Free Nissan LEAF Charging

If you live in a strong market for electric cars, Nissan is offering two years of free charging when you buy or lease its Leaf. Starting July 1, Nissan will distribute EZ-Charge cards in 10 markets: San Francisco; Sacramento; San Diego; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston, Nashville; and Washington, DC. It plans to add another 15 cities next year. “Public charging is […] Read more

In Focus: The Honda Smart Home

Although Honda is a company that is best known for their cars and motorcycles, the company has started to venture into other, non-vehicle based projects. That’s what the Japanese car maker is trying to do with its latest project, dubbed Honda Smart Home. It’s a smart home concept, that the company claims is one of the […] Read more

Quantum Dots = Efficient Solar Windows

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight. […] Read more

Smart Highways Have Arrived

It might look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but a Dutch engineering firm has successfully created a “smart highway” with glow-in-the-dark roads. The smart highway was demoed on 500 meters of road in the Netherlands last week, and showed promise for expanding the use of technology to other areas. Beyond just looking awesome, […] Read more

The “‘How Solar Users Think’” Study

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. A University of Arizona professor is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a study of why individual households choose to install their own rooftop solar panels. According to the news release, […] Read more

The BMW Concept X5 eDrive

BMW is using the New York International Auto Show 2014 to present the BMW Concept X5 eDrive—a company’s next step in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in the SAV segment. According to the company’s press-release, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive is able to drive on electric power alone at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 […] Read more

The Donald Trump of China Invests in Solar Companies

After several tough years for the solar industry, when numerous companies either held massive debt (in China) or closed their doors (US/Europe), the industry is on the upswing again, and a Hong Kong entrepreneur is taking advantage of that. Zheng Jianming, a real-estate tycoon based in Hong Kong, is quietly buying stakes in Chinese solar companies at fire sale […] Read more

In Focus: The ChargeLounge Charge Station

The ChargeLounge developed by Fraunhofer IAO is set to change what recharging electric vehicles is all about: high-charging capacity, easy installation, access to a stylish lounge during recharging and an innovative business model are all part of the unique ChargeLounge presented for the first time at the 2014 Hannover Messe, April 7-11. Many travelers take […] Read more

In Focus: Energy Storage by Rail

A new way of storing energy could soon take off - energy-storage-by-rail, developed by Advanced Rail Energy Storage North America. The first project is set for Nevada which would help stabilize the regional power grid so it can handle more renewable energy.   It’s a low-tech approach to large-scale energy storage. When rates are low a train drives uphill and then, when […] Read more

Fast Charging Batteries: Electrolytes Inside

Scientists in Japan have developed an innovative electrolyte that may be the key to the next great breakthrough in advanced lithium-ion batteries. The three primary functional components of a lithium-ion battery are the positive and negative electrodes and electrolyte. Generally, the negative electrode of a conventional lithium-ion cell is made from carbon. The positive electrode […] Read more

Solar Deployment Exceeds Wind in 2013

More new solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity was added throughout the globe than wind energy in 2013, according to the Clean Energy Trends 2014 report issued by clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge, Inc. Last year also marked a significant transition in the history of clean energy: for the first time since Clean Edge began tracking […] Read more

Natural Gas Vehicles: More Support Needed

While natural gas is abundant in the United States, its full potential has yet to be reached. Compared to traditional fuels, it is a more economical and reliable energy source and it is cleaner and safer. But due to the lack of infrastructure, and the high costs associated with extraction, it hasn’t been used as much […] Read more

Solar Frontier Breaks Thin Film Solar Cell Record

Japanese company Solar Frontier announced a new world record conversion efficiency for thin-film-photovoltaic technologies at the 5th International Workshop on CIGS Solar Cell Technology organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Solar Frontier, in joint research with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), has achieved 20.9% conversion efficiency on a 0.5 cm2 CIGS cell. This […] Read more

Women: The Most Important Residential Solar Customers

What do women want from a solar sale? This is not a trivial question. As competition increases in the residential solar market and the industry works to lower soft costs like customer acquisition, it’s becoming all the more important to better understand the market. Women, it turns out, are a key part of that market. […] Read more