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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

The US Solar Revolution: Sometimes Smaller is Bigger

May 09, 2012 at 19:28 | Charles Kennedy

Solar, wind and geothermal power sources accounted for only around 1.5 percent of US energy consumption last year, but a number of factors are merging to make solar a more…

Solar Cells that can be Painted or Printed Onto Materials

May 01, 2012 at 22:49 | Brian Westenhaus

Scientists at USC think they have the material made of nanocrystals that could be painted on surfaces for making a solar cell. If the team gets to commercial market, the…

New Nanotechnology That Turns Windows Into Transparent Solar Panels

May 01, 2012 at 22:45 | Energy Digital

Our modern world is consuming energy at insatiable rates. The high-tech complexity of contemporary society has created a demand for energy resources that are both easily accessible and infinitely available,…

Nanotechnology Could Make Original Solar Technologies Obsolete

Apr 26, 2012 at 17:29 | Energy Digital

The solar scenario over the last few decades has historically been dominated by silicone-based solar cells. Today, over 80 percent of the manufacturing infrastructure around the globe is dominated by…

NASA Take an In-Depth Look at Space Based Solar Power

Apr 13, 2012 at 16:28 | Brian Westenhaus

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program has started a Phase I effort to explore the overall viability and advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for an orbital power station…

Solar Insanity: Why is Obama Obsessed with Solar Energy?

Feb 12, 2012 at 19:59 | Daniel J. Graeber

The U.S. Energy Department is throwing a lot of money at solar power recently, with California seemingly getting the bulk of the federal money. President Obama last year set some…

Is a Solar Energy Revolution Just Around the Corner?

Feb 07, 2012 at 12:27 | James Burgess

India’s “Solar Mission” to install 20,000MW of solar power by 2022 has recently had a boost following the news that electricity from solar power is now cheaper than that produced…

Sunny Dubai to Make Large Investment in Solar Power

Jan 18, 2012 at 18:23 | John Daly

The Middle East has two things in abundance – oil and sunshine. Seeking to capitalize on the latter, Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy has presented plans for the 1,000…

The Different Ways in Which Solar Energy can Power the World

Jan 17, 2012 at 20:08 | Tom Murphy

Who hasn’t enjoyed heat from the sun? Doing so represents a direct energetic transfer—via radiation—from the sun’s hot surface to your skin. One square meter can catch about 1000 W,…

Investing in solar power in - Russia?

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:46 | John Daly

Investing in Russia since the 1991 collapse of Communism has always attracted a different breed of financier, with the most basic requirement being a cast-iron stomach. For those brave enough…

How the Sunflower can Revolutionise Solar Power Plants

Jan 11, 2012 at 17:24 | James Burgess

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants are probably the most technologically advanced and efficient form of generating solar energy on a large scale. Currently there are only a handful in the…

Who Will Survive the Coming Solar Energy Meltdown

Jan 11, 2012 at 17:14 | MasterResource

“Without these subsidies … ‘On-grid PV,’ would be virtually non-existent. It only exists because the solar industry lobbied government officials to compel citizens to purchase this otherwise non-economic energy source.”…

BP Closes its Solar Business After 40 Years

Jan 07, 2012 at 08:53 | Energy Digital

After 40 years, BP exits its solar business in the face of fierce competition. Are they to blame? If "BP" is short for Beyond Petroleum, it will have to change…

World's Largest Solar Park Comes Under Fire From Ukranian Tabloid

Jan 01, 2012 at 20:41 | John Daly

Austrian solar company Activ Solar GmbH has completed the final and fifth 20 megawatt phase of the photovoltaic Perovo Solar Power Park, bringing the facility’s capacity to 100 megawatts. According…

Solar Breakthrough: Cheap Quantum Dot Solar Paint

Dec 27, 2011 at 11:25 | John Daly

Researchers have reduced the preparation time of quantum dot solar cells to less than an hour by changing the form to a one-coat quantum dot solar paint.  How?

Seeking to Circumvent Possible U.S. Trade Sanctions, China Buys Hawaiian Solar Company

Dec 23, 2011 at 20:45 | John Daly

Chinese investment in the U.S. economy up to now has been primarily in the form of U.S. Treasury bills. But, reading the U.S. press and conservative calls for punitive…

Italy Overtakes Germany as the Largest Solar Market in the World

Dec 20, 2011 at 12:46 | James Burgess

According to Dr. Henning Wicht, director and principal analyst for photovoltaics at IHS (a global information and analysis provider), "propelled by residential and institutional investors who support green initiatives as…

Perfect Storm Blows Another Solar Company Onto the Rocks

Dec 19, 2011 at 07:35 | Gary Hunt

“In the past few months, SOLON SE had engaged in intensive efforts to carry out a financial restructuring. It held talks with investors, the financing banks and the guarantors. Today,…

India Embraces Solar Power, Says Price Will Equal Thermal Power in Five Years

Dec 12, 2011 at 08:12 | John Daly

Economic South Asian superpower India has firmly embraced solar power, advancing the target date by five years for selling solar-generated electricity at the same rate as electricity generated by fossil…

Warren Buffet’s Sweet Solar Energy Deal - Funded by U.S. Taxpayers

Dec 12, 2011 at 08:01 | Bruce Krasting

Yesterday, First Solar (FSLR) announced that it had sold its interests in a big solar project called Topaz. The buyer was MidAmerican Energy Holdings, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. So…

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