground based turbine generator. The funneling of the wind through a narrow passage effectively creates a “jet effect” increasing the velocity of the wind, while lowering the pressure. This is called the Venturi Effect. This speeds up the wind turbine mounted inside the narrowest portion and generates electricity. As such it can capture and generate electricity at a much lower wind speed than current wind power technologies.

The idea is so simple, so elegant, and promises to produce so much more energy at lower cost and more efficiently, that it might just be the answer to many problems with current wind turbine technology. Imagine a smaller HOME version on your off grid cabin. Conventional wind turbines use massive turbine generator systems mounted on top of a tower. Via: A Material That Could Make Solar Power “Dirt Cheap” A new type of solar cell, made from a material that is dramatically cheaper to obtain and use than silicon, could generate as much power as today’s commodity solar cells.

A Material That Could Make Solar Power “Dirt Cheap”

Although the potential of the material is just starting to be understood, it has caught the attention of the world’s leading solar researchers, and several companies are already working to commercialize it. Researchers developing the technology say that it could lead to solar panels that cost just 10 to 20 cents per watt.

Solar panels now typically cost about 75 cents a watt, and the U.S. Department of Energy says 50 cents per watt will allow solar power to compete with fossil fuel. In the past, solar researchers have been divided into two camps in their pursuit of cheaper solar power. The new material may make it possible to get the best of both worlds—solar cells that are highly efficient but also cheap to make. “Between 2009 and 2012 there was only one paper. World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced today having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells.

World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency

Surpassing competition after only over three years of research, and entering the roadmap at world class level, a new record efficiency of 44.7% was measured at a concentration of 297 suns. How it Works. Watch this: Watch 3 actual turbines in action!

How it Works

How I built an electricity producing wind turbine. Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona.

How I built an electricity producing wind turbine

I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the sky-wrecking light pollution found near cities of any real size. I found a great piece of property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. That's not really a problem. No electricity equals no light pollution. Zoetrope-wind-turbine.pdf.