With over 64 million kilometres of roads and highways in the world these ribbons of black seem like a logical place to start when converting the world to renewable energy. But while it may sound like a simple idea there are many engineering challenges to tackle before cars and trucks can roll down solar highways.
Engineers in China have decided that a good idea is a good idea and have begun construction of the world’s first solar expressway by converting 2 kilometres of the Jinan South Ring Expressway into a PV electricity generating expressway. Smaller solar roads have already been tested in France and within Jian South city centre itself but this is the first expressway or highway.
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Staring at the Sun is a common pastime for many now that SDO and other satellites are constantly feeding visual data back to Earth, a pastime that once left many blind. Scott Waring is one such individual, constantly keeping an eye on the spectacular light show blasting forth from the Sun. Recently using Helioviewer.org Scott captured on of the most unusual phenomenon’s to emerge from this preponderance of new data, Star Cruisers parking near the sun.
The latest footage takes this new phenomenon even further, until now these Star Cruisers have been spherical, looking like Death Stars parked in close proximity to the Sun. This latest footage however has captured a triangular shaped object emerging from within the Sun. Looking like an Imperial Star Destroyer this ominous object is as large as our moon and seemingly impervious to the Sun’s radiation.
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The Solar Roadway idea this week received a shot in the arm with the Netherlands opening the first solar roadway for testing. The 100 meter stretch of bike path in the suburbs of Amsterdam, Krommenie, has been upgraded from boring old sit there and do nothing bitumen to becoming the power station of the future. Welcome to the world’s first solar roadway, enjoy your journey.
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GeckoEye the wireless solar powered security kit with cloud storage is seeking funding via crowd sourcing site IndieGoGo, and they need our help.
This sleek home security gadget is doing things a little differently, taking security cameras past the reach of power cables and all the way to the cloud. A good idea that needs a bit of a kick start.
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The immense untapped power of the sun may just be too tempting for some alien species. The risk out-weighed by payback. Recently one eagle eyed solar observer spotted just this situation occurring to our very own Sun in June when a Star Cruisers seemed to park impossible close to the burning turmoil of the Suns surface.
The footage was captured via Hilioviewer.org and appears to show an enormous spherical or donut shaped object parked in various locations around our solar systems power station. Many are wondering if this is a form of harvesting extreme amounts of energy in a short period of time. Or is this an intergalactic holiday by the beach?
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the strange case of Star Cruisers caught on tape. The video that really makes you wonder what is going on with or sun. Sit back, relax and remember to never stare directly at the sun, it could be considered harassment.
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Learning about the Sun and our relationship to it is of great importance to NASA, and all of us. The fact that from time to time incredible videos result from the science, that’s just a bonus.
Two of the most spectacular videos to come from all of this staring at the Sun capture the Sun at its explosive and fiery best. The Graceful Eruption and the Magnificent Eruption videos both capture massive CME events occurring on the surface of the sun, both of them spectacular.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are two of the best examples of CME action captured by the SDO satellite. Capturing the Sun as it sheds immense amounts of energy and matter. Sit back, relax and let the solar storm begin.
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With the solar maximum of 2012 building up the sun is putting on quite a show for us all. The sun, our all gas jolly giant is due to reach the peak of its solar flare activity in 2013. The peak called Solar Maximum is generating a lot of interest. Scientist have calibrated instruments, created classifications, the rest of us just have to sit back and enjoy the wild ride. We actually know a lot about how the flares happen we just can’t do much about it.
Solar flares – also called Mass Coronal Ejection – consist mainly of super excited protons and electrons, heated to millions of degrees before spewing out of the sun. The individual particles don’t have enough mass to do any direct damage, no bullets from the sun, but collectively there is so much energy being sent out in the flare that they can be very dangerous. At most risk are astronauts and soon to join them space tourists. When travelling outside the Earths magnetic field the radiation – especially X-rays and Gamma rays – is extremely dangerous to living organisms, doing damage to each cell in your body. Currently no space craft are able to completely protect its crew from this radiation. Ironically Solar Flares actually cut the number of cosmic rays hitting Earth by deflecting the stream – solar wind – of particles.
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