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Advance Made in Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology

Advance Made in Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology

Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells — an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste. The advance was just reported in Current Applied Physics, a professional journal, by engineers from Oregon […]

Canada falling behind U.S. in clean-energy efforts: experts

Canada falling behind U.S. in clean-energy efforts: experts

The Harper government is distancing itself from U.S. President Barack Obama’s clean-energy agenda, warn some of those involved in one of Canada fastest-growing clean-energy sectors. Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet have stressed the importance of integrating climate-change and energy policy with the United States, industry leaders say the federal government must do […]

Go-ahead for 10 nuclear stations

Go-ahead for 10 nuclear stations

The government has approved 10 sites in England and Wales for new nuclear power stations, most of them in locations where there are already plants. It has rejected only one proposed site – in Dungeness, Kent – as being unsuitable on environmental grounds. A new planning commission will make decisions on the proposals “within a […]

China eyes closing coal-fired power plants in capital

China eyes closing coal-fired power plants in capital

China is considering moving the last four coal-fired power and heating plants out of Beijing’s municipal area, replacing them with gas-fired stations, state media reported on Monday, in an effort to improve air quality in the capital. “The existence of a number of coal-fired power plants in urban Beijing does not conform with the city’s […]

Japan eyes solar station in space

Japan eyes solar station in space

It may sound like a sci-fi vision, but Japan’s space agency is dead serious: by 2030 it wants to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves. The government has just picked a group of companies and a team of researchers tasked with turning the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar […]

Solar power gives Andean villages new lease on life

Solar power gives Andean villages new lease on life

A pioneering solar energy project is using green technology to improve the lives of isolated villagers living beyond the reach of power lines on Argentina’s windswept Andean plains. Llama-herding communities have relied on firewood to cook and to heat their mud-brick homes for centuries in this remote corner of the vast South American country, causing […]

Wind industry targets training for 60,000 green collar workers

Wind industry targets training for 60,000 green collar workers

Industry and government sign Skills Accord designed to accelerate the rollout of green collar apprenticeships and training schemes. The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) yesterday inked a deal with representatives from the government’s skills programme, designed to provide training for up to 60,000 new wind energy technicians and engineers. The new Wind & Renewables Skills […]

Hydropower industry braces for glacier-free future

Hydropower industry braces for glacier-free future

Standing on the glacier at the source of the Rhone river, glaciologist Andreas Bauder poses next to a 3-meter high pole sticking out of the ice, and gestures above his head. “This is about the melt of one month,” he says, as fellow scientists drill into the ice. “I’m about two meters tall.” From the […]

Advanced biofuels will stoke global warming: study

Advanced biofuels will stoke global warming: study

A new generation of biofuels, meant to be a low-carbon alternative, will on average emit more carbon dioxide than burning gasoline over the next few decades, a study published in Science found on Thursday. Governments and companies are pouring billions of research dollars into advanced fuels made from wood and grass, meant to cut carbon […]

Rudd abandons Australia’s first solar power plant

Rudd abandons Australia’s first solar power plant

More than 200 people rallied on October 11, supporting former employees of liquidating company Solar Systems and calling on the federal and state governments to rescue the company’s solar power plant project in Mildura. Solar Systems went into administration after failing to find enough investors to continue the project. Former Solar Systems research engineer David […]

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