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Two solar arrays will be constructed on nearly 200 acres of land at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center in Texas. The project is a step closer to reaching Texas utility company, CPS Energy's goal of generating 1500 MW from renewable resources by 2020.
Date: 07/02/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Titanium oxide negative-electrode material
A Japanese research group developed a new oxide negative-electrode material that can enhance the capacity, lower the cost and increase the life of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that coal-fired electricity generation and its associated greenhouse gases were on the raise at the end of 2012.
Date: 04/02/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Transistors for driving OLED displays.
A new type of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) electronics that uses stacked component could reduce manufacturing costs, making energy-efficient OLED displays more affordable and better able to compete in the market with LCDs and other displays.
Date: 08/25/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Thermoelectric materials can be used to generate electrical current from waste heat. Researchers have made a new thermoelectric material using lead telluride. This new material produces about 20 percent more electricity from heat than previous thermoelectric materials.
Date: 09/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Thermoelectrics
Solar cells made of multiple semiconductor materials. Credit: Solar Junction
Startup Solar Junction says it can beat the performance of the most efficient solar cells on the market today.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Alberta-based consortium N-solv has developed a new method of extracting oil from deep within the ground.
Date: 08/03/2011
Type: Article
Phys.org features an article on the Institute's ICT Technology Roundtable report detailing the needed efficiency increases in network technologies to meet future energy demands.
Date: 08/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Communication
Researchers at Stanford have discovered a breakthrough new process called "photon enhanced thermionic emission," or PETE, that combines the light and heat of solar radiation and could more than double the efficiency of existing photovoltaic and thermal conversion technologies.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The price of solar panels are dropping, so many companies are turning their attention to reducing installation costs. Two leading solar companies, Solon Energy and Trina Solar, released new solar panel designs that they claim will reduce installation time by more than half.
Date: 07/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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