Solar panels are popular for everything from heating water to charging electric cars like the Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S, but they can be expensive to manufacture and hard to install. Soon, though, you may be able to spray solar cells onto a surface to collect energy from the sun. Researchers at the University of Alberta have been experimenting with solar cells (the individual units that make up a solar panel) made from zinc phosphate nanoparticles. These particles can be dissolved into an ink, but still react to sunlight after they're sprayed onto a surface and have dried. In effect, they've...
A New Use For (Parts From) Old Cars: Build Yourself A House
A Berkeley, California architecture firm has incorporated sheet metal and side windows from scrapped cars into an architecturally unique and energy-efficient home.Kurt Ernst
Solar Tech Could Be Improved Thanks To 13-Year Old Student
Solar panel technology has, thus far, not been of much use for automobiles. You may be able to specify a small solar panel on the 2011 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Toyota Prius, but it's mainly used to top up the energy needed to power accessories such as your air conditioning or in-car entertainment. As a...Antony Ingram
What's That Ecco? High Tech, Green, Electric Camper Van
Going straight onto All Car Tech's list of things we want is a new electric camper van by design collective NAU, known as Ecco. Describing it as a camper van almost doesn't do it justice, though. The teardropped vehicle is more like a Transformer, changing from efficient and spacious vehicle into a...Antony Ingram
NASCAR Weekend At Infineon A Little Greener With Solar Power
It might seem ironic that on the weekend the NASCAR Cup series visited Infineon Raceway in Northern California, the circuit chose to announce the completion of its large solar arrays. As over forty NASCAR racers tore around the circuit for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Saturday and Sunday, spectators...Antony Ingram
Solar Windows For Buildings: Will Cars Get The Tech Next?
A Californian start-up has just received an award of $100,000 as part of the "GE ecomagination Challenge" for an energy-saving idea that could change the way that buildings are constructed. Pythagoras Solar from San Mateo has created windows laced with solar cells and the potential benefits for...Antony Ingram
Electric vehicle backers love to tout the fact that the so-called green vehicles don’t produce any emissions and don’t rely on dirty fossil fuels dug up out of the ground, but at the end of the day their electrical energy has to come from somewhere--and more often than not it comes from said fossil fuels, which are burned in power stations all across the globe. Audi is one automaker that’s backing a clean solution: solar energy. At its main plant in Ingolstadt, Audi e-tron models will in future have their batteries charged with electrical energy obtained directly from...