Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Old Blu-Ray Discs and Solar Cells Technologies

New Solar Cell Efficiency From Old Blu-Ray Discs
November 26th, 2014 - Talk about your upcycling, a research team from Northwestern University has figured out how you can boost your solar cell efficiency and get rid of your old Blu-ray discs all at the same time. We’re not about to repurpose Blade Runner because we still luvs it, but not to worry — apparently you can get the same results with just about anything on Blu-ray.

More And Better Solar Cell Efficiency

So, what’s the secret sauce? The team was inspired to tinker around with Blu-ray discs because of their superior data storage capability compared to DVDs or CDs.

The idea sounds simple enough: transfer the data storage pattern of nanoscale “islands” and “pits” from the disc to the surface of a solar cell, and you get a nano-textured surface that enhances the ability of the cell to absorb light.

The reason why that sounds simple is that texturizing is a known thing for solar cell efficiency. You can check out our friends over at Natcore for an example of “black silicon” solar cells with improved efficiency from a textured surface. read more>>>

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Wearable Technologies, Portable Energy Sources

Soldiers of the future will generate own power
Wearable technologies may provide soldiers with on-the-move, portable energy and reduce the weight of gear they carry

November 19, 2014 - Wearable technologies may provide U.S. soldiers with on-the-move, portable energy and reduce the weight of gear they carry into combat.

Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, here, are developing Soldier-borne energy-harvesting technologies.

During the Maneuver Fires Integration Experiment, or MFIX, a combined, multi-phase joint training exercise held in September 2014, at Fort Benning, Georgia, researchers tested prototype energy-harvesting technology solutions.

"My initial impression is that they fulfill a need for instant power generation on long-range missions when displaced from traditional resupply methods," said Sgt. 1st Class Arthur H. Jones, an infantryman with the Maneuver Center of Excellence who participated in the demonstration.

A sharp rise in Soldier-worn power capabilities has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number, variety and weight of batteries carried by warfighters in the field. read more>>>

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Navy’s “Renewable Energy Push”

The Navy’s “Renewable Energy Push” in Hawaii
November 16, 2014 - A new website has been launched to highlight alternative energy efforts sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Hawaii, fast becoming ground zero for the Navy’s push to develop “green” technologies.

The Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP), now online at ASIA-PACIFIC TECHNOLOGY & EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP, focuses its multifaceted approach to renewable energy on Hawaii because of the state’s abundance of reliable wind, solar, bioenergy, wave and geothermal resources.

APTEP approaches the issue from three angles, supporting cutting-edge energy research; educating students and teachers in energy-related fields; and supporting businesses trying to bring alternative energy products to the marketplace.

“Everyone is focused on Hawaii right now,” said Dr. Richard Carlin, head of ONR’s Sea Warfare and Weapons Department. “The studies we’re conducting there and technologies we’re developing will not only help the Navy reduce its need for fossil fuels, but also move the country closer to energy independence.” read more>>>

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remember Solyndra and the 'Special Interests' FOX Speak About

From everything leading up to and following, what we used to do so successfully across all economic growth industries, into the Alternative Energy resources, they had developed a great product. But it was rather expensive to build but offset with cheaper costs to install.

The rapidly emerging Alternative economic markets, China, despite our media reports always condemning the heavy coal, especially, developed deep smog of, forgetting that not long ago many heavy metro area's here weren't far from same as well as acid rain destruction and much more pollution damage and health problems from, along with others are using some of that Solyndra technology in their growing economic development in Natural Alternatives. As they also are rapidly developing newer technologies into same.

Now that the loan program is turning a profit, those critics are silent. They either declined or ignored NPR's requests for comment.

What we had virtually stopped, slammed the brakes on, some forty years back. Reversing what we had been doing and buying into the 'special interests' reasons to. Like fossil fuels are never ending supply of, even as it took thousands of years to create yet only seconds for us humans to burn off, while the supply of will never be depleted and more. Now all they have left is denial in the damage already done and still causing, climate change for one. At the same time that was happening, for huge corporate profit growth, we started exporting our innovative, and highly experienced, trades to those that heavily envied what we as a country were building economically and much more.

After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit
November 13, 2014 - In 2011, solar panel company Solyndra defaulted on a $535 million loan guaranteed by the Department of Energy. The agency had a few other high-profile bankruptcies, too — electric car company Fisker and solar company Abound among them. But now that loan program has started turning a profit.

Overall, the agency has loaned $34.2 billion to a variety of businesses, under a program designed to speed up development of clean-energy technology. Companies have defaulted on $780 million of that — a loss rate of 2.28 percent. The agency also has collected $810 million in interest payments, putting the program $30 million in the black.

When Congress created the loan program under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it was never designed to be a moneymaker. In fact, Congress imagined there would be losses and set aside $10 billion to cover them.

Still, when the Solyndra case emerged Republicans on Capitol Hill had pointed criticism for the Obama administration. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., called the Solyndra case "disgusting" and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, labeled it "a colossal failure." The conservative group Americans for Prosperity produced a television ad accusing President Obama of paying back campaign contributors.

There was an FBI raid on Solyndra's headquarters and an investigation but so far, no prosecutions. Now that the loan program is turning a profit, those critics are silent. They either declined or ignored NPR's requests for comment. And with that, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wants to change your perception of his agency's loan program. read more>>>

Those 'special interests', with full backing of the FOX speak politics, have been some what successfully still blocking not only economic growth but everything that comes with same, well compensated jobs with innovation and growth experience in, we were so good at once, not long ago. Especially in the countries need to come quickly out of the economic collapse they created with their new capitalism ideology, reaganomics con, of bottom up wealth, with two still unpaid for very long wars and the results of including the countries responsibility the VA, and trickle down benefits of. Those buying that con are still waiting for that trickle down as they pay for the needs of those with the wealth!

Fossil fuels aren't going away anytime soon, no matter what the deniers, a really poor excuse to stop growth in a huge industry, try and use their very weak arguments for their handilers the 'monied special interests'. Alternatives though will greatly deminish the need for and many uses of with huge benefits for the planet!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Solar-Energy Roadway Test Begins in the Netherlands

Netherlands to be Home of First Bike Path Running on Solar Energy
Nov 06, 2014 - Solar technology continues to evolve, as next Wednesday, Nov. 12, will see the opening of the first bike path in the world to run on solar energy in the Netherlands.

The SolaRoad project is the result of five years of research done by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), which worked with road construction and technical service providers to see if Holland's roads could absorb energy from the sun, according to Gizmag.

The path is made up of solar panels designed to convert solar energy into electricity for the grid, and it will run through the suburbs of northern Amsterdam. read more>>>

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Monday, November 10, 2014

America's Solar Boom, in Charts

Here Comes the Sun: America's Solar Boom, in Charts
It's been a bit player, but solar power is about to shine.

Nov. 7, 2014 - Last week, an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That's without any changes to existing policy. In other words, we're only a few years away from the point where, in most of the United States, there will be no economic reason not to go solar. If you care about slowing climate change or just moving toward cleaner energy, that is a huge deal.

And solar energy is already going gangbusters. In the past decade, the amount of solar power produced in the United States has leaped 139,000 percent. A number of factors are behind the boom: Cheaper panels and a raft of local and state incentives, plus a federal tax credit that shaves 30 percent off the cost of upgrading.

Still, solar is a bit player, providing less than half of 1 percent of the energy produced in the United States. But its potential is massive—it could power the entire country 100 times over. read more>>>

Using An Earthen Dam For Solar Installation

Navi Mumbai to house largest solar panel installation on dam
10 Nov, 2014 - The Morbe dam on Dhavari River in Navi Mumbai is going to house something unique: a solar panel installation big enough to generate 20 megawatt of power.

A three-year-old company that is carrying out the Rs 162 crore project claims the installation to be the largest in the world on a dam barrier, and the first in India. India already has several solar power installations on top of canals, the biggest being an underconstruction 10 MW project on a Narmada canal in Gujarat, but none on a sloping wall. To make matters complicated, the Morbe gravity dam has an earthen slope, said Rahul Gupta, an IIT-Roorkee alumnus and founder of Rays Power Experts which got the contract from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. read more>>>

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