A new home energy storage solution has been popping up and it’s been getting a lot of attention. “Oh, you must be talking about the Powerwall, right?” Wrong! We’re talking about the sonnenBatterie.Read More
Energy storage has had a lot of press, lately. Affordable home battery backup options with great efficiency are finally on the market and people are looking to buy them. But batteries still have a ways to go until they achieve peak energy storage.
It seems like it was just yesterday when Tesla came out with the Powerwall Home Battery. Wall-mounted, sleek, and smooth, this clean and aesthetic piece of technology gained a lot of press. Since the battery has been out, however, new designs and modifications have been made to it. The result? The Tesla Powerwall 2.0.Read More
The UK’s Gloucester Cathedral is going solar! Over 1,000 years old, the historic building has recently installed 150 solar panels in an effort to cut its carbon footprint. While many are celebrating the marriage between historic buildings and cutting-edge clean energy, others wonder if going solar could affect the architectural conservation of this (and other) monumental buildings.
We’ve talked about Perovskite Solar Cells before and we need to talk about them again.
In previous designs, researchers have used several elements when creating different forms of perovskite, a photovoltaic crystalline structure that’s thinner, more flexible, easier (and cheaper!) to manufacture than silicon crystals. But a new study has recently come out in the Oct. 21 edition of Science using very inexpensive and available materials to create the perovskite solar cell.Read More
The 125-year-old Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, recently built a new eco-friendly home for faculty members to serve as a high-performance residence and learning space for students. The house, which features cutting-edge sustainable technology, has received multiple awards for environmental innovations, including the LEED Platinum certification under the Building Design and Construction rating system for Homes. It is the first building in Connecticut to achieve that status, as well as the first in the state to be certified as a Passive House by the Passive House Institute U.S.Read More
America’s solar industry is going through a record-breaking period. Just this year, it’s expected that the number of solar panels installed will rise 94 percent from 2015, and solar panel jobs are increasing exponentially. We’re finally on our way to more sustainable and renewable lifestyles. But even though solar panel demand continues to grow and installation prices dropped, people still have some misconceptions about what it means to go solar.Read More
It’s common enough to look out your airplane window as you’re moving down the terminal lanes. You’ll usually see a lot of concrete. Maybe some grass. But what if that space was used for solar panels?Read More
With Hurricane Matthew on its way and the potential of many other storms on the horizon, it’s important to stay prepared for extreme weather and the possibility of losing power, not having enough food, and running out of water.Read More