Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Apr16

Progress in artificial photosynthesis

Leaf Detail

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Artificial photosynthesis, the technology of converting sunlight into liquid fuels, would be the greenest of green technology if it can be done economically and on a large scale.  Plants store energy derived from the sun in the form of chemical bonds created by photosynthesis.   We would like to do the same thing in the laboratory. (more…)

Apr08

U.S. business goes solar

Solar Panels atop a Chula Vista, CA Walmart

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America’s largest companies are embracing solar technology in a big way.  As of the middle of 2013, there were nearly 33,000 commercial buildings in the US deploying solar technology totaling more than 3 gigawatts of generating capacity.  This represents an amazing 40% increase over last year. (more…)

Apr01

Coping with a changing grid

Solar Panels at California Valley Solar Ranch

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California is on the cutting edge of a transformation in its electricity grid.  Solar power in the state has grown tenfold since 2006 – presenting its power system with unprecedented challenges. (more…)

Mar28

The U.S. is emitting less carbon

NYC Power Plant

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In 2012, carbon dioxide emissions from energy use in the US reached the lowest level since 1994 and were 12% lower than their peak in 2007.   This is certainly good news, but just how good? (more…)

Mar26

Renewable energy sources in the Caribbean

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A number of Caribbean islands are experimenting with the use of renewable energy and hope to provide a model for other nations. The effort is being led by the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit organization founded by billionaire Richard Branson to help fight climate change. (more…)

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