Posts Tagged ‘solar power’

They Do It Big

Monday, January 19th, 2009

China, which gave us the Great Wall and is currently constructing the Great Green Wall, recently announced its latest super-sized project, the world’s largest solar power plant, a vast array of photovoltaic panels. This is good news for the solar industry, but the 1-gigawatt facility will barely put a dent in the country’s carbon emissions—in 2006 alone, 90 GWs of coal-fired power reportedly came on line in China.

Solar Kelp Beds

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Another fabulous technology that mimics the behavior of plants to produce electricity, the bioWAVE looks like a huge mechanical kelp bed implanted on the ocean floor. Each bioWave generator consists of three buoyant blades resembling giant kelp bladders that harness the energy of ocean currents as they sway back and forth like real sea plants.