Salt and antifreeze may be key to longer term solar energy storage at massive scale

Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen reports: Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze. The research lab, which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located … Continue reading Salt and antifreeze may be key to longer term solar energy storage at massive scale

Tesla will not be alone in the solar PV roofing tile market

Apple’s success as a company under Steve Jobs’ leadership was rarely about being first to market. Rather, Apple’s most successful products so far (Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) were challengers in existing product categories (personal computing, MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, wearables). Apple’s entry into established categories was disruptive and ultimately successful due to superior … Continue reading Tesla will not be alone in the solar PV roofing tile market

Breaking down the pricing (and potential risks) of Tesla’s new solar roof system

Inhabitat’s Kristine Lofgren reports that the order form and website for Tesla’s new solar roofing system is now live. In a previous article, Inhabitat had the following to say:

The seamless look of the new technology is thanks to “integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware” according to Tesla’s website. Electrek said these features come from Zep Solar, a mounting equipment company SolarCity acquired before Tesla’s acquisition. Zep Solar engineers designed the rail-less system Solar City employed to slash solar installation times in half.

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Tesla modifies roll-out of glass solar-powered roof tiles… plus more details!

Business Insider’s Danielle Muoio on Friday provided the following update regarding Tesla’s ambitious and potentially disruptive photovoltaic glass roof tiles:

CEO Elon Musk tweeted in March that the company would begin taking orders for its four solar roof shingle options this month. But during a TED Talk Friday, Musk said that two of the tile options won’t be available for purchase until early 2018.
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Residential solar installations reach all-time high of 31,000 in 3rd Quarter of 2013

While Germany is still in the lead when it comes to solar installations, the U.S. is fast approaching. GigaOm’s Katie Fehrenbacher reports that in the third quarter of 2013, 930 MW of solar panels were installed across the country. The big news is that residential solar installations are picking up: The largest number of American … Continue reading Residential solar installations reach all-time high of 31,000 in 3rd Quarter of 2013

Newer, more efficient and more sustainably sourced solar panel technology on the way

A team of researchers led by Stanford professor Shanhui Fan and Paul Braun at University of Illinois may have stumbled onto a real breakthrough in the efficiency, safety and long-term sustainability of solar panels. Conventional solar cells based on photovoltaic technology have come a long way in recent years, but they’re still missing a big … Continue reading Newer, more efficient and more sustainably sourced solar panel technology on the way