Rain or shine, researchers find new ways to forecast large photovoltaic power plant output
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sandia National Laboratories researchers have developed a new system to monitor how clouds affect large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. By observing cloud shape, size and movement, ...
Sandia using pathogen detection technology for understanding algal pond collapse
(PhysOrg.com) -- Armed with a pathogen detection technology honed through internal investments, as well as a recent $800K grant secured through the Department of Energy's Biomass Program, researchers at Sandia ...
Computer in wrapping-paper form: New manufacturing approach may lower solar energy costs
Driven by rapid global industrialization, finite fossil fuel reserves, and the high cost of many alternative energy options, meeting the world's energy challenge may demand novel solutions. One potential solution has its ...
Are some governments taking 'peak oil' seriously?
China to have 200 million vehicles by 2020
The number of vehicles on China's roads will more than double to at least 200 million by 2020, a top official was quoted Monday as saying, further straining the nation's environment and energy supply.
Electricity collected from the air could become the newest alternative energy source
Imagine devices that capture electricity from the air ― much like solar cells capture sunlight ― and using them to light a house or recharge an electric car. Imagine using similar panels on the ...
Can the world be powered mainly by solar and wind energy?
Continuous research and development of alternative energy could soon lead to a new era in human history in which two renewable sources -- solar and wind -- will become Earth's dominant contributor of energy, ...
Small Size -- Huge Potential
(PhysOrg.com) -- A University of Connecticut chemistry professor's nanotechnology research will be useful in alternative fuel development.
Self-cleaning technology from Mars can keep terrestrial solar panels dust free
Find dusting those tables and dressers a chore or a bore? Dread washing the windows? Imagine keeping dust and grime off objects spread out over an area of 25 to 50 football fields. That's the problem facing ...
Private support helps public plant research
The private sector and an Austrian research institute are chipping in to help support one of the most widely used public biological databases in the world. Although the majority of funding continues to come from the National ...
New center to create models, simulations to improve solar cells
Purdue University will lead a new research center to improve photovoltaic solar cells as part of a national effort to bring alternative energy technologies to the marketplace.
Abu Dhabi to build 'world's largest' solar plant
French oil firm Total and Spain's Abengoa Solar will partner with Abu Dhabi's alternative energy company Masdar to build "the world's largest" concentrated solar power plant, Masdar announced on Wednesday.
Sunlight shines on clean energy future: Simple inorganic semiconductor - silver orthophosphate - used to oxidize water
(PhysOrg.com) -- The production of clean energy and the treatment of waste water are set to become easier thanks to Australian National University researchers.
China to subsidise purchases of green vehicles
China said Tuesday it would subsidise purchases of alternative energy vehicles in five cities amid efforts to reduce emissions, save energy and spur the development of green technology.