Can a Bubble Protect Beijing?

There was a silly movie called Bubble Boy that was released in 2001. It was about a boy who did not have an immune system so he lived his life in a bubble. Can places adapt this same bubble-like existence to create a safe, sterile environment? What does this have to do with today’s world? Is this a fantasy future where a city is enclosed? Can this really solve the problems of the environment that our society has created? Well…

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Solar Power: Idea to Reality to the Future

Thanks to David Glenn for providing this thoughtful article on solar power. Energy is expensive. Thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, it’s just not possible to get more energy out of a system than you put in. Thus, when it comes to generating power, you’ll always be stuck with a bad investment. However, there is a bit of a work around to this problem. See, if you can get someone or something else to supply the initial energy for you,…

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New theory may lead to more efficient solar cells

UH collaboration on solar cells with Universite de Montreal published in Nature Communications A new theoretical model developed by professors at the University of Houston (UH) and Université de Montréal may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells. Eric Bittner, a John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemistry and Physics in UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Carlos Silva, an associate professor at the Université de Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Organic…

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First Solar Breaks Ground on 102 MW Nyngan Solar Project

AGL Project in NSW Will Be Australia’s Largest Utility-Scale Solar Power Plant First Solar today commences construction of Australia’s largest utility-scale solar project, a 250 hectare solar plant in Nyngan, New South Wales (NSW). Less than six months after AGL Energy Limited achieved financial close for project, First Solar today breaks ground on the installation of approximately 1,350,000 advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. Once installed, First Solar’s modules will generate clean, renewable energy with no emissions, waste or water consumption during…

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Kyocera Solar Modules Help Connecticut Residents Reduce Environmental Impact

Connecticut residents who made a New Year’s resolution to reduce their environmental impact may be getting a boost without even realizing it. On December 23, 2013, a 5-megawatt AC (7.4MW DC) installation of high-reliability Kyocera solar modules began commercial operations at Somers, Conn., providing enough annual generating capacity to offset the power needs of approximately 5,000 homes. The Somers project is the latest that Kyocera has developed and financed in the United States. “Kyocera solar modules have earned a reputation…

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Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for First Residential Solar Investments

Leading Energy Supply and Services Company Uses the CPF Market to Further Invest in Distributed Solar Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an online platform that empowers electric power companies to invest in residential solar. The fund enables Integrys Energy Services’ investment in the residential distributed generation (DG) solar sector. “CPF’s…

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Water Systems from SolarWorld, Rotary, Water Missions International Aid 35,000 People in Peru, Haiti and Malawi

My desk gets flooded with all kinds of press releases – stories about companies people, products, and promotions whiz over the Internet like a blur. Some stand out like beacons. This particular beacon of light, featuring Water Missions International, Rotary International, and Solar World is about helping provide clean water to people who had little or none available. HILLSBORO, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A partnership among SolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the United States and Europe, and nonprofit partners Rotary International and…

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