September 1, 2008
"Market development programs,
particularly in Germany, have resulted in a spectacular boom in the
photovoltaics industry which is seeing more new technology adopted
over recent years than in the previous 20 years."
National Science Foundation has awarded $2 million to a project that
aims to literally tap brain cells to manage electrical grids. [more]
Cover a ceramic material with cobalt particles and you get an efficient,
durable and inexpensive catalyst for extracting hydrogen from ethanol
and other biofuels. [more]
Mix copper, indium, gallium and selenium in a solution of the industrial
chemical and rocket fuel hydrazine and you have an inexpensive way
to make thin-film solar cells... [more]
Hit the right concoction of plastics or plastics and ceramic nanoparticles
and you get ferroelectric polymer capacitors that can store more electricity
than previous types. [more]
Tie a balloon to a generator and it produces electricity as it rises.
If the balloon's hot air comes from sunlight the electricity is clean
and relatively inexpensive. [more]
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has reported that they have
set a record for solar cell efficiency with a mark of 40.8 percent...
The Department of Energy has awarded up to $24 million to 12 corporate
and corporate-university research teams to boost photovoltaics...
The Department of Energy has awarded up to $15.3 million to 10 university,
government and corporate research teams to develop practical hydrogen
storage systems for vehicles... [more]
Australia funds intelligent grid projects
The Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation (CSIRO) has
awarded 3 million Australian dollars (about US$2.6 million) to
five university research teams to develop an intelligent power grid
that can support distributed power generation, including renewable
The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required,
and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.
There were about 850 million vehicles on the road worldwide in 2006.
More then a quarter of them are in the US.... [more]
in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future
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