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Alternative Energy

  • Investors Turning Away From Green Energy

    Investors looking for the next “big thing” could be forgiven for being a little unsure about the state of the green energy revolution. While some commentators are optimistic about the technological progress in the field, new data is starting to raise some doubts. Recently, The Guardian noted that the number of renewable energy patents has fallen drastically over the last few years. The number of clean energy patents filed fell from 35,590 to 20,655 between 2012 and 2014. Related: Oil Still At Risk Of Geopolitical Turmoil Patent filings are often used as a proxy for innovation. With filings down, entrepreneurs may…

  • Terawatt Solar Farms By 2050?

     Government policies should shift incentives in solar energy away from rooftop deployment in residences toward utility-scale use because this is the most cost-effective way to deploy solar in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers at MIT say. By the same token, government sponsored research and development in solar should concentrate on thin-film technologies, based on naturally abundant materials rather than on reducing costs of the crystalline silicon technology that is currently dominant in photovoltaic panels. These are some of the conclusions in a 332-page report, “The Future of Solar Energy,” released in early May by the cross-disciplinary MIT Energy…

  • Top Wind Energy Stocks For Renewables Investors

     Solar power appears to be hitting some technological hurdles, if the slowing rate of innovation in that industry is any indication. This apparent slowdown could well afford the wind sector the ideal opportunity to gain some momentum in the renewables space, spread further across the United States while also attracting more investment. Currently wind power is generating roughly 5% of the overall power for the country as a whole, and considerably more than that in the Midwest where a lot of wind farms are concentrated. States like Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa are generating 15 to 30% of their power from…

  • Is This The Efficiency Breakthrough Solar Has Been Waiting For?

    A new attempt to generate electricity from solar power using a Stirling engine created a ripple of interest recently when an article in the Guardian hailed it as the most efficient method of converting the sun’s energy into electricity. But renewable energy experts were quick to point out that previous attempts to use the Stirling engine technology together with concentrated solar power (CSP) – solar energy that focuses the heat of the sun to drive turbines – failed because the technology could not compete with the rapidly declining price of photovoltaic (PV) panels – which convert the sun’s energy directly…

  • Why Tesla’s Battery’s Won’t Work For Rooftop Solar

    In How Much Battery Storage Does a Solar PV System Need? I assumed that the rooftop PV system would generate just enough power to fill annual domestic demand and that the surplus power generated in summer would be stored for re-use in the winter in Tesla batteries. The result was an across-the board generation cost of around $35/kWh. Clearly the Tesla battery storage option isn’t economically viable, or at least not under the scenario I chose.As Phil Chapman and others pointed out in comments, however, this is not the only way a domestic solar PV system can generate enough year-round…

  • Saudi Arabia Planning For Transition To Renewables

    If Saudi Arabia, king of oil producers, sees an eventual end to fossil fuels, the world should pay attention.Climate negotiators are gearing up for a major summit in Paris at the end of 2015 in an effort to seal a deal on carbon emissions. Germany and France issued statements recently calling for an end to fossil fuels by the end of the century. The US and China forged a bilateral pact late last year that called for a peak, followed by a decline in their emissions, albeit on different timetables. The deal was seen as a good omen for the…

  • This Key Uranium Player Is About to Shock The Market

    Things appeared to be stabilizing in the global uranium market the last several months. With prices for the metal settling into a comfortable groove between $36 and $44 per pound.But that peace could soon be shattered, according to reports from major nuclear player Japan yesterday.The Japan Times reported that the country's key nuclear operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) is preparing to sell part of its uranium stockpiles. With documents obtained from the utility suggesting that more than 750 tonnes of uranium could be sold over the coming months.Related: Does Nuclear Power Deserve Such A Bad Image?Tepco is considering the move…

  • From Formula1 To Formula-E: Car Racing Goes Electric

    Jeremy Clarkson may have something to say about it, but the testosterone and fossil-fueled sport of Formula 1 is apparently going green. The former Top Gear presenter would undoubtedly defend a sport in which 8,000 liters of fuel is burnt in a weekend, but as it turns out, Clarkson and other F1ers are dinosaurs: Formula 1 now has competition from Formula E, where, you guessed it, E is for electric.It doesn't take a marketing genius to assume that, to a generation brought up with Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, 20-odd combustion-engine cars whizzing around a track sucking gas at 375 km/h…

  • Can Tesla’s Battery System Actually Live Up To The Hype?

    Elon Musk certainly has a streak of PT Barnum in him.On May 6 the widely known and frequently controversial boss of Tesla Motors introduced the company’s latest product that could upend energy markets: stationary batteries. Tesla’s new batteries come in a variety of sizes and are intended to store energy for a variety of customers from industrial firms and utility companies to residential customers. If they take off, they could dramatically reduce the cost of storing electricity by individual companies or households.Tesla’s stock is so controversial that virtually any new announcement from the company is immediately polarizing, with some decrying…

  • Saudis Snub Obama Over Iran Deal

    The U.S. is seeking a rapprochement with Iran over its nuclear program, potentially ending several decades of hostility. But while the U.S. is extending an open hand to Iran, other countries in the Middle East are casting a wary eye towards the negotiations. In fact, it is starting to appear that Gulf Arab states could be a major impediment to a final agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. Led by Saudi Arabia, many of the oil-producing members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are skeptical of, if not downright hostile towards Iran. With little trust between Iran and its Arab neighbors,…