Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
Solar Energy (both photovoltaic and solar hot water, aka solar thermal) are great resources to have at your disposal. In the case of photovoltaic, you can substitute the power from your utility grid by harnessing the sun’s power and converting the sun’s rays into electricity. With rising electricity prices, photovoltaics (aka solar electric) is a great hedge against ever expanding utility bills. The photovoltaic industry is growing by leaps and bounds. You may want to get into the action.
solar improving design/tech
Tiny "solar panels" implanted into the eye could one day restore vision to the blind without the need for any ugly wires. Around 15 million people worldwide have some form of blindness. In people with these conditions the retina's photoreceptors, which transform light hitting the eye into electrical impulses, are often damaged, preventing visual information from being sent to the brain. Several companies, such as Second Sight in Sylmar, California, have developed prosthetic retinas, some of which are currently in clinical trials. Such technologies generally use a camera to detect visual information that is then relayed through a wire to an implant inside the eye . The implant effectively replaces the damaged photoreceptors.
EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), filiale d'EDF, a fait de la filière photovoltaïque son 2ème axe de développement. L'entreprise réalise des grandes fermes solaires au sol ainsi que des centrales en toitures de bâtiments industriels et commerciaux, raccordées au réseau d'électricité. En France, EDF EN compte plusieurs centrales d'envergure à son actif, comme Toul (115 MWc) en Meurthe-et-Moselle, Le Gabardan (67 MWc) dans les Landes, Crucey (60 MWc) en Eure-et-Loir, Massangis (56 MWc) dans l'Yonne.