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.

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have created a prototype for a solar-powered sanitation system that can be used in remote parts of the planet that are not currently served by municipal sewage systems. Caltech's prototype,... Read More
KMD Architects/Sprout Collective
What if every child had access to a sheltered, inspiring learning space? What if this learning space didn't harm the site on which it sits and could sustain itself by only the sunlight and water that fell on its roof. What if the space also educated... Read More
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

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