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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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…

Solar Power Offers Saudi Arabia a Win-Win Energy Solution

Jun 13, 2013 at 16:55 | Joao Peixe

Gulf countries, whilst rich in oil and natural gas, also have an abundant supply of sun, which makes them an ideal location for solar power technologies, yet despite this fact…

A U.S.-China War over Solar Power

Jun 07, 2013 at 22:30 | Daniel J. Graeber

The United States could try to work out a deal that would end ongoing tit-for-tat disputes over trade in solar energy products. Last week, the European Union said it would…

Solar Crisis: Cheap Chinese Solar Panels Prove Defective

May 30, 2013 at 17:02 | Wolf Richter

The photovoltaic industry is in a perverse situation. To make power generation from solar competitive, prices of solar panels had to come down. Tens of billions in subsidies were plowed…

Is the Solar Energy Bubble Finally Bursting?

May 23, 2013 at 17:02 | Breakthrough Institute

My recent post about the costs of Germany’s policy of subsidizing solar energy inspired predictable attacks by true believers in a future powered by solar energy. I was…

Falling Solar Costs Drive Increase in Number of Large Scale Solar Installations

May 06, 2013 at 16:33 | Juan Cole

Rob Wile uses a graph to point out the obvious, the dramatic fall in the cost of solar power generation. In many countries– Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal — and…

MIT Create Solar Cells that Beat the Shockley-Queisser Efficiency Limit

Apr 22, 2013 at 15:51 | Brian Westenhaus

The Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit asserts that the ultimate solar cell conversion efficiency can never exceed 34% for a single optimized semiconductor junction.  Researchers at MIT have shown they have a…

Never Mind Oil, Libya could Supply Europe with Solar Power

Apr 15, 2013 at 16:48 | Nicolai Due-Gundersen

A few years back, an article appeared in the Tripoli Post outlining Libya’s energy prospects for Europe. What made the article different, however, was its focus on solar power rather…

Buffett Rumor Boosts Beleaguered Suntech

Apr 09, 2013 at 16:43 | Charles Kennedy

After filing for bankruptcy and seeing its stock fall 40% when it default on $541 million in bonds, Chinese equity Suntech Power Holdings Co. (STP) has rallied on rumors that…

Solar Industry Finally Producing More Energy than it Consumes

Apr 03, 2013 at 17:39 | Futurity

The electricity generated by solar photovoltaic panels has probably just surpassed the amount of energy used to make them, researchers say.The rapid growth of the solar power industry…

Making Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Mar 27, 2013 at 17:16 | Futurity

Fabricating new plant-based solar cells on cellulose nanocrystal substrates means that they’re recyclable in water.The researchers report that the organic solar cells reach a power conversion efficiency of…

Suntech Bankruptcy Bad News for Solar

Mar 26, 2013 at 18:01 | Charles Kennedy

Chinese equity Suntech Power Holdings Co. (STP) filed for bankruptcy last week, with its stock falling 40% after it defaulted on $541 million in bonds, and this having a snowball…

Study Finds Libya has More Solar Resources than Oil

Mar 08, 2013 at 17:05 | Energy Digital

Libya could generate approximately five times the amount of energy from solar power than it currently produces in crude oil, research by Nottingham Trent University shows.A study led…

New Super Thin Solar Cell Reduces Silicon Wastage by 95%

Feb 01, 2013 at 17:11 | Brian Westenhaus

Erik Marstein, head of the Norwegian Research Center for Solar Cell Technology, head of Research for the solar cell unit at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) at Kjeller outside…

Thin Film Solar Cell Efficiency Continues to Improve

Jan 22, 2013 at 16:35 | Brian Westenhaus

Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4%…

Shedding Some Light on the Solar Debate

Jan 18, 2013 at 16:50 | Matt Smith

I have always considered there are only two key rationales for investing in solar energy: for economic benefit (through subsidies or not), or for altruism. But the solar industry has…

Solar and Big Oil Join Forces in Middle East

Dec 14, 2012 at 16:40 | Charles Kennedy

Solar technology can use heat from the sun to extract heavy crude from aging fields—and the idea is gaining ground and investment from big oil companies like Shell.Last…

Advances in Fullerene Technology Boosts Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

Dec 14, 2012 at 16:19 | Futurity

An insight into the properties of fullerene could lead to a new class of electronic acceptors for better and cheaper organic solar cells, report researchers.Organic solar cells have…

Is the US in the Middle of a Solar Boom?

Dec 11, 2012 at 16:53 | Climate Progress

Almost exactly a year ago, during the height of the Solyndra hysteria, Mitt Romney made a rather odd statement about solar. (Yes, we’re still talking about Romney).“When…

New Technology Uses Nanoparticles to Turn Solar Energy into Steam

Nov 20, 2012 at 17:31 | Brian Westenhaus

Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam.  The technology’s inventors said they expect it will first be…

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