Emma Jane Geisler

Clean Water... Using Solar?

Clean Water... Using Solar?

Access to clean drinking water is a significant problem for the developing world, and solar power might just be the solution. Today’s solar news could be game changing for those without clean water. A French company, HelioWater, has created a device that takes sea water and turns it into clean drinking water using the power of the sun ☀️. This method uses evaporation, condensation, and mineralization to filter the water. HelioWater’s device is powered by a large solar panel at the base, making
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Floating Solar Panels

Floating Solar Panels

Portugal is making the switch to solar. But not in the way that you’d think. Portugal has installed 12,000 panels on top of a lake. Specifically, the Alquenva reservoir – a human made water source that’s already being used for hydropower. So yeah, this move is pretty extra (in the best way 🕺🏽). These panels will produce 87.5 gigawatt/hours of electricity a year, and are paired with lithium batteries to supply 1,500 families with power in the neighboring towns of Moura and Portel. However, w
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A Solar Greenhouse Phenomenon

A Solar Greenhouse Phenomenon

Architecture students just created a game-changing solar greenhouse. At the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, masters’ students built a greenhouse. This isn’t any old greenhouse though. This greenhouse is 130 square foot (that is two stories 🤭), and produces its own food and electricity. The LED lights help produce vegetables, and the irrigation system waters them. Both of these processes are entirely run off of the solar panels from the greenhouse’s roof. Running these system
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Solar Panels, Bees, and Sheep - oh my!

Solar Panels, Bees, and Sheep - oh my!

Solar Panels, Bees, and Sheep - oh my! Did you know that all three of these can live in harmony? Wildgrid has yet ANOTHER exciting update for the relationship between animals and solar energy (yes we make more articles like this 😏 check our sheep article out here *HYPERLINK). In the Spanish town of Carmona, ~2.5 million bees coexist alongside sheep and other plants in the middle of a solar facility. This project is called “Solar Apiary” and is run by the Endesa Energy company. This is also
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Stanford Generates Electricity at Night

Stanford Generates Electricity at Night

Solar energy at nighttime? Sounds counterintuitive but its the exciting future kickstarted by a team of engineers at Stanford University! An electrical engineer and their colleagues at Stanford created a solar cell. However, what set this solar cell apart from the traditional devices we’ve seen in the past, is its thermoelectric generator (we know – it’s a mouthful!). This generator uses the heat difference between the solar panel and the air around it and turns it into electricity. This is an
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Plant Care Tips 🪴

Plant Care Tips 🪴

If you recently joined us for our first ever community event - the Wildgrid Plant Swap - then you'll likely have some new leafy friends that could use a little help thriving in their new home. Keep reading to find our top tips for introducing new plants into a new environment. Tip #1: Know How Much Light and Water 🌞☀️� Having a good idea of what light and humidity conditions suit your new plant best is ideal before picking their new spot. Every plant needs sun, but not every plant will be hap
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