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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...
  • Solar Energy Showing Promising Signs After Years of Disappointment

    11/25/2009 10:38:33 AM PST · by staffjam · 32 replies · 913+ views | 25/11/2009 |
    After years of over promising and under delivering, the solar Industry is finally starting to show some interesting developments which have the potential to make solar power as cheap as fossil fuel on a cost-per-watt basis within five years. Getting us to that state, called grid parity, would require solar companies to produce power for around $1 a watt. Is it possible anytime soon? Many analysts think so and the target date being touted around is 2015. The reason for this fresh optimism is a mixture of technological development and simple economics. Traditional conductive materials make up 40% to 50%...
  • Environmental concerns delay solar projects in California desert

    10/19/2009 12:57:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,333+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/19/09 | Louis Sahagun
    Reporting from El Centro, Calif. - Across the desert flatlands of southeastern California, dozens of companies have flooded federal offices with applications to place solar mirrors on more than a million acres of public land. But just as some of those projects appear headed toward fruition, environmental hurdles threaten to jeopardize efforts to further tap the region's renewable energy potential. The development of solar-power facilities in the desert has been a top priority of the Obama administration as it seeks to ease the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and curb global warming. In addition, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged that...
  • Alternative Energy Projects Stumble on a Need for Water

    09/30/2009 5:08:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 1,680+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2009 | Todd Woody
    AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nev. — In a rural corner of Nevada reeling from the recession, a bit of salvation seemed to arrive last year. A German developer, Solar Millennium, announced plans to build two large solar farms here that would harness the sun to generate electricity, creating hundreds of jobs. But then things got messy. The company revealed that its preferred method of cooling the power plants would consume 1.3 billion gallons of water a year, about 20 percent of this desert valley’s available water. Now Solar Millennium finds itself in the midst of a new-age version of a Western water...
  • 'Nuts' To Copenhagen

    09/29/2009 5:33:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,699+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 29, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate: As alternate-energy champ Spain's green economy slides into recession, a German professor says if American "climate illiterates" don't follow, the Copenhagen climate conference will fail. And the bad news is? King Canute, the Viking king of England, Norway and Denmark, was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. As the story goes, he once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. Rather than exercising his ego, he in fact was giving his followers a lesson in reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential. In December, the world's...
  • Disputed Solar Energy Project in California Desert Is Dropped

    09/19/2009 4:00:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 893+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2009 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    A proposed solar energy project in the California desert that caused intense friction between environmentalists and the developers of renewable energy has been shelved. BrightSource Energy Inc. had planned a 5,130-acre solar power farm in a remote part of the Mojave Desert, on land previously intended for conservation. The company, based in Oakland, Calif., said Thursday that it was instead seeking an alternative site for the project. The Wildlands Conservancy, a California environmental group, had tried to block the solar development, as had Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who proposed that the area become a national monument. The land...
  • Pocono Raceway embarks on world's largest solar project at a sports facility

    08/03/2009 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 403+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 8/1/09 | Scott Walsh
    LONG POND - Standing in an open field with rain coming down Friday afternoon, Dr. Joseph Mattioli talked about the sun. Across the street at Pocono Raceway, qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was being washed out. But Dr. Mattioli, CEO of the raceway, announced plans and broke ground on the world's largest solar energy project at a sports facility. "It's something unique; no other race track or sporting venue has one," Dr. Mattioli said. "It's good for Monroe County and something good for everybody." The solar farm will power the track's energy needs as well as support...
  • In a Small Fish, a Large Lesson In Renewable Energy's Obstacles Article Comments

    06/16/2009 10:08:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2009 | Stephen Power
    President Barack Obama wants to boost the nation's production of energy from the sun as part of an effort to double renewable power generation in three years. Among the obstacles to Mr. Obama's agenda: the imperiled Devil's Hole pupfish. Patrick Putnam is a field manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in southern Nevada. His job is to help the government decide whether the dozens of solar-energy projects that companies have proposed building on federal land in his jurisdiction pose undue environmental risks. After reviewing some applications for as long as 18 months, Mr. Putnam's office hasn't approved any....
  • Getting Real on Wind and Solar

    04/27/2009 5:52:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies · 1,575+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2009 | James Schlesinger and Robert L. Hirsch
    Why are we ignoring things we know? We know that the sun doesn't always shine and that the wind doesn't always blow. That means that solar cells and wind energy systems don't always provide electric power. Nevertheless, solar and wind energy seem to have captured the public's support as potentially being the primary or total answer to our electric power needs. Solar cells and wind turbines are appealing because they are "renewables" with promising implications and because they emit no carbon dioxide during operation, which is certainly a plus. But because both are intermittent electric power generators, they cannot produce...
  • Cost Works Against Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources in Time of Recession

    03/29/2009 4:06:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 641+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2009 | Matthew L. Wald
    [A]s Congress begins debating new rules to restrict carbon dioxide emissions and promote electricity produced from renewable sources, an underlying question is how much more Americans will be willing to pay to harness the wind and the sun. ... [T]he Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit consortium financed by investor- and publicly-owned utilities, predicted in November that even for plants coming on line in 2015, wind energy would cost nearly one-third more than coal and about 14 percent more than natural gas. The cost of solar thermal electricity, made by using the sun’s heat to boil water and spin a...
  • Calif.'s Solar Flare-Up

    03/27/2009 6:40:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 862+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 27, 2009
    Energy: The governor wants to carpet the desert with solar panels. The senator says it will destroy the ecosystem. The battle between environmentalists and conservationists is one of alternative energy's big drawbacks.We have commented frequently on how our energy needs have been thwarted repeatedly by the not-in-my-back-yard (Nimby) crowd and the new Banana (build-absolutely-nothing-anywhere-near-anybody) phenomenon. Environmentalists and conservationists have long fanned local fears to block oil and gas exploration from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Outer Continental Shelf. Even nonpolluting and carbon-free nuclear power plants have been stopped dead in their tracks. So it's delicious irony to watch...
  • Diane Feinstein---> No Solar Panels in MY Back Yard

    03/21/2009 5:50:45 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 625+ views
    Fox News /Yidwithlid ^ | 3/21/09 | Yidwithlid
    The Hypocrisy of the environmentalists in congress never ceases to amaze me. Last year we had Ted Kennedy fighting electric power generating wind mill Called cape wind. Cape Wind was proposing America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. Miles from the nearest shore, 130 wind turbines will harness the wind to produce up to 420 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.Teddy Kennedy didn't want those wind mills in HIS back yard. California's Mojave Desert is ideally suited for solar energy production but not according to Diane Feinstein. Taking a cue from "Uncle Teddy, Feinstein is fighting the...
  • Solar energy proposal goes down to defeat (in Los Angeles)

    03/20/2009 7:28:59 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 430+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 20, 2009 | David Zahniser
    The solar energy ballot measure known as Measure B went down to defeat Thursday as Los Angeles election officials finished their count of the remaining 49,000 mail-in, provisional and damaged ballots. Sixteen days after the election, city officials announced that Measure B had fallen short of a majority -- with 50.5% of voters opposing the plan and 49.5% in favor of it. The final count left Measure B trailing by 2,644 votes. The defeat dealt a blow to the hopes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who had spent $145,000 from a campaign committee on behalf of the measure and appeared in...
  • New greenhouse gas threat: and you thought CO2 was bad for the earth's climate! [Oh, the irony]

    03/03/2009 1:10:56 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 11 replies · 858+ views
    All Business ^ | March 1, 2009 | Docksai, Rick
    What do solar panels and global warming have in common? The answer: Both are produced with nitrogen trifluoride ([NF.sub.3]), a gas that is 17,000 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping atmospheric heat, according to geochemistry professor Ray Weiss and a team of researchers at the University of California--San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Weiss and his team expect [NF.sub.3] to become a bigger problem in the near future because it is used in the manufacturing of three highly popular products: LCD televisions, computer circuits, and thin-film solar cells. "There is a little irony in that, because thin-film solar...
  • Tree-huggers v nerds

    02/16/2009 7:55:40 PM PST · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 19 replies · 741+ views
    The Economist ^ | Feb 12th 2009 | Not Named
    As the planet heats up, so do disputes between environmentalists LAST December California approved a power line between San Diego and the Imperial Valley—a spot blessed with sun, wind and geothermal energy resources. {snip} Its builders would be banned from harming burrowing owls or rattlesnakes. It is just the sort of green infrastructure project that might be expected to delight environmentalists. Their response? An appeal and a petition to the state Supreme Court. “Environmentalists have never been a well-mannered lot”, says Terry Tamminen, who has advised Arnold Schwarzenegger on climate change. But they seem to be becoming more ornery. A...
  • Free Solar Power Is Hoax

    01/17/2009 5:05:53 PM PST · by CedarDave · 62 replies · 1,760+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 15, 2009 | James P. O'Loughlin, Placitas Engineer
    The article “N.M. Solar Energy Plan Expanded,” about the state Public Regulation Commission's promotion of grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) power generation states that ... invest[ment] in PV installations will have “free” electricity. I evaluated such an installation for our house using Public Service Company of New Mexico PV information on its Web site. I checked the results against more sophisticated resources and found the PNM results to be in good agreement.For my house, a PV system's cost is about $10,000 per kw, or for our case about $40,000. ... Based on a 20-year life and 6 percent cost of money, this...
  • Toward textile-based solar cells

    08/31/2008 7:46:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 261+ views ^ | NA | Max Shtein
    Related Links Relevant Reading: Optoelectronics of Solar Cells Solar & Alternative Energy in the SPIE Digital Library Career Solutions: Solar & Alternative Energy Toward textile-based solar cells Max Shtein A fiber-based organic photovoltaic may form the building block of cost- effective, energy-harvesting textiles. A 100km2 area covered with 10% efficient solar cells can produce enough electricity to satisfy the national requirement.1 Unfortunately, the total area of cells produced and installed to date is 1,000 times smaller than needed. Despite the high annual growth rate of the photovoltaic (PV) industry, current manufacturing methods face a scalability barrier that makes fulfilling...
  • Nanosolar Boosts Funds to Massive Half Billion Dollars

    08/28/2008 3:19:39 PM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 16 replies · 306+ views
    Earth2Tech ^ | August 27, 2008 | Katie Fehrenbacher
    Thin-film solar maker Nanosolar was already one of the more well-funded startups in cleantech with at least $150 million behind it. But this morning Nanosolar’s CEO Martin Roscheisen writes on the company blog that Nanosolar has raised $300 million in an oversubscribed equity financing round, which closed in March, that brings its total to just under half a billion dollars. That could make it one of the most well-funded startups. Period. Roscheisen says the funding comes from power company AES, the Carlyle Group, French utility EDF and Energy Capital Partners, which made investments through Riverstone Holdings, and EDF Renewables; the...
  • 'Major Discovery' Primed To Unleash Solar Revolution

    08/01/2008 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 163+ views ^ | August 1, 2008
    Scientists Mimic Essence Of Plants' Energy Storage SystemScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2008) — In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal, boutique alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine. Until now, solar power has been a daytime-only energy source, because storing extra solar energy for later use is prohibitively expensive and grossly inefficient. With today's announcement, MIT researchers have hit upon a simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy. Requiring nothing but abundant, non-toxic natural materials,...
  • Inventors: Solar Dish Could Revolutionize Energy Production

    06/19/2008 10:58:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies · 830+ views ^ | Jun 19, 2008 | LiveScience Staff
    A new type of solar energy collector concentrates the sun into a beam that could melt steel. Researchers say the device could revolutionize global energy production. The prototype is a 12-foot-wide mirrored dish was made from a lightweight frame of thin, inexpensive aluminum tubing and strips of mirror. It concentrates sunlight by a factor of 1,000 to produce steam. "This is actually the most efficient solar collector in existence," said Doug Wood, an inventor based in Washington state who patented key parts of the dish's design - the rights to which he has signed over to a team of students...
  • IBM Research Unveils Breakthrough in Solar Farm Technology -"Liquid Metal" at the Center......

    05/15/2008 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 109+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | May 15, 2008 | Steven Tomasco IBM
    "Liquid Metal" at the Center of IBM Innovation to Significantly Reduce Cost of Concentrator Photovoltaic Cells ARMONK, NY, May 15, 2008 IBM today announced a research breakthrough in photovoltaics technology that could significantly reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's power for electricity. By mimicking the antics of a child using a magnifying glass to burn a leaf or a camper to start a fire, IBM scientists are using a large lens to concentrate the Sun's power, capturing a record 230 watts onto a centimeter square solar cell, in a technology known as concentrator photovoltaics, or CPV. That energy is...
  • Innovalight's Silicon Ink

    05/14/2008 7:18:22 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 7 replies · 156+ views
    Renewable Energy World ^ | 5/14/2008 | Joe Kwiatkowski
    Innovalight's Silicon Ink by Joe Kwiatkowski, Physicist, Imperial College London London, UK [] The last quarter of 2007 was an exciting time for the Silicon Valley start-up Innovalight: first a successful finance round that drew US $28 million of new capital, then the accolade of being amongst Red Herring's top one hundred innovators. Why the interest in Innovalight? Because of its remarkable claim to be able to print thin-film silicon solar cells. Printing is generally a low-cost and high throughput process, in stark contrast to conventional methods used to produce amorphous and crystalline silicon solar cells. As such, Innovalight claims...
  • New Ways to Store Solar Energy for Nighttime and Cloudy Days

    04/20/2008 12:54:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 56 replies · 156+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 15, 2008 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    Solar power, the holy grail of renewable energy, has always faced the problem of how to store the energy captured from the sun’s rays so that demand for electricity can be met at night or whenever the sun is not shining. The difficulty is that electricity is hard to store. Batteries are not up to efficiently storing energy on a large scale. A different approach being tried by the solar power industry could eliminate the problem. The idea is to capture the sun’s heat. Heat, unlike electric current, is something that industry knows how to store cost-effectively. For example, a...
  • Frito-Lay solar system puts the sun in SunChips, takes advantage of renewable energy

    04/05/2008 12:32:34 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 11 replies · 156+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | April 3, 2008
    The Frito-Lay plant in Modesto will start using a new ingredient of sorts to make its SunChips brand snack — the sun. The company is installing a football field-sized farm of solar collectors next to its plant in the Beard Industrial District, with plans to flip the switch on Earth Day. The solar field is made up of large curved mirrors that move with the position of the sun, focusing the heat into tubes of glass filled with water. That water is directed into the plant's boiler system, where it will be converted into steam to heat the oil used...
  • Solar Energy Firms Leave Waste Behind in China [Solar power hurts the environment!]

    03/11/2008 8:22:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies · 399+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2008 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    It's a green energy company, producing polysilicon destined for solar energy panels sold around the world. But the byproduct of polysilicon production -- silicon tetrachloride -- is a highly toxic substance that poses environmental hazards. "The land where you dump or bury it will be infertile. No grass or trees will grow in the place. . . . It is like dynamite -- it is poisonous, it is polluting. Human beings can never touch it," said Ren Bingyan, a professor at the School of Material Sciences at Hebei Industrial University.
  • The final frontier for solar energy (Space-Based Solar Energy).

    12/08/2007 4:06:53 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 165+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, December 7, 2007. | Judith Burns
    A 'sun tower' is one of the concepts being considered by researchers Scientists are assessing the possibility of embarking on a space engineering project that would eclipse the effort to construct the International Space Station. Researchers from Europe, Japan and the US are considering the viability of building giant solar panels in a low earth orbit that would supply cheap, inexhaustible energy to industry and homes. Building a huge array outside the Earth's atmosphere would have the advantage of having no clouds to interrupt the flow of solar energy to the arrays. Yet the sizeable downside would be the...
  • For a Devotee of Solar Energy, a Shot at Earning Respect

    10/26/2007 10:59:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 151+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 27, 2007 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY
    TACOMA, Wash., Oct. 22 — The sun was shining for a change, which was good news for Richard Thompson, known throughout these parts as Solar Richard. “Pennies from heaven,” Mr. Thompson said as his electric meter spun round — in reverse. Not that a shining sun is required for the meter to spin backward. An overcast sky does the job. The meter just spins a bit more slowly. That would be the meter attached to Mr. Thompson’s house, painted sunshine yellow with a large solar panel out front next to the bedraggled remains of giant sunflowers — “organic solar trackers,”...
  • A Solar Energy Solution the Global Warming Chicken Littles Will Not Consider . . .

    08/06/2007 12:22:18 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 40 replies · 1,541+ views
    Cool Earth Solar ^ | Solar Power 2006 Presentation | Eric Cummings
    Three years ago our top scientists and Nobel Prize winners met in Washington in search of a solution to energy-related Global Warming. Four points came from the meeting: - there is no solution available - yet we must implement one by 2050 - the only power source that presents a viable solution is solar - but solar energy is currently far too expensive. Cool Earth was formed to solve this problem. Now. With currently available technology. We are working to reduce the cost of solar electricity by a factor of 25, making it cheaper to produce than energy from coal...
  • Solar Power Captures Imagination, Not Money

    07/15/2007 10:53:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 616+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 16, 2007 | ANDREW C. REVKIN and MATTHEW L. WALD
    The trade association for the nuclear power industry recently asked 1,000 Americans what energy source they thought would be used most for generating electricity in 15 years. The top choice? Not nuclear plants, or coal or natural gas. The winner was the sun, cited by 27 percent of those polled. It is no wonder solar power has captured the public imagination. Panels that convert sunlight to electricity are winning supporters around the world — from Europe, where gleaming arrays cloak skyscrapers and farmers’ fields, to Wall Street, where stock offerings for panel makers have had a great ride, to California,...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)

    07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy

    07/03/2007 6:16:50 AM PDT · by HEY4QDEMS · 51 replies · 1,279+ views
    Sunday Morning Herald (Australia) ^ | 7/03/2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...