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  1. Lifestyle - Technology - AVIATION

    Pilots aim for first solar-powered aircraft circumnavigation of globe

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 12:22pm by Jamie Carter

    ... of Solar Impulse 2 is sure to make us all think twice about just how much energy it takes to fly. Scheduled to traverse the globe over a period of about 20 days next year, the adventure by two ... polluting, if Solar Impulse 2 does make it round the globe, it will become the first ever round-the-world solar flight. It will be piloted by psychiatrist, balloonist and explorer Bertrand Piccard, ...

  2. Lifestyle - Technology - SOLAR POWER

    China sets world record on solar power installations

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 02:56am by GUARDIAN

    ... The Guardian Figures indicating the installation of 12GW of solar power last year show 'astonishing' scale of the market, with experts forecasting further growth China powers to record on solar installations China installed a record 12GW of solar power last year, doubling its rate of solar installations, according to preliminary figures. This is more than has ever been ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology

    Solar-powered cooker puts local clean energy start-up on the global map

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Mark Sharp

    ... times worse. The villagers were burning coal, wood and dung inside their homes while cooking on poorly designed stoves. So Catlin Powers, a Harvard University student, along with Scot Frank, who was teaching science at Xining's Qinghai University, got their heads together to find a solution. Given the abundant sunlight in Qinghai province, the American duo figured that solar cookers would ...

  4. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Tapping the ocean's inexhaustible store of solar and lunar energy

    Posted Sep 16th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Yam

    ... A 20-megawatt-capacity tidal power plant on the Bay of Fundy already generates electricity for 4,000 homes. Using our seas to generate power gets less publicity than wind and solar energy, but marine energy has ... into electricity. Due to the consistency of the moon's orbit around the earth, tides rise and fall constantly and predictably, making tidal power an inexhaustible source of energy. At present Canada, ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - ENERGY

    Book review: The Burning Answer, by Keith Barnham

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 08:37pm by GDN

    ... and nuclear lobbyists' negative propaganda with a clear and original vision for solar power in The Burning Answer. He begins with Albert Einstein's two great equations from 1905 and traces ... patented in 1959; silicon solar cells first powered a calculator in 1978. Barnham finds it hugely significant that the US and Britain, the nations that principally developed nuclear technology, lag ...

  6. News - World - SCIENCE

    Ozone layer showing first signs of recovery, UN study says

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 10:49am by AP

    ... was the biggest jump in three decades.   Solar flare heads toward earth A strong solar flare is blasting its way to earth, but the worst of its power is expected to barely skim above the planet ... to confirm a significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields the planet from solar radiation- which causes skin cancer and damages crops, among other problems. From 2000 ...

  7. Lifestyle - SOLAR POWER

    Japanese company has plan to harvest energy from moon-based solar plant

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 09:03am by Jamie Carter

    ... company that has the biggest plans for our permanent satellite. Its proposal, called "Luna Ring", envisions the construction of a gigantic solar power plant on the moon, with a belt ... situating a solar generation plant away from earth's surface makes sense; earth-based solar power plants can only produce energy during daylight hours, and are all susceptible to cloud cover. ...

  8. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Why Hong Kong should be China's green-energy leader, and what we can do

    Posted May 11th 2014, 03:19am by STEPHEN THOMPSON

    ... It can be collected at the point of use, meaning there are no transmission costs. And of course it is renewable; as long as the sun shines, there will always be solar power. With our abundant ... on our roofs to generate the amount of solar power we need. If we lived in single-storey houses we would generate a lot more. At present we can supply only 10 per cent of our electricity needs ...

  9. Business - Companies

    Apple plans Nevada solar farm in clean energy push

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 10:26am by Reuters

    ... Apple said it plans to build a new solar farm with NV Energy Inc for power supply to its new data centre in Reno, Nevada, a major step towards its goal of having its data centres run ... already runs its largest data centre in the US on solar power. The centre in Maiden, North Carolina produces 167 million kilowatt hours, the power equivalent of 17,600 homes for one year, from ...

  10. Lifestyle

    Solar fridges designed for medical use help save lives in remote villages

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Jamie Carter

    ... likely source of electricity is from diesel-powered generators that are dirty, unreliable and increasingly expensive to run. It's all about educating people on how to use the solar power ... fridges - all powered by solar panels - are designed specifically to store vaccines and can work for five days without any kind of charge. "They're all specifically manufactured ...




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