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Flipping The Switch On Space Power
2012-05-19 03:46:53

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland have made substantial progress toward harnessing the energy of the Sun from space. This solar power from space has the potential to change the future of renewable energy. Equipment has been tested in space that would provide a platform for solar panels to collect energy and allow it to be transferred back to earth through microwaves or lasers. Dr Massimiliano Vasile, of the University of Strathclyde's Department of...

2012-04-26 13:47:30

NASA's Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop solar array systems to enable space electric propulsion systems of the future. "NASA's Game Changing Development Program focuses on maturing advanced space technologies that may lead to entirely new approaches for the agency's future space missions," said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA's Space Technology Program at the agency's Headquarters in Washington. "This call for proposals will result in the development of...

Orbiting Solar Power Plants 'Technically Feasible' Within 30 Years: Study
2011-11-16 06:34:10

Orbiting solar power plants that harness the sun´s energy from space and beam it to Earth could be economically viable within three decades based on technologies currently being tested, according to a new study by scientists with the International Academy of Astronautics. Reuters first reported on the study on Monday, having obtained a copy of the 248-page report ahead of its release. The study is the first broad based international assessment of potential plans to collect solar...

Researchers Adapt Classic Antennas To Harness More Power From The Sun
2011-11-11 05:06:56

Some solar devices, like calculators, only need a small panel of solar cells to function. But supplying enough power to meet all our daily needs would require enormous solar panels. And solar-powered energy collected by panels made of silicon, a semiconductor material, is limited – contemporary panel technology can only convert approximately seven percent of optical solar waves into electric current. Profs. Koby Scheuer, Yael Hanin and Amir Boag of Tel Aviv University's Department of...

2011-04-07 09:58:00

CHICAGO, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian patent 2,643,380 was issued March 22, 2011 for a method to store variable wind and solar power as heat in heavy oil formations, including oil sands and oil shale, and assigned to PyroPhase Inc. US Patent No. 7,484,561 was previously issued. Presently wind and solar power amount to less than 2% of US total electric generation because they require costly backup plants to supply power when wind and solar are not available This method can...

2011-01-17 03:57:00

BERNIN, France and ABU DHABI, UAE, January 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Soitec (Euronext Paris), the world's leading supplier of advanced solutions for the electronics and energy industries, reports excellent results for the company's concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system in Jordan, which is connected to the nation's electrical grid. The system, which was jointly installed with Azur Space Solar Power, ran continuously through the extremely hot summer and fall months, demonstrating...

2010-12-17 00:00:44

Futron has released new analysis that benchmarks space technology among the top 10 leading space powers, which identifies specific technologies where countries optimize their economic and industrial competitiveness, or vice versa, where nations fail to effectively leverage technical capabilities. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) December 16, 2010 The release of Futron's 2010 Space Technology Capacity Index represents an important milestone in integrating technology capability and use into national...

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2010-05-20 14:43:00

Solar energy will play a crucial role in the energy mix of tomorrow as solar energy is available in unlimited quantities. With the aid of concentrator solar cells, even more sunlight can be converted into electricity. Climate change and ever scarcer fossil resources will determine the energy mix of the future. Solar energy will play an integral role in this regard. Dr. Andreas Bett and Dr. Frank Dimroth of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg developed...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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