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.

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
The Prosperity Energy Storage Project in New Mexico allows for efficient generation, distribution, and storage of solar energy. The solar facility stores excess energy and then distributes it through a smart grid when demand is higher, like when it... Read More
Planet Forward
Happy Birthday, Minnesota! Today in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state.  To celebrate, we're going to take a look at what's going on in the land of 10,000 lakes to make the state turn from blue...to green! We've... Read More

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