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"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."
-Martin Green, UNSW



NSF funding to put brain cells on grid control

The National Science Foundation has awarded $2 million to a project that aims to literally tap brain cells to manage electrical grids. [more]


Cheap catalyst makes hydrogen from biofuel

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]


Copper-based solar cells made easier

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]


Plastic car batteries advance

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]


Balloons give rise to new solar energy

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]


NREL posts solar cell efficiency record

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has reported that they have set a record for solar cell efficiency with a mark of 40.8 percent... [more]


DOE taps 12 teams for solar grid funds

The Department of Energy has awarded up to $24 million to 12 corporate and corporate-university research teams to boost photovoltaics... [more]


DOE funds 10 hydrogen storage projects

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 energy resources.



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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

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Is Better Place good enough?

There were about 850 million vehicles on the road worldwide in 2006. More then a quarter of them are in the US.... [more]



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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future


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