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Quantum Dots = Efficient Solar Windows

Quantum Dots = Efficient Solar Windows

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight.


In Focus: Recent Green Technology Advances

Attempting to make the world an improved and pollution-free place to live is not a straightforward task, and there are no settled principles. This is one of the tests we confront when making, executing and depending on different sources of energy; since no single source of energy is 100% ‘clean’. Nonetheless, year-after-year we continue to make


Hitachi’s CrystEna Energy Storage System

Who knows how economical it might be, but the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation — another sign of the growing interest in such products. The company said a system called CrystEna (that’s “crystal” and “energy” shortened and squished together; maybe


Oakland: California’s Hidden Solar Hotbed

When people think of sunny California, they often think of the beaches of Southern California. If the last few years are any indication, however, the place they should be thinking of is the city of Oakland, across the bay from foggy San Francisco. In the past few years, Oakland has become a hub for the


REPORT: Solar’s Price Tag Keeps Getting Lower

As solar energy installations spring up on rooftops and major power plants across the U.S., the average cost of going solar continues to fall, according to a report released today by the research gurus at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. You can dive into the details of the report yourself here, but


WeWi Telecommunications Announces “SOL” Solar Laptop

Laptop computers use just 50 to 75 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, just one-third of what’s required by their desktop-bound cousins. But most of them still can’t run for a whole day on a single battery charge. While many of the high-tech manufacturers, notably Samsung, have talked about produced solar-powered models for years, so far


Plasmonic Black Metals: Lowering the Cost of Solar Cells?

According to a Lawrence Livermore engineering team, plasmonic black metals—nanostructured metals are designed to have low reflectivity and high absorption of visible and infrared light—may one day make photovoltaic (PV) cells more efficient. The LLNL Materials Engineering Division (MED) research team recently published their black metals research results in a cover-page article in the May


U.S Army Announces $7B in Renewable Energy Projects

The U.S. Army has just launched the first in a series of renewable energy contracts that will eventually total $7 billion by the end of this year, using power purchase agreements along with a standard procurement tool that is expected to crush any obstacles that are put in its path. That includes the notorious budget


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


Solar Traffic Lights Come to Durban, South Africa

The municipality of eThekwini in Durban, South Africa, has greenlighted a new project of solar powered traffic lights. Funded by the state-owned power utility Eskom and implemented by ZRW Mechanika and Saint Gobain Solar, the project uses CIS solar modules to power lights at four intersections. Each system features 16 panels and each panels has


An Interactive Map of Clean Energy Sources

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has just launched a website with an application designed to map the US potential energy sources called RE Atlas. Dan Getman, the lead developer for the project calls RE Atlas “an excellent tool for policymakers, planners, energy developers, and others who need to better understand the renewable resources available in

China Investing $2 Billion in Waste-to-Energy Sources

China has reached an agreement to install 1,400 waste-to-energy systemsacross China, totaling a $2 billion dollar investment. The agreement was reached between Washington-based D4 Energy Group and Global Partners United. The D4 Energy devolatization system, which will be installed across China, takes carbon-based feedstock, such as municipal solid waste, tires and biomass, and converts into

Power generation in India from renewable energy sources

A capacity of about 5,531 MW grid-interactive power generation fromvarious renewable energy sources has been installed up to 31.1.2010against a target of 12,300 MW for 11th Five Year Plan. Givingthis information in a reply in the Lok Sabha last Friday, the Ministerfor New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that the detailsof such capacity