Super Thin Graphene Solar Panels Could Pave the Way for Powered Paint

Covering any and all things with solar panels would be an awesome way to get power, but the bulk and expense of the tech we've got today makes it a little less than practical. But wonder-material-at-large graphene is shaking up the scene with ultra-thin solar panels and, maybe someday, solar-powered paint. » 5/03/13 11:53am 5/03/13 11:53am

DIY Boo! Bug Bots Freak Out in the Light

Hey kids, it's only two more days until Halloween and I'm telling you, nothing gives your Halloween party more oomph than scary DIY robotic projects! Here's a great tutorial for making little robot “bugs” that dance around your candy bowl whenever they sense light; it's sure to spook even the hardiest of Halloweeners!… » 10/29/08 11:00pm 10/29/08 11:00pm

Latest Super-Efficient Solar Technology Captures Every Color of the…

Not surprisingly, there are several ongoing attempts to increase the efficiency of solar cells: IBMs use of concentrator photovoltaics » 10/20/08 12:15pm 10/20/08 12:15pm or the University of Delaware's technology that into high energy, low energy, and medium energy chunks are a couple of examples. The latest breakthrough comes from Ohio State…

SunTable Solar-Powered Gadget Charger Goes on Sale

Back in December we introduced you to SunTable » 8/08/08 4:28am 8/08/08 4:28am: a photovoltaic solar-power generating table designed to juice up your gadgets in an eco-friendly style. And now the table's available for purchase. The stainless steel and teak production version charges up in about four hours of bright sun exposure (there's a hinge so…

Triumph Brings Out Bra-and-Pants Set with Solar Panels (Guess Where the…

This bra-and-pants set in astroturf a fetching shade of public-convenience green towelling is, aspazzarently, part of underwear manufacturer Triumph's Autumn-Winter collection. As well as a whacking great panel of photovoltaic cells on the front of it (useful for winterwear, don't you think?) there's an electronic… » 5/14/08 5:00am 5/14/08 5:00am

Tesla Motors Founder to Lease No-Money-Down SolarCity Solar Panels

When you're green, you're green: Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk's other gig is SolarCity, a solar energy company that just announced it would lease panels to residents of San Jose with no money down. Typically going solar requires a $20K to $30K install, or at the very least, a $2,000 down payment, so a… » 4/16/08 11:20am 4/16/08 11:20am

280-Megawatt Solar Boiler Uses Magnifying-Glass Bug-Killer Technique

The solar power plant Abengoa Solar will build in Gila Bend, Arizona, won't rely on fancy photovoltaic panels. No, it uses pretty much the same trick your evil ass used on bugs and leaves way back when: focusing sunlight to create high heat. In this case, mirrors focus the sun's rays into tanks of heat-transfer oil,… » 2/29/08 10:45am 2/29/08 10:45am