September 8/15, 2008
More work and effort is needed to communicate
what is a complex field -- this is vital if governments are to be
motivated by informed public opinion to make some of the hard decisions
we are facing in meeting our growing energy demand in a sustainable
Form microscopic pillars on a glass surface and you have a solar cell
top layer that cuts glare and keeps itself clean. [more]
Copy part of an enzyme that plants use in photosynthesis and wrap
it in a plastic used in fuel cells, and you have a catalyst that extracts
oxygen from water. [more]
Mix the right chemicals in a vapor and you get a flexible semiconducting
nanoscale mesh that could be used to extract hydrogen from water.
Turn direct sunlight into diffuse light in a solar cell and you boost
the intensity of the light, which increases the cell's efficiency.
Bundle microscopic glass fibers into a sheet of glass and selectively
etch some of the fibers with chemicals and you have a mirror with
a microscopically textured surface. [more]
Get a single photon to knock loose more than one electron in a solar
cell and you get more electricity for the same amount of sunlight.
Q & A
Whole-systems energy research, solid-oxide fuel cells, energy demand
and research budgets. [more]
The US Department of Energy has budgeted up to $7 million to seven
of its national laboratories for clean energy technology commercialization.
STARTUPS & SPINOFFS
A pair of startups aim to commercialize university research in algae-based
The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required,
and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.
Can we convert our energy system from fossil fuels to clean, renewable
energy sources in time to avoid ecological and economic disaster?
in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future
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Rob Day, CleanTech Investing
Independence is all about oil demand, not supply
Wall Street Journal
Juice III: Biofuels Really Are Bad for Food Prices
the CIGS Explosion Will Play Out
of Africa: New Concentrating-Solar Tech Inspired by Congo Stint
grid plan: North Sea grid could bring wind power to 70m homes
New York Times
Energy Bumps Into Power Gridís Limits
New York Times
Storage Is Explored for Energy
World Architecture News
latest offering is a carbon-neutral 'pyramid' city
Nano Breakthrough, MIT Team Quietly Builds Virus-Based Batteries