July 14/21, 2008
"The public should but probably
doesn't understand how little basic energy science research goes on
in our country -- in fact up until two years ago solar energy was,
at least in government circles, largely ridiculed and written off."
, Penn State
A new device based on an older solar technology produces inexpensive
solar energy by capturing layers of light and concentrating them sideways.
Dye-sensitized solar cells are inexpensive alternatives to silicon
solar cells, but the most efficient versions, which capture as much
as 11.1 percent of sunlight, use volatile organic solvents that require
expensive encapsulation. [more]
Seven research teams in the UK involved in three projects have landed
£19,277,515 (about $38 million) to mimic what plants do every
day -- convert sunlight to fuel. [more]
Now that engineers are developing floating wind farms to generate
electricity on the open oceans, it's important to know where over
the vasty deep the strongest, most consistent winds blow. [more]
The most efficient way to use biomass as an energy source is a closed-loop
system that recycles the byproducts of the processes that turn organic
matter like plants and algae into electricity. [more]
Bosch Group joins MIT Energy Initiative
International conglomerate the Bosch Group has signed
on to MIT's Energy Initiative, promising $5 million over five
years and support for 10 graduate students. The Bosch Group's participation
in the initiative will focus on materials for electrochemical energy
storage, thermoelectric materials and thin-film solar cells. The initiative's
founding members are BP Technology Ventures Inc. and Eni SpA. Bosch
Group is joining ABB Research Ltd., Robert Bosch LLC, Chevron USA
Inc., Enel Produzione SpA, Ford Motor Company, Fundacio Barcelona
Tecnologia and Schlumberger Technology Corporation as sustaining members.
Argonne device tracks plug-in hybrid performance
Argonne National Laboratory has developed a diagnostic
device that monitors plug-in hybrid electric vehicle performance.
The device uses GPS and a network of sensors to collect real-time
data on where and how far a vehicle travels, how the engine and battery
perform, how efficiently the fuel is used and to calculate watt-hours
The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required,
and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.
Yesterday I met with veteran journalist Bob Buderi, who gave me some
much appreciated advice on navigating the rough waters of online media.
(Check out his latest venture Xconomy.)
While walking back to the Red Line in Cambridge I passed by the Kendall
Cogeneration Station. [more]
in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future
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