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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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  • 10 Percent Gains Guaranteed, But With A Catch

    Long term success in a dealing room, and in trading and investing outside that environment as well, depends on many things. Perhaps the most important is avoiding the big, blow-out loss, or at least minimizing the risk of that occurrence. That is why I am not generally a fan of running a short term stock position through earnings releases. Any big surprise in the numbers or untoward comment in an ensuing press conference or conference call can initiate a big move with a huge gap in liquidity. That negates any sensible precautions taken to control risk through stop losses and…

  • Toxic Waste Sullies Solar’s Squeaky Clean Image

    Toxic sludge and filthy air - byproducts of the oil and coal industries - are a constant irritant for opponents and even proponents of fossil fuels, while renewables like wind and solar are often seen as bastions of rectitude for their relative cleanliness.However, before the proponents of solar energy can claim the moral high ground, they may need to deal with an inconvenient truth of their own: mountains of hazardous waste being created by the production of solar panels.Sodium hydroxide and hydrofluoric acid are among the caustic chemicals required in the manufacturing process, along with water and electricity, the production…

  • Spanish Government To Tax Solar Power

    Electric companies may want to look at telecoms for a glimpse of their future. Just as telecom companies faced a challenging transition with landlines over the last twenty years, it appears that utility companies may soon have their own challenges to face. As residential solar power becomes increasingly popular around the world, utility companies are going to face a stiff challenge. The utility grid is built upon providing consistent reliable electricity in large quantities to every household around the country. This is true not just in the U.S., but all around the world. Yet more than any other renewable technology,…

  • The Best Play In Solar Right Now

    By now, most of us have a view on solar power. You may believe it is the future of energy; that harnessing the very energy that gives us life, that the universe gives us for free, is the logical future when traditional fossil fuels are both finite and damaging to the environment. On the other hand, you may believe that it is all a pipe dream; that if solar energy can ever become an economically viable source for a significant part of the world’s energy needs those days are so far off as to be irrelevant to you, and that…

  • Solar Space Race Already Underway

    Has space-based solar power just had a breakthrough moment?Alternative Energy News reports that on March 12th, 2015 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of “wireless power transmission.” In the test, MHI successfully transmitted 10 KW of electricity via microwave to a receiver 500 meters away. This test also confirmed that advanced control technology could direct the microwave beam to stay on target. Will this success pique other countries’ interest?Japan plans 1GW Space Solar Plant by 2030Japan, China, India, Europe and the U.S. have research programs to harvest solar energy from space. Following the Fukushima Daiichi…

  • Bursting The Solar Leasing Bubble

    The solar industry has been one of the most dynamic sections of the renewable space in the last decade, but many of the biggest changes have actually been financial innovations rather than technological ones. Rooftop leasing of solar for example has made a huge difference in panel penetration rates on residential properties. Now there is a new competitor that wants to revolutionize the field even more. Yeloha is a firm that some are calling the Airbnb of solar power. Basically, the way the company’s model works is something like SolarCity but with a twist. Related: This Dutch Innovation May Solve The Energy Storage…

  • Top 5 Solar Markets in Asia

    In a recent article, I predicted that the age of oil might approach the beginning of its end in the next 30 years. In a similar statement reported by The Financial Times, The Guardian and Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia’s influential oil minister Ali Al Naimi recently said, “In Saudi Arabia, we recognize that eventually, one of these days, we’re not going to need fossil fuels. I don’t know when - 2040, 2050 or thereafter. So we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy. Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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