TAG: Solar energy

Welcome Boost in Jobs

Job growth in solar industry

At a time when a primary concern for the U.S. is jobs, unemployment, and underemployment, news of job growth is always good and welcomed. Further, news of job growth in an industry plagued by setbacks and challenges can flip an industry from crippled confidence to burgeoning. On November 2nd, The Solar Foundation (TSF) announced encouraging statistics showing despite recent false starts and layoffs, the U.S. solar industry is expanding nearly six times more than that of the overall economy. The report reiterates and adds to the credibility of earlier studies suggesting a similar boom in the solar industry, though the… read more

Solar Powered Toys

Solar Powered Toys

There are many items that teach solar power along with promoting fun. Kids of all ages can learn about science, green energy and how solar power really works by seeing it firsthand. The following are a few ideas for play where solar power’s fun side definitely shows up. There are an ever increasing assortment of solar powered robots, remote control cars and even kits that allow you to build your own solar propelled designs. The OWI 6 In 1 Solar Kit from Edmund Scientifics is a miniature solar building set with interesting combinations. It can be turned into six different small-scale… read more

Wood Burning and Data

Wood burning

Given the rising costs in fossil fuels, and subsequent rising heating costs, many Americans are looking for alternatives to contemporary heating options. Among other means of heating, traditional wood-burning has surged, especially in areas which are anticipating cold and extreme winters like the northeast United States. Wood pellets are being used, instead of logs, due to the lessened impact on the environment, and also the reduction in toxic emissions. The wood pellets also burn better and stronger, resulting in stronger, longer fires, which also contributes to the efficiency. It has to be kept in mind though that while technically a… read more

Solar Industry Growth

Solar industry growth

Fueled by falling solar panel prices, job growth in the U.S. solar industry will outpace employment in wind energy, according to a new report issued by CleanEdison Inc. Wind energy is facing the expiration of federal wind credits at the end of the year, which has contributed to the rise in solar industry employment, along with diminishing confidence in the wind industry—making the wind industry weaker. CleanEdison expects around 36,000 people will be certified as technical employees in the U.S. solar industry in 2020, including the incredibly important position of installer. If these estimates are correct, then there will be… read more

The Power of the Sun

Using the Power of the Sun

We keep thinking about our depleting natural resources and the eminent energy crisis that we all might face in the near future. But in spite of that, we are ignoring the never-ending nuclear fission gifted to us by nature: the SUN. This billion megaton powerhouse has been radiating its energy on earth for the past 4.5 billion years and is still no way near exhaustion. Even if we tap a fraction of this radiation it could permanently end our worries of depleted resources. The methodologies to tap this energy are many: Metal Smelting Solar Furnaces: By the use of large… read more

Clean Sweep to the Wall

Renewable energy

According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 2012 Energy Infrastructure Update, every megawatt of new electrical generating capacity installed in the United States in September was either wind or solar power. However, this is solely the case for September; the cumulative January through September data gathered shows natural gas and coal are still staples for the United States’ energy palate. 433 megawatts of electricity generated from clean sources, which in this case is wind and solar, were installed in the U.S. in September, bringing the January through September total for wind power to 4,055 megawatts, and 936 megawatts from… read more

Renewable Energy Storage

Storing renewable energy

As renewable energy technology has gotten better and experienced an increase in production, there has been a shift from developing the technology to generate energy to developing the technology to store the energy. Renewable energy storage is incredibly important, since the sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow, wind speeds fluctuate, the amount of sunlight is dependent on cloud coverage, etc. However, the storage options up until now have only been theoretical, impractical, or too costly to produce. Fossil fuel plants are seen as too difficult to adjust to modern storage options, since it takes a long time retrofit the energy-producing power… read more

Support from the Masses

Solar energy support

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid shows nine out of ten respondents favor solar energy as part of a U.S. energy policy and a bigger part of the energy supply. Additionally, 81% believe solar power should be used in state and federal residencies, such as governor’s houses and the White House, and 80% want their elected representatives to support solar energy. Further, 81% of respondents said decreasing dependency on fossil fuels is good for the economy and environment, and 80% said financial benefits are the biggest advantages to solar power. Finally, 72% believe solar industry jobs are better than their… read more

Solar Energy Zones

Renewable energy development zones

The Western United States is the site of an innovative solution to avoiding the bureaucratic red-tape which frequently surrounds renewable energy development, along with escalating the installation of renewable energy systems. Seventeen solar-energy zones, which cover about 285,000 acres of public lands in six western states, have been set aside as “priority areas” for commercial-scale solar development. These zones will allow approval of solar development without the current case-by-case analysis, and provide already-installed energy transmission lines to connect the solar cells to the energy grid. Additionally, 19 million acres will be available as “variance” areas where the federal government would… read more

Green Phones – The Future

Self-charging-mobile-phone

In the digital era cellphones have become as mandatory for humans as air. In any part of the world the least power consuming home appliance is the cellphone charger which powers the cellphone’s battery.  The average power consumed by a cellphone when charging its battery is 26watts but with 6 billion people living on the planet and with 5 billion (and counting) mobile phones registered with all networks, the total power consumption will be jaw-dropping and become a very serious problem like global warming.   So, in an effort to reduce power consumption, scientists are constantly researching to automate the… read more