It's no headup display, or a selfdriving car, but Google's latest investment is keeping the future in mind. The company has partnered with investment firm KKR to funnel $80 million into solar energy installations in California and Arizona. Via Fox Business Recurrent Energy is building and maintaining the solar farms, which have a combined capacity of 106 MW enough to power 17,000 homes for a year when they go live. Google says it won't be using any of these 106 MW specifically for its own power needs, though. It's taking a more global view.
These investments are all part of our drive toward a clean energy futurewhere renewable energy is abundant, accessible and affordable. Which isn't to say Google won't see a direct benefit. After all, says GigaOM, the investment stands to make money on the generated electricity. Google can get renewable energy credits to offset its datacenter electricity costs. Softpedia explains Google's playing a long game with this investment. Any increase in the availability of renewable energy plays into Google's plans. The company has a goal of becoming completely carbon neutral, something that it now achieves.
No, Solar Panels Dont Suck Up All The Suns Sun Juice
Gtgt THERE ARE A LOT OF NEW FORMS OF ENERGY THAT ARE ACTUALLY GROWING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WIND, SOLAR, AND TO BE FAIR TO WOODLAND IN NORTH CAROLINA, THEY HAVE DONE THIS SEVERAL TIMES, THEY HAVE THREE SOLAR FARMS THAT THEY APPROVED IN THE WOODLAND TOWN COUNCIL SO FAR. A FOURTH ONE HAD COME UP, THAT IS WHERE WE RAN INTO SOME ISSUES. SOME CONSTITUENTS CAME IN AND ARGUED, AND TO BE FAIR TO THE LEGISLATORS, THEY DID NOT MAKE THESE ARGUMENTS, CONSTITUENTS DID. LET ME QUOTE THE ROANOKECOWAN NEWS HERALD.
Gtgt I ALMOST MADE IT AN ENTIRE HOUR WITHOUT THE COUGH, HOLD ON. gtgt ALMOST. gtgtHERE IS WHAT I AM SURE OF, THERE IS NO BROWN VEGETATION NEAR THE SOLAR PANEL, BECAUSE THE SOLAR PANEL IS SUCKING UP THE OTHER PHOTOSYNTHESIS FROM THE AREA. OH NO, YOU SUNLIGHT, YOU ARE NOT GOING OVER THERE. THE SOLAR PANEL IS GRABBING YOU. THE SOLAR PANELS FOR THE SUNLIGHT THAT HITS THE SOLAR PANEL. JANE MANN CONTINUED gtgt SCIENTISTS COULD TELL YOU, AND YOU ARE A FORMER SCIENCE TEACHER. I COULD TELL YOU. BUT APPARENTLY YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN,.
SO MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T WASTE OUR BREATH. BOBBY MANN, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER, CAME WITH HER, AND HE HAD ANOTHER THEORY gtgtTHOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THEORIES, TO BE FAIR, PUT BIZARRELY IN THE SAME SENTENCE. I DON'T KNOW WHY BUSINESSES WOULD NOT COME TO WOODLAND IF THERE WERE SOLAR PANELS, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT ALL. THEY ALSO CLAIMED, OTHER CONSTITUENTS DID, THAT THE SOLAR PANELS WERE DRIVING THE YOUNG CITIZENS OF WOODLAND AWAY. I DID NOT KNOW MILLENNIALS WERE ANTISOLAR PANELS. I HAD NO IDEA. I DID NOT KNOW THAT THE YOUNG OF WOODLAND.
WERE PERHAPS VAMPIRES AND DID NOT LIKE SOLAR PANELS BRINGING IN ALL THAT SUN. BUT THE FIRST PART OF HIS THEORY I'M FAIRLY POSITIVE ABOUT. HE SAID THE SOLAR FARMS WOULD SUCK UP ALL THE ENERGY FROM THE SUN. I AM SURE THE SUN IS GOING TO BE OKAY. COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES HAD TO COME IN, THIS IS STRATA SOLAR COMPANY ARGUING FOR THE SOLAR FARM, AND THEY HAD TO BOTHER SAYING THIS gtgt THEY ONLY DRAW THE SUNLIGHT THAT FALLS ON THEM. gtgt THEY HEARD FROM CONCERNED CONSTITUENTS WHO APPEARED TO NOT.
HAVE THEIR SCIENCE EXACTLY RIGHT, AND THEY HEARD FROM COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES, TO BE FAIR, BUT ALSO THE SCIENCE ON THIS IS NOT OVERLY COMPLICATED. I AM PRETTY SURE THE SUN HAS NOT BEEN DRAINED OF ALL ITS ENERGY BECAUSE OF SOLAR PANELS. HOW DID THE VOTE COME OUT THE VOTE ON THE SOLAR PANELS THIS TIME AROUND, 31 AGAINST. SORRY, NO MORE SOLAR PANELS IN WOODLAND COUNTY, OR WOODLAND TOWN. THOSE ARGUMENTS WERE PERSUASIVE. gtgt OKAY, WELL, THANK GOD WOODLAND TOWN DID NOT PUT UP ANY MORE SOLAR PANELS, OTHERWISE NONE OF US MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE.
The Future of Solar Energy is TINY Technology!
The future is huge for tiny technology. Miniaturization is, perhaps ironically, a huge deal. I mean, without it we wouldn't have had the personal computer revolution and we wouldn't have this world we live in now, where we have smartphones and tablets and other devices just as powerful as a computer, that can fit in the palm of your hand. But even these gadgets are gargantuan compared to nanotechnology! See, a nanometer is just one billionth of a meter. And that's kind of hard to imagine, so let me put it to you this way.
Your typical sheet of paper is about one hundred thousand nanometers thick. And at this scale, individual elements are so small you can't even see them with a light microscope. Now as we learn more about how materials behave on the nanoscale, we have more potential applications to use that knowledge practically. I'm talking about how nanotech could help solar panel technology. And fortunately, at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, they had a panel on just this very subject. Now if you know anything about solar panels you know they have some drawbacks. For example,.
Efficiency they max out at around twenty percent in the field under ideal conditions. They're also rigid, so you can't just put them anywhere you like. And they tend to be expensive because manufacturing them is complicated. But scientists hope that nanotechnology can help address all three of these challenges. Now with efficiency they're looking to nature specifically, moth eyes. You see, moths have these little tiny structures in their eyes that help reflect light back into the eye and it does two things it lets them see better in the dark, and it cuts down.
On reflection so predators can't spot them as easily. With solar panels it could actually make them more efficient by reflecting more of the sun's light into the panel so you lose less in reflection. And when we're talking about flexibility, well nanomaterials are really, really small, and there is the potential to create solar panels that are just a few sheets of molecules thick. They could be as flexible as a sheet of paper, and with that kind of flexibility you could put those pretty much anywhere you wanted to.
And as for price, well, that's the big one. And in the short term I don't think it's going to turn around. But scientists are cautiously optimistic that nanotechnology will let us use new processes, like printing solar panels directly onto a substrate using just a specialized printer. That would actually be less complicated and expensive than traditional manufacturing methods. Now at that meeting of the AAAS, a Dr. Wolfgang Porod gave a talk about Nanoantenna Thermocouples for Energy Harvesting. Which I admit sounds like technobabble straight out of a Star Trek episode.
But it's actually fairly simple once you break it down. A nanoantenna is just an antenna on the nanoscale. These resonate with longwave infrared radiation. And a thermocouple Well that's a component of circuitry that generates a voltage when one part of the thermocouple is a different temperature than other part. So you pair these two together and the antenna generates heat and the thermocouple generates voltage. It could actually help increase the efficiency of solar panels. Now like I said, nanotechnology is a young science and it has lots of different applications.
Across many disciplines. And I'm really excited how such a small technology could have such a huge impact. That leads me to this week's question. When I say the word nanotechnology what do you imagine What does that word mean to you Let us know in the comments below. Then, do me a nanosized favor and share this tutorial with your friends. If you enjoyed it make sure you hit the 'like' button and subscribe to our channel. Then check out these tutorials over here. There's some huge surprises in them.
Inside the White House Solar Panels
Cheery melody of bells and strings Secretary Moniz Solar panels on the White House I think are a really important message that solar is here. We are doing it. We can do a lot more. I am very bullish on the future of solar energy as a key part of our clean energy future. James Doherty The size of the array that we established here is the typical size for the average American house. Being at the White House, we do have some security concerns. We can't cover the entire roof with panels,.
Though that would be good from an energysaving standpoint. Laughter. Cyrus Wadia Everything from the solar components to the inverter technologies to the labor that put the panels on the roof was all America. Domestic source, domestic maintenance. It serves as a symbol that America technology in solar is available, it's reliable, and it's ready for millions of Americans across the country. James Doherty So the first thing what we did was we drilled down into the concrete and then basically epoxied a series of threaded rods back up through the baton tops.
We then were able to install a series of grids for a subassembly upon which the solar panels could then be secured. Secretary Moniz Clean energy revolution is not something for the distant future. It's happening right now and we want to capture that. Cyrus Wadia Every four minutes, some small business or home owner is going solar. In a sense, we're going through a transition here and the industry is going through a transition that we're just seeing the beginning of. Minh Le The President is basically doing what Americans.
All across the nation are doing right now. They're making the conscious choice to look for renewable energy like solar as the cheaper, cleaner, and preferred energy source for their homes and families. Cyrus Wadia You know, we need to diversify the clean energy portfolio as articulated in the President's Climate Action Plan, which we are actively engaged in now. And we also need to spur the economic sectors of the future. Last year alone we created over 23,000 new jobs in solar energy. James Doherty Obviously the more that we can install.
New Solar Power Technology Could Get Power on Cloudy Days
THAT'S A 66 DECREASE FROM THE NORMAL RATE. ACCORDING TO THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, THE SCHOOL'S PRESIDENT SAYS, HE HOPES IT WILL HELP COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS AFFORD TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION. DOUG CHEAPER AND MORE EFFICIENT SOLAR POWER COULD SOON BE A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY. ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MIKE SPRINGER SHOWS US WHAT SANDIA SCIENTISTS ARE DOING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. MIKE THIS CONTRAPTION IS A PARTICLE RECEIVER, LOCATED INSIDE THE SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES. IT COULD BE THE KEY TO TRANSFORMING SOLAR POWER. THIS IS MITIGATING THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS OUR.
ENVIRONMENT WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY. MIKE THEY LOOT THEY USE A LARGE FIELD TO COLLECT THE PARTICLES ARE HEATED UP TO A HIGH TEMPERATURE, ALLOWING THE MACHINES TO USE A LOT OF SOLAR ENERGY. THE SOLAR POWERS ON YOUR HOUSE GENERATE ENERGY DIRECTLY FROM THE SUN. WE CAN HAVE HIGHER ENERGY POWER CYCLES THEY CAN LOWER BECAUSE COST OF ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION. MIKE ONE OF THE BIGGEST QUESTIONS SURROUNDING SOLAR POWER HAS BEEN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT IS CLOUDY OR NIGHT SINCE MORE SYSTEMS CANNOT STORE POWER, THEY CANNOT DO MUCH.
SolarCity Unveils Worlds Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel with more than 22 Module Efficiency.
The Sun provides endless energy, but the average solar cell panel can convert only 14 to 20 of the energy it collects into usable electricity. Now, American energy company SolarCity has built the world's most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent. The new SolarCity panel generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere. SolarCity will begin producing the first modules in small quantities this month at its 100.
MW pilot facility, but the majority of the new solar panels will ultimately be produced at SolarCity's 1 GW facility in Buffalo, New York. SolarCity expects to be producing between 9,000 10,000 solar panels each day with similar efficiency when the Buffalo facility reaches full capacity. SolarCity's panel was measured with 22.04 percent modulelevel efficiency by Renewable Energy Test Center, a thirdparty certification testing provider for photovoltaic and renewable energy products. SolarCity's new panel is created via a proprietary process that significantly reduces the manufacturing cost relative to other highefficiency technologies, and it.
Solar Panels Catch Fire Community Center Evacuated
GOLSON ABOUT HOW HE IS DOING, OPEN UP YOUR KOAT MOBILE APP TONIGHT AND YOU CAN FIND AN EXTENDED INTERVIEW. THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE SMOKE IN THE SKY IS ENOUGH TO GET ANYONE'S ATTENTION, THANKS TO SOME FIREFIGHTERS, THANKS TO FIREFIGHTERS, THAT WAS FIXED. THIS COMMUNITY CENTER WAS ON FIRE. THEY ACTUALLY WENT IN AND HELPED EVACUATE THE PEOPLE. TODD SO DID THE STAFF WHO HELPED PEOPLE GET OUT. SKY 7 WAS OVERHEAD AS FIRE CREWS PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THEIR WORK, YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND.
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