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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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A Look at the Technology Behind Solar Powered Windows

Nov 20, 2010 at 10:42 | Andy Soos

Windows let in light and with the light solar heat. There are many forms of passive design control of windows to maximize the light, collect the heat, and maximize or…

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Chinese Transform the Solar Industry at the Expense of Silicon Valley

Nov 15, 2010 at 10:45 | David Caploe PhD

A few years ago, Silicon Valley start-ups like Solyndra, Nanosolar and MiaSolé dreamed of transforming the economics of solar power by reinventing the technology used to make solar panels and…

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The Coming Boom in U.S. Solar Farms

Nov 03, 2010 at 12:04 | Andy Soos

How large can a Photo Voltaic (PV) solar farm be? It, of course, depends, on the available land space and the efficiency of the solar cells involved. Sarnia Solar Facility,…

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant

Oct 28, 2010 at 11:13 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Unfortunately, I know Blythe, California too well. This natural blast furnace is in a God forsaken corner of the state where I hunted jack rabbits as a kid, the Indians…

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The Solar Boom in California

Oct 15, 2010 at 09:04 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is a gold rush of a different kind going on in California, the solar variety. There is a stampede by 49 alternative energy projects, including nine solar ones, to…

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Improving Solar Cell Technology

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:19 | Brian Westenhaus

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.K. has found that the low rate of energy conversion in all-polymer photovoltaic solar-cell technology is caused by the…

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White House to Install Solar Panels

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:45 | David Gabel

Coinciding with its push for more renewable energy development, the executive branch of the US federal government has decided to install solar panels on the White House. This is a…

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Indium Shortage Creates problems For Solar Cell Manufacturers

Oct 08, 2010 at 10:55 | Professor Chris Rhodes

One principal advantage of thin-film solar cells is that they use far less (maybe 1/100th the amount) of the semiconductor materials that are required to fabricate first-generation solar cells. The…

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The Double Play in First Solar

Oct 06, 2010 at 20:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is another angle to the solar play, which I bet you haven’t thought of. I have been arguing that companies like First Solar (FSLR) are great proxy for oil,…

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The Potential and Future of Concentrated Solar Power

Oct 02, 2010 at 12:44 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems employ lenses or mirrors coupled with tracking systems to concentrate a large area of sunlight into a small beam, rather in analogy with the simple…

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