Solar Cars Come of Age

The Stella Lux is not a brand new design. Eindhoven University entered previous models in the trabs Australia race previously. But this year they have produced an upgrgade that can drive for more than 600 miles without stopping for a recharge. I think this is astounding and HAS to be the end of so called range anxiety.

Watch the short video

For more photos visit Business Insider's Australian site

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The Future of Farming

A superb solar powered greenhouse and desalination project in arid South Australia. Free energy from the sun is the easy bit of the climate change challenge – how we get water and food is the next and harder piece of the puzzle.

This innovative farm seems to have put all the pieces together and farmers in California, Spain and Israel among others have an ongoing case study in Sundrop to learn from and improve on.

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Oceans as Solar Panels

It's been a long time since I have heard a peep about OTEC – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. How it works is simple, it uses the temperature difference between warm shallow water and the low temperatures in deep water. The limitation of this approach is that we go through a turbine run by steam so we waste vast amounts of heat. It's main strength is that it can offer a steady base load power that so many renewables lack. The short video is not much more than a press release but have a look anyhow…

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IKEA Now Make Flat Pack Homes

We all have some IKEA furniture but who knew that they having been developing flat pack homes to use in Refuge camps.

What’s more each tent has built in solar panels to help the kids do their homework and for the cook to see safely how work in an otherwise unlit camp

Details here

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A Lawyer found her dream car…

Her dream car had been specially designed so that wheelchair disabled people could just wheel straight in and drive away. The problem was the company who had produced this game changing technology had no finance to bring the invention to market.

They needed some help and the lawyer needed that car…

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Power From Waves

I love the high tech in Solar but I really appreciate the simplicity of Wind turbines and Wave turbines.

Here is a nice pilot project I came across being trialled just off the Scottish coast. North sea oil probably cost the Wave and Tidal power industries a couple of decades in delays. Now that we know that the future is clean energy the fossil fuel under the sea can stay there while we reap the advantages of free clean and green energy from the restless waves.

…And I can’t resist showing this 1MW model that’s been working for a few years. There is no commentary for this video so I don’t know exactly where it is located

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A Solar Powered Ship Sails into the Record Books

Solar powered houses and cars scarcely merit attention nowadays but this Solar powered cruiser is making an attempt to cruise around the world fueled by its gigantic battery and huge solar array.

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The Dark Side of Green

Wind power got an early start on solar energy. The technology was simpler and the engineering was easy. So the turbines sprouted in hill fields and farms and then it got close to homes.

That’s where the trouble started and where this film comes in…

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Germany’s Renewable Energy

We hear so much about Solar Energy and Wind installations in the context of US or Chinese progress so I thought it would be interesting to feature this European perspective

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Portable Solar Just Raised its Game

Follow the link for the Kickstarter campaign

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