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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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  • 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…

  • A Spanner In The Works Of The Solar Revolution

    Moore’s Law famously postulates that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. That relationship has held true for fifty years and has led to the rapid development of a myriad array of new electronic devices from calculators to mobile phones. A few years ago, an analogous prediction by SunPower Corp. founder Richard Swanson started making headlines. In an article in The Economist, Swanson’s law was characterized as a twenty percent fall in solar power panel prices for every doubling of capacity.Solar power advocates point to the impressive fall in solar power panels over the last…

  • India Could Be The Next Solar Investment Hotspot

    India could well be the next hotbed for a solar revolution. Plagued by red tape, land acquisition and corruption issues in the past, the new Indian government is all set to tackle these challenges as it sets its sights on increasing investments in the Indian solar sector. What is interesting is the fact that the new government led by Prime Minister Modi has so far been quite successful in attracting foreign investors. So, in spite of its weaknesses, India is slowly and steadily making the right moves in tapping its vast potential in the solar sector.Increased Domestic Solar TargetIn last…

  • 5 Solar Stocks That Should Be On Your Radar

    The past nine months have given most energy investors pause to consider whether the oil and gas industry is the best place to park their money right now. While the last month has seen an appreciable rise in regular stalwarts like ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP, as the price of crude has lifted about $8 a barrel, oil and gas stocks are still dangerous waters to navigate for the average investor. Short-term supply and demand dynamics for crude oil are tough to read.As an alternative, energy investors could take a look at solar stocks. Skeptics will remember the beating that solar…

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