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Technology Tesla's solar panels are now more efficient and affordable

18:00  19 june  2020
18:00  19 june  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Bernie Ecclestone: Tesla people will be forgotten, Ferrari will not

 Bernie Ecclestone: Tesla people will be forgotten, Ferrari will not © LAT Looking to the future: Bernie Ecclestone sees Tesla forgotten The topic of sustainability is becoming increasingly important for Formula 1. In an effort to reduce its own carbon footprint, the premier class has already announced some ambitious measures. However, none of those involved sees a complete changeover to electrical energy in the near future.

Tesla doesn’t just make cars. The company also engineers, manufactures and installs solar panels -- both the traditional kind and modules that look like ordinary roof tiles. And while the latter seems like it could be a path to more mainstream adoption of renewable energy, the former is still the go-to solution for the solar industry. Tesla has updated its panels to be about 10 percent more efficient, and has also lowered its prices. Given that the sizes and designs of the panels are still exactly the same, that’s a pretty impressive improvement.

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According to Electrek, Tesla rated its medium-sized panel at 7.56 kW before the update, but it’s now listed as 8.16 kW. The price has also dropped from $19,500 (before federal incentives) to $16,000. That bump in efficiency, combined with an over 17 percent price drop, could convince a decent amount of homeowners to make the jump to solar power.

Panasonic resumes work at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, but not in New York

  Panasonic resumes work at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, but not in New York It’s delaying bringing back workers at the Buffalo, NY solar panel plantMark Shima, president of Panasonic Solar North America (PSNA), has told employees in emails obtained by The Verge that the company has to delay bringing workers back because the region the factory is in, Western New York, did not meet New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new criteria for reopening. “We will NOT restart manufacturing on this Saturday, May 16th,” Shima wrote in an email sent Thursday. “The new target date depends on the COVID-19 situation of Erie County and it will be announced from me in next several days.

Not everything has been dandy for Tesla’s solar division, though. A few solar panels have caused fires -- one at a Walmart store and another at an Amazon warehouse. The company also recently canceled years-long preorders for its solar roof tiles. Hopefully these more efficient panels don’t have any major issues.

Garmin updates some of its most popular watches with solar charging .
Smart, andsmart-ish watches, are fantastic tools hampered by their size, which caps the amount of battery life you can cram into them. Not many full-featured timepieces can have their battery life measured in months, rather than days or weeks, but Garmin is hoping its solar technology will change things. The watchmaker is launching three new multi-sport watches with built-in solar panels in the hope of dramatically increasing the time they stay on your wrist, rather than connected to a charger. Garmin First up, is the Fenix 6S and 6S Pro, both of which get Solar appended to their name and a solar-glass lens over their dials.

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