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January 10, 2007 12:05 AM


100 Solar Megawatts

Photovoltaic power plants to produce 10 times as much electricity

Originally from Technology Review Feed - Energy Top Stories, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 10, 2007 12:05 AM | Comments (0)

January 09, 2007 11:18 PM


Amazing Pictures of Offshore Wind Farms

One of the stories recently featured on one of my favorite sites, Reddit, was a link to some amazing pictures of offshore wind farms.

Seeing these pictures of wind turbines really made clear to me the reality of offshore wind power, and the size and scope required to harness the power of wind over the ocean.

Summarizing some points from the article:

  • average wind speeds are greater over the ocean than they are over land
  • the world's largest offshore wind farm is Horn’s Reef project located 14 kilometers (or about 9 miles) off the coast of Denmark in the North Sea (which has some of the roughest water in the world)
  • waves at the Horn's Reef project are 8-10 meters (about 25 - 30 feet)
  • the Danish Government has a plan to have wind turbines with a total capacity of 4000 MW in Danish waters by 2030
  • since 2002, the Horn's Reef project has produced enough energy to run 150,000 Danish households
  • For this post, pictures are worth more than 1,000 words, so do click over and see the pictures of offshore wind farms for yourself.

    Originally from Alternative Energy Stocks, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 11:18 PM | Comments (0)


    Inertial-Electrodynamic Fusion Device receives 2006 Technology of the Year Award by the International Academy of Sciences

    Dr. Bussard and his team at Energy/Matter Conversion Corporation, after close to 20 years of hard work, have developed a revolutionary radiation-free fusion process that takes boron-11 and fuses a proton to it, producing, in its excited state, a carbon-12 atom. This excited carbon-12 atom decays to beryllium-8 and helium-4. It was developed under a DOD contract and has recently been made public. (PESWiki; Jan. 2)

    Originally from Free Energy News by PESN, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 11:13 PM | Comments (0)


    US to Host Global Renewable Energy Conference in 2008

    The US Department of State has officially committed to be the global host for the 2008 Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008). Approximately 5000 attendees are expected to take part in the international event, ...

    Originally posted by unknown from Google Blog Search: solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 11:07 PM | Comments (0)


    EPA plan puts politics before science

    The EPA has announced measures that will increase the role of political appointees and circumvent independent scientific research, leaving the public at risk.

    Originally from Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 11:02 PM | Comments (0)


    The Rise of Chinese Alternative Energy Companies

    Dan Lewis of AEI writes that because China is undergoing "the greatest industrialisation in the history of the world", energy demand is accelerating at a very quick rate. In order to meet this demand in the next 25 years, an alternative energy revolution is vital. This article hightlights eight alternative energy companies that are well positioned to help usher in a Chinese energy revolution.

    Originally from theWatt: Energy News and Discussion, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 11:01 PM | Comments (0)


    Boeing Solar Cell Sets New Record At 40.7% Efficiency

    Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced that Spectrolab, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, has achieved a new world record in terrestrial concentrator solar cell efficiency. Using concentrated sunlight, Spectrolab demonstrated the ability of a photovoltaic cell to convert 40.7 percent of the sun’s energy...

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    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 10:58 PM | Comments (0)


    Fuel Cell Industry Growing, but Still Relatively Small

    According to the 2006 Fuel Cell Industry Survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, for the publicly traded companies in the global fuel cell sector:● Revenues were up 20% to $266 million in 2005● There was a 6% decrease in RD expenditures to $206 million ● Continuing a trend started in 2003, revenues...

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    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 10:51 PM | Comments (0)


    China Takes Lead in Electric Cars

    Tianjin Qingyuan Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd. (QYEV) is building a 165 million yuan (US$21 million) factory capable of producing 20,000 electric powered vehicles a year in the northern port city of Tianjin. The plant will produce cars powered by battery, hybrid power and fuel cells. It is expected to...

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    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 10:47 PM | Comments (0)


    Audubon Society Stands Up in Support of Wind Energy

    The Audubon Society strongly supports wind power as a clean alternative energy source, pointing to the link between global warming and the birds and other wildlife that scientist say it will kill wrote John Flicker, the president of the National Audubon Society, in the November-December issue of...

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    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 10:46 PM | Comments (0)


    UCS Asserts That ExxonMobil is Clouding Understanding of Climate Change to Delay Action on the Issue

    A new report, Smoke, Mirrors Hot Air, from the Union of Concerned Scientists asserts that ExxonMobil has adopted the tobacco industry's disinformation tactics, as well as some of the same organizations and personnel, to cloud the scientific understanding of climate change and delay action on the...

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    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) January 09, 2007 10:42 PM | Comments (0)

    December 06, 2006 10:47 PM


    News: Arizona Finalizes Renewable Energy Rules - Distributed Generation Will Meet 30 Percent

    The Arizona Corporation Commission has voted on the final rules for implementing a 15 percent renewable energy standard by 2025. The rules state that 30 percent of the renewable standard is to be derived from distributed energy resources - small-scale technologies located close to where energy is used, such as roof-top photovoltaic projects or solar hot water projects

    Originally from Feedster on: solar%20energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) December 06, 2006 10:47 PM | Comments (0)


    Solar Energy Stocks

    Because of the Democratic majority of both the House and Senate as a result of the last election, there is some belief among stock market analysts that solar energy companies should do well. The following are a list of the pure plays ...

    Originally posted by Stockerblog from Google Blog Search: solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) December 06, 2006 10:46 PM | Comments (0)


    Terrestrial Solar Cell Surpasses 40 Percent Efficiency

    ... December 7, 2006 Spectrolab has achieved a new world record in terrestrial concentrator solar cell efficiency. Using concentrated sunlight, Spectrolab demonstrated the ability of a photovoltaic cell to convert 40.7 percent of the sun's energy into electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) verified the ...
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    Originally from Technorati Search for: "solar energy", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) December 06, 2006 10:28 PM | Comments (0)


    Natural Gas: how big is the problem?

    Doesn't this graph just chill you?

    Let's try to have a broader look on the Natural Gas supply challenge that both Europe and North America face these days, with the help of Jean Laherrère.

    Originally from The Oil Drum, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) December 06, 2006 10:18 PM | Comments (0)


    Council on Foreign Relations -"National Security Consequences of Oil Dependency"

    With little media fanfare as of yet, a major report by the political heavyweight think tank Council on Foreign Relations was recently released. "Independent Task Force Report #58 - National Security Consequences of Oil Dependency" (pdf warning) paints a somewhat more urgent picture of our energy situation than most other oil and energy research coming out of Washington. Though there is no mention of the words "Peak Oil' in the 90 page report, to the astute reader it is clear that this group of experts, led by ex-CIA chiefs, John Deutsch and James Schlesinger, understand that the era of cheap energy is ending, and that our dependency on oil has major geopolitical implications with few easy answers. The bombshell in this report is the admission that the United States will be unable to achieve energy independence, and should focus instead on reducing our dependency on oil. Though this concept is nothing new to readers of this site, coming from a highly respected mainstream think tank (CFR), recommendations such as conservation, gasoline taxes, and gasoline rationing might be an uncomfortable but necessary wake up call to some of the conservative (cornucopian?) decisionmakers in our nations capital. Indeed, this report may be the next integral step of political eye-opening (the first being the Hirsch Report last year) that hastens our national efforts towards addressing our energy addiction.

    This post is a general summary of the report, along with some interspersed comments and conclusions.




    Our oil import dependency(pg. 31) (Click to enlarge)

    Originally from The Oil Drum, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) December 06, 2006 10:16 PM | Comments (0)

    November 09, 2006 01:20 PM


    UBS Launches CO2 Emissions Index

    UBS (NYSE:UBS) announced on Friday the launch of the UBS World Emissions Index (UBS-WEMI) – the world’s first index based on global carbon markets. At the moment, only the two exchanges linked to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) , the Nordic Power Exchange (Nordpool) and the European Climate Exchange (ECX), qualify for WEMI. The index is composed of future contracts on CO2 weighted between the two trading platforms as follows: ECX, 72.11% and Nordpool, 27.89%. The weights are allocated based upon the liquidity of the underlying exchanges as well as their respective share in the European carbon market. The index is calculated in USD, EUR and CHF and the following three indices are published daily: (a) price, (b) excess return, and (c) total return.

    The admissibility of a given carbon trading platform to WEMI rests, beyond liquidity and open interest considerations, on links to a formal emissions reduction scheme containing an allowances program and financial penalties for non-compliance. UBS will thus be looking to expand the index as more such programs are implemented, notably in the north east and California.

    Now the interesting thing about WEMI is that it will provide the first ever benchmark for derivatives referencing carbon markets. Although the word “world” is a bit of a misnomer (the conditions required by WEMI for inclusion only currently exist in Europe and won’t exist anywhere else, barring a major surprise, until RGGI goes into effect in 2009), this initiative provides an interesting first look at the spectrum of possibilities that will arise once more jurisdictions jump on the carbon trading bandwagon. Such indices will provide excellent bases for financial engineers to unleash their creativity in constructing structured products around global carbon markets. UBS already offers two products based on its index – one priced in USD and the other in CHF.

    Originally from Alternative Energy Stocks, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 01:20 PM | Comments (0)


    Wired News: Solar Powers Up, Sans Silicon

    In a world where sun-powered garden lights seem like a nifty idea, new technologies touted by solar energy startups sound very far out. Entrepreneurs promise that soon solar-energized "power plastic" will radically extend the battery life of laptops and cell phones. Ultra-cheap printed solar cells will enable construction of huge power-generating facilities at a fraction of today's costs. And technologies to integrate solar power-generation capability into building materials will herald a new era of energy-efficient construction. Those are ambitious goals for a technology famous for powering pocket calculators, but investors are paying heed. This year, solar startups have snapped up more than $100 million in venture capital to develop printable materials capable of converting sunlight into electrical power. Soaring energy demand, as well as short supplies of polysilicon, a key ingredient in most solar cells, is fueling interest in alternative materials. "These technologies look incredibly more real than they did five years ago," said Dan Kammen, founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. Kammen predicts solar sources, which today produce less than 1 percent of power consumed nationwide, could eventually meet one-fifth of U.S. energy demand........

    Originally posted by fourstar from del.icio.us/tag/solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 01:16 PM | Comments (0)


    Technology Review: BP Solar Sticks with Silicon

    BP Solar Sticks with Silicon An industry giant says a tweak to silicon manufacturing could beat more exotic materials approaches over the next decade. By Kate Greene It's boom time for solar power, as a rising tide of startups tout various approaches--from organic thin films to concentrating light with holograms--for harvesting energy from the sun. But amid the flurry of nascent technologies, BP Solar, a 30-year-old subsidiary of oil giant BP, is betting that old-fashioned silicon still holds the most potential for cost-effective solar power in the next decade. In its latest move, the company has developed a solar module--a collection of solar cells--using a new silicon-manufacturing approach that the company says drives down the cost of generating solar power. The new technology boosts power production 8 percent without a price increase, the company says. BP Solar will begin production of these modules by mid 2007. Technology Review caught up with Lee Edwards, president and CEO of BP Solar, to ask about the new technology and other efforts at the company. Technology Review: You say your new silicon prototype--which you call Mono2--increases efficiency of your solar cells without increasing the cost. What is Mono2?

    Originally posted by methodman from del.icio.us/tag/solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 01:11 PM | Comments (0)


    RED HERRING | U.S., Spain Named for Next Solar Breakout

    RED HERRING | U.S., Spain Named for Next Solar Breakout As a result of strong government support, solar power has swiftly become as German as beer, bratwurst, and Oktoberfest. Germany’s capacity to produce solar power grew 80 percent in 2005, compared with the 42 percent average of 20 participating nations, according to the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme—and others say Germany’s growth was actually much higher. The country overtook Japan, the former solar king, last year. “Germany is by far the largest market now,” said Xu Bin, an overseas business department employee for Yingli Solar. But while nobody else may be able to replicate the German cultural phenomena, some in the industry believe that other countries will soon have a chance to overtake Germany as the fastest-growing solar market. Michael Schmela, editor-in-chief for solar trade magazine Photon International, says demand is already dropping in the German market. The government-guaranteed price for solar electricity drops 5 percent each year, yet solar module prices have stayed high, reducing the return that homeowners and business owners can make. Mr. Bin also thinks Germany might fall from the top spot after two years, although he envisions a slow descent. Red Herring surveyed companies at a German solar conference to find out which country is the heir apparent, if Germany’s solar reign subsides. Most picked either Spain or the United States to wear the the lederhosen next. Here’s what they said:

    Originally posted by zaheerkhan from del.icio.us/tag/solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 01:06 PM | Comments (0)


    Technology Review: Cheap, Superefficient Solar

    Technologies collectively known as concentrating photovoltaics are starting to enjoy their day in the sun, thanks to advances in solar cells, which absorb light and convert it into electricity, and the mirror- or lens-based concentrator systems that focus light on them. The technology could soon make solar power as cheap as electricity from the grid. The idea of concentrating sunlight to reduce the size of solar cells--and therefore to cut costs--has been around for decades. But interest in the technology has picked up in the past year. Last month, Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corporation showed off its new system for focusing sunlight with a fresnel lens (like the one used in lighthouses) onto superefficient solar cells, which are about twice as efficient as conventional silicon cells. Other companies, such as SolFocus, based in Palo Alto, CA, and Energy Innovations, based in Pasadena, CA, are rolling out new concentrators. And the company that supplied the long-lived photovoltaic cells for the Mars rovers, Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab, based in Sylmar, CA, is supplying more than a million cells for concentrator projects, including one in Australia that will generate enough power for 3,500 homes. ......

    Originally posted by thephoenix from del.icio.us/tag/solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 01:02 PM | Comments (0)


    Taking on the Global Warming Crisis

    “We see several trends concerning financial investments into solar energy,” said Edwin Koot, the founder and principal of Solar Plaza. ... A growing number of solar energy (PV, for photovoltaics) companies are listed on the stock market ...

    Originally posted by Editors, SolidarityEconomy.net from Google Blog Search: solar+energy, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 12:38 PM | Comments (0)


    Should Everest be Closed?

    ... Should Everest be closed? Tourism is turning the world's highest peak into its biggest rubbish dump, claim conservationists, who are pressing for controls on climbing. But will this cost sherpas their livelihood? Dan McDougall in Kathmandu reports on the campaign Sunday October 8, 2006 The Observer It has been described as the ...
    Give Our World A Big ((((HUG)))) - WhitePage Blog View Technorati URL search

    Originally from Technorati Search for: "global climate", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 12:10 PM | Comments (0)


    UN urges end to 'water apartheid'

    ... A new report from the United Nations Development Programme has demanded a big increase in spending to provide clean water. The UNDP wants another $4bn (£2bn) a year spent, and says that water has not received the attention it deserves. Water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea kill far more people than HIV/Aids and malaria combined, it said. And ...
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    Originally from Technorati Search for: "global climate", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 12:09 PM | Comments (0)


    Global climate efforts 'woeful'

    ... Efforts to help developing nations adapt to the impacts of climate change have been called "woefully inadequate" by a UN-commissioned report. Rich countries have focused on ways to reduce carbon emissions but have largely ignored helping poor nations cope with the consequences, it says. The findings appear in the UNDP's Human Development Report ...
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    Originally from Technorati Search for: "global climate", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 12:08 PM | Comments (0)


    Ontario to harvest solar power

    ... North America's largest solar project is planned for Ontario. SkyPower Corp., a renewable energy provider in Toronto, and Maryland's SunEdison LLC, the largest contractor of photovoltaic energy in the United States, announced a joint venture yesterday to build three to five solar photovoltaic farms over the next three years. Each farm is ...
    Sustainable Solutions - Home of News, Events & Ideas for Inquisitive Green Minds View Technorati URL search

    Originally from Technorati Search for: "solar energy", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 12:07 PM | Comments (0)


    Clean Energy Candidates Win Across West

    ... Voters in several Western states chose to elect candidates from both parties that support clean energy in this Tuesday's mid-term elections. These results highlight the many opportunities to enact clean energy legislation throughout the West in the coming years as supportive governors and state legislators take (or return to) office throughout ...
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    Originally from Technorati Search for: "solar energy", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 12:05 PM | Comments (0)


    Beijing, China Goes Green with Hydrogen Fueling Station

    ... Just 9 miles from the new Olympic Park in Beijing, China another park has opened up, which is serving hydrogen to vehicles. At the Beijing Hydrogen Park, China's first hydrogen fueling station has opened, operated by energy giant, BP. Spending $3.5 million on the new hydrogen fueling station, BP will be accommodating China's current eight hydrogen ...
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    Originally from Technorati Search for: "solar energy", ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) November 09, 2006 11:48 AM | Comments (0)

    October 03, 2006 11:33 PM


    Tax Break Proposed for Fuel Efficiency

    Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden unveiled legislation Monday to offer a tax break of between $630 and $1,860 for consumers buying new, fuel-efficient vehicles as motivation to wean the nation off its oil dependence. The tax break - which they say could also be used as a cash rebate on a car purchase - would be offset under the duo's plan by rolling back a tax deduction used by large oil companies for drilling and development costs. Vehicles that get 25 percent more fuel efficiency than current standards would qualify under the legislation Under the bill, consumers would receive a $630 tax credit if they purchase a passenger vehicle with fuel economy of 34.5 miles per gallon. That tax credit gradually increases to a maximum $1,660 for passenger vehicles with fuel efficiency of at least 59.5 miles per gallon. Light trucks qualify for a $630 tax credit at 27.5 miles per gallon, going to $1,860 with...

    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) October 03, 2006 11:33 PM | Comments (0)


    Google Offers to Share Power Saving Technology

    Google, the internet search engine giant whose service is powered by hundreds of thousands of servers, is lobbying the computer industry to improve the power efficiency of its products. Simple changes to PC power supplies could save billions of dollars for industries with high computer use, the company told computer hardware developers yesterday, and Google's top engineers offered to share its secret in-house technology to help create an industry standard. Power supplies to standard PCs and servers typically waste 30-40 per cent of their energy, but Google engineer Luiz Barroso told attendees at the Intel developers' conference in San Francisco that it had cut that waste to just 10 per cent....

    Originally posted by James Fraser from The Energy Blog, ReBlogged by dymaxion on (click date for printable version) October 03, 2006 11:22 PM | Comments (0)













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