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Silly Solar Gadgets: Sun Table


At $3′600, the Sun Table might be a bit ridiculous, but it will definitely impress your friends and could be an stylish addition (albeit quite decadent) to outdoor workstations on remote sites, where laptops are used. Capable of charging electronic devices and providing lighting, the device can also do away with the need for long […]

SciAm’s Grand Plan for Solar


Scientific American Magazine has published what it calls a “Solar Grand Plan“, a vast and comprehensive blueprint on how to switch the United States to solar power in the coming decades. If the immense demands in funding and political willpower are met, it could mean that 90% of the US’s energy and 100% of its […]

NanoSolar Goes Live - Cheaper than Coal


The news has been embraced by bloggers all over the web, and reported by the NY Times: The long-awaited, much-hyped, California-based NanoSolar is finally ready to start production - and they have announced that their thin-film solar panels are going to be suprisingly cheap after all.

NanoSolar claims to be the first company capable of profitabilly […]

New Renewable Energy Mass Production Ventures


A couple of major announcements of new renewable energy factories have been made in December 2007 thusfar, and by major I’m referring to the types “first of its kind” and “world’s biggest”. Here I review four of those announcements.
First US Solar Thermal Manufacturing Plant
REA reported that Ausra Inc. announced the construction of a 130′000 sq […]

Can CO2 be turned back into fuel?


MIT’s Technology Review notes that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico are aiming to answer this question by building a new type of reactor capable of “re-energizing” carbon dioxide.
The device uses a two-stage thermochemical reaction to break down carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxide
The carbon monoxide can then readily be employed to […]

Big Co Getting Solar for Free


BusinessWeek reports that MMA Renwable Ventures is currently leading the way in a new investment vehicle trend that makes it easy and cheap for companies to go green. For many companies (and consumers alike) the upfront cost of a renewable energy system is prohibitively expensive. It means having to pay 10 to 40 years worth […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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