Friday 29 April, 2011
- Totally Won By The Power Of The Sun
French oil and gas giant, Total Group, has purchased 60 percent of US solar panel manufacturer and global exporter, SunPower Corp.
- New Polymer Solar Power - Thermal Device Unveiled
A new polymer-based solar-thermal device developed by the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University can generate power from both heat and visible sunlight. The concept could potentially slash the cost of home heating by as much as 40 percent.
Thursday 28 April, 2011
- Gillard Talks Fossil Fuels, Reid Evangelises Renewables In China
Taking a diplomatic sojourn in China this week alongside Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was Democratic Senate House leader Harry Reid - a man who would appear to understand the importance of renewable energy to a country's economy.
- Centralised Vs. Decentralised Solar Power
As the U.S. begins a major push to become the leading player in the global solar revolution, the topic of sprawling solar farms built away from communities vs. small and medium scale solar arrays utilising rooftops and smaller parcels of already developed or degraded land is becoming an increasingly important issue.
Wednesday 27 April, 2011
Tuesday 26 April, 2011
- New York To Turn Trash Into Solar Gold
The city of New York, famous for triumphing over adversity, is putting that can-do attitude to work in the latest update to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s "Greater, Greener" sustainability plan, which will see many of the city’s rubbish dumps and landfills converted into solar farms.
- Solar Cell Efficiency Boosted With A Virus
Through harnessing viruses as workers, MIT researchers have developed a method of improving the conversion efficiency of solar cells.
Monday 25 April, 2011
Friday 22 April, 2011
Thursday 21 April, 2011
Wednesday 20 April, 2011
- Energy Matters Launches Coal Consumption And Carbon Emissions Counter
Australian solar power solutions provider Energy Matters has unveiled a web-based counter that updates the amount of coal burned globally for electricity generation every tenth of a second, along with the carbon emissions created. The company is offering the counter application free to web site owners and bloggers.
- Tasmania's New Solar Incentive For Business
The Tasmanian government announced a $30-million Renewable Energy Loan Scheme last week to help businesses make better use of renewable energy sources, including solar power systems.
- Boeing Powers 787 Dreamliner Factory With Solar
Boeing have announced their 787 Dreamliner will be the greenest jet in the skies once completed models begin rolling out of the company’s new manufacturing facility in South Carolina, which will draw 100 percent of its power from renewable energy sources.
- Google And Facebook's Latest Renewable Energy Forays
Google has announced yet another major wind power investment and Facebook is dipping its toes into solar power.
- Energy Matters Video News - Episode 30 - April 20, 2011
In this episode, Virginia covers NSW electricity price hikes, a huge injection of funding for a solar power system at Kogan Creek, Schott Solar's school initiative and Energy Matters' coal and carbon emissions counter.
Tuesday 19 April, 2011
- Embedded Electricity Generation Can Reduce Energy Costs
A recent report by the Energy Networks Association says embedded generation (EG) technologies such as smaller wind energy and solar power systems can significantly increase their share in Australia's energy mix in the near term and that will decrease the need for additional centralised generation; and in turn, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Bosch Solar Energy's Record Breaking Solar Cell
Bosch Solar Energy has unveiled a record-breaking large-format solar cell, which delivers an impressive 19.6 percent energy conversion rate.
Monday 18 April, 2011
- Printed Battery Technology Unveiled
Using a technology similar to printing solar cells, Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) has developed a process to "print" batteries with far more energy storage capacity than lithium ion batteries.
- More Bad News For NSW Electricity Customers
Late last week, New South Wales' Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released the proposed maximum increases retailers will be able to charge residential and small business customers on regulated electricity prices from July 1, 2011.
Friday 15 April, 2011
- Energy Matters Video News - Episode 29 - April 15, 2011
In this episode, Virginia covers legislation to boost South Australia's solar feed in tariff, demand for fossil fuels outstripping clean energy deployment, rumours of a further reduction to the Solar Credits rebate and the viral effect of solar power.
- Solar Electricity Through The Magnetic Effect Of Light
Scientists from the University of Michigan have found a new way to capture solar energy without using solar panels and inadvertently discovered a new law of physical motion that has been overlooked for 100 years in the process.
- Renewable Energy And Land Use
While renewable energy holds the answers to reducing electricity production related greenhouse gas emissions, a sometimes contentious issue is the space major installations occupy.
Thursday 14 April, 2011
- UK Misses Renewable Energy Target
The UK has missed its 2010 renewable energy target by a large margin, according to a report by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF).
- $35 Million Government Funding For Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday announced funding to help build a major solar energy system at the 750 megawatt Kogan Creek coal-fired power station near Chinchilla in Queensland.
- SunPower Shines On With Major Solar Initiatives
It's been a huge few days for solar panel manufacturer, SunPower Corporation - with an announcement of over USD$1 billion in conditional loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy and the opening of new solar panel manufacturing facility in California.
Wednesday 13 April, 2011
Tuesday 12 April, 2011
- Sydney Households Face Major Electricity Price Rise Shock
From July this year, close to half of Sydney households can expect to pay more than $170 and as much as $270 extra for electricity annually.
- Google Announces Another Major Solar Power Investment
Hard on the heels of Google's recent multi-million dollar investment in a German solar farm, the company has announced it is sinking a massive USD$168 million into a solar power tower in the USA.
- SEIA President Lauds U.S. Solar Industry
Last week the president of America’s Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), Rhone Resch, used a speech at a solar energy conference to congratulate the sector on its tremendous growth in 2010 and to highlight the solar industry’s importance to the US bottom line.
Monday 11 April, 2011
Friday 08 April, 2011
- South Australia's Solar Feed In Tariff Changes Legislation Tabled
There's good news and bad news for solar supporters in South Australia. Legislation has finally been tabled that, if passed, will see the feed in tariff rate increase to a very generous 54c per kilowatt hour, plus an additional amount from electricity retailers. The bad news is the scheme will close to new connections later this year.
- IEA : Enough With The Fossil Fuel Subsidies Already
While clean-energy technology has moved ahead in leaps and bounds, it's still being overshadowed by continued demand for fossil fuels; partly due to subsidies says the International Energy Agency.
- GE To Construct USA's Largest Solar Panel Plant
GE Energy has announced it will build America’s largest solar manufacturing plant, which will produce the company’s new high-efficiency thin film solar panel.
Thursday 07 April, 2011
- SunShot Slings Solar Cash At US PV Sector
Lessons learned in the 1980s are being applied to the US solar manufacturing sector as part of a USD$112 million funding boost for the industry.
- Energy Matters CEO To Speak At AuSES Solar Seminar in Melbourne
Energy Matters' CEO Jeremy Rich will be speaking at the Australian Solar Energy Society Solar Seminar in Melbourne tomorrow (Friday, April 8); addressing the issues and myths surrounding solar power vs. coal fired electricity generation.
- Victoria Lagging On Renewable Energy Target
The Victorian Auditor General's Office has released an audit report stating the state is falling short of its renewable energy targets and while several external factors have played a role, performance has been undermined by poor planning.
Wednesday 06 April, 2011
- Australia's Home Solar Power Revolution And The Viral Effect
Households installing solar power systems now are likely playing a bigger role in the Australian renewable energy revolution than they may realise.
- Fraunhofer Consortium Developing Giant Solar Battery
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on redox flow batteries - energy storage solutions that could hold the key to further the uptake of wind and solar power, with each battery able to provide electricity for up to 2,000 households.
- Clean Energy Stocks Boom In First Quarter
Preliminary investment figures from global research firm Cleantech Group show clean energy stocks continue to boom in China, Europe, North America and India, totalling $2.57 billion across just 159 companies.
Tuesday 05 April, 2011
- Sydney's Solar Powered Town Hall Wins Heritage Award
The $40 million internal restoration of Sydney’ Town Hall, the largest overhaul of the building since the 1930's, has won a prestigious National Trust Heritage Award.
- IEA : Smart Grid Vital To Clean Energy Future
The latest study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) into the use of smart grids has found that current global trends in the supply and use of energy are becoming increasingly untenable and the world needs to rethink the way it can achieve a more sustainable energy future.
- ACT Solar Power Feed In Tariff Rate To Stay Unchanged
The ACT solar feed-in tariff scheme payment rates will remain unchanged said the Territory's Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell, in Canberra last Friday.
Monday 04 April, 2011
- Garnaut - Renewable Energy Not The Electricity Price Rise Culprit
A recent update paper from the Australian Government's climate change advisor, Professor Ross Garnaut, has confirmed that renewable energy is not the major culprit in electricity price rises and acknowledges its increasingly important role in distributed generation.
- Wind Power Spain's Major Electricity Source In March
While countries like Australia still rely on emissions intensive coal for the majority of power generation, Spain is showing the rest of the world it is possible to drastically reduce the use of the filthy fossil fuel through the use of renewable energy sources.
Friday 01 April, 2011
- Coal Ash - The Other Radioactive Waste
Nuclear power reactors aren't the only source of radioactive waste. The ash left behind from burning coal is radioactive also.
- DoE To Fund Next Top Energy Company
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the Department of Energy (DOE) will open the books on thousands of patents filed away inside 17 state-run laboratories in an effort to find "America's Next Top Energy Innovator."
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