Tuesday, May 7, 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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Largest Solar PV Facility In California Opens

I don’t think a day goes by when there isn’t another record broken in the solar industry. Here’s one of the latest, courtesy sister site Green Building Elements and Business Wire: NRG Energy, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, announced that it will commemorate the opening of the Alpine Solar Generating Facility in Lancaster, Calif., at a ribbon-cutting event [late last week]. The 66 megawatt (AC) Alpine solar photovoltaic facility, which started commercial operations earlier this … Read More

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Hi-Tech Spit And Polish Improves Solar Cell Efficiency

Along with the well-known enemies of solar cell efficiency such as dust and pollen, a known unknown recently popped up when researchers began to realize that traces of residue left over from the manufacturing process can reduce the efficiency of solar cells, long before they are exposed to the harsh realities of the outdoor environment. Well, it looks like we can take the “unknown” out of the equation, as researchers from Argonne National Laboratory have … Read More

Hi-Tech Spit And Polish Improves Solar Cell Efficiency 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Our Hourglass

Below is a great visual one of readers just passed on to us. I think we posted it a long time ago, but I’m not entirely sure if that was here or on a different site. For sure, many of you haven’t seen it. And for those of us who have, I think it’s worth checking out again, and worth sharing! Image source unknown. … Read More

Our Hourglass 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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UK Renewable Energy Growth In 2012

The UK certainly isn’t in the limelight for its solar leadership like Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia are. But, despite some clear ups and downs (and mistakes), it is progressing pretty well. In 2012, 11.3% of the country’s electricity came from renewables, compared to 9.4% in 2011. In Q4, the share rose to 12.5%. Overall, renewable electricity generation increased 20% — from 34.4 TWh in 2011 to 41.1 TWh in 2012 — and capacity increased … Read More

UK Renewable Energy Growth In 2012 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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The Making Of A New Midwestern Solar Energy Standard

This post originally appeared on ILSR's Energy Self-Reliant States blog. Last week, a solar energy standard moved one step closer to passage in the Minnesota state legislature, with an innovative new approach to financing solar power.  It's a powerful first step for what would be one of the more robust policies to support distributed, local solar power in the country. The policy has three key pieces, outlined below. A Solar Standard Following in the steps of 16 … Read More

The Making Of A New Midwestern Solar Energy Standard 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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GM Aims To Cut Chevy Volt Cost By $10,000

The cost of the Chevy Volt might be cut by $7,000 to $10,000, according to recent reports. I have been following the electrification of vehicles closely since about 2008. I kept wishing that researchers would develop improved battery technology for electric vehicles, and I’ve seen it happen many times. The development of lithium-ion battery technology really is on a roll. There is now a major discovery multiple times per year. What has kept bothering me … Read More

GM Aims To Cut Chevy Volt Cost By $10,000 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Seaweed To Biomass — New System Greatly Simplifies Removal Of Seaweed From Beaches & Conversion To Biomass

A new system has been created that greatly simplifies the process of removing dead seaweed from beaches and converting it to biomass. The system, created by researchers at the University of Alicante, is considerably cheaper and more efficient than the methods currently in use. And perhaps more importantly, the new system doesn’t degrade the beaches via the removal of large quantities of sand. As a result of the new system, more than 80% of the … Read More

Seaweed To Biomass — New System Greatly Simplifies Removal Of Seaweed From Beaches & Conversion To Biomass 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Solar, Wind, & Geothermal Help Hawaii Reach Renewable Goals Ahead Of Schedule

America’s most fossil fuel dependent state has made great strides since laying out a statewide sustainability plan known as Hawaii 2050. The state acknowledged its challenges: 90% of food imported, greater than 90% of energy derived from burning imported oil in large scale generators, and a solid waste challenge highlighted by extremely limited landfill space and a tourism-based economy that thrives on throwaway goods. To address the energy challenge, the state and its citizens have … Read More

Solar, Wind, & Geothermal Help Hawaii Reach Renewable Goals Ahead Of Schedule 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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LG Chem To Start EV Car Battery Plant In US

South Korea’s LG Chem, the world's third-largest maker of lithium-ion batteries, is planning to start production at its Michigan battery cell manufacturing plant later this year. LG Chem had actually planned to start production earlier this year, but it cited lower-than-projected demand as the reason for the delay. Now, production should start at the manufacturing facility in July or August. LG Chem is aiming to produce enough battery cells annually at this Michigan plant to equip … Read More

LG Chem To Start EV Car Battery Plant In US 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept Car

To say that Renault engineers have too much time on their hands might be an understatement. The engineering team has come out with the Twizy EV Sport F1 Concept Car, a car that features a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in the Renault-powered Formula 1 race cars. Renault's Twizy, for those not aware, is a tiny electric city car with tandem seating for two. It is sold only overseas at the moment. In standard form, it's powered … Read More

Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept Car 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Tesla's New "Performance Plus" Package

Tesla can’t stop. Gas2′s Chris DeMorro has a quick rundown of the “Performance Plus” offering in this Important Media cross-post. In many ways, the Tesla Model S is a car unlike any other, from the way it drives to the way it is sold. Yet in other ways, it is very much embedded in the traditions of the auto industry. Taking a cue from more established companies, Tesla is rolling out a new performance package … Read More

Tesla’s New “Performance Plus” Package 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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