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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

The World's Largest Solar Plant

Nov 08, 2012 at 17:23 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Unfortunately, I know Blythe, California too well. This natural blast furnace is in a God-forsaken corner of the state where I hunted jack rabbits as a kid, the Indians survived…

Costs Fall with First Ever 100% Carbon Solar Cell

Nov 02, 2012 at 19:01 | Futurity

Researchers have developed a solar cell made entirely of carbon, an inexpensive substitute for the pricey materials currently used in conventional solar panels.“Carbon has the potential to deliver…

Solar Roadways: Powering the World of Tomorrow

Oct 17, 2012 at 17:38 | Energy Digital

Here's a glimpse into the future: high maintenance, expensive concrete roads and parking lots turned into glossy solar surfaces, fuelling enough energy from the sun to power nearby communities and…

The Art of Solar War

Oct 09, 2012 at 17:39 | Dave Zgodzinski

Iran’s government may not be manufacturing apocalyptic weapons. It may have purely peaceful uses for the enriched uranium being spun in underground centrifuges.  But it’s unlikely.From Sun…

What the US can Learn from China's Solar Industry

Oct 08, 2012 at 17:30 | Innovation Policy Blog

Yesterday, the New York Times described a “looming financial disaster” for China’s clean energy industry: “Though worldwide demand for solar panels and wind turbines has grown rapidly over the…

Panel Up: The Top 6 Commercial Solar Users

Oct 02, 2012 at 17:26 | Charles Kennedy

A number of major US companies are taking energy into their own hands, harnessing solar power to cut costs and improve the bottom line. Iconic brands are now being equated…

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…

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