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This is actually what the surface of the Sun looks like

January 29th, 2020

The Sun rises and falls every day, giving us plenty of opportunities to see it. From Earth, we can’t really make out what it is since it’s an ultra-bright blob in the sky that will literally damage your eyes if you stare at it for too long, but scientists have tools that can view our …

sahara energy farm

Turning the Sahara desert into a wind and solar farm might make it green

September 10th, 2018

You’ve probably had a solar-powered calculator since the 1980s, but it’s only been within the past decade or so that the potential of large-scale solar installations has been widely explored. Harnessing the power of the Sun beating down on our planet and using that power to solve our energy concerns seems like a no-brainer, and …

Trump clean energy budget cuts

Draft Trump budget slashes clean energy research by 72 percent

January 31st, 2018

I don’t think anyone listening to Trump’s proclamations about “beautiful clean coal” thought this administration was going to be in favor of renewable energy. According to a draft 2019 budget proposal obtained by the Washington Post, the White House is doing exactly what everyone expected: slashing Energy Department funding for renewable energy by 72 percent overall. The …

solar road

The world’s first solar road is now open

December 22nd, 2016

Part of what makes solar panels so great is that all they need to do is just exist in order to work. They don’t need much room, and as long as sunlight hits them, they’ll work as intended. With over 10 million miles of paved roads on the face of the planet, there’s lots of …

Greece migrants cellphones

Solar power is providing a lifeline of hope to migrants in Greece

June 19th, 2016

No blog post is going to do justice to the difficulties of being a migrant, crossing the Mediterranean, and finding yourself in an impossible position in Greece. One thing that makes the journey a little easier is cellphones, and by extension access to resources abroad, and family and friends at home. But staying charged up …

Renewable Energy Sources List

Groundbreaking ‘bionic leaf’ converts sunlight and water into liquid fuel

June 7th, 2016

We recently told you about an exciting development at MIT, where researchers discovered a way to double the amount of energy generated by solar cells. The breakthrough involves reconfiguring solar panels, adding an additional layer to their structure that reflects sunlight to a second solar cell at the optimal wavelength for peak efficiency. It’s an …