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Solar Frontier Breaks Thin Film Solar Cell Record

Japanese company Solar Frontier announced a new world record conversion efficiency for thin-film-photovoltaic technologies at the 5th International Workshop on CIGS Solar Cell Technology organized by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Solar Frontier, in joint research with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), has achieved 20.9% conversion efficiency on a 0.5 cm2 CIGS cell. This […] Read more


Using Solar to Produce Water in Deserts

Project by IBM in Saudi Arabia IBM in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), are trying to produce large amount of water at affordable price using solar energy. They are planning to combine new water filtering technology with new solar energy technology to desalinate seawater. KACST wants to develop an industry around […] Read more


Self Driving Cars: Not That Close to Reality

Perhaps one day in the future autonomous cars will be a regular part of our roads, but according to engineers and IT experts at the ITS World Congress in Tokyo last week, that day is not today. In the latest car craze, ones that can drive themselves have been all the rage, with purported advantages […] Read more


The Energy Supercomputer

A new water-cooled 155 teraflop supercomputer dubbed “BlueM” will allow scientists at the Colorado School of Mines to run large simulations in support of the university’s core research areas while operating at the forefront of algorithm development using a powerful hybrid system. The system will be housed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) […] Read more


IBM’s Next Generation Solar Array

The company sometimes called itty bitty machines, IBM, which revolutionized the personal computer, is bringing its technological knowhow to solar through a new partnership with Airlight Energy, ETH Zurich and Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs NTB. The group recently won a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation to […] Read more


In Focus: Futuristic Green Energies

The Time Lists has released its ‘Top 20 Green Tech Ideas’, and what a list it is. At Decipher CM, we’ve picked our Top 5 favourite futuristic green energies to share with the new breed of technological hippies out there. 1. Biofuels One of the ‘green industries’ best kept secrets is biofuels. This includes products […] Read more


Facebook Announces Real-Time Data Center Efficiency Stats

Facebook has just taken a bit of internal data center energy efficiency wizardry and made it available to the world. On Thursday, it opened access to the minute-by-minute power-use effectiveness (PUE) and water-use effectiveness (WUE) scores via dashboards for its Prineville, Ore. and Forest City, N.C. data centers, and promises to have its next super-efficient […] Read more


2012′s Greenest Companies

Throughout the last year, many of the wealthiest companies around the globe put millions of company dollars towards environmental preservation projects.  As many industrial fields look into “greener” methods of production and operations, they have also donated funding to charitable efforts that promote sustainability, reduce pollution, and protect wildlife.  Looking back at six of the […] Read more


3 Takeaways from SPI 2012

Despite my less-than-desirable hotel accommodations and muggy Florida weather, the recent Solar Power International (SPI) 2012 conference in Orlando was a success on many fronts, including as a powerful testament to the solar industry’s rapid growth and broad popularity, even in the  currently challenging economic environment. There was a tremendous amount of fascinating discussion at […] Read more


The Green Building Retrofit Boom

The liberal mantra, “go green” is finding its mainstream voice. Nowhere is this more evident than in our nation’s urban areas. Easing the pollution of our congested areas, investing in our nation’s future by recycling its’ past, in short, going green, while giving city’s a facelift, it’s all part of a new trend. At first […] Read more


Applied Materials’ Battered Stock: Time to Buy?

Applied Materials (AMAT), the nation’s biggest maker of semiconductor-fabrication equipment, has one of the richest dividend yields among major technology companies., including Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Oracle (ORCL) and Apple (AAPL), which later this summer begins paying a quarterly dividend. INTC Dividend Yield data by YCharts Since initiating a dividend in 2005, Applied […] Read more


IBM Software to Power NYC Solar Hub

In an innovative project to bring solar to cities across the world and reduce the costs of solar, New York City is creating a Solar Energy Hub. Using IBM’s intelligent software platform for Smarter Cities, the output of every solar system in the city can be seen in real time, giving crucial information on whether […] Read more


IBM Research Gains Partners for ‘Battery 500′ Project

The hunt for longer ranging electric vehicles has just been given a boost with IBM announcing that Central Glass and Asahi Kasei have joined the company’s Battery 500 Project to collaborate on researching how to extend the range of EVs. This, it is hoped, will make eco friendly cars popular enough that the public will […] Read more


IBM’s New Green Optical Microchip

When people think about green energy, typically solar, electric vehicles, wind, biofuels, and LED lighting come to mind; however, much of the world’s energy is consumed from electronic devices and computers, and the industry has been researching new, faster, power-saving microchip technology that consumes dramatically less energy than prior generations. Recently, IBM scientists announced the […] Read more