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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
Senators call for more incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency with the goal of creating green jobs and spurring solar projects in the US.
Date: 01/25/2010
Type: News
Dust clouds.
Deserts are one of the best places for solar panels. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution--by letting solar panels clean themselves.
Date: 08/26/2010
This funding will support improvements in concentrating solar power systems, components, and thermal energy storage to accelerate the market-readiness of this renewable energy technology.
Date: 05/07/2010
Type: News
Applied materials makes the equipment needed to produce the biggest solar panels in the world.
Date: 02/23/2010
Type: Article
Saline solution battery! Credit: Yi Cui
A new battery device developed by researchers at Stanford draws power from the salinity difference between freshwater and saltwater and can achieve up to 85 percent efficiency.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
President Barack Obama discusses clean energy in his State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 27, 2010.
Date: 01/28/2010
Type: Article
wind turbines
Potential improvements to wind turbine efficiency include (1) using computers to measure the airflow over blade surfaces and adjust the blade angles in real time and (2) adding micro-grooves into the blade surface to reduce the the resistance of blades to incoming airflow.
Date: 11/23/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
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

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