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Solar Power - The Growing Technology

 

Ending gloriously with a colorful flight formation from the Spanish Patrulla Águila, Bertrand Piccard landed in Seville at 5:38AM UTC, 7:38AM C2ET, 1:38AM EDT on June 23rd after completing the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

Update June 20, 2016

Solar Implulse 2 is now on leg 15 of the journey, flying from New York to Seville Spain.  The pilot took off half an hour later than scheduled at around 6.30am UTC (8.30am CET/2.30am EDT) on June 20. The flight is expected to last around 90 hours.  The flight is the first transatlantic solar and electric flight with zero fuel and zero emissions .

 

Using solar energy systems to create clean energy and a sustainable solution to replace conventional energy sources is a growing technology trend.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, have set out to achieve something that still seems impossible today: the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel or polluting emissions. Solar Impulse 2 is in the 13th leg of an around the world mission  that started last year in Abu Dhabi they are headed to Lehigh Valley PA from Dayton OH.  You can follow Bertrand Piccard, the initiator, chairman and pilot of the Solar Impulse 2, on his Twitter account @bertrandpiccard.  Cockpit cameras are turned on so you can follow the journey at www.solarimpulse.com.

 

Recently the United States Department of Energy announced an additional $10 million to use for Nation Solar Training Programs.  In addition, the Department of Energy  announced that 5 additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets.  Solar Ready Vets is a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty.

 

Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way of capturing sunlight and converting it into energy using light activated nanoparticles.  This could boost energy efficiency of solar cells and reduce their costs.

 

Towns such as Jackson Hole WY are investing millions of dollars to make their towns more energy efficient.  Jackson Hole is now looking toward the next step : community solar.  This program allows residents to buy into an off-site solar farm to reduce energy costs.  A pilot program to test the system's viability for the towns public services has been proposed as a way to get into the game and experiment with the technology.

 

With the improving technology and expanding solar projects, the role of solar energy is growing daily.  A recent study fromt he Department of Energy shows solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050.  Solar Power could supply up to 14% of demand in 2030 and up to 27% in 2050.

 

Are you seeing new innovations in solar power in your area?  Let us know your thoughts on the growing technology of solar power.

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