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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

The Solar Boom in California

Oct 15, 2010 at 09:04 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is a gold rush of a different kind going on in California, the solar variety. There is a stampede by 49 alternative energy projects, including nine solar ones, to…

Improving Solar Cell Technology

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:19 | Brian Westenhaus

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.K. has found that the low rate of energy conversion in all-polymer photovoltaic solar-cell technology is caused by the…

White House to Install Solar Panels

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:45 | David Gabel

Coinciding with its push for more renewable energy development, the executive branch of the US federal government has decided to install solar panels on the White House. This is a…

Indium Shortage Creates problems For Solar Cell Manufacturers

Oct 08, 2010 at 10:55 | Professor Chris Rhodes

One principal advantage of thin-film solar cells is that they use far less (maybe 1/100th the amount) of the semiconductor materials that are required to fabricate first-generation solar cells. The…

The Double Play in First Solar

Oct 06, 2010 at 20:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is another angle to the solar play, which I bet you haven’t thought of. I have been arguing that companies like First Solar (FSLR) are great proxy for oil,…

The Potential and Future of Concentrated Solar Power

Oct 02, 2010 at 12:44 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems employ lenses or mirrors coupled with tracking systems to concentrate a large area of sunlight into a small beam, rather in analogy with the simple…

Google Getting Serious about Solar Energy

Sep 30, 2010 at 09:37 | Green energy Reporter

A leading solar technologist has joined Google,  a hiring that underscores how serious the search engine giant is about moving beyond the role of cleantech investor and eventually driving innovation…

A Look at Solar Planes

Sep 30, 2010 at 09:04 | Andy Soos

Boeing is one of the most recognizable names in the aviation industry, so when they come up with a new design it generates a great deal of attention and fanfare.…

Australia: A Haven for Solar Power?

Sep 22, 2010 at 10:56 | Green energy Reporter

Australia’s state governments are taking up the challenge of turning the country into a haven for solar power. The state of Victoria has committed AUD $100 million to the Mallee…

Solar Energy is Poised to Achieve Cost Parity

Sep 21, 2010 at 21:55 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After two years of relentless cost cutting, the solar industry is about to reach the Holy Grail of parity with the cost of conventional power sources at around 10 cents…

Making Photovoltaic Solar Cells More Efficient

Sep 15, 2010 at 08:55 | Brian Westenhaus

The maximum use of incoming solar radiation relies on using the full spectrum of the light and infrared radiation. There’s a lot of power in the infrared – not something…

Solar Energy Provides a Breakthrough in Iron Production

Sep 07, 2010 at 10:55 | Brian Westenhaus

George Washington University Professor Stuart Licht has developed a revolutionary carbon dioxide-free method of producing iron that could provide a breakthrough for an industry that has been using the same…

Darwinian Downsizing in the Solar Industry

Sep 04, 2010 at 10:17 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The solar industry is suffering some 19th century Darwinian style competition, with Chinese manufacturers Suntech (STP) and Yingli Green Energy Holding (YGE) clearly dumping panels in the US and Europe…

Solar Power from the Sahara

Sep 02, 2010 at 10:30 | Andy Soos

Europe intends to import its first solar generated electricity from North Africa within the next five years, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said in an interview last month. The European…

Solar Energy Still Has a Long Way to Go

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:47 | Al Fin

Journalists from the mainstream media have been credulous cheerleaders for the wind and solar industries -- and for the faux environmental movement in general. Rod Adams takes the New York…

Captured CO2 to be Used as a New Fuel Source Using Solar Power

Jul 28, 2010 at 14:56 | Brian Westenhaus

George Washington University’s Dr. Stuart Licht and colleagues have published the first experimental evidence of their new solar thermal electrochemical photovoltaic (STEP) process, which combines electrical and chemical pathways…

Solar Powered Plane completes Night Flight

Jul 15, 2010 at 02:59 | ISN Security Watch

This week’s record-breaking night flight by the Solar Impulse aircraft has been widely acclaimed, but few of us are ever likely to fly in such a plane. Swiss adventurer Bertrand…

Obama Announces $2 Billion More in Stimulus Aid for Solar Power

Jul 07, 2010 at 04:05 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama announced nearly $2 billion in government loan guarantees for two solar projects, placing bets on both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. The two projects will directly create…

Solar’s Time in the Sun is Nigh, Say Financiers

Jun 25, 2010 at 08:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

The focus of growth in renewables is likely to flip from wind to solar, as the falling price of the technology and equipment make it more competitive with other renewables,…

Solar Energy May Soon Get Much Cheaper

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:41 | Brian Westenhaus

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a new solar cell that they hope will cost a tiny fraction of current production. The new cells consist of…

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