Trump's new idea: a 'solar wall' on the Mexican border

/ Jun 22, 2017

Trump's new idea: a 'solar wall' on the Mexican border

U.S. President Donald Trump pitched a new concept to his supporters Wednesday for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border: Cover it with solar panels — and use the energy to cover construction costs. "Yes, we will build a wall," he told ...

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

May 6, 2017

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. The SolarStratos, a superlight, sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with solar panels, took off from Payerne at 8 a.m., according to an AFP photographer ...

Mar 24, 2017

German scientists test world's 'largest artificial sun'

Scientists in Germany are testing what they describe as "the world's largest artificial sun," which they hope could pave the way toward creating hydrogen to use as a green fuel. The system called Synlight — being developed at the German Aerospace Center near Cologne — ...

Panasonic eyes storage boost as Japan's solar incentives wane

Feb 27, 2017

Panasonic eyes storage boost as Japan's solar incentives wane

The government's scaling back of a program encouraging residential solar power has Panasonic Corp. hopeful the market for home energy storage systems is about to receive a boost. In 2019, a program designed to buy back solar power flowing from rooftop panels at above-market rates ...