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concentrating solar power (csp)
By arranging the mirrors of a concentrating solar power plant (CSP) in the pattern of sunflower florets, researchers estimate these facilities could take up 20% less space than with current layouts.
Date: 01/11/2012
Type: News
SRI International claims they can produce a cleaner, cheaper synthetic fuel by combing coal and natural gas and are now exploring the scalability of this technology.
Date: 01/06/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
By replacing expensive silver with ubiquitous copper for electroplating, researchers have developed a silicon solar cell with higher efficiency and lower fabrication costs.
Date: 12/01/2011
Type: News
By studying the solar absorption properties of pyrite, scientists have discovered chemically similar materials that could replace more rare and expensive elements used in current photovoltaics.
Date: 11/28/2011
Type: News
Despite tidal energy's limitations, Siemens makes a significant investment in tidal power because of its long-term predictability.
Date: 11/14/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
A simple, easily fabricated metal-insulator-metal device has the ability to create electricity from a range of infrared and visible light.
Date: 11/09/2011
Type: News
NASA is investing $89 million to see if it can achieve limitless flight using solar photovoltaic technology.
Date: 11/08/2011
Type: News
Berkeley Lab researchers approach theoretical efficiency for a solar cell by designing gallium arsenide panels that emit photons to increase voltage, a reversal of conventional industry wisdom.
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
A unique arrangement of silicon oxide and metal allows the absorption of broad wavelengths from many angles, an improvement that could be used in traditional solar cells.
Date: 11/02/2011
Type: News
The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
Type: News

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