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NREL Researchers Are Busy with Promising New Solar Material

Light-absorbing perovskite cells show promise as solar material Known as perovskite, the name of this material found in the Ural Mountains may be difficult to pronounce for American English speakers, but the potential it offers as a new solar dell material is considerable. Three scientific papers have already been published about it. Intense research efforts, […]

April 23rd

NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling for Increased Renewable Energy

Economic research on renewable energies like wind and solar  will provide an advanced foundation for the development and expansion of viable sustainable energy programs. Read the following press release from NREL. New research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the […]

September 25th

First Solar Sets New World Record for CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency

First Solar, Inc. today announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 18.7 percent cell efficiency in tests confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The record-setting cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D center using processes and materials – including the glass substrate – that are designed for commercial-scale manufacturing.

February 27th

Low-Income Households in Colorado Going Solar

This post from Zach Shahan at Clean Technica is encouraging. Having a viable formula that encourages and spurs the use of renewable energy technologies for lower income households is a huge first step toward abandoning our traditional “fossil fuels/greenhouse gas emissions lowest-cost energy model” that has stood in the world for far too long. Of note, this story takes place […]

May 24th

New Energy Technologies and National Renewable Energy Laboratory Develop ‘Invisible Wires’ for Transporting Electricity on SolarWindow

New Energy Technologies, Inc., a developer of innovative technologies for generating sustainable electricity, announces that scientists collaboratively developing New Energy’s SolarWindow technology – capable of generating electricity on see-through glass – have successfully collected and transported electricity using a virtually ‘invisible’ conductive wiring system developed for SolarWindow.

March 15th

Utility and Renewable Energy Leaders Plan Ahead

The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) ran the first of a series of forums to outline a viable business model for U.S. renewable electricity in the 21st century Wednesday, bringing together leaders from utility, development, regulation, and financial institutions to define an actionable strategy for U.S. renewable electricity development by 2013.

February 26th

Green Building 101: Tapping into Geothermal Riches

If using a banking analogy for the untapped and clean geothermal energy our planet provides, we discover that the world lives on top of a remarkable energy safe deposit vault. In 2008, geothermal power supplied less than one percent of the world’s energy. However by 2050 it is anticipated that geothermal power will meet between 10 and 20 percent of the world’s energy requirements, according to a report from Renewable Energy World.

March 23rd

On the Inside of Building Energy Performance

This week, a committee created by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Mayor’s Task Force on Existing Commercial Buildings, voted to send the “Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance” as a way to transform the city’s commercial buildings from enormous energy users into energy savers.

January 26th