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Natural Gas Stands To Win As Offshore Wind Takes A Hit

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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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…

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…

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