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We've been in the business a long time, but we're still amazed at the rapidly changing photovoltaic industry - PV installation, equipment, incentives, market growth, new state initiatives, etc.

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Worldwide water shortage by 2040

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:31:12 EDT

Water is used around the world for the production of electricity, but new research results show that there will not be enough water in the world to meet demand by 2040 if the energy and power situation does not improve before then.

China Condemns U.S. In Solar Trade Battle

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Ministry of Commerce responded to stiff new import duties set in a product dumping case, the latest action in a long-running trade dispute.

Solar Industry Is Rebalanced by U.S. Pressure on China

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Commerce Department on Friday found that Chinese companies had dumped their products on the American market at below cost, and imposed duties of 10.74 percent to 55.49 percent.

Steam energy from the sun: New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:39:57 EDT

A new material structure generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure -- a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam -- is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure's surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material's pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.

How to power California with wind, water and sun

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:43:16 EDT

New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.

Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:20:23 EDT

Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels.

Self-cooling solar cells boost power, last longer

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:22:39 EDT

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells -- keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation.

Water and Climate Change

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

A reader says we must take water use into account in the search for technological options that reduce carbon emissions.

Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon Emissions

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

While many have howled about complying with a proposed rule slashing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, Minnesota has been reining in its utilities’ carbon pollution for decades.

Clean Power, Off the Grid

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Wind and sun can replace dirty diesel in isolated communities.

TerraForm Power, Operator of Solar Plants, Prices I.P.O. at Top of Range

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:22:32 -0400

TerraForm raised about $500 million from the offering and $65 million from two additional private stock sales conducted at the I.P.O. price.

Cheap, highly efficient solar cells: A new stable and cost-cutting type of perovskite solar cell

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:15:35 EDT

Scientists have made a very efficient perovskite solar cell that does not require a hole-conducting layer. The novel photovoltaic achieved energy conversion efficiency of 12.8 percent and was stable for over 1000 hours under full sunlight. The innovation is expected to significantly reduce the cost of these promising solar cells.

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