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Nov 13

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Barriers to Solar Power

While the use of solar power has been encourage in the US with subsides and tax incentives, there are still many barriers left that solar power must conquer before this source of power becomes a more widely used. This year, has seen it’s share of solar barriers, with state bills introducing a net metering limit, […]

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Nov 13

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Solar Storage and the Future of Solar Energy

            A main problem with solar energy have is the fundamental fact that once the sun goes down, solar energy cannot be produced. Therefore, the storage of energy created during the day must be integrated into the system to allow of usage during hours when the sun is not present. There are a few methods […]

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Nov 13

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Solar Powered Vehicles: The Future of Transportation

In 2010, the number of cars on the road passed the one billion mark with a grand total of 1.015 billion vehicles worldwide. The U.S. takes up the largest percent of these vehicles, with 239.8 million as of 2011 or about 660 vehicles for every 1000 people. The total number of vehicles worldwide is estimated […]

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Oct 13

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Building the Future: Smart Homes

With rising prices of gas and oil, the cost of powering a home is increasing at an uncomfortable rate. However, with developing technologies, homeowners are turning towards “smart-homes,” technologically integrated, energy (and money) saving houses. Switches to lights, the garage door, heating and cooling systems, sprinklers, and ...

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Oct 13

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Can We Handle the Power?

            The idea of exchanging our current processes of making electricity from non-renewable and harmful sources like fossil fuels, to more eco-friendly systems like solar or wind sounds amazing. These sources would solve the future energy crisis if our current dependence of fossil fuels remains, and best of all, its ...

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Oct 13

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The Decline of Solar Investment

There is constant news about improvements of solar power, either with a new method of production that lowers costs, or a new design that that significantly improves the efficiency of a solar cell. So why is there a growing decline of investment in this rising industry? While the production of solar cells grew by 10% […]

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Oct 13

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The Falling Cost of Solar Energy

Solar energy is a clean and renewable source of power, and it has the potential to appease the planet’s voracious appetite for energy. “Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.”6 In fact, in 2005, it was estimated that the world consumed a […]

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