Welcome 2015! What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a look at some truly swoonable solar energy projects from around the globe. Here are a few of my faves…
Solar Impulse is the engineering marvel of a plane that’s powered purely with energy from the sun. Even when the sun don’t shine, this plane keeps flying…without a drop of fuel.
Last year Solar Impulse proved that it could fly day and night, charged only with Solar energy and innovative battery storage. This March 2015, the Solar Impulse team are attempting what many see as an impossibility – an around the world flight in this beautiful aircraft.
Pilots, Bertrand Piccard (the man who 1st completed a trip round the world in a hot air balloon) and André Borschberg (entrepreneur extraordinaire) have a massive purpose; to illustrate, engage and inspire people in all countries to view what new tech and non-polluting clean power can achieve! We’ll be following their journey and sharing it with you so stay tuned…
Heart of Caledonia
Conergy – one of the world’s largest solar companies – is building a huge heart-shaped solar plant in New Caledonia. Forecast to be completed in the 1st half of 2015, the design was inspired by the “Coeur de Voh”, an iconic area inhabited by wild mangroves which nature has shaped into a heart. The place gained international fame thanks to the aerial photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, in his book “The World from Above.”
The heart shaped plant will be made up of 7,888 panels and, once operational, will produce enough energy to power 750 homes and save about 2 million tonnes of Co2 over its 25 year lifespan!
David McCallum, MD Conergy Australia, hopes this sends a clear message to the Australian Government that it’s time to start loving solar power and embracing the opportunities it promises for our sun drenched country. We’re with you on that 100% David!
IBM and Airlight Energy’s revolutionary ‘sunflower’ design was inspired by the branched blood supply of the human body. This groundbreaking technology is forecast to be ready by 2017 and will convert 80% of the sun’s rays into electricity and hot water.
The technology even means the generator can be used for desalination, therefore not only being a beacon for the 1.3 billion people worldwide without electricity, but perhaps more importantly supplying clean drinking water to the 2.5 billion with no access to basic sanitation. Each sunflower can produce enough electricity to power several homes, while a cluster can produce drinking water for an entire town. A genius step forward in solar technology!
Google’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Plant
Google – yes, we know it as the world’s greatest search engine and general ruler of our online world, but the company is also the owner of the world’s largest thermal solar plant. Located in California, this clean energy generating, 3,500 hectare spanning, awe-inspiring system generates enough electricity to power 140,000 homes.
So, considering we’ve got a tad of space ourselves in this lucky country Australia, we pretty patriotic about our sun drenched land, we love the shape of our country, why not get our own version of New Caledonia’s heart shaped plant…either shaped like oz, or a giant thong! C’mon Aussies, c’mon. Imagine Abbott taking that to COP21 in Paris!!
Would love to hear some of your favourite solar projects so drop me a line or comment below. SGx