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  • Evergreen [Solar]’s flight [to China] riles top officials

    01/18/2011 4:08:06 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | By Hillary Chabot and Jessica Van Sack
    A determined House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo is demanding answers from Gov. Deval Patrick and a top Republican is calling for an independent probe into how the state dropped nearly $60 million in a bad bet on a green energy firm that critics say took the taxpayer money and ran.Evergreen Solar Inc. scored one of the biggest state investments into a private firm in history — only to announce last week it would ax 800 Bay State workers, shutter its state-subsidized factory in Devens and ship operations to China.“I want to sit down and talk to the governor. ... What...
  • Conservation group sues to stop California solar plant (Irony Alert)

    01/17/2011 10:26:49 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 21 replies ^ | Jan 17 2011 | Nichola Groom
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. conversation group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert, the latest in a string of challenges to the nation's renewable energy goals from the environmental community.
  • Solar company that got $58M leaving Massachusetts

    01/11/2011 3:39:21 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/11/10 | ap
    BOSTON – A solar panel manufacturer that received $58 million in state aid in 2007 to open a factory at a former Massachusetts military base is closing the plant and laying off 800 workers.Evergreen Solar Inc. announced Tuesday it is shutting down the Devens plant by the end of the 2011 first quarter.Gov. Deval Patrick had heralded Evergreen as key to the state's economic future in clean energy. Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki said the administration is disappointed and will work to recover any money Evergreen owes the state.
  • WSJ Video Report: News Hub: U.S Approves World's Biggest Solar Plant ( Blythe Ca)

    10/26/2010 12:35:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 25, 2010 | Siobhan Hughes
    Siobhan Hughes discusses plans to build the world's largest solar plant, approved by the U.S. on Monday. Alternative energy companies are racing to start solar projects before federal incentives expire at year's end.
  • CA: Huge Solar-Plant Project Approved ( near Blythe )

    10/26/2010 9:24:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2010 | CASSANDRA SWEET And SIOBHAN HUGHES
    A proposal to build the world's biggest solar-thermal power plant in the Southern California desert got the go-ahead Monday from the Obama administration, which used the announcement to bolster its message that renewable energy creates jobs. The $6 billion project is being developed by Solar Trust of America, a joint venture between Germany's Solar Millennium AG and privately held Ferrostaal AG on 7,025 acres of federally owned land near Blythe, Calif. The approval clears the way for the developers to seek federal grants and loan guarantees.The Obama administration has been criticized over the past year for hurting job creation by...
  • Spain’s Solar Deals on Edge of Bankruptcy as Subsidies Founder

    10/20/2010 8:56:12 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts up With That? ^ | October 19, 2010 | charles the moderator
    Article is from Bloomberg....but it details the : Miscalculation of the Spanish Government in their Solar SubsidiesRelated FR thread:Madrid cuts subsidies for solar power plants
  • Obama Touts Clean Energy in Weekly Speech (More Obama lies!)

    10/02/2010 6:24:09 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 10/2/2010 | MAYA JACKSON RANDALL
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday touted his administration's energy policy agenda, predicting that his clean energy programs will create "hundreds of thousands" of new American jobs by 2012. Meanwhile, he painted an ugly, contrasting picture of the GOP energy agenda, arguing that Republicans would only boost the nation's dependence on foreign oil and keep special interest groups in control. "We can go back to the failed energy policies that profited the oil companies but weakened our country," the president said in his weekly radio address, proving that he's not done attacking the GOP this midterm election season. "Or we...
  • Cash-Strapped Spain Struggles With High Cost of Power

    09/22/2010 12:21:50 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2010 | RAPHAEL MINDER
    MADRID — On one side, angry coal miners are striking to prompt the government to save their jobs from a torrent of inexpensive imports. On another, the once-booming solar power industry complains that it is being crippled by the mere prospect of an end to generous state subsidies. The natural gas and nuclear industries are having problems of their own. Meanwhile, the shortfall accumulated since 2000 between the cost of power generation in Spain and what regulated rates bring in from consumers is expected to reach €20 billion, or $26.7 billion, by the end of the year — a bill...
  • Italy seizes $1.9 billion of assets as Mafia goes green

    09/14/2010 12:49:17 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2010
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy Tuesday seized Mafia-linked assets worth $1.9 billion -- the biggest mob haul ever -- in an operation revealing that the crime group was trying to "go green" by laundering money through alternative energy companies. Investigators said the assets included more than 40 companies, hundreds of parcels of land, buildings, factories, bank accounts, stocks, fast cars and luxury yachts. Most of the seized assets were located in Sicily, home of the Cosa Nostra, and in southern Calabria, home of its sister crime organization, the 'Ndrangheta. At the center of the investigation was Sicilian businessman Vito Nicastri, 54,...
  • New Solar Energy Conversion Process Could Double Solar Efficiency of Solar Cells

    08/03/2010 10:54:16 AM PDT · by Freeport · 52 replies · 10+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Aug. 2, 2010 | ScienceDaily staff
    A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology, say the Stanford engineers who discovered it and proved that it works. The process, called "photon enhanced thermionic emission," or PETE, could reduce the costs of solar energy production enough for it to compete with oil as an energy source. Stanford engineers have figured out how to simultaneously use the light and heat of the sun to generate electricity in a way that could make solar power production more than twice as...
  • Solar plane lands after completing 24-hour flight

    07/08/2010 6:03:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies News ^ | 7/8/2010 | Eliane Engeler
    An experimental solar-powered plane completed its first 24-hour test flight successfully Thursday, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. The test brings the Swiss-led project one step closer to its goal of circling the globe using only energy from the sun. Pilot Andre Borschberg eased the Solar Impulse out of the clear blue morning sky onto the runway at Payerne airfield about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the Swiss capital Bern at exactly 9 a.m. (0700 GMT; 3 a.m. EDT). Helpers rushed to stabilize the pioneering plane...
  • Solar Energy May Soon Get Much Cheaper

    06/11/2010 4:31:30 PM PDT · by Faketan · 21 replies · 644+ views ^ | 06/12/2010 | 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 tiny silicon wires that measure a mere 1-micron in diameter. These wires are embedded lengthwise and perpendicular into plastic plates where they convert light into electricity at an exceptional rate of efficiency. Any light that is leftover bounces around inside the wire matrix until it finds another wire that can absorb it, thus nearly all the light is captured and converted into electricity. Professor Harry Atwater at his namesake research...
  • Solar Panels Lure, Kill Insects

    06/10/2010 10:45:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 213+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 10, 2010 | Jessica Marshall
    Solar panels might be a cornerstone of green energy, but new research shows that they may have a dark side: the panels are a mesmerizing, lethal attraction to certain aquatic insects, drawing them to the panels' surface and trapping them there until they die. "It's like these organisms become dazzled to death," said Bruce Robertson of Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners who led the study. "It's like going to the most amazing 3D movie you've ever seen and you can't leave. They just fly and fly and fly over these surfaces, and they get exhausted...
  • Solar Industry Fights to Save Subsidies ( Story from Germany )

    04/24/2010 12:39:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 551+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 04/22/2010 | Frank Dohmen, Nils Klawitter and Wolfgang Reuter
    Government subsidies for solar energy in Germany have reached absurd proportions, as ordinary consumers pay out billions to support solar power. Now plans to reduce the subsidies are encountering massive resistance from the industry and a number of German states, which benefit from the current arrangement. Stuart Brannigan believes that the subsidization of solar power practiced in Germany is extremely exaggerated. Brannigan, a British citizen, says that it's "absolutely necessary" that it be drastically reduced in size. It's a surprising remark, considering that Brannigan is the European managing director of Yingli Green Energy, a Chinese solar energy company which largely...
  • Amid Push For Renewable Energy, Saudi Arabia Cautiously Turns Over Green Leaf

    04/13/2010 9:53:27 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies · 102+ views ^ | 13/04/2010 | Fawzia Sheikh
    The promise of green energy has intrigued the Middle East, where concern about future reserves runs deep, but Saudi Arabia's recent plan for a multibillion-dollar investment in traditional oil projects underscores lingering concern about betting on renewables. Riyadh plans to spend $170 billon over the next five years on energy and oil refining efforts; the country's state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, will bankroll little more than half this endeavor, according to the Saudi Gazette. The energy giant called it unrealistic for Saudi Arabia to plow into alternative energy sources when the No. 1 cash crop of oil has built its...
  • New electrolyte for dye-based solar cells

    04/06/2010 1:51:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 519+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 04 April 2010 | Simon Hadlington
    Researchers have moved a step closer to overcoming one of the key hurdles to developing low-cost solar cells based on dye-coated titanium dioxide.Dye-sensitised solar cells (DSCs) were invented by Michael Grätzel and Brian O'Regan some 20 years ago, and consist of a thin film of titanium dioxide coated with a ruthenium-based dye, in contact with a redox electrolyte.  Dye-based solar cells could offer a cheaper alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics While dye-based systems are less efficient in converting solar energy than photovoltaic cells made from silicon, they are likely to become cheaper to manufacture and be more versatile in a number...
  • Solar Industry Learns Lessons in Spanish Sun

    03/09/2010 3:11:54 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 315+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2010 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    PUERTOLLANO, Spain — Two years ago, this gritty mining city hosted a brief 21st-century gold rush. Long famous for coal, Puertollano discovered another energy source it had overlooked: the relentless, scorching sun. Armed with generous incentives from the Spanish government to jump-start a national solar energy industry, the city set out to replace its failing coal economy by attracting solar companies, with a campaign slogan: “The Sun Moves Us.” Soon, Puertollano, home to the Museum of the Mining Industry, had two enormous solar power plants, factories making solar panels and silicon wafers, and clean energy research institutes. Half the solar...
  • Efficient solar cells from silicon wires

    02/18/2010 8:38:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies · 809+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 February 2010 | Simon Hadlington
    US researchers have designed a new silicon-based solar cell which uses 100 times less silicon than conventional photovoltaic devices. The system relies on the geometry of the silicon being reconfigured from a flat wafer to arrays of tiny silicon rods aligned vertically on the cell.Currently silicon solar cells are fabricated on brittle wafers of silicon around 100-200 micrometres thick. While these can be relatively efficient in terms of conversion of light energy to electrical energy - up to 25 per cent - relatively large quantities of silicon material are needed, which is a significant part of the cost of the...
  • Nature's hot green quantum computers revealed

    02/03/2010 4:47:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 571+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 03 February 2010 | Kate McAlpine
    WHILE physicists struggle to get quantum computers to function at cryogenic temperatures, other researchers are saying that humble algae and bacteria may have been performing quantum calculations at life-friendly temperatures for billions of years. The evidence comes from a study of how energy travels across the light-harvesting molecules involved in photosynthesis. The work has culminated this week in the extraordinary announcement that these molecules in a marine alga may exploit quantum processes at room temperature to transfer energy without loss. Physicists had previously ruled out quantum processes, arguing that they could not persist for long enough at such temperatures to...
  • Desert Vistas vs. Solar Power

    12/21/2009 6:48:20 PM PST · by americanophile · 29 replies · 1,124+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2009 | Todd Woody
    AMBOY, Calif. — Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind farms planned for the region. But before the bill to create two new Mojave national monuments has even had its first hearing, the California Democrat has largely achieved her aim. Regardless of the legislation’s fate, her opposition means that few if any power plants are likely to be built in the monument area, a complication in California’s effort to achieve its aggressive goals for renewable energy. Developers of...