8 Practical Ways to Use Solar Energy

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Solar energy refers to electricity derived from sunlight with the use of photovoltaic panels – this type of energy is effective at powering almost every application that relies on traditional energy. Read on to learn of a few practical ways to use solar energy.

Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night

Green Prophet

Solar energy is a pretty hot topic right now. But the problem has remained of how to use solar energy without any sun – when it gets dark! The technology comprises of a of a solar field and an energy center.

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Egypt to shine with a new $3.5 BIL solar plant!

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A global consortium of engineering and renewables industry giants kicked off a project to build a suite of solar power generating plants in Egypt to produce 2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity and valued at USD $3.5 Cities Egyptian solar development MENA renewables PV solar renewable energy

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KarmSolar is first Egyptian company to sell solar power off-grid

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KarmSolar is an Egyptian company dedicated to bolstering solar energy use. It is now the first company in Egypt with official permission to sell solar power off-grid. The company’s conscientiousness about the environment doesn’t stop at solar power.

Solar project brings affordable energy to Palestinian homes

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We don’t often hear good news coming from Palestine, but solar energy advances for Palestinian households are something to celebrate. The organization, Future for Palestine, is funding the $1 million solar project. Energy electricity Israel Jericho Palestine solar Solar Energy sun

Loans for rooftop solar are heating up in Egypt

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Two Egyptian banks are moving into green lending with an initiative to finance rooftop solar power systems for residential consumers. The program emerged in part due to an EBA study assessing the feasibility of rooftop solar energy generation in Egypt.

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The US Solar Market Is Growing Ridiculously Fast

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At the end of 2015, the solar industry experienced something of a Christmas miracle when Congress unexpectedly extended a package of vital tax credits for renewable energy that were set to expire. For reference, in 2011 there were only 10 gigawatts of solar installed total across the country.)

‘Solar Mama’ – A Film About Jordan’s Solar Women

Green Prophet

‘Rafea – Solar Mama’ marks a young mother’s battle to bring solar power to her village in the deserts of Jordan. We’ve been taught about solar energy and solar panels and how to generate light,” explained Rafi’a Abdul Hamid to me over a year ago.

Solar Energy Women Wanted East!

Green Prophet

The Women in Solar Initiative is aimed at engaging more women into roles within engineering, as significant growth and change takes place within the sector. Image of girl in the sun via Shutterstock. :: Women in Solar on LinkedIn.

Jews and Arabs turn on Mideast solar project for West Bank farmers

Green Prophet

As an innovator of solar energy, Israel has been involved in a number of pilot projects in its Negev desert regions; in particular, one with Arava Power which resulted in a solar energy plant being put in place in the Arava region near Kibbutz Ketura.

Turkey’s Designnobis turns plastic bottles into solar-powered lanterns

Green Prophet

Unlike other solar-powered lanterns that are currently on the market, Infinite Light treats waste (plastic bottles) as a valuable resource, which helps to drive down its overall carbon or environmental footprint. ” Related: WakaWaka provides solar-powered lighting for Syrian refugees.

World’s largest solar power plant goes live in Morocco

Green Prophet

Morocco has activated the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the first part of a three-phase development in the Sahara Desert intended to supply more than a million homes with electricity by 2018.

Solar powered plane (finally) completes round-the-world flight

Green Prophet

Solar Impulse, the world’s first intercontinental solar energy powered aircraft, finally touched down last month in Abu Dhabi after completing a round the world flight. The Solar Impulse 2 journey was plagued with difficulties: financial ones as well as mechanical difficulties.

Solar-Powered ‘Desert Cascades’ Cube Gushes Water in the Desert

Green Prophet

The same team behind SunGlacier, an extraordinary solar-powered artificial leaf that produces ice in the middle of the desert , has come up with a new concept – ‘Desert Cascades.’ ” Design Ap Verheggen clean tech Desert Cascades solar art solar power

Mystery energies of solar power solved!

Green Prophet

Researchers at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute worked alongside colleagues at Trinity College Dublin to solve solar energy mysteries related to the physical properties of photovoltaic perovskite materials. Their discovery may lead to more efficient solar energy harvesting.

Practical Solar Powered Innovations for Developing Countries

Green Prophet

Solar e nergy projects for developing countries in Africa and the Middle East MENA Region have often been put on the backburner due to financial considerations as well as lack of attention by local government bodies. Jumpstarting Solar Power in the MENA Region.

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Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

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Where will you be on August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse passes through North America? Not everything about solar eclipses is known. And come prepared with gear for safely viewing the solar eclipse and more, not all of these preserves have facilities for visitors.

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Bahrain generates oil and brains using 5 MW solar power

Green Prophet

In a move to diversify its energy package Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) launched its first pilot solar power project this past June in Awali, in the south of Bahrain. The $25 million project installed solar energy units in three locations: in Awali, with a 1.6

How You Can Afford Solar Panels For Your Home

Living Green & Saving Energy

I have long been an advocate for rooftop photovoltaic solar panels. solar energy solar panels These emission-free gadgets quietly convert sunshine into usable electricity for your home. You can reduce your electric bill to near zero in the best cases, and significantly in any case. You will save money on utility bills from day one and add value to your home. Here […].

Qatar Solar Buys into Germany’s SolarWorld

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Qatar Solar has purchased a stake in SolarWorld AG to give the firm a much needed fiscal boost. Called the BMW of solar panel producers , the German firm has been struggling to compete against China’s flood of cheap, generic photovoltaic panels.

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Solar-sintered Sand Babel tower grows above and below desert dunes

Green Prophet

We knew that someone would put Markus Keyser’s amazing solar sinter to good use! This conceptual tower conceived by a team of Chinese designers imagines a cluster of towers made of sand that are constructed with a solar-powered 3D-printer.

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Storing Solar Energy in Rust, From Israel

Green Prophet

Scientists at Technion, Israel’s institute of technology recently found a new way to store solar energy. Cleantech, Science & Technology chemistry energy storage Israel Solar Energy

Chamelic Invents Answer for Desert Solar & Dust!

Green Prophet

The huge and visionary Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) plan to ship vast amounts of solar to Europe has one glaring potential weakness. So developing dust-resistant solar will be the next Big Thing. Mars has the largest dust storms in the solar system (that we know of – yet!)

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Sunny Solar Outlook For Middle East and North Africa

Green Prophet

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are expected to bring 3.5GW of solar capacity online by 2015: Saudi Arabia and Turkey lead the way. Conservation of oil for export is driving Saudi’s solar targets : 16GW of PV and 25GW of CSP by 2030.

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Stick the Solar-Powered Window Socket on Glass and Watch it Charge

Green Prophet

The disc-like socket designed by the Korean duo Kyuho Song and Boah Oh has a base of mini solar panels and a suction cup that ensures effective adhesion to virtually any transparent glass surface that is exposed to the sun.

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Ladies of Solar Unite – at the Women Solar Seminar in Dubai

Green Prophet

If it seems like there are just too many men receiving all the glory in the solar industry and not nearly enough women, then you need to attend the Women Solar Seminar in Dubai. I am very proud to be able to host the Women’s Solar Seminar for the second year.

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Sun-Believable Solar Nanotechnology Paint May Revolutionize Renewables

Green Prophet

A team of scientists and engineers led by Professor Prashant Kamat is generating energy from solar paint. Building on recent advances in semiconductor nanocrystal research, they’ve developed a one-coat solar paint for designing quantum dot solar cells.

This New Solar Cell Is 50 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair

Mother Jones

This is really cool: Big brains at MIT recently announced they have created the world's thinnest and lightest solar cell—so light it can sit atop a soap bubble without breaking it.

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TIGI’s Honeycomb Solar Collector Wins Big Euro Award

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Last Wednesday in Munich, Germany, Israeli solar energy company TIGI Ltd. was among the three winners in the solar-thermal category at the Intersolar Europe Exhibition, an annual forum promoting solar technologies since 1991. Arava Drags Israel into Solar Century with 58.5

Israeli Parliament Plans to be Solar Secure by 2014

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Years after the plan was first suggested, the Israeli Parliament building will finally boast a large rooftop solar array that will give the Knesset a sound measure of energy security by 2014. Green Tech and Gadgets clean tech Energy security green tech Knesset Rooftop Solar

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Egypt and MENA Set to Exploit Solar Power?

Green Prophet

Ask any tourist, or come to that, any solar panel maker pulling in the profits. Plenty of solar energy to exploit then. And, given the rising cost of oil and gas these days, the race for cheap solar energy is well and truly on. Business & Politics Egypt Solar Energy

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Solar Impulse 2 plane will circumnavigate Earth in 2015

Green Prophet

The Swiss duo now plans to circumnavigate the world in a next-generation solar aircraft named the Solar Impulse 2. The team is working to produce oxygen with solar energy (not yet available for this flight), and NASA helped create a product that makes urine drinkable.

Solar Roadways: energy-generating roads that light up at night

Green Prophet

Turns out, thanks to a highly successful Indiegogo campaign, Solar Roadways may be coming to a highway near you. Phase I of the Solar Roadways project was so successful, the highway administration awarded the group a second round of funding to the tune of $750,000.

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Jacob Karni’s Solar Turns Brown Coal Into Clean Fuel

Green Prophet

Greenearth energy looks to Israeli solar tech to make use of Oz’s vast brown coal resources. With the climate change tipping point precipitously close , an Israeli-Australian venture will use solar technology to mitigate the greenhouse gases from coal in Australia.

Speak With Sarah Silverman When You Support Galapagos Solar Campaign

Green Prophet

Sometimes it takes a touch of star power to boost solar energy projects, which may be why comedian Sarah Silverman has publicly supported Arava Power and Energiya Global founder Yosef Abramowitz’s latest solar campaign in the Galapagos Islands. applause) How about solar power!?

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First Practical Sun-Powered Car Stella Wins World Solar Challenge 2013

Green Prophet

Stella, a solar-powered family car designed by students from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in has won the World Solar Challenge 2013, ushering in a new era of efficient, practical cruisers that get all of their juice from the sun.

Solar Plant Stopped Killing Birds: One Weird Trick!

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The Brightsoruce Power Plant, in California, uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy to nearly a single point, where things get so hot you can melt metal. Nearby, in the air, the concentrated solar energy can be so high that a bird flying by can become vaporized. Most of the birds, possibly all, that were being vaporized were running into a ring of intense solar radiation that formed around the plant’s tower during standby periods.

PV solar bridge for breakout net-zero Falcon Island development

Green Prophet

It’s slated for construction in Ras-al-Khaimah , the emirate north of Dubai, and it’s going gangbusters with solar energy. Not only will the bridge entering the island have a solar roof, but the villas will also have rooftop panels.

Turkey subsidizes solar donkeys so shepherds can use laptops

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a story pops up about donkeys in Turkey that carry solar panels so that shepherds, who are often out in the field alone for days at a time, have enough energy to power their laptops. Solar power serves both purposes.” .

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SBY Solar Blocks Arava Power Solar Field Launch Today

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On the eve of its launch, Arava Power must prepare for a “real&# solar war: Israel’s first solar field company loses building permit and prepares for battle –– over sun rights and tariffs. One solar energy company shutting down another over money.