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One of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of utilities is the street light. They light up the normally dark spaces of streets and add safety near curves and intersections. Trouble is, most streetlights are energy wasters and operate in just one light intensity. In 2012, the U.S. spent over $160 billion on residential outdoor lighting. Sun-Tracking Solar-Powered LED Street Lights have the potential to significantly reduce this expense because they not only employ low-power LED lights but they fully exploit the power of free solar energy. Sun Tracking Boosts Efficiency While street lighting provides safety for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, it draws considerable power from electrical grids and often comes on too early or stays on after sunrise. Sun-Tracking Solar-Powered LED Street Lights are self-sustaining devices, designed to replace the existing streetlights. They feature built-in sun-tracking mechanisms to ensure they gather the most solar energy during daylight hours. Sun tracking also means that the lights instantly respond to darkness to ensure they operate when they are needed most. Both modes of operation meet the needs… Read more

Bike sharing systems have become increasingly popular in larger cities around the world. But what if you could combine the practicality of these systems with solar power for e-Bikes, which many riders now prefer? Cities in Europe and China are taking the lead here, since most accept the idea of bicycling to short destinations, and an even greater number like the concept of solar wherever it can be employed to save the environment. Growing Trend New innovations in pedal assisted electric bikes (e-Bikes) have spurred a growing market for them worldwide. Such bikes are especially ubiquitous in China where 90 percent of them are sold. In fact, e-Bikes herald the arrival of electric vehicles on a massive scale in major cities in Sweden (not including trams and trains). The simple reason is that they combine both energy efficiency and economy compared to other electrified modes of transport. Riders like the fact that they can pedal farther with less effort, especially going uphill or against the wind. Even longer rides are no longer such a challenge, further reducing the need for… Read more

Over three decades ago, Chernobyl became the household word for disaster. Plagued with radiation poisoning and cancer deaths, the city was plunged into ghost town status, a sobering reminder that mankind had to be careful about the choices it makes in pursuing sources of energy. Having learned its lesson, the Ukrainian government seeks to raise the beleaguered city to prominence by building one of the world’s largest solar farms. If all goes as planned, the new solar facility could end up producing nearly a third of the electricity that Chernobyl once generated. Infrastructure Partly in Place Ukraine’s environmental officials note that Chernobyl can be considered viable for such a vast solar site.  The high-voltage transmission lines previously used for the city’s nuclear stations are still in place. In addition, the acreage is “cheap real-estate” so land costs are not an issue. Neither is recruiting people who have the power plant training required to run the facility. The land surrounding Chernobyl—about 6,000 hectares within Chernobyl's "exclusion zone"—would become host to the 1GWh solar power plant, providing enough electricity to light the equivalent… Read more

It cleverly combines solar tech with storage tech, and it could revolutionize the solar power industry. Resembling a flower of solar panels, the new product is aptly called “SmartFlower.” It’s already in 20 different European countries and soon it will “pollinate” U.S. backyards, corporate rooftops and fields wherever the sun shines—to power everything from homes to office buildings. Smarter Than Your Average Solar System The SmartFlower offered by SmartFlower Energy Technology is the complete solar system. It features built-in intelligence as well as a tracking and power management system. At dawn, the Sunflower fans out its solar petals to nearly 200 square feet of sun-absorptive space. It cleans itself automatically every morning to ensure it captures every watt of the day’s sun power. And like a real flower, SmartFlower automatically turns and keeps following the sun all day long, thanks to a dual-axis tracking system that ensures its panels remain at a 90-degree angle to sunlight. Energy taken in all day is stored in highly efficient lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) batteries. This power is then continually managed via a smart… Read more

Egg barns use lots of energy, mostly for refrigeration to keep laid eggs fresh. Canada's Brant Hutterite Colony,  an egg barn in southern Alberta, plans to significantly cut its carbon footprint. Its goal is to produce over 13,000 eggs a day without greenhouse gas emissions. The solution: employ solar panels and other high-tech equipment to make Brant Hutterite a net zero operation—to essentially produce as much energy as it uses. A New Normal for Animal Housing The fully sustainable facility will be powered by rooftop solar panels and other high-tech systems that significantly reduce its carbon footprint. The pioneering effort heralds a new era of sustainability for agricultural groups. Canadian agricultural officials have noted that the Brant Hutterite Colony clearly redefines how the industry addresses energy efficiency and reduced climate impacts for animal housing, Initially reluctant to accept the concept of solar panels and other energy efficient modifications to its new barn, the Colony became amenable to the idea after receiving a $250,000 provincial government grant to help offset some of the project’s costs, which included 100 solar panels. Live Web Monitoring The Brant Hutterite Colony has conducted several tours… Read more