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NREL Gets 2nd Solar Canopy

The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) now has a second Envision Solar International Solar Tree array at its Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility. Envision completed the installation of the solar EV charging canopy at NREL’s Golden, Colo. facility in mid-April. “I’m proud that we have been chosen again by NREL. They are delighted the […] Read more


Video: The Shams 1 CSP Solar Plant

Future360 travels to Abu Dhabi to check out the largest concentrating solar plant in the world, Shams 1. The 100 MW plant occupies a square mile of the desert, roughly the size of 300 football fields. When commissioned later this year, Shams 1 will power for 20,000 homes. The technology works by using 250,000 parabolic […] Read more


Solar Power Stars in Newest NASA Video

Today’s solar video gives a pretty awesome visual reminder of  the immense energy produced by the sun. Watch for the scale-drawing of the earth appearing at 1:06. Eruptive events on the Sun can be wildly different. Some come just with a solar flare, some with an additional ejection of solar material called a coronal mass […] Read more


Panasonic’s “Eco Ideas” Factory Opens in Vietnam

Panasonic has opened its fifth “eco ideas” factory in the Asia Pacific region – the company’s latest initiative to showcase best practices in sustainable manufacturing. The new Panasonic Vietnam Group facility, located at the Thang Long Industrial Park, sets benchmarks – or eco ideas – for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions, waste management and recycling, […] Read more


Solar Junction Achieves 44% Solar Cell Efficiency

A California-based company has broken its own world record in solar cell efficiency. Solar Junction has achieved 44 percent at 949 suns, beating the Silicon Valley company’s record of 43.5 percent at 418 suns it set in April 2011. Both records were verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “Breaking our own world record […] Read more


The Future of Epitaxy Technology

Epitaxy is one of the fundamental processes used to make all kinds of semiconductor devices: LEDs, power electronics and, of course, microchips. The term epitaxy means, roughly speaking, “adding order” and that’s exactly what it does. Hot gases react on a surface to “grow” a layer that precisely matches the underlying crystal structure. Epitaxy was […] Read more


Joe Biden Calls Out Paul Ryan On Past Green Stimulus Support

Vice President Joe Biden didn’t hold back his disbelief in last night’s debate against his Republican challenger, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Calling Ryan’s comments “malarkey,” Biden smiled incredulously, shook his head, and interrupted with rebuttals throughout the night. Energy didn’t get much play in the debate. But when the topic did come up, it gave […] Read more


Take A Virtual Tour of Suntech’s Global HQ

Suntech is dedicated to expanding solar energy worldwide, and what better place to start than our very own global headquarters? Because 80% of the building’s power needs are met by solar, the building’s carbon footprint is reduced by 29000 tons of CO2. This is equivalent to saving 9180 tons of coal! How can solar power […] Read more


DOE Launches $10M Race to the Rooftop Competition

Late last week the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the newest part of its SunShot Initiative, Race to the Rooftop, a $10 million cash reward for teams to reduce the non-hardware costs of small solar. Under the competition the first three teams that can reduce non-hardware costs of solar to $1 per watt for […] Read more


Solar: It’s Just Easier (Graphic)

There’s not much to add to the graphic above. So we’ll just let it speak for itself. If you’ve got the right rooftop — and statistics show that up to one-third of American rooftops are great for solar — go solar today. It’s way, way simpler, not to mention, cleaner, greener, way more satisfying, and […] Read more


SMA to Release Microinverter

We are drawing near the long-anticipated release of SMA’s first ever mircoinverter: the SMA Sunny Boy 240-US. SMA is a German manufactuer of photovoltaic inverters that was founded in 1981 and currently holds 40% of the market for solar inverters.  SMA has consistently produced top-quality inverters for commercial and residential applications, distinguishing itself as a […] Read more


We Have to Fight to Win Our Future

A few months ago I was having a routine beer with my good friend Ken, who is the director of our local sustainable business network. He had met with one of the business people that belonged to his network earlier in the day and was caught off guard by a question. “What do we do […] Read more


Energy Efficiency: Is It The Real Deal?

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), peak electric loads in the U.S. are 20,800 MW lower than they would be without utility energy efficiency programs[1].  If it is correct it represents perhaps 100 power plants that did not need built that would have otherwise been required.  Similarly, the EIA data shows that electric usage […] Read more


Why Green Power is Golden

Applied Materials is pleased to be recognized once again for our commitment to green energy. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Green Power Partnership report, Applied ranked no. 15 on the list of the Top 20 Tech and Telecom companies and no. 35 on the Fortune 500 list. As I’m caught up in Olympic […] Read more