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.

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
It’s summertime!  This week we feature Planet Forward innovators who can help make your summer even more fun and sustainable!  Whether you’re spending your summer at the beach or at home, there are lots of great ways for you to reduce your impact on... Read More
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing that challenged widely held assumptions about renewable energy and the infrastructure needed to connect it to the grid. The Midwest’s steady winds could, in theory, power the entire... Read More
A heliostat is a special mirror with a guidance device that can keep sunlight reflected toward the same target all day without straying off-target. It is just a mirror but you need to keep it trained on the same spot for it to work. It is a bit like... Read More
National Geographic and Planet Forward
By Raymond Orbach
Minnesota 2020
When can a student project save the school money? School is all about learning, and these students in Minnesota are getting hands-on experience in sustainable innovations. The students were directly involved in getting solar panels installed at... Read More
National Science Foundation
H. Peter Vollhardt and collaborators at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered molecules composed of organic material and metal that store sunlight in the form of usable thermal energy. The direct conversion of solar photons (tiny... Read More
Minnesota 2020
New technology is making it possible and practical for photovoltaic installations to work on residential rooftops. Innovative reflective arrays, developed in Minnesota by TenKSolar and 3M, make PV panels space efficient and ramp up the energy... Read More
Planet Forward
The students at William Paterson University clearly take a lot of pride in their sustainability initiatives. As a finalist for the 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, they won the public voting competition on Planet Forward featuring their... Read More

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