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New Energy Patents Increase

New Energy Patents Increase

A recent study by MIT and Santa Fe Institute (SFI) researchers found a “dramatic growth in innovation” in renewable energy technologies. The scientists based their conclusions on the number of new energy patents issued in the U.S. from 1970 to 2009. The growth is primarily driven by patents that are related to renewable energy. While


PV Industry Recovery: Is It Happening?

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has been struggling for almost two years. Massive over-capacity and slower-than-anticipated market growth caused by changes in European feed-in tariffs led to a collapse in prices and consistently negative margins across the value chain. This in turn led to a number of insolvencies, layoffs and acquisitions, particularly in Europe.


Why Elon Musk is a ROCKSTAR

The man is a rockstar. A solar superhero. Websters Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as a person who organizes, manages, and assumes considerable risk of an enterprise. Creator of Zip2, which he sold and pocketed over $22 million, and X.com, which later became PayPal and made him more than $165 million in stock options, Elon Musk


Interview: Mark Lackey Likes Energy Stocks

The Energy Report: It’s been a busy five months since your last interview in August. What’s your macro view on energy markets? Mark Lackey: The problems in Europe were somewhat worse than most people anticipated regarding Greece and long-term bond rates in Portugal and Spain. Slower world economic growth wasn’t a disaster, but it was


John McIlveen Discusses Renewable Energy Investing

The Energy Report: In your last interview, your primary concern in making investment decisions was safety. I know you focus primarily on Canadian companies, but has all the “fiscal cliff” talk influenced your approach to renewable energy investments? John McIlveen: With the fiscal cliff, I could see how renewables might get pushed to the back


Interview: Rick Rule Discusses U.S Energy Independence

The Energy Report: Earlier this week, the International Energy Agency forecast the U.S. would become the world’s largest oil producer and an exporter of natural gas by 2020, and would attain energy self-sufficiency by 2035. Do you agree, and what would that mean? Rick Rule: We stand a very good chance of accomplishing the first


Ed Dolan Discusses Affordable Energy

We were fortunate enough to speak with the well known economist Ed Dolan on various energy and economic issues. In the interview Ed talks about the following: • Why cheap energy is not vital to economic growth • Why high oil prices aren’t necessarily a bad thing • Why the U.S. Oil and gas boom is hurting


Micro Inverters: What You Need to Know

Are you thinking about installing solar panels on your home or business? You may just want to update your current system and add value to your investment. There are two types of inverters that you can install on your solar panel array. These may be either an array inverter, which will convert the DC current

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Interview: Tex Wilkins Discusses CSP Industry

Last week, we interviewed Belen Gallego, Founder & Director at CSP Today and PV Insider, in conjunction with the CSP Today 6th Concentrated Solar Thermal Power USA ConferenceGallego’s putting on in Las Vegas this Wednesday and Thursday (June 27-28). Today, with the conference starting in just 48 hours, we present our interview with Frank “Tex” Wilkins, Executive

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Belen Gallego on the Future of CSP

The following interview is with Belen Gallego, Founder & Director at CSP Today and PV Insider.  Ms. Gallego is also in charge of CSP Today’s range of conferences and trade shows, including the upcoming CSP Today 6th Concentrated Solar Thermal Power USA Conference, being held in Las Vegas beginning on June 27-28.  For a helpful discussion of CSP,