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University of Utah student technology illuminates impacts of solar power

University of Utah student technology illuminates impacts of solar power

The University of Utah unveiled student-made technology Monday that university students and officials hope will open eyes to the potential of solar power and other renewable energy systems. While celebrating the university’s solar system installed last year, University of Utah graduate Tom Melburn introduced the final product of a project he has spearheaded since 2011

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Raise the (Solar) Roof: Students Building Solar-Powered Home

Flip a light switch, turn on the TV or open the refrigerator — you probably don’t think twice about the electricity powering your home. A team of UT Austin students, on the other hand, has spent two years imagining how to power our homes and keep our day-to-day lives running on light from the sun.

Sweetwater Schools Make Major Commitment to Solar Power

The Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista announced installation of solar power systems at 21 schools that will offset 60 percent of normal electricity demand. San Jose-based SunPower Corp. installed solar shade structures in school parking lots, taking advantage of underutilized space and providing needed shade. One ground-mounted system was installed at Mar Vista Middle School in San Diego, and a rooftop system

Who Started the Solar Decathlon? Richard King

Have you thought about how the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon got started? Who was the first person to want to have a student competition that demonstrates the use of solar rooftop systems? According to Solar Decathlon, it began with Richard King. In 1999 he had been working at the Department of Energy for 10 years conducting research

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in

Video: Solar Schools Crowdsourcing Community Initiative

The Solar Schools project is putting clean energy in classrooms all over the country. This project gets students and the wider community involved in an effort to support renewable energy and reduce school utility bills. Solar Schools is run by 10:10, a charity that brings people together to help tackle climate change. For more information

How Students Are Powering The Future

Every day, I wake up to the buzz of my (energy-powered) smart phone, still benumbed from a good night’s sleep and slightly reluctant to make my way through the electric mist of yet another morning. I know that the guilty pleasure of switching back again to the “on” mode awaits me and with it, the

Solar-Powered Computers for Students in Africa

A business which is based at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) has developed a unique solar-powered off-grid computing solution which is being used by students in Africa. Sustainable Computers was founded by Tony Winfield, a former Head of ICT and Business at a local secondary school, who recognized that one of the issues holding

Green Mountain College Students Build Solar Garage

Students at Green Mountain College don’t just study solar projects, they design and build them. This year students in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design Program designed a solar-powered garage. The project not only taught students practical real-world experience in designing and building, it also will serve the college’s fossil fuel-free farm and could make

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