Saudi Arabia wants to spend over $100 billion to build vast solar arrays and reduce its dependency on oil to generate electricity. But desert sandstorms pose a major challenge to keeping solar panels clean and efficient. Japanese startup Miraikikai is developing a solution to getting rid of this pesky dust and grit: a cleaning robot that doesn't need water. The firm has produced the Wall Walker wall and ceiling robot, and recently unveiled a prototype solar panel cleaner built with researchers at Kagawa University. It weighs about 24 pounds -- light enough to be carried by one person -- and measures about 22 inches across. It cleans with a rotating brush and can operate for up to two hours on a battery charge. The robot's efficacy has been demonstrated in arid regions, Miraikikai said in a release, and the machine can clean panels as well as human workers. Making optimal use of the device would result in low-cost cleaning even in areas with relatively cheap labor costs.
Cape Fear Solar Systems Completes the First Residential Solar System in Sunset Beach, NC
Wind energy – a vital segment of the rapidly expanding renewable energy market – will be the key driver of the carbon fiber industry.
PanelClaw Ballasted Solar Mounting Systems Reach Another Industry First with Approval for California Schools
Racking company's peer-reviewed wind tunnel data gains approval from CA Division of the State Architect for two San Mateo County schools
Responding to the Continuous Call for Renewable Energy Training, Ambassador Energy Offers Their Solar PV Course for Contractors April 9-11 in their Southern California Training Facility
Since 2008, Ambassador Energy [AE] has taught over 1000 contractors, including electricians, roofers and general contractors, the fundamentals of solar photovoltaics [PV] through their education arm, Ambassador Energy College. The contractor students not only learn the technology, but also how to sell solar PV to their residential and commercial clients.
RES Canada announces the completion of Alberta's largest wind project
Imperial County Solar Plant Expected Online in 2014
Aquion Energy Announces $35 Million Financing Round to Support Commercialization and Launch of Novel Energy Storage Systems
Funding comes from Bright Capital, Bill Gates, Gentry Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures
IXYS Introduces the Smallest Footprint Surface Mount Package for 1.2KV to 1.8KV Power Semiconductors
The market demands smaller footprint solutions for 1.2KV to 1.8KV power semiconductors.
GV2|The Powerhouse Launches With The Best That Portable Solar Power Has To Offer To Keep Connected And Fully Charged No Matter The Emergency, No Matter The Adventure
A new and refreshing company in the portable solar power industry, GV2|The Powerhouse, is distributing the most cutting edge solar products.
New training opportunities include high wattage modules and ACPV technology; continued expansion of on-demand webinars
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid designed for sale in the U.S. will be unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
Solar Photovoltaic Demand in Emerging Asian Countries to Grow by 28% Annually through 2017, Reports NPD Solarbuzz
Future PV Demand Will Be Based upon Widespread Adoption of Large-Scale Ground Mounted PV Installations
Indonesia, projected to be the World's 7th largest economy by McKinsey & Company by 2050
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