Solar

Sunlight is the most abundant energy source known to man: it powers solar cells, warms the air and is the essential energy for photosynthesis. PF Members offer innovative plans to utilize this valuable resource.

Minnesota 2020
In more ways than one, Minnesota is leading the way to the new energy economy. Innovative technology is driving down the cost of photovoltaic systems and driving up the energy generation efficiency. Energy leaders and policy makers recently toured... Read More
A New, Bright Light in Solar Energy Production
A New, Bright Light in Solar Energy Production
This week on Bloomberg West we featured a company with an innovative new 3D solar panel! Don't worry, you don't need special glasses see it in action!
Above: Animation describing a three-dimensional photovoltaic cell. Three-dimensional cells are essential in Solar3D's technology.
Currently, electric vehicles are still failing to catch on. However, I think I might have an idea that would bring public interest back to the electric vehicle. My definition of any EV is the ability to be "self-charged" by sunlight. I never believe... Read More
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By simply adding a rain water cistern catch system with sides and the bottom using rain gutters, homeowners can funnel the rain into large underground or above-ground tanks/barrels, depending on need. This innovation could work for residential and... Read More
Douglas County Libraries and Sundolier team-up to bring natural daylight in to the library with the latest technology. Whether it's bringing natural daylight in to a room or providing a sparkling book to a bright child, Douglas County Libraries are... Read More
Minnesota 2020
We have all of this great solar technology, so where do we put it? In Minnesota, solar panels are being installed on existing parking garages. This initiative to utilize space that would otherwise be wasted is one of the state’s largest... Read More
If you live on the East Coast, you are undoubtedly riding out a heat wave right now.  If you're not, consider yourself lucky!  This week we feature innovators who are coming up with new and creative ways to both reduce the negative impacts of heat... Read More
How to solve the world's water crisis: Imagine there is a pipe from the sea discharging as much fresh water as needed. There is no visible explanation as to its source.
Minnesota 2020
The sun was bright, the wind steady at the 20th annual Solar Boat Regatta put on by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. The event challenged teams of teens to design, engineer, and race motorized boats using photovoltaic power. Courses... Read More

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