New Study Says a Solar Flare Could Hit Earth Very, Very Soon

New Study Says a Solar Flare Could Hit Earth Very, Very Soon

00 As humanity becomes more technologically dependent, solar flares become an even greater threat. In 1859, a solar flare known as the Carrington Event caused an electrical surge that shut down global telegraph systems. Now, two researchers from Harvard theorize that the next big solar flare is coming within the next 100 years. Given how much technology we rely on every day, that flare would devastate most of the globe. The paper appeared in The Astrophysical Journal and was…

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Hackers Could Use Security Flaws in Solar Panel Equipment to Take Over Power Grid

Hackers Could Use Security Flaws in Solar Panel Equipment to Take Over Power Grid

00 According to the new research, the flaws in the panels could lead to serious damage to solar power plants. This type of attack could have a longer lasting effect than just a temporary power outage. Solar power plants form an interconnected network that shares power across them in order to ensure demand is meant. For instance, when there is a surplus of power, it can be drawn upon by another plant that is in deficit….

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China Is Now Powered by the World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

China Is Now Powered by the World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

00 The largest floating solar power plant in the world is now officially in operation. Sungrow, the global leading photovoltaic (PV) inverter system supplier, announced the world’s largest floating PV power plant is supplying 40MW of power to the grid in Huainan, China. The plant was constructed near a mining area that is constantly flooded due to rainy weather. The depth of the water ranged between 4 to 10 meters in Huainan, a coal-rich city in…

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These Three Solar Plants in Chile Could Change the Solar Energy Game

These Three Solar Plants in Chile Could Change the Solar Energy Game

00 Chile could be the next major world leader in solar power. The government recently approved three solar thermal plants from SolarReserve, a US-based company. Combined, these sites are expected to produce electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s 450 MW of continual power. It could generate up to 2,600 GWh each year. Rather than using traditional solar panels, thousands of solar mirrors concentrate heat into one central point called a thermal…

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Tesla Will Power an Entire Island to Promote its Solar Energy Prowess

Tesla Will Power an Entire Island to Promote its Solar Energy Prowess

00 Tesla and its new acquisition – SolarCity – will power the tiny island of Ta’u in American Samoa with 100 percent of its solar panels. Because when you’ve just made a $2.6 billion acquisition, why not celebrate by powering an entire island 4,000 miles away from the United States? The tiny island previously ran on diesel generators, but SolarCity and Tesla have installed a microgrid of solar panels and solar batteries to supply energy…

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Solar-Powered Sockets that You Can Stick to Your Window

Solar-Powered Sockets that You Can Stick to Your Window

00 One new gadget allows users to charge their tech using solar power directly from a window. Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, graduate design students of the Samsung Art and Design Institute in Seoul, created the first solar-powered socket. One side holds a solar panel; the other has a cable through which you can charge devices. The smart design has recently featured at the Global Grad Show of Dubai Design Week on October 24. The event…

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High Efficiency Solar Cells: From Satellites to Rooftops

High Efficiency Solar Cells: From Satellites to Rooftops

00 The solar energy sector continues to strive for ever increasing efficiencies. Now, one start-up has applied an innovative approach to blast the competition out of the water. Boasting an efficiency of36.4% in lab tests, Insolight solar cells are leading the pack, using photovoltaic technology from satellites. The rate at which the solar industry is responding to the demand for cheap renewable electricity sources is staggering. Current efficiencies for most photovoltaics hover between 18 and…

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Solar Impulse II Successfully Completes Trip Around the World

Solar Impulse II Successfully Completes Trip Around the World

00 Solar Impulse II makes a mark in history by becoming the first solar powered plane to completely circle the Earth. The journey began with a vision in 2004 to write the next chapter in aviation history and make the seemingly impossible a reality. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg dreamt up the idea to fly around the world using only solar power- a world first. “Our ambition for Solar Impulse is for the worlds of exploration…

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