Solar panels embedded in clothes can charge mobile phone

Nottingham Trent University has developed a way to embed miniaturized solar cells into yarn that can be knitted and woven into textiles. Tiny solar cells the size of a flea can allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smart-watches. The technology has been tested and proven to charge a mobile phone and …

Nissan Offering New Leaf Buyers In Japan Free Solar PV Installations

Cars Nissan Offering New Leaf Buyers In Japan Free Solar PV Installations Nissan has begun offering buyers of the new, refreshed Leaf in Japan free installation of home solar photovoltaic (PV) systems — if they sign up for specific retail electricity plans with Ecosystem Japan. The new PR campaign is being pursued jointly by the two firms in question, with …

Six men jailed over £17m solar panels scam that targeted elderly and vulnerable

Six men have been jailed over a £17m solar panels scam which defrauded 1,500 victims nationwide. Among those targeted were elderly, retired and vulnerable people who were “manipulated” into buying panels on the false promise that installation costs would be invested and they would get their money back in five years. However, no monies were invested by the now-defunct Manchester-based …

Can I Use Solar Panels Without A Battery?

With all the solar battery buzz, you might be wondering if they’re essential solar equipment. Can you even use solar panels on your home without a battery? The short answer is, yes you can. There are advantages to having solar battery backup in certain situations, but it’s not essential for everyone. Here are some settings in which solar plus battery …

Majority of UK public want to install solar panels, poll finds

More than half of the British public would install solar panels and home batteries to tackle climate change if there was greater assistance from the government, polling has found. While many have already made their home more energy efficient, 62% said they wanted to fit solar and a surprisingly high 60% would buy an energy storage device such as those …

Electric car covered with 330 solar panels can recharge as it drives

A solar-powered saloon car that charges as it drives is being tested in Germany. Munich-based manufacturer Sono Motors has built the new prototype, dubbed Sion, and will likely help the European powerhouse hit its national target of 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. Sion has solar cells integrated into its bodywork, with a total of 330 solar cells …

Indian Railways Continues its Efforts to Go Green with Solar Panels on More Trains

Continuing its efforts to solarize the railway lines of the country, the government has now announced that it has installed solar panels on various trains for their electricity requirements. The Indian Railways is the single largest consumer of electricity with roughly 2 percent share of national energy consumption. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Rajen Gohain, the minister of state in the …

Energy and food together: Under solar panels, crops thrive

  At a recent solar energy conference in Minneapolis, attendees unwound at happy hour tasting free pints of a local honey-based India pale ale called “Solarama Crush.” Minnesota-based 56 Brewing makes the smooth IPA using honey from hives located on solar farms outside the Twin Cities. Honey producers Travis and Chiara Bolton keep bees at three solar farms where developers …

DHL Rolling Out Solar Panels On Trucks

Image: DHL Logistics giant DHL has integrated solar panels on some of its delivery vehicles in the UK, cutting fuel costs and emissions. The system, called TRAiLAR, consists of flexible thin film solar panels (just 2mm thick) referred to as “solar mats”  fitted to the roof of vehicles and connected to the primary battery or an auxiliary battery system. The …