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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

NASA Joins the Solar Energy Space Race

Sep 11, 2012 at 17:26 | Green Futures

A Californian technology consultancy has joined the race to launch a solar power satellite [SPS] designed to generate solar energy in space and beam it down to earth.

Spinach - The New Ingredient for a Biohybrid Solar Cell

Sep 11, 2012 at 17:23 | Futurity

Scientists have combined spinach’s photosynthetic protein, which converts light into electrochemical energy, with silicon in a new “biohybrid” solar cell.“This combination produces current levels almost 1,000 times higher…

Sailing the Solar Currents of Space

Sep 10, 2012 at 17:42 | Charles Kennedy

Technologies tend to change all the time as improvements are made and new designs are implemented that produce more power or a higher efficiency. One of the few technologies that…

New Technology to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy by 75%?

Aug 29, 2012 at 16:30 | Brian Westenhaus

A new solar technology developed at RTI International (Research Triangle Institute) could make solar energy more affordable by as much as 75% and thus speed-up its market adoption.

Artificial Photosynthesis: Copying Nature for a Green Energy Future

Aug 28, 2012 at 17:18 | EcoSeed

Sometimes, Mother Nature knows best. When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, scientists are developing systems that mimic the processes found in nature.Scientists with consumer…

Panasonic's New Process for Artificial Photosynthesis Looks Promising

Aug 03, 2012 at 18:08 | Brian Westenhaus

Tuesday the web started noticing that Panasonic has developed an artificial photosynthesis system, which converts carbon dioxide (CO2) to organic materials.  A quick review of the web site commentary…

Researchers Create the World's Most Efficient Solar Cell

Aug 01, 2012 at 17:13 | Futurity

Engineers have used inexpensive materials to create a solar cell certified at a world-record 7.0 percent efficiency.

New Transparent Solar Cell to Revolutionize the Solar Sector?

Jul 23, 2012 at 17:17 | Brian Westenhaus

In the face of a string of intensely demoralizing federally backed alternative energy projects with Solyndra taking over a half billion dollars alone – solar panels seem to lead…

US Solar Can Compete with China with a Little Innovation

Jul 11, 2012 at 17:24 | Charles Kennedy

The US solar industry is undergoing some serious growing pains, with bankruptcies and mergers a necessary part of that process; meanwhile, competition from Chinese solar panels has many believing that…

Cities that are Paving the Way for an EV Revolution

Jul 05, 2012 at 17:37 | Climate Progress

Sixteen cities around the world have set a cumulative target to sell almost six million electric and plug in hybrid electric vehicles by 2020. If they reach this goal, EVs…

Getting Ahead in the Solar Energy Market

Jun 20, 2012 at 17:26 | Climate Progress

The solar industry has come a long way in recent years, but now companies around the world are grappling with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in rapid transition, with significant…

Rough Years Ahead for the Solar Industry

Jun 18, 2012 at 19:04 | Gary Hunt

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) workshop presentation of its Q2:2012 outlook for photovoltaic panels has attracted a lot of attention.  Before the presentation BNEF leaked the workshop slides to Forbes,…

Investing in the Vast Solar Energy Potential of the Middle East and North Africa

Jun 07, 2012 at 18:23 | Charles Kennedy

Arguably, the Middle East and North Africa are ripe for renewable energy investment, particularly in the solar energy sector and specifically in terms of concentrated solar power (CSP). Because it…

Looking at the Potential Trade War between the U.S. and China

Jun 05, 2012 at 16:36 | Gary Hunt

It was no surprise that China responded to the US decision to impose countervailing tariff duties on sale of imported photovoltaic panels from China.  We expected more of a tit…

Thin-Film Solar Panels, Riding Out the Turbulence

Jun 04, 2012 at 17:58 | Charles Kennedy

Thin-film solar is attractive for a number of reasons; from the fact that it is more environmentally friendly to produce, to the low cost of manufacturing these much lighter weight…

Japanese Solar Market about to Boom

Jun 04, 2012 at 17:40 | Daily Energy Report

Last year, the Japanese government announced the creation of a national feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar, joining Germany and China in creating robust public policy to drive deployment of renewable…

Serbia to House World's Largest Solar Farm, But Investment Climate Flounders

May 29, 2012 at 17:48 | Charles Kennedy

While Serbia prepares to build the largest solar park in the world, tax revenue incentives and European Union policy initiatives rather than a public desire to go green help to…

Solar Trade Wars: Victory for US Manufacturers, Loss for Solar Overall?

May 23, 2012 at 17:36 | Charles Kennedy

Solar manufacturing lobbyists have won the latest round of a trade war with China, but the entire solar industry could pay dearly for a victory that could see heavy US…

Do Anti-Dumping Duties on China PV Panels Make Any Sense?

May 21, 2012 at 14:13 | Gary Hunt

“Low Prices, Always Low Prices” that is the tag line of one of the world’s largest retailers. That may be why Wal-Mart is one of the world’s largest retailers. But…

Proof that the Solar Industry is on the Brink of a Huge Expansion

May 11, 2012 at 09:11 | Climate Progress

A new report from the prominent global consulting firm McKinsey shows why solar photovoltaics have hit a tipping point.As the economics of solar PV continue to improve…

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