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Alternative Energy

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…

Re-Wiring Britain for Low-Carbon Future Will Cost £32bn – Ofgem

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:41 | Jess McCabe

Britain will need to spend £32 billion ($51 billion) re-wiring and piping its electricity and natural gas transmission network in the next 10 years, as part of efforts to…

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…

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,…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Banks Remain Cautious on Green Investments

Oct 05, 2010 at 18:45 | Green energy Reporter

With Congress adjourned and a Democratic majority that’s fighting for its survival, it sure doesn’t seem like these green initiatives are going to be expanded anytime soon. That stark reality…

California’s Aggressive Renewables Target

Oct 05, 2010 at 09:52 | Charlotte Dudley

Californian utilities can meet an aggressive 33% renewable target – so long as issues over grid capacity and regulation are clarified. The Californian Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a proposal…

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…

Google Getting Serious about Solar Energy

Sep 30, 2010 at 09:37 | Green energy Reporter

A leading solar technologist has joined Google,  a hiring that underscores how serious the search engine giant is about moving beyond the role of cleantech investor and eventually driving innovation…

A Look at Solar Planes

Sep 30, 2010 at 09:04 | Andy Soos

Boeing is one of the most recognizable names in the aviation industry, so when they come up with a new design it generates a great deal of attention and fanfare.…

Rising Ethanol Prices and the Lessons to be Learned

Sep 29, 2010 at 06:49 | Robert Rapier

I thought it was a bit humorous recently — when corn ethanol prices dipped and were cheaper than both sugarcane ethanol and gasoline (even when adjusted for lower energy content) …

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update – Chinas Growing Green Clout

Sep 28, 2010 at 08:30 | Green energy Reporter

After nearly two years at the Department of Energy, Matt Rogers, the agency’s most influential bureaucrat, is leaving, having overseen one of the DOE’s most ambitious undertakings: the disbursement of…

Strategic Investors Step in to Renewables Financing Void

Sep 27, 2010 at 09:28 | Gloria Gonzalez

Strategic corporate investors are increasingly taking centre stage in the renewable energy market, as the capital markets remain tough to navigate for technological entrepreneurs, financing experts said. Banks remain reluctant…

UK Becoming Leader in Wind Technology as World’s Largest Wind Farm Opens

Sep 25, 2010 at 13:28 | Jess McCabe

The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened on Thursday last week, taking the UK’s installed wind power capacity over the 5GW mark. Construction of Swedish utility Vattenfall’s 300MW, 100-turbine Thanet…

Australia: A Haven for Solar Power?

Sep 22, 2010 at 10:56 | Green energy Reporter

Australia’s state governments are taking up the challenge of turning the country into a haven for solar power. The state of Victoria has committed AUD $100 million to the Mallee…

The Political Steamroller Behind Wind Power

Sep 22, 2010 at 10:53 | Al Fin

1. Wind proponents are not asked to independently PROVE the merits of their claims before (or after) their product is forced on the public, 2. There is no penalty for…

Solar Energy is Poised to Achieve Cost Parity

Sep 21, 2010 at 21:55 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After two years of relentless cost cutting, the solar industry is about to reach the Holy Grail of parity with the cost of conventional power sources at around 10 cents…

VC Fund to Tap China’s Clean-Tech Hub

Sep 21, 2010 at 09:04 | Gloria Gonzalez

Californian clean-tech investor VantagePoint Venture Partners has expanded its reach in China, launching a $100 million fund to invest in the city of Tianjin. VantagePoint this week announced the initial…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Investors Attracted to China

Sep 18, 2010 at 12:54 | Green energy Reporter

China is the “it” place these days when it comes to everything green. The country is more and more looking like a leader of the global renewable energy sector and…

Making Photovoltaic Solar Cells More Efficient

Sep 15, 2010 at 08:55 | Brian Westenhaus

The maximum use of incoming solar radiation relies on using the full spectrum of the light and infrared radiation. There’s a lot of power in the infrared – not something…

Plans in Place to Take Australia Off Fossil Fuels by 2020

Sep 12, 2010 at 15:52 | Professor Chris Rhodes

I have just been sent a remarkable document entitled “Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan.” As the title implies, within its pages is a proposal for how Australia might…

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