Neil Jacobsohn Windows that harvest soilar power

Windows that harvest solar energy to create electricity? What an obvious idea! Yet it has taken until now for the first installation, in a bank building in the Netherlands...not exactly a country known for copious sunshine!
Imagine the impact in high-sunshine countries.
Then there are Elon Musk's solar-generating roof tiles - and the advent of solar paint is not far off, as our MindBullet alongside explains.
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Posted: 17 July 2017 at 12:07

Doug Vining Two alternative futures for solar energy

Quartz says the solar power revolution is in grave danger of collapse by 2050, and needs a serious commitment to increased investment to 'succeed'. I disagree fundamentally for two reasons. One, the column looks at two scenarios out to 2050, but essentially only takes current technology trends into account. As we all know, tech is characterized by exponential improvements in efficiency and effectiveness over time, and as-yet-undiscovered breakthroughs, like 3D printed solar paint, graphene batteries, and the like could render these scenarios completely irrelevant.
Secondly, the authors have a preconceived notion of what 'success' means for solar energy. Saving the world from climate change is not my definition of success for solar. Becoming the dominant source of energy, and democratizing energy, putting the consumer in charge, and enabling an 'energy internet' - that's the solar revolution that will change the world. Hopefully it will be a lot cleaner, with less smoke and real pollution, and we'll find a way to make solar energy abundant without lots of rare earth mining and toxic chemical processes. But let's get off the carbon emissions bandwagon, that's a hide into nothing.
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Posted: 20 June 2018 at 09:22

Doug Vining Two alternative futures for solar energy

The future of solar energy is all about storage. Flow batteries could be the answer:
https://singularityhub.com/2018/07/02/the-new-energy-storage-tech-gates-bezos-ma-and-branson-are-investing-in/
Posted: 3 July 2018 at 15:49
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