Powering up a full-fledged data center certainly isn’t a joke and can prove to be quite an energy sucker. Microsoft Corp. one of the world’s biggest technology developers, is currently moving towards the greener side of affairs and has recently signed a 20-year deal to buy power from a new wind farm in Texas! This is the first time Microsoft has decided to directly purchase green energy from a source and is a step ahead for the company towards its carbon neutral goal.
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There are limitless applications to solar panels and besides simply working as renewable energy generators, these installations are now being used as paving stones! Behold the solar powered walkway, installed at the George Washington University. The world’s first energy producing walkable solar-paneled pathway, this walkway sports a solar-powered trellis by Studio39 Architecture and 27 slip-resistant semi-transparent photovoltaic glass panels from Onyx Solar’s stables.
IKEA is the world’s most renowned furniture retailer and has been selling furniture across the globe for quite a while now. The company will now offer more at its stores, enabling British customers to shop for solar panels! The solar panels will include in-store consult and design service, installation, maintenance, and energy monitoring. Also, these panels are less expensive than those available in the United States, with a 3.36 kilowatt system with 18 panels priced at just $9,200.
Solar power has long been predicted to be the next best way to power up the world, a replacement for fossil fuels being used today. Now, the world has taken a step further towards its solar-juiced-dreams, with the opening of Brightsource Energy’s Ivanpah power plant, better recognized as the world’s largest solar thermal power plant. The plant, located in California, delivered power to the grid for the first time a couple of days ago, the start of a long and green service.
The Indian desert region of Rajasthan is known to enjoy a substantial amount of time in the sun. This also makes this Indian state a great place to make use of the sun to its fullest, to generate electricity. The government seems to have realized the true potential of this bright sunshine and has decided to develop the world’s largest solar power plant! Known as the “Ultra-Mega Green Solar Power Project,” this power plant will have a total power generation capacity of 4,000 megawatts, more than a double of India’s current total solar power generation capacity.
The rural parts of India have recently received a boon, in the form of solar-powered water ATMs that dispense clean and portable water. A franchised network of water ATMs that’s serving 110,000 rural customers has been set up by Anand Shah and his firm, Sarvajal. To use these water ATMs, users simply need to swipe a prepaid smart card at the dispensing machine and collect their ration of clean water!
Solar cookers have always caught our fascination for numerous reasons, a few of them being the fact that these use renewable energy and encourage people to cook outdoors! The principles of solar cookers is about to change forever with the introduction of the GoSun stove, a revolutionary way to bake, fry and boil! The GoSun stove cooks food in an evacuated tube, retaining almost 90% of the heat energy concentrated on it and reaching 550 degrees F!
You probably might have come across the iconic Las Vegas sign, either while driving by it or in a movie. This formal announcement that lets people know they’ve reached the land of dreams will now be powered up by clean and renewable energy! The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign will be connected to fake trees equipped with solar panels, as part of a plan by a nonprofit organization Green Chips.
Alternative energy has several uses, from powering up greener modes of transportation to lighting up homes. A Japanese firm called Taisei Techno America recently gave solar and wind energy yet another application, lighting up traffic signals! These eco-friendly traffic signals have been set up in Billings at two crossings. While the solar powered signal warns drivers at a school crossing zone on 32nd Street West, the wind powered signal using a vertical-bladed wind turbine has been installed at the 32nd Street West and Canyon Drive.
Solar energy teamed with flower power, how can any of this every go wrong! Artist Dan Corson created these solar-powered flower-shaped installations that stand 33 feet high, each. Besides looking extremely beautiful and making regular human-beings feel ant-sized, these installations also generate energy! Each of these “flowers” packs solar PV panels with 48 solar cells, producing up to 4.6Wp. Together, the flowers produce 1,104Wp!