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Police in Ohio go solar [w/VIDEO]

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Seat Brisa and Duna concepts point the way to solar power

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It's Friday: Home-built solar trike boggles the mind

Solar technology, while promising, doesn't quite seem ready to power our vehicles. Large solar installations that constantly collect the sun's rays and store them for later use may be an excellent option to power electric vehicles, but even the best photovoltaic cells in the world are not yet efficient enough to generate enough electricity to provide for any meaningful range, at least for the kind of vehicle that most people would want to d

Toyota developing solar-powered car for the road

Don't get too excited yet, but reports are coming out of Japan that say Toyota is developing a solar-powered car. First of all an electric car that draws electricity solely from the sun is still quite a few years off. The first stage is a car that gets some power directly from vehicle mounted solar cells with the bulk coming from being plugged into a solar array at home. This is really not much different than some Tesla Roadster owners like Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk are doing today, some wit

Elon Musk on PHEV's, battery technology and solar cells

Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria recently got some face-to-face time with Elon Musk, who, as you surely know by now, is one of the "product architects" at Tesla Motors. There were plenty of interesting quotes to come from the interview, but a few truly stood out from the rest. For instance, Musk slams Jeremy Korzeniewski

Thule to install solar cells on roof of U.S. headquarters

Thule, self proclaimed "experts in maximizing a vehicle's roof space," have decided to maximize their own roof space, so to speak, by installing a 318-kilowatt (kW) DC solar photovoltaic (PV) system at their Seymour, CT U.S. headquarters. Consisting of two separate arrays with a total of 1,876 solar panels, the system will provide 26 percent of the facility's total

Nelson Kruschandl shows how to make a solar car on the cheap

Wanna build a solar car? Good new for you, then! Nelson Kruschandl has set up a website where he gives you the ins and outs of solar car construction. Sure, there's plenty of power available from the sun, the tricky part is harnessing enough of it to get anywhere. Therefore, lightweight parts and low power consumption are the name of the game. The make the process as simple to und

Twenty teams working towards 2007 Solar Decathlon

The next Solar Decathlon will take place next year, the third in a series that started in 2002 and continues in 2005. Twenty collegiate teams will participate in the event, which is about finding ways to use solar energy to "sustain everyday household functions, power a car, and provide a comfortable and attractive place to live," according to BP, which announced Friday it will return to sponsor the event for the

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