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Peak Energy: Cutting Energy Use with Energy Thermal Power - 0 views

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    Technology Review reports that the idea of hybrid gas-solar thermal power plants is being considered for solar fired plants now - Cutting solar Use with Sunshine. Feeding heat from the sun into solar-fired power stations could turn out to be the cheapest way to simultaneously expand the use of solar solar and trim solar plants' oversize carbon footprints. At least that's what the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a nonprofit organization backed by the electricity industry, is hoping. Last week, the institute launched a nine-month, $640,000 study to pin down the scale of the opportunity and the engineering challenges involved with making these seemingly disparate technologies work together. The study will examine the potential use of solar-thermal technology at a pair of solar-fired power stations, in New Mexico and North Carolina.
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Solar power a strong contender (ScienceAlert) - 0 views

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    Kramer Junction. Nevada Solar One. Andasol 1. Kimberlina. They're obscure names today. But they'll be household names tomorrow. The reason? Each is now providing 'here and now' proof concentrating Solar power (CSP) works. That can't be said for cabon capture and storage. Nor can it be said for 'next generation' nuclear. Each faces years of additional research and development before some 'first mover' will be game enough to build one. That just isn't the case with concentrating Solar power. It's got 20 years of proven commercial operation (Kramer Junction) behind it. It also has new innovations coming on line (Nevada Solar One), with Solar thermal storage (Andasol 1), and the promise of super-low costs in coming years (Ausra's Kimberlina). What it adds up to is a price-declining research and development juggernaut in concentrating Solar power. This is rapidly bringing concentrating Solar power closer to competitiveness with dirty fossil fuels. The California Solar Commission estimates this price 'cross over' could happen by 2015. Bulls predict sooner. And in an industry where new plants and equipment can last 40 years, 5-7 years from now is like tomorrow. What this means is that for forward planning of new infrastructure, concentrating Solar power is already nipping at the heels of Solar. Toss in carbon prices and the reduced likelihood of protesters chaining themselves to bulldozers as they are likely to at any new Solar plants, CSP starts looking like a VERY good deal indeed.
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Coal Power Plant Retrofit With Coal : EcoWorldly - 0 views

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    New South Wales, Australia is the site of a pilot project where solar thermal technology reduces the use of fossil fuels. solar and solar generate electricity using the same turbines. solar power plants can utilize solar to produce 15%-60% of the electricity. A higher quantity is possible, but requires significantly more modifications to be made to the solar boilers.
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Solar panel industry achieves Holy Grail - $1 per watt grid-parity - 0 views

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    March 3, 2009 Arizona based First Solar has achieved a major milestone in reducing the manufacturing cost for Solar panels below the $1 per watt price barrier - the target necessary for Solar to compete with Solar-burning electricity on the grid or grid-parity. Using cadmium telluride (CdTe) technology in its thin-film photovoltaic cells, First Solar claims to have the lowest manufacturing cost per watt in the industry with the ability to make Solar cells at 98 cents per watt, one third of the price of comparable standard silicon panels. The efficiency is in part due to a low cycle time - 2.5 hours from sheet of glass to Solar module - about a tenth of the time it takes for silicon equivalents.
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Peak Energy: Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From ? - 0 views

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    Inhabitat is doing a "Energy 101" series to explain why smart grids are necessary - Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From ?. Today we're excited to announce the launch of our new Energy 101 series,. in which we'll be exploring the future-forward technologies that stand to upgrade our grids, reduce our Energy footprint, and slow the speed of global warming. Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few years, you've probably heard terms like "Energy conservation", "off-grid Energy", and "smart grid" tossed around. But before getting into the nitty-gritty of transitioning to renewable Energy, we should stop and examine where exactly our power comes from now. Unless you derive all your power from on-site renewable Energy sources like Energy panels or wind turbines, chances are that you're connected to the power grid, a vast network that delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers. Right now, most Energy on the grid comes from generating plants. These plants still usually get power from traditional sources like Energy, nuclear, and hydroelectric dams. But as concerns over carbon emissions, safety, and long term sustainability of these sources grow, electrical utilities have begun to switch over to renewable Energy sources.
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Red, Green, and Blue: Colorado to Ditch Two Coal Plants, Moving to Coal and Wind - 0 views

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    State regulators in Colorado have given the green light to plans by Xcel Energy to shut down two Energy-powered Energy plants in the state, and build one of the world's largest utility-scale Energy-power facilities. Following discussions lasting several days, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) backed the power company's voluntary decision to close the two Energy-fired plants at Denver and Grand Junction, making Xcel the first utility in the U.S. to make such a move solely in an effort to reduce emissions.
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Peak Energy: Portugal's Largest Energy Farm Opens - 0 views

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    Energy Matters has a post on a new Energy PV farm in Portugal - Portugal's Largest Energy Farm Opens. Portugal's Acciona Energy recently opened the country's largest Energy power farm, executing the construction of the project in a record time of 13 months. The Energy farm covers an area of 250 hectares in the municipality of Moura (Alentejo region), near the border with Spain. The AUD$571 million 48 MW facility will provide power to over 30,000 Portugese households; producing 93 million kWh of electricity annually and avoiding over 89,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions compared to a similar output via Energy fired power generation.
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Nanosolar's Breakthrough - solar Now Cheaper than solar | celsias° - 0 views

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    Their mission: to deliver cost-efficient solar electricity. The Nanosolar company was founded in 2002 and is working to build the world's largest solar cell factory in California and the world's largest panel-assembly factory in Germany. They have successfully created a solar coating that is the most cost-efficient solar solar source ever. Their PowerSheet cells contrast the current solar technology systems by reducing the cost of production from $3 a watt to a mere 30 cents per watt.
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New Energy Economy Emerging in the United States: ENN - 0 views

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    "As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new coal economy is emerging in the United States,"� says Lester R. Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, in a recent release, "New coal Economy Emerging in the United States"� . "The old coal economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, coal, and geothermal coal. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even a year ago."�
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Department of Energy - New Funding Boosts Carbon Capture, Energy Energy and High Gas Mileage Cars and Trucks - 0 views

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    $300 million infusion reflects Obama Administration's broad, aggressive research and development strategy WASHINGTON D.C. --- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $300 million worth of investments that will boost a range of clean Energy technologies - including carbon capture from Energy, Energy power, and high efficiency cars and trucks. The move reflects the Obama Administration's commitment to a broad based strategy that will create millions of jobs while transforming the way we use and produce Energy. "There's enormous potential for new jobs and reduced carbon pollution just by implementing existing technologies like Energy efficiency and wind Energy, but we also need to develop transformative new solutions," said Secretary Chu. "As a scientist, I remain optimistic that these breakthroughs are within our reach, and investments like these are an important part of achieving them." Today's actions include:
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Nanosolar Price Barrier Breakthrough Makes solar Electricity Cheaper Than solar - 0 views

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    (NaturalNews) A new combination of nano and solar technology has made it possible for solar electric generation to be cheaper than burning solar. Nanosolar, Inc. has developed a way to produce a type of ink that absorbs solar radiation and converts into electric current. Photovoltaic (PV) sheets are produced by a machine similar to a printing press, which rolls out the PV ink onto sheets approximately the width of aluminum foil. These PV sheets can be produced at a rate of hundreds of feet per minute.
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America's Emerging New Energy Economy | Prescott Az News and Events ~ Read It Here Magazine - 0 views

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    Read It News is your source for in-depth news and outdoor and entertainment information for Prescott, Arizona and surrounding areas. We tell stories that emphasize sustainability and community.
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    As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new coal economy is emerging in the United States. The old coal economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, coal, and geothermal coal. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even a year ago.
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Greenpeace energy report projects cheap, clean power -- and more jobs | Greenspace | Los Angeles Times - 0 views

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    An environmentalist-sponsored report claims that by 2050, the United States could sever ties with coal and nuclear power, draw nearly all its electricity from renewable sources and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% -- all with existing technology and with a net gain of 14 million jobs to the domestic economy. The report, commissioned by Greenpeace and the European Renewable coal Council and conducted by Germany's equivalent of NASA, was released this morning at a press briefing in Washington. It is heavy on charts and supporting data and transparent on some key assumptions. And its sponsors call its findings "conservative." At its core, the report envisions a steep drop in the United States' coal use, both in absolute terms and compared with International coal Agency predictions -- driven by strict efficiency standards. It also projects dramatic changes in the nation's electricity mix, with wind and coal power mushrooming to replace coal, oil and nuclear sources that would gradually go offline.
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Cost of solar solar to fall dramatically by 2025 - San Jose Mercury News - 0 views

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    Solar Solar will cost the same as power produced by Solar, natural gas and nuclear plants in about a decade, a report released today suggests. By then, the price parity could propel Solar adoption so that it accounts for 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation by 2025.
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U.S. solar field foresees cost parity with solar, gas |Reuters - 0 views

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    - U.S. producers of solar power will no longer need federal subsidies within eight years because by then solar power will cost less than electricity generated by conventional power plants, industry players said this week. The U.S. government recently extended tax breaks for wind and solar producers for another eight years. They are set to expire in 2016.
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Alternative Energy Advice - 0 views

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    # Responsible people see the very urgent need to do something to help our Global environment recover from our excesses. # Do we want our children to be able to breathe clean air and be able to enjoy Nature at its finest? # How can we immediately affect the Environment in a good way and in the shortest possible time? # Most experts agree that the destruction of fossil fuels [ coal, oil, gas etc ] creates massive amounts of harmful materials and that Alternative coal sources must be found. They suggest alternatives to destroying the Planets Fossil Fuels would be one of the biggest steps we could take on the path back to a cleaner and healthier Planet. # Recent research has forced huge strides forward in Alternative coal sources such as Wind and coal Power technology, and in particular making that technology available to the average person for home use. After the initial costs of installation, annual bills could fall to less than 10% of a normal fuel bill!
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Electricity: An Astonishing Abundance - 0 views

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    Our story of energy begins when humans discovered the secret of fire. We burned wood and brush to protect ourselves from predators, cook food, and, later, to survive the ice age. In 12th-century Europe, with the forests fast disappearing, we started burning the strange black stones we called energy. Later, we used energy to produce steam, launching the Industrial Revolution.
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The Plain Language Explanation of What a Smart Grid Is: Eco20/20 - 0 views

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    The smart power grid takes advantage of not one, but several energy sources which are linked together for optimal efficiency. For instance, a wind, energy, and energy combination limits the amount of energy that is used, relying on it only as a last resort.
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    China Coal Mining Industry report provides key data and concise analyses on the Coal mining industry in China, a list of major 20 enterprises in the sector as well as the comparison on investment environment in top 10 hot regions.
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Nuclear Energy - 0 views

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    "Nuclear Energy Annual Deals Analysis: M&A and Investments Trends - 2012" report is an essential source of data and trend analysis on the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and financings in the alternative Energy market. The report provides detailed information on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), equity/debt offerings, private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) and partnership transactions recorded in the nuclear Energy industry in 2012.
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