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Cleantech Disruption News: Volvo Unit Eyes Autonomous Trucks to Ease Japan Driver Shortage

UD Trucks, a Japanese subsidiary of Swedish truckmaker Volvo AB, plans to introduce electric and autonomous trucks within the next two years, joining global rivals in developing driverless technologies to ease a labor shortage. The Japanese company will display autonomous and electric-drive prototypes this year, targeting field and and customer trials ahead of the Tokyo […]

Solar Innovation: Nanoparticle Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy. The team, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrated how coating tiny […]

Clean Disruption News: World’s First Electric Car Charging-Road Opens In Sweden — The Road Charges Car Batteries On The Go!

The world’s first electrified road for charging cars and other vehicles has been opened in Sweden. Situated near Stockholm, the project was initiated in the wake of Sweden becoming non-dependent on fossil fuels from 2030. The road connects the Stockholm Arlanda airport to a logistics centre nearby, called PostNord. As of now, the construction spans […]

Solar electric catamaran launches in Bora Bora

The government of French Polynesia looks upon the launch of the solar-electric catamaran SoelCat 12 approvingly and has waived all taxes. The solar-powered boat is a cooperative effort and has launched into the seas of Bora Bora. The electric boat has been designed by Soel Yachts with the support of the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea and […]

“Light & Life” (Episode 1): UAS Million Solar Stars students bringing the light to their Kenyan friends at Sasenyi Primary School

It is a great pleasure to present you our first episode of documentary film which will be telling a story of “Light & Life” Program of SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY. “Light & Life” Program aims at powering 100% of schools and their students around the globe with solar & clean energies based on the sustainable business models, and this first episode brings you […]

Inspiring the World to Go Cleantech with Planet Power, IMAX 3D Movie – Catherine & Pascal Vuong, Producers

During the 19th Colloque of the French Renewable Energies Industry Association (SER), we spoke to Catherine & Pascal Vuong, Producers of Planet Power, 3D IMAX Movie, Winners of SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Visionary Influencers Awards 2018 in category Visionary Artists. ​ Here you can see a trailer of PLANET POWER, the first ever IMAX 3D film devoted to clean technologies, produced by  […]

Planet Power – The First IMAX 3D Movie Devoted to Clean Technologies to Premiere in Washington DC on March 21, 2018

It is a great pleasure to present a trailer of PLANET POWER, the first ever IMAX 3D film devoted to clean technologies, produced by Catherine & Pascal Vuong, Winners of Visionary Influencers Awards 2018 in category Visionary Artists. ​ The World Premiere of PLANET POWER will be held on March 21, 2018 in Washington DC in USA and it will […]

Clean Disruption News: Electric aircraft nears take-off as Rolls-Royce, Airbus & Siemens team up to build ‘e-jets’

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop the technology needed to create electrically powered aircraft. In 2020 the companies plan to fly a demonstrator aircraft with one of its existing jet engines replaced by an electric unit. The engine will use a fan powered by electricity from an on-board generator located in the […]

Solar Innovation: Scientists Have Printed Bio-Solar Cells Onto Paper With An Inkjet Printer

A team of scientists from Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing circuitry and living cyanobateria onto paper. The bio-solar cell that was created using an inkjet printer to print the living cyanobacteria onto paper. Cyanobacteria are micro-organisms that gain their […]

Clean Disruption News: Mitsubishi unveils new all-electric E-Evolution, says it’s ‘beginning of the next chapter’

With the Tokyo Motor Show today, we are starting to see a lot of new electric concept cars and Mitsubishi’s new all-electric E-Evolution is no exception. Yet, the Japanese automaker is trying to present it as more than just a concept. Mitsubishi is also launching a renewed brand strategy and tries to place its new electric […]

Clean Disruption: ElectRoads, Wireless Charging Roads for EVs (Electric Vehicles)

Wireless Charging Road for Electric Vehicles Will be Built in Israel The technology behind wireless charging or inductive charging was discovered by Nikola Tesla in the 1890s and utilizes an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. In chargers, an induction coil is used to create an electromagnetic field, while a second induction coil in […]

Clean Disruption: Saudi Arabia announces “Neom”, $500 billion Mega City Project of robots and renewables

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced plans to build a $500 billion mega city on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast, as part of a huge national push to diversify its economy. The 26,500 square kilometers zone, known as Neom, will focus on industries including energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing and entertainment, Saudi Crown Prince […]

Solar Innovation: Could This Glass Brick Be the Solution to Solar Energy’s Design Problems?

Between cost savings and environmental concerns, there’s plenty of demand for solar energy these days. But designing something sexier than your average rooftop panel has remained a vexing challenge. Luckily, researchers at Exeter University in England seem to have hit on a solar-cell solution that effortlessly combines form and function. Dubbed Solar Squared, the design […]

2017 Vision Electric Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet World Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

In Pebble Beach prior to last year’s Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes-Benz introduced the stunning Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept vehicle. At the time it seemed like the stunning car would be tough to top, but Mercedes achieved that by removing said top. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet wowed the invited crowd at its world debut during a […]

Solar Innovation: Fullerene Device Acts as Both Solar Cell and a Current Inverter

An international team of researchers has developed a photovoltaic cell based on a combination of magnetic electrodes and C60 fullerenes— sometimes referred to as Buckyballs—that increases the photovoltaic efficiency of their device by 14 percent over photovoltaics using ordinary materials and architecture. In research described in the journal Science, scientists from China, Germany, and Spain […]

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology (by ENEL)

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid by also improving grid capability to handle renewable power and will make renewable sources even more diffused and affordable. During the the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, Enel and Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid […]

IMEC Reports Record Conversion Efficiency of 23.9 % on a 4 cm2 Perovskite/Silicon Solar Module

Belgian Imec announced an improvement of its 4 cm2perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9 percent. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell. Perovskite solar cells have many desirable properties, as they can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, […]

Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.  The research lab, which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential […]