After Two Years of Nuclear Crises, Japan Opens Its Biggest Solar Park

This month, Japanese electronics company Kyocera launched the country's largest solar plant. The facility can power 22,000 homes—and, maybe more importantly, it poses no risk of melting down, injuring workers, or spewing radioactive water into the Pacific ocean. » 11/19/13 10:40am 11/19/13 10:40am

Ray-Ban Solar Chargers: Why Don't All Sunglasses Do This?

Mumbai-based designer Sayalee Kaluskar and Ramiro Ramirez has come up with a wonderful concept that makes sunglasses more than just a way to prevent squinting or hide a hangover. With the addition of a thin solar cell to each arm, suddenly the glasses become a mostly subtle way to top off your gadgets when you're out… » 11/12/13 9:20am 11/12/13 9:20am

This Huge Solar Thermal Plant Makes Electricity Even in the Dark

The primary complaint against solar power—that it, you know, requires the sun—is perfectly valid. But Arizona's new Solana Generating Station, the largest capacity solar thermal plant on the face of the Earth, has just provided a $1.4 billion counterpoint. Thanks to its massive molten salt reserves, this plant keeps… » 10/16/13 11:30am 10/16/13 11:30am

The World's Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Is Now Online

After three years and $2.2 billion of construction, California has just flipped the switch for the planet's largest solar thermal plant—the 392 megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. » 9/26/13 2:00pm 9/26/13 2:00pm

This Solar Sanitizer Will Bring Safer Surgery to the Developing World

Modern medical techniques, specifically stringent sterilization practices, have led to a dramatic drop in the number of post-op infections—assuming the facility has the necessary electricity and equipment to do so. However, in the remote regions of developing countries like India, neither of those is guaranteed. But… » 7/26/13 1:40pm 7/26/13 1:40pm

This Inflatable Aircraft Carrier Houses a Solar-Powered Wonder Plane

When you're flying around the world in a lightweight solar-powered plane with a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, you need to guarantee you've always got a safe place to store it on the ground. So the support team behind the Solar Impulse, the world's first globe circumnavigating solar-powered aircraft,… » 6/05/13 12:19pm 6/05/13 12:19pm

This Printer Spits Out 10 Meters of Solar Panel Every Minute

Australia is on the cusp of a solar energy revolution. First, a recent study suggests that the country could power its entire national domestic infrastructure using only solar (while slashing the price of home electricity by 70 percent). Now, the University of Melbourne has introduced a new organic PV cell printer… » 5/21/13 11:30am 5/21/13 11:30am

This Natural Gas Plant Is Turbo-Charged by the Sun

With the decreasing popularity of coal and increasing volatility of petroleum prices, natural gas is emerging as a major energy resource in the the United States. And while we have plenty of reserves, an estimated 318 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf), it's still a non-renewable resource that must be used sparingly whenever… » 4/15/13 11:50am 4/15/13 11:50am

California Builds the World's Tallest Solar Collector

The US government holds vast tracts of public lands—more than a 654 million acres, in fact—for public use such as national parks as well as for military use like test ranges and proving grounds. But most of the time, much of that land is left to rot when it could be producing clean solar energy for our ever-increasing … » 3/18/13 11:30am 3/18/13 11:30am