Saturday, March 16, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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Solar R&D Heavyweights Join In Effort To Drive Down Thin-Film CIGS Costs

Solar industry manufacturing consortium PVMC and NREL aim to help reduce the installed cost of thin-film CIGS solar PV by 75%, an effort that falls right in line with targets set out in PVMC's thin-film PV industry roadmap and President Obama's SunShot Initiative.

Solar R&D Heavyweights Join In Effort To Drive Down Thin-Film CIGS Costs was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Grandmothers To Solar Engineers In Madagascar

Antananarivo, Madagascar: A group of seven elderly women have departed their villages in rural Madagascar for six months training at India's Barefoot College that will equip them as community solar engineers. The College's Solar Engineer programme, run in conjunction with WWF, trains grandmothers to provide solar energy to their villages and others. These solar systems will be their communities' main energy source for lighting, where today there is currently either no power or only unsustainable … Read More

Grandmothers To Solar Engineers In Madagascar was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Electric Vehicles Improve U.S. National Security

While electric vehicles are probably most tied to “being green,” another key societal benefit is that they increase national security, and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) recently released a report about that as well. There are multiple reasons for this. The most commonly touted and obvious one is that the United States relies heavily on Middle Eastern countries for petroleum, which is necessary for the production of gasoline and diesel. The vast majority of … Read More

Electric Vehicles Improve U.S. National Security was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Energy Payback Of Solar Rocks It! (Graph)

Reposted from RenewEconomy: Today's Graph of the Day is a simple one, and is designed to dispel the myth about energy pay-back times, at least for solar PV. Some anti-renewable commentators and myth-makers would have us believe that solar PV modules do not pay back the energy used to create it. It's not true. This graph of the day was presented by Muriel Watt, the chair of the APVA, at a seminar on Community Power … Read More

Energy Payback Of Solar Rocks It! (Graph) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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World's Largest Solar Power Towers To Rise In California

Two leading solar innovators have teamed up to build the world’s largest solar power towers in California, and we can all thank Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar for that. Abengoa and BrightSource Energy are the two companies involved in the project, a 500 MW (megawatt) utility scale behemoth called the Palen Solar Electric Generating System. Consisting of two 250-MW units, it will be located in a federally designated Solar Energy Zone in Riverside County, on public … Read More

World’s Largest Solar Power Towers To Rise In California was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Centralized Energy — Beginning Of The End?

Reposted from RenewEconomy: On May 17, 2010, E.ON, the biggest electricity utility in Germany, opened a brand new 860 MW combined cycle gas-fired power station in Bavaria, which it had built at a cost of $520 million. Less than three years later, having hardly been used and losing money, the owners of Irsching-5 (pictured below) are threatening to close it. It's just one illustration of the dramatic changes that are sweeping the European energy industry … Read More

Centralized Energy — Beginning Of The End? was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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WWF Tackles EU Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, & Climate Policy

WWF recently unveiled a very informative and pointed briefing paper on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and overall climate policy in the EU. Here’s a quick rundown: EU Must Go Beyond Carbon Pricing — For Economy, Climate, EU (via Planetsave) WWF has released a briefing paper on post-2020 renewable energy targets. The EU has had some of the most aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs for over two decades now. However, its fuel … Read More

WWF Tackles EU Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, & Climate Policy was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Fisker Automotive's Executive Chairman Henrik Fisker Steps Down

Fisker Automotive’s Executive Chairman, Henrik Fisker himself, has stepped down from his position at the head of the company. The surprise announcement was apparently the result of major disagreements within the company with regards to business strategy. The departure of one of the company’s co-founders is interesting, but according to the company, it will not have a significant impact on their operations. In a recent press release from Fisker Automotive, it was stated: “The Company … Read More

Fisker Automotive’s Executive Chairman Henrik Fisker Steps Down was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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900 MW Of New Californian Solar Projects Approved By Secretary Salazar

900 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy projects in California have just been approved by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. 750 MW is from the McCoy Solar Energy Project and the other 150 MW are coming from the Desert Harvest Solar Farm. The two new utility-scale projects will both be located in California's Riverside East Solar Energy Zone, which is considered to be one of the most suitable areas for solar development. "These … Read More

900 MW Of New Californian Solar Projects Approved By Secretary Salazar was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Grid Energy Storage To Grow 56 Gigawatts By 2022

As we move step by slow step into a world where renewable energy is more and more a part of our energy infrastructure, the need for energy storage will continue to grow. The reality is that renewable energies such as solar and wind are not as consistent as we have grown accustomed to, and subsequently a shift is required in the way that we understand energy generation. One such shift is energy storage, and technological … Read More

Grid Energy Storage To Grow 56 Gigawatts By 2022 was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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