Aptera Promises The World's First Mass-Produced Solar Car This Year
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California-based Aptera Motors “is rolling out the first mass-produced solar car this year,” reports the Washington Post, after successfully crowdfunding a restart of their development effort: It’s a three-wheel, ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in 34 square feet of solar cells. The car is so efficient that, on a clear day, those cells alone could provide […]

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The First Black Hole Ever Discovered is More Massive Than We Thought
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Neel V. Patel, writing at MIT Technology Review: Einstein first predicted the existence of black holes when he published his theory of general relativity in 1916, describing how gravity shapes the fabric of spacetime. But astronomers didn’t spot one until 1964, some 6,070 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation. Geiger counters launched into space detected […]

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EGA and DEWA make the UAE the first country in the world to produce aluminium using the power of the sun
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Dubai UAE (SPX) Jan 20, 2021 Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced a new global milestone placing the United Arab Emirates as the first country in the world to produce aluminium using the power of the sun. The milestone supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid […]

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The Site of Hawaii's First Tesla Supercharger? Probably Larry Ellison's 3,400-Person Island
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Electrek reports that 2021 will bring one of Tesla’s fast-charging Supercharger to a state that’s never had one before: Lanai Island, a former pineapple plantation that was almost entirely (98%) purchased by Oracle founder and Tesla board member Larry Ellison for $300 million in 2012, is the first in Hawaii to see a Supercharger permit […]

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For the First Time Scientists Detect Neutrinos Traced To CNO Cycle Inside the Sun
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NBC News calls it “the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe.” Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares their report: In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside […]

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THE FIRST TIME I EVER BOUGHT A SOLAR GADGET
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World's First Ocean Hybrid Platform Converts Tidal Waves Into Energy
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Qusi Alqarqaz writes via IEEE Spectrum: In August I spoke with Philipp Sinn, founder of Sinn Power, a German green-energy startup founded in 2014. This year he and his colleagues began building and testing the world’s first ocean hybrid platform. The floating platform uses a combination of wave, wind, and solar energy to harness renewable […]

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In World First, 100% of South Australia's Power Supplied By Solar Panels
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1.76 million people live in the 983,482 square kilometer (379,725 square mile) state of South Australia. This weekend Australia’s national broadcaster made a big announcement: South Australia’s renewable energy boom has achieved a global milestone. The state once known for not having enough power has become the first major jurisdiction in the world to be […]

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First Parish Rallies Around Solar and Community
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A bird’s-eye-view of First Parish Church’s 173-panel solar array. Photo courtesy of First Parish Church. It’s not easy to reach a consensus in a large group of people. Yet for First Parish Church of Milton, MA not only did their democratic congregation vote to invest in solar for their church community, they did it unanimously. […]

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First Day of Solar-Powered School for Mt. Ararat High
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Mt. Ararat High School started classes this past week, with two major changes in store for students: they are attending in a hybrid format due to COVID-19, so only half of the population is there at a time, and they are taking classes in an entirely new, solar-powered school building. Mt. Ararat, which serves students […]

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