‘Dallas & Robo’ pairs a trucker and a robot to save the solar system

Earlier the month, YouTube announced a new Kat Dennings- and John Cena-led animated series for its Red, soon to be Premium, platform — a buddy comedy from the company behind BoJack Horseman about a space trucker and a robot. In Dallas & Robo, the two travel together between different worlds, delivering goods and getting into […]

Nissan follows Tesla with an all-in-one solar storage package

After making strides in the electric car market, Nissan has set its sights on the home. The company recently debuted its redesigned Leaf electric car and continues to push its xStorage battery, but now it wants to combine its two great loves under one roof. That’s what the Nissan Energy Solar scheme — the company’s […]

These solar panels can pull clean drinking water out of the air — and they’ve spread to 10 countries around the world

Zero Mass Water  Zero Mass Water makes solar panel arrays that pull clean drinking water from the air. The $ 4,500 arrays launched in the United States in late 2017. Now they’re expanding to Australia thanks to a $ 420,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Zero Mass arrays could come in handy in […]

Tesla patent application explains how its solar roof tiles work

Tesla’s solar roof tiles are revolutionary because they look like regular shingles. They cut out the need for unsightly solar panels while delivering about 98 percent of the efficiency of normal solar panels, which is quite the feat. Now, thanks to Electrek‘s discovery of Tesla’s patent application for these tiles, we have a better idea […]

Installation costs so much that it’s better to use expensive solar panels

Enlarge / Row of new Dutch houses with solar panels attached on the roofs. (credit: Lawrence Berkeley Lab) As the price of solar panels has plunged, a strange thing has happened. The panels have gone from being a large fraction of installation costs to a relatively minor component. That means all the other things—permits, labor, […]

China's solar road will charge cars as they drive

In Jinan, China, there’s a section of highway over which some 45,000 vehicles drive every day. A company called Qilu Transportation Development Group is converted about two-thirds of a mile of that roadway to generate solar electricity — enough to power the highway lights and 800 homes. Qilu Transportation isn’t stopping there, though. Looking forward […]

World added more solar capacity than net fossil fuel capacity in 2017

Enlarge / WUHAN, CHINA – APRIL 27: Workers from Wuhan Guangsheng Photovoltaic Company install solar panels on the roof of a building on April 27, 2017 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) To say 2017 was a good year for solar panels is a bit of an understatement. According to […]

Residential solar is cheap, but can it get cheaper? Paths to $0.05 per kWh

Tesla smooth black glass solar roof tiles. (credit: Tesla) The price of solar panels has fallen far and fast. But the Energy Department (DOE) wants to bring those costs down even further, especially for residential homes. After all, studies have shown that if every inch of useable rooftop in the US had solar panels on it, […]

A solar panel on every roof in the US? Here are the numbers

Enlarge (credit: Jon Callas) When you’re scoping out possible futures, it’s useful to ask a lot of “what if?” questions. For example, what if we could install solar panels on every suitable roof in the United States? How much electricity would they generate? Plenty of research has followed this line of thought, though much of […]

Asia fears solar panel, washing machine tariffs just the start for tough-on-trade Trump

Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP Images South Korea and China protested against President Donald Trump putting steep import tariffs on washing machines and solar pannels, and they fear it could be the start of more protectionism. Trump campaigned on balancing US trade with other nations, but has yet to do much in terms of tariffs until now. SEOUL […]