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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

Investing In Solar Power’s “Picks, Pans And Shovels”

May 30, 2014 at 12:07 | Martin Tillier

Last week, for the first time since I started writing here, I wrote a positive piece about solar energy. I picked two companies, First Solar (FSLR) and Canadian Solar (CSIQ)…

Rare Value In Alternatives

May 23, 2014 at 14:39 | Martin Tillier

Until now, I have said very little about alternative energy stocks. Let me make it clear; it’s not that I don’t believe in the desirability or potential of renewable energy…

U.S. Commerce Secretary Brings Delegation To Africa In Search Of Energy Contract

May 20, 2014 at 16:18 | John Daly

On June 30, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a “Power Africa” initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, intended to assist the population of sub-Saharan Africa, more…

Canadian-Saudi JV to Build $5 Billion Solar Power Installation in Nigeria

May 09, 2014 at 14:47 | John Daly

While Nigeria worldwide is known as Black Africa’s largest hydrocarbon exporter, the state is also looking into renewable energy for indigenous use. Nigeria’s Delta State’s solar initiative follows the…

The Age of Solar has Arrived

May 09, 2014 at 12:56 | Editorial Dept

Solar companies reported their first quarter earnings this past week and their stocks took a hammering. As the market closed on May 7, First Solar (NYSE: FSLR) saw its share…

A Polluted Superfund Site Is Now Home To 36,000 Solar Panels

Apr 23, 2014 at 15:27 | Climate Progress

A 43-acre solar farm is now generating power at a Superfund site in Indiana, making it the nation’s largest solar farm built on a Superfund site.The Maywood Solar…

Solar Power Threatening Future for U.S. Electric Utilities

Mar 14, 2014 at 17:34 | Llewellyn King

A persistent warning light is flashing for U.S. electric utilities. The utilities -- big and small, for- and not-for-profit -- are facing serious disruptive technology. The old business models are…

New Efficient Materials Promise a Photovoltaic Revolution

Nov 15, 2013 at 17:44 | Futurity

A new model for solar cell construction may ultimately make them less expensive, easier to manufacture, and more efficient at harvesting energy from the sun.For solar panels, wringing…

Ceramic Converter Tackles Solar Cell Problem

Oct 23, 2013 at 16:53 | Futurity

Coating a solar cell component in ceramics makes it more heat resistant, which could boost overall efficiency of the cells, say researchers.The component converts heat from the sun…

IKEA Tries to Simplify Solar

Oct 04, 2013 at 18:04 | Joao Peixe

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is now selling solar panels at its stores in the UK as part of the company’s renewable energy ambitions.For about $9,200 each, customers at…

Suntech Solar Reels as Directors Quit Over Cash Flow

Aug 30, 2013 at 21:25 | Charles Kennedy

Giant Chinese solar manufacturer Suntech Power has seen three of its directors quit this month in frustration over what they say is the lack of clear strategy after the company…

Germany Proves Sunshine is not Necessary for a Booming Solar Industry

Aug 22, 2013 at 16:55 | Science Progress

Germany just broke its monthly solar power generation record once again. In July, the grey-skied country logged 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar power, slightly better than the…

US Energy Department Claims the Cost of Solar Power will Fall 75% by 2020

Aug 20, 2013 at 17:40 | Stuart Burns

Not one to shy away from overstatement, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is not a writer we would normally quote extensively; well-renowned as the Telegraph newspaper is, for which he frequently writes in…

Researchers Discover Random Disorder is Best for Polymer Solar Cell Structure

Aug 12, 2013 at 16:56 | Futurity

Rigid organization works well for solar cells made of silicon crystals, but disorder is better for those made from plastic polymers, say researchers.“People used to think that if…

The EU Resolves its Solar Trade Dispute with China

Jul 31, 2013 at 16:47 | Energy Digital

China and the European Union have come to an amicable decision that solves their recent dispute over Chinese solar panels in the European market.Instead of imposing anti-dumping duties…

New Solar Steam System Could Help 2.5 Billion People

Jul 25, 2013 at 16:25 | Futurity

A new sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into heat, and could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack…

Nanotech Solar Cooling Panels Reduce Need for Air-Con

Jul 11, 2013 at 17:42 | Green Futures

Solar cooling panel helps keep buildings cool by selectively radiating unwanted heat back into space.A novel solar cooling panel could keep buildings cool in bright sunlight by radiating…

IBM Develops Solar System to Concentrate the Sun’s Rays 2000 Times

Jul 03, 2013 at 17:10 | Green Futures

High concentration photovoltaic thermal system harnesses the power of 2,000 suns.IBM researchers in Switzerland have designed a high concentration photovoltaic thermal system (HCPVT) that concentrates solar radiation by…

The Evolving Efficiency of Photovoltaic Solar Panels

Jun 27, 2013 at 16:47 | Brian Westenhaus

The two-junction solar cell has reached a new milestone with a new world record of 31.1% conversion efficiency at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).   The previous…

Buffett Goes After 2nd Solar Farm Bond

Jun 18, 2013 at 16:54 | Charles Kennedy

As investors get more comfortable with the idea of dumping money into renewable energy projects, Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy prepares for its second utility-scale solar farm financed through a bond…

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