Solar Energy

New 3D Solar Technology Boosts Efficiency

Anyone who follows news on new solar technology is probably aware that conversion efficiency, that is, the amount of solar light, that actually becomes electricity, is the top challenge for this industry. Currently the top conversion rate is around 18% which means there’s definitely room for much more efficiency.

Google, US Department of Energy Help Make Giant Solar Plant a Reality

The Ivanpah Solar System will receive $168 million from Google, and $1.6 billion from narrowly-spared DOE loan program.

2010 Was Record-Breaking Year for Solar

States across the country installed new solar capacity in 2010, breaking the previous 2009 record.

US Marines are Walking on Sunshine With New Solar Facilities

Time and time again, it has been said that the various branches of the United States armed forces are ahead of the game when it comes to adopting green technology.

Farmers Grow Renewable Energy, Reap Benefits

Farmers are contributing towards the decentralization of energy generation

Oil, Gas, Sun: Done Versus Fun

Bloodhound SSC is working to break the Land Speed Record with hopes of reaching speeds in excess of 1,000 mph.  The environmental merit of Bloodhound’s pursuit is for the future to determine.  However, the Solar Powered Land Speed Record was broken on January 7, 2011.

Fewer Solar Cells, More Solar Power

New technology promises more efficiency

A Green Energy Valentine’s Day Massacre - Part Two

Part one of this article introduces the use of solar energy for charging portable electronics in the urban jungle and beyond.  Part two touches on the inclusion of a battery and finds one company walking the talk.

A Green Energy Valentine’s Day Massacre - Part One

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the search for an eco-conscious gift is on many people’s mind.  Portable electronic devices become more prevalent everyday and the attachment some people have to their devices borders on addiction.  So what better gift for the junkie in your life than a virtually limitless free supply of juice, you know, electricity.

Can Energy Subsidies Be Simplified?

President Obama’s 2011 State of The Union Address included a call for 80% of the United States’ electricity to come from clean energy by 2035.  The President focused on investing in the future and clean energy but found time to single out the oil industry as “doing just fine on their own” and to ask Congress to eliminate the billions of dollars going to them.  Is it too simple to

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