MIT created a solar cell that breaks theoretical conversion limits

May 25, 2016 by  
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MIT researchers are heating up clean energy technology with a new solar cell capable of converting solar heat into usable light, which raises the overall solar-to-electricity conversion rate of the cell. The new device demonstrates, for the first time ever, a method that allows solar cells to use heat to break through a theoretically predicted limitation on the amount of sunlight which can be converted into electricity. Compared to traditional solar cells, MIT’s new invention could be the thing…

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Has Solar Energy Technology Evolved?

April 1, 2016 by  
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Installed solar energy capacity in the U.S. is growing dramatically, with numerous record-shattering years in a row. There is now enough installed solar energy to power over 4.6 million U.S. homes and a new solar project is installed every two…

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First New US Solar Thermal Power Plant in 20 Years Approved

August 27, 2010 by  
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The State of California has granted approval for a new solar thermal power plant. The 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Energy Project is the first solar thermal power plant to be licensed in the United States in nearly 20 years.

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Colorado IKEA Will Be Geothermal Powered

August 27, 2010 by  
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A new IKEA store planned for Centennial, Colorado (just outside Denver) will be heated and cooled by geothermal energy . IKEA got assistance from the fine scientists at NREL in designing and constructing a geothermal system located under the store’s parking garage.  At 500 feet under the ground, 130 pipes will pump liquid that will help to heat or cool the store depending on the time of year (in the summer, ground temperatures will keep the liquid cooler than surface air and vice versa in the winter).

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Small Diesel Pickup Truck from India Coming to US

August 26, 2010 by  
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American automakers, as well as foreign manufacturers selling in the US have a few full-size pickup trucks with diesel engines, but for years a small pickup with a diesel engine has not been available. That is set to change as Indian car maker Mahindra & Majindra has received EPA approval to sell its small pickups in the US. The company is producing small pickups with a 2.2 liter common-rail turbo diesel engine that has 140 horsepower and gets up to 30 miles per gallon

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Hybrid Wind Turbines Can Generate Power Even When the Wind Isn’t Blowing

August 26, 2010 by  
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A Colorado company is introducing a system that will allow wind turbines to generate power even when the wind is not blowing. The SmartGen hybrid gas-wind turbine enables wind turbines to produce energy at periods of low wind, by turning the turbine with compressed air generated at the base of the tower from a turbo-compressor that is run on natural gas or biogas. Even more importantly, the SmartGen system can be retrofitted into existing wind turbines, allowing existing facilities to increase their performance

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Muzatch Solar Laptop Charger is Light Weight Option for Off-Grid Charging

March 29, 2010 by  
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Photo via Muzatch There’s a new solar laptop charger to add to the list of potential products for off grid charging.

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Cosmic Rays May Have Driven Toyota Vehicles Crazy

March 29, 2010 by  
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More than 8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles have been recalled worldwide ( including the 2010 Prius ), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has linked at least 52 deaths to unexpected acceleration in these vehicles. Although floormats and gas pedals have been blamed, no one has yet been able to pinpoint the root of this deadly and costly problem. Federal regulators are now loo..

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