September 2009

New report gives us the big picture on renewable energy

September 17, 2009

Research and Markets, the market research specialist, has put together a report about renewable energy in which it claims that “eventually renewable energies will dominate the world’s energy supply system. There is no real alternative. Mankind cannot indefinitely continue to base its life on the consumption of finite energy resources.” Related Posts:Switching to renewable energyRenewable […]

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New technologies promise more solar cell efficiency

September 15, 2009
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A silicon photovoltaic company unveiled yesterday two technologies for multi-crystalline silicon solar cells aimed at manufacturers striving to reach 18 percent efficiency. 1366 Technologies’ Self-Aligned Cell (SAC) architecture promises to “break the historic efficiency and cost tradeoff of photovoltaics (PV) by providing mono-crystalline equivalent cell efficiencies at multi-crystalline cell costs.” Related Posts:No Related Posts Found! […]

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Lab’s sound-wave technology may boost algae fuel production

September 12, 2009

Everytime I hear the expression ‘algae fuel’ get mentioned in the press, an alarm bell inside my head goes off. This time, quite literally. The latest exciting algae development comes from Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Related Posts:No Related Posts Found! Go find […]

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Renewable energy for domestic use

September 9, 2009

The environment pages of the Christian Science Monitor brings a question from a reader that I thought echoes a dilemma that many other people may have. The reader writes in to find out whether he’d be better off subsidizing his utility’s alternative energy plant or renovating his own home. The editors give a long answer […]

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Solar power from Space: science fiction or real energy alternative?

September 7, 2009

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it could become a reality. According to a report in Alternative Energy, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and IHI Corporation are planning to design and develop a $21bn Space-based solar farm that would generate 1GW of power. The farm, housed 36,000km above the surface of the earth, would […]

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