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[7 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
eSolar Launches First US Power Tower, in California

Technology.am (Aug. 7, 2009) — eSolar has unveiled its 5 MW Sierra SunTower solar power plant located in southern California’s Antelope Valley.
This plant is made up of 24,000 silver-bright mirrors, which have been positioned in the Valley to reflect light on two 50-meter-tall towers.
The concentrated light coming from mirrors heated steam in those towers to turn a turbine. This is the first “power towers” in the U.S. to convert the sun’s heat into electricity for commercial use.
The whole system uses GPS positioning to quickly align …

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[6 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Nissan Unveils Contactless Charging System for EVs

Technology.am (Aug. 6, 2009) — Nissan has announced plans to develop a contactless charging system for its next generation electric vehicle Leaf, which is expected to be out in 2010.
This was demonstrated on the “Hyper Mini,” Nissan’s electric vehicle launched in 2000, with the contactless charging system.
The system that was developed by Nissan Motor and Showa Aircraft Industry is an electromagnetic induction type, which supplies electric power between a feeding coil and a receiving coil.
The rated output is 10kW. And it is considering a 3kW-class system for …

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[6 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
World’s Largest Solar Cooking System Installed in India

Technology.am (Aug 6, 2009) — The World’s largest Solar Steam System has been installed at the shrine of 19th century saint Sai Baba at Shridi in India.
This solar system will be used to cook food for the devotees visiting Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. The system generates steam of around 3500 kilograms which is sufficient for the 20,000 people who visit every day.
The cost for the system is about Rs13.3 million ($280,000), about 43% of which was paid for by the government. The system will result in annual …

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[6 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Scientists Invent World’s First Printable Batteries, Print in Bulk

Technology.am (Aug. 6, 2009) — German scientists have invented the world’s first printable batteries, wafer-thin and environmentally friendly batteries which can be produced in bulk.
The new battery is different from conventional batteries. The printable version weighs less than one gram on the scales, is not even one millimetre thick and can therefore be integrated into bank cash cards, for example.
The new battery was developed by Dr Reinhard Baumann of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS in Chemnitz, Germany. Scientists aim to mass produce the …

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[6 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Intel Lets Facebook Users Focus Computer Power on Research

Technology.am (Aug. 6, 2009) — Intel launched new software app that allows Facebook users devote spare computer processing power to researching diseases or climate change.
Intel teamed with nonprofit group GridRepublic to create a “Progress Thru Processors” app based on Faceboook’s operating platform to save the world in fighting for disease or climate change.
The app enables Facebook users to allot idle computing power to work on a project for Rosetta@home for cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases; Climateprediction.net for understanding climate change, and Africa@home to seek cures for spreading …

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[6 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
UW Researchers Aims to Develop Plastics that Convert Light to Electricity

Technology.am (Aug. 6, 2009) — University of Washington researchers are striving to develop organic solar cells that can be produced easily and inexpensively as thin films that could be widely used to generate electricity.
They have found a way to measure exactly how much electrical current is carried by tiny bubbles and channels that form inside nanoscale solar cells, paving the way for development of more efficient materials.
They aims to develop cells made from low-cost plastics that will transform at least 10 percent of the sunlight that they absorb into usable …

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[2 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Nissan Announced 100-Mile Range LEAF Electric Car

Technology.am (Aug 2, 2009) — Nissan unveiled a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions. This is the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world.
Nissan calls it the Leaf (Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car).
The LEAF EV uses an advanced lithium-ion battery pack (48 modules, 90kW) and has electric motors which deliver 80kW (107 HP). The combo allows the LEAF to have a driving range of 100 miles and a top speed …

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[1 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Nixon Releases First Solar Watch That Harnesses Light in any Form

Technology.am (Aug 1, 2009) — There have been a few solar powered watches but Nixon recently launched its first. Nixon has released ‘Volta’ the first rechargeable solar powered watch.
This solar powered watch sports a semi-transparent dial that allows sunlight through to the solar panel below which charges the watch’s battery. The solar panel is built across the watch’s burly 41-47mm face making sure there’s plenty of surface area to catch the sun’s rays.
If you are stuck in an office or if you stay indoors most of the …

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[1 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
India Plans to Generate 200,000 MW Solar Power

Technology.am (Aug. 1, 2009) — It is stated that India receives 5,000 trillion kWh of energy from the sun, per day. Therefore, India’s ‘National Solar Mission’, plans to have India generating 200,000 MW of solar power by 2050, and 100,000 by 2030 according to an official document.
The plan calls for 20,000 MW by 2020. For the next 11 years there is a three-phase approach: 1-1.5 by 2012, 6-7 GW by 2017 and 20 GW by 2020.
The plan is for the addition of solar technology on approximately 3 million square meters …