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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

The Solar Boom in California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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…


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