Archive for February, 2012

Michael Grätzel, one of dye-sensitized solar cells creators, awarded in 2012 Albert Einstein World Award

The World Cultural Council will award in the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science to Professor Michael Grätzel – Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and also one of the developers of the last version of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) – “for his outstanding accomplishments to the welfare of mankind and the health of the planet, solving arguably one of the most important technical problems relating to energy and sustainability that we face today.”

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Top 10 Myths of Solar Energy

Overview

There are many myths surrounding solar power in general, this can be attributed to many factors but most crucial of all is a lack of awareness and understanding from the general public with regards to the benefits of solar power and what it can do for people. Also there seems to be a lack of advertising on the subject especially when it comes to t.v. ad campaigns and other forms of media coverage.


Busted!

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72 hours flight in a solar energy driven aircraft simulator

Swiss pilot André Borschberg completed last Friday a 72 hours flight simulation that started in Dübendorf (Switzerland) on Tuesday 21st February.

The project was launched by Solar Impulse and this is one of the trials before the round-the-world solar energy powered flight, now under construction and scheduled for 2014. The solar powered aircraft simulator was tested and evaluated throughout the flight by the Solar Impulse team. The pilot, also co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse, took 32 naps of 20 minutes each during the 72 hours he spent inside the cockpit. Once outside the cabin, he explained in a press conference that the simulation “demonstrated that our concept of flying single-handed for several days in a row is viable.”

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Government Loses Solar Appeal

Overview

The Governments Department Of Energy and Climate Change has lost its battle with the Solar Panel Industry over the Feed In Tariff (FIT) Rate

How Much Money Should I Receive from the Scheme?

The Feed in Tariff Rate was introduced by the Government on the 1st April 2010 and guarantees a set amount of income for all electricity generated by a solar panel system installed on the roof of your property: (See what solar panels could do for you »)

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