Solar Impulse 2 takes off on final leg of epic flight

The solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Cairo on it’s way to Abu Dhabi, on the final leg of an epic challenge

Solar Impulse 2
From the Solar Impulse 2 website: “Our adventure in 2015 started the attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, from Abu Dhabi to Hawaii, already achieving the longest solo solar flight ever achieved in aviation history. The flight team must overcome technical, human and operational challenges that have never been faced before. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, our two Pilots and Founders, will continue to fly around the world with no fuel in 2016. With their solar aircraft, a flying laboratory full of clean technologies, they will continue to promote the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency on the ground, for a better quality of life.” Image courtesy of euronews.

An aircraft powered by solar energy alone has left Egypt on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the world. Solar Impulse 2 climbed out of Cairo on Sunday in darkness, bound for Abu Dhabi – a journey that’s expected to take between 48 and 72 hours. The carbon fibre plane –… Continue reading Solar Impulse 2 takes off on final leg of epic flight

30 Fascinating Solar Energy Facts

Solar power, the largest source of energy available on planet Earth.
Solar power, the largest source of energy available on planet Earth.

The next time somebody questions the viability of solar energy, arm yourself with these 30 solar energy facts. After all, there’s nothing better than access to a large warehouse of useful information, especially when considering this planet’s energy future. But before we start with that, here are three books concerning solar energy, its history, its future,… Continue reading 30 Fascinating Solar Energy Facts

Perovskite Solar Power Windows To Power Buildings

Perovskite Solar Power Windows To Power Buildings

Imagine if every building in the world had solar power windows that could generate a small amount of electricity from the sun. The technology exists. It has been tested and it is ready for production. In Manhattan alone, there are 47,000 buildings with over 10,700,000 windows, according to a 2013 estimate from The New York Times.… Continue reading Perovskite Solar Power Windows To Power Buildings

Yingli Solar: New 1500 volt Utility-Scale Solar Panel

Yingli Solar Unveils New 1500 V Utility-Scale Solar Panel

One of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, Yingli Solar, recently unveiled its latest product, a 1500 volt utility-scale solar panel. The panel has been specifically designed for use in utility-scale PV power plants, and improves upon system performance and reduces balance-of-system costs. The panel will be compatible with most tracking and mounting systems, and is… Continue reading Yingli Solar: New 1500 volt Utility-Scale Solar Panel

UK: Solar Panels Save £907k over 25 Years

UK: Travis Perkins’ Solar Panels Save £907k over 25 Years-VIDEO

Leading UK building and home improvement retailer Travis Perkins – based in Northampton and started in 1797 – has had solar panels installed by renewables firm Solarlec to power its new regional distribution centre near Warrington, Cheshire, according to recent news from Solarlec. Solarlec designed and installed a 157.5kW solar PV system on the new purpose-built… Continue reading UK: Solar Panels Save £907k over 25 Years