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Former President, Bill Clinton, addresses the importance of retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient in both poor and rich countries.
Date: 04/24/2012
Type: Article
A German startup (Heliatek) has developed a new type of lightweight solar panel its developers say can be integrated into the design of buildings and even used in electricity-producing tinted windows. The technology utilizes oligomer-based organic solar cells.
Date: 04/23/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
DOE’s SunShot Initiative is subsidizing research so it can stop subsidizing solar energy generation. DOE calls SunShot “the Apollo Mission of our time.”
Date: 04/23/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The demand for energy storage on the grid will grow to $113.5 billion and reach 184 GWh of capacity by 2017. Lux Research developed the "Grid Storage Demand Forecaster" to evaluate and compare opportunities and trends.
Date: 04/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Smart Grid
Forests of carbon nanotubes are an efficient alternative for platinum electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC), according to new research by collaborators at Rice University and Tsinghua University.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
In 2011, utilities interconnected more than 62,000 PV systems, according to new findings by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). These new systems resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of new utility solar capacity, over twice as much as was added in 2010, which itself had been a record year.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The spice and seasoning company now generates more energy than it consumes. McCormick & Company built a solar array, and it reduced its energy consumption by installing many building upgrades. The company added energy efficient lighting and a HVAC system, among others.
Date: 04/17/2012
Type: Article
Konarka announces its organic photovoltaic modules are the first OPV technology to pass aging tests performed by TÜV Rheinland. Industry partners can now integrate Konarka's Power Plastic solar film in many applications with unprecedented confidence.
Date: 04/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Last week, Pew Charitable Trusts released a report indicating global renewable energy finance and investment rose to $263 billion in 2011, an increase of 6.5% from 2010.
Date: 04/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Computing is becoming increasingly cheaper and more energy efficient. The electrical efficiency of computing has doubled every year and a half.
Date: 04/10/2012
Type: Article
Tags: computing

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