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    Wearable Solar, a line of clothing integrated with solar panels

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    While solar panels work as a great way to generate alternative energy, these, combined with the right amount of innovation and a sense of fashion, could also pretty much turn into a style statement! The Wearable Solar project, begun by Christiaan Holland of Gelderland Valoriseert, goes on to prove just that. With help from fashion designer Pauline van Dongen and solar panel specialist Gertjan Jongerden and also with the students from the University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, this solar-panel-packed coat and dress were designed and developed.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 1, 2013
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    Chillwind Marks Winds of Change with Rebranding

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    Wind monitoring experts Chillwind have redesigned their brand to coincide with their partnership with renewable energy company Dulas, after the company was acquired by Dulas last year.
    With 25 years of experience in wind research behind them, the partnership is sure to see further advances in the technology of renewable energy.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 24, 2013
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    Solar powered mobile bicycle tuning station in Minnesota

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    If you’re a resident of Minnesota and you regularly hop on to your bicycle to commute, we’ve got good tidings for you! Pedal Minnesota teamed up with HealthPartner to unveil this bike-friendly tune-up station that is mobile. The concept has received a tremendous response since its launch and many Minnesota residents have begun using its services to have their bicycles fixed whenever required. Powered by solar energy, these green stations offer air for bicycle tires, a bike rack and tools.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on May 3, 2013
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    IKEA develops Maryland’s biggest solar energy array

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    IKEA, one of the world’s leading furniture manufacturers, has recently finished adding the final touches to its solar array. The largest in Maryland, the system was completed on the rooftop of the distribution center in Perryville. The solar array is a 2,674.9-kW system with 18,576 panels and is the state’s largest rooftop installation. Covering an area of 768,972-square-feet, this photovoltaic system will produce about 3,397,178 kWh of clean electricity annually and reduce CO2 emissions by a whopping 2,397 tons.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 22, 2013
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    Honda adds solar panels to its factory; plans to sell the juice!

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    Japanese car manufacturer, Honda, has been known to dish out exceptional pieces of technology in the past. The company has now been crowned as the country’s first car manufacturer to sell solar power! Honda plans to install 0,000 panels on the rooftops of its factory buildings in Yorii, Saitama Prefecture. The panels will begin power generation by August while the assembly line in the factory will kick off operations by July. These panels will generate 2.6 megawatts and generate enough energy to meet 3.7% of the factory’s power needs.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 22, 2013
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    Coca-Cola powers African grocery kiosks with solar energy

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    One of the world’s most popular cola manufacturers, Coca-Cola, is bringing greener technology to Africa in order to secure its stance in the African market. The company has joined hands with One Degree Solar to bring solar energy to grid-free grocery kiosks. This in turn will allow these kiosks to stay open for longer hours and increase the sales of Coca-Cola. Using One Degree Solar’s BrightBulb solar kits, thousands of grocery kiosks across Kenya will be powered by solar energy and offer refreshments after the sun has set.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 22, 2013
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    Qatar prepares for a green 2022 FIFA World Cup

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    Qatar is making a special effort to have the 2022 FIFA World Cup go as green as possible. The country was elected as the host for the World Cup and is currently developing a state-of-the-art solar-powered cooling technology that will keep visitors cool and away from the Middle Eastern summer heat. The state is also developing stadiums incorporating modular technology for the tournament which will be disassembled after the World Cup completes. The seating will then be donated to countries lacking good sports infrastructure.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 22, 2013
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    The London Array is now the world’s largest operation off-shore wind farm!

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    The world’s largest operational off-shore wind farm is busy churning out megawatts and powering up the UK grid with green and renewable energy. Called the London Array, the wind farm had its 175th turbine commissioned on Saturday afternoon and overtook the Greater Gabbard west farm, also in UK. The array has a capacity of 630 MW and was completed in December.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 12, 2013
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    Apple shows off the biggest private solar array in US

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    Being a technology big-shot isn’t easy, particularly when most of your research and manufacturing processes leave a dark carbon footprint on the environment around you. Well, Apple seems to have jumped aboard the green bandwagon and has taken a solemn oath to go eco-friendly. To show its commitment to the greener side, the company recently announced that 75% of its corporate facilities and data centers are now powered by renewable energy, thanks to the Apple’s newest development, pegged as the nation’s largest privately owned solar array.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 28, 2013
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    California to boast world’s largest solar towers

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    As the world raises its head to solar power and embraces green energy, California will welcome home the world’s largest solar power towers. These will be developed by sustainable development company Abengoa and BrightSource Energy, a concentrating solar thermal technology company. The project called the Palen Solar Electric Generating System will include two 250 MW units located in a Department of Interior Solar Energy Zone in Riverside County.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 20, 2013
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