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Solar Energy

Big breakthroughs in solar cell technology and manufacturing have been made by a company called nanosolar of San Jose California. The $1.00 a watt holy grail of solar cells have been reached by a revolutionary manufacturing process where thin solar cells are printed with nano particle semiconductor ink "roll to roll" like newspapers on an industrial scale. Solar Powered Security Light
Solar powered security light.

This is great news for everyone. The affordability barrier, currently anywhere from $3.00 to $6.00 a watt, has been breached and mass deployment is now seen for countless applications.

One of the revolutionary product is Nanosolar SolarPly™ , a flexible " Light-weight solar-electric cell foil which can be cut to any size. Non-fragile. No soldering required for electrical contact."

"Thin Film Solar Power - Cheaper than Coal ?" A good article on what thin film technology is and its significance at TheOilDrum.com.

These innovations can fill the electric power requirements for rural survival such as remote solar water pumping, solar charging of storage batteries, running freezers, washing machines and other appliances without the exorbitant price historically associated with solar panels.

Home Rooftop Solar Panels
Home rooftop solar panels.

Cold Fusion Fact Or Fantasy? Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis
Sunday, June 01, 2008

Cold-fusion demonstration "a success" PhysicsWorld Jon Cartwright on May 23, 2008

Do-It-Yourself Solar-Powered PC: Technical Foundations
Solar PC Turning Sunlight Into Computing Power September 6, 2007 by Frank Volkel. Build Your Own Tomshardware

Building a system to run a state of the art PC completely off-grid to run continuously 24/7.

A website of the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored Solar Decathlon, a competition for 20 college teams to design and build an energy efficient 100% solar powered house. Houses are judged on the merits of efficiency, design, aesthetic and effectiveness. Interesting and informative as the teams list components and materials used for their solar house.

The Renewable Energy Handbook, Revised Edition: The Updated Comprehensive Guide to Renewable Energy and Independent Living
An informative guide for the homeowner interested in ways to produce alternative energy and to conserve energy and resources. A comprehensive "how to" book illustrated with photos of actual projects.

 

 

 

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