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Perspective

"I think developed countries have to more actively use their wealth and resources to get sustainable technology on the market quickly and make it available to the less developed. Germany is a good example of how this can be done. This is not altruism."
-Martin Green, UNSW


News

RESEARCH

Heat-to-electricity efficiency doubled

A new approach to improving thermoelectric materials -- metals or semiconductors that convert heat to electricity -- doubles the efficiency of a bulk thermoelectric material at temperatures typical of car engines. [more]

RESEARCH

Cheaper white LEDs on deck

The main hurdle to replacing incandescent lights with much more efficient light-emitting diodes is lowering the cost. Researchers have been looking to silicon for a solution. [more]

RESEARCH

Island scheme minimizes grid outages

Many renewable energy sources can be placed close to energy consumers, which eases the burden on the main lines of the electrical grid and reduces losses from long-distance transmission. [more]

RESEARCH

Carbon nanosheets hold more electricity

Electrodes made from single-atom-thick sheets of carbon could boost the storage capacity of lithium batteries several times over. [more]

Q & A

UNSW's Martin Green talks about

Second- and third-generation solar cells, industry's importance, sharing technology, China, and the cost-competitiveness of photovoltaics. [more]

FUNDING

DOE rounds out small biofuel refinery funding

The Department of Energy has named the final two of nine small-scale biorefineries to receive federal funding... [more]

FUNDING

Microgrid, supercapacitor and solar hydrogen projects funded

The National Science Foundation has funded three renewable energy projects in four awards... [more]

LAB NOTE

NREL taps Dow for ethanol project

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with Dow Chemical Company to develop processes for converting biomass to ethanol and industrial chemicals. The aim is to convert non-food biomass like agricultural waste to a gas and then convert the gas to ethanol and other alcohols.

LAB NOTE

NREL assembles clean energy test fleet

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is assembling a fleet of energy-efficient and clean energy vehicles from car makers to form a research testbed. The vehicles include natural gas, fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, ethanol, hydrogen and biodiesel cars and trucks from American, Japanese, Korean and German manufacturers.


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Special Report
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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Making conservation cool

A post on AlternativeEnergy.com lays out some unsexy but critically important steps we can take to tackle the energy/climate crisis. [more]

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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Gore sets 'moon shot' goal on climate change

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The global solar PV market: fasten your seatbelts

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Utilities say grid can handle rechargeable cars

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Biofuel Lobbying: Split Between First-Gen and Next-Gen

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