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Years ago Alan Heeger and his colleagues discovered semiconducting polymers that could be put in a solution and printed on a substrate. Today, printed organic photovoltaics are a reality, but the technology has not yet reached full scale commercialization.
Date: 05/03/2010
Type: Article
The Department of Energy announced $106M today in funding for 37 experimental projects that could radically change the ways that we think of alternative energy.
Date: 04/30/2010
Type: News
Nearly a decade after the 2001 proposal, a slew of court victories and state approvals, and a largely favorable environmental impact analysis report by the federal government, the Cape Wind project was approved for construction yesterday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Date: 04/29/2010
Type: News
Researchers at Caltech have designed materials that can bend visible light at precise angles regardless of its polarization. These materials could improve transparent solar-cell coatings so that solar cells can more fully utilize sunlight.
Date: 04/28/2010
Type: News
Wind turbine manufacturers are turning away from the industry-standard gearboxes and generators in a bid to boost the reliability and reduce the cost of wind power.
Date: 04/27/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Danish company Floating Power Plant says it has designed a platform that can house wind turbines as well as harvest energy from the surrounding waves. The power plant could generate up to 40 to 50 gigawatt hours of energy a year.
Date: 04/26/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
20 teams from as many universities will compete in the Solar Decathlon to design, build and operate the most affordable and energy-efficient solar-powered home.
Date: 04/24/2010
Type: News
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a five-year program where PG&E will install a number of mid-size solar photovoltaic arrays amounting to a total capacity of 500 megawatts.
Date: 04/23/2010
Type: News
Tags: CPUC, PG&E
A research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra uses plasmonics and nanoparticle technology to develop experimental devices that produce 30 percent more electrical current than conventional thin-film silicon cells.
Date: 04/22/2010
Type: Article
A new solar concentrator design from an electrical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego could lead to solar concentrators that are less expensive and require fewer photovoltaic cells than existing solar concentrators.
Date: 04/21/2010
Type: News

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