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University of Illinois Researchers Demonstrate Innovative Approaches to Lower Photovoltaic Panel Production Costs

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Even if silicon is actually the industry common semiconductor in the majority of electric products, including the solar cells that photovoltaic panels employ to convert sunshine into electricity, it is not really the most effective material readily available. For instance, the semiconductor gallium arsenide and related compound semiconductors offer practically two times the performance as […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Footprint · Energy Costs · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics

Energy Perspective

April 13th, 2010 · 5 Comments

After reviewing oil data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), Global Petroleum Consumption , it may be helpful to put energy consumption into perspective. Most of us are quite familiar with alternative energy such as solar and wind, but the reality is, even if solar and wind could supply all of electric energy needs, the […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Battery Power · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Global Warming · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Falling Panel Prices could bring Solar closer to Grid Parity

October 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Rising inventory levels of photovoltaic (PV) panels and new production capacity coming online is driving solar PV prices lower and thereby, bringing solar energy closer to grid price parity. With the release of the latest earnings of solar energy companies, Wall Street’s keen attention to revenue guidance, inventory levels and pricing are paramount in diagnosing […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Historic Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks

A Case for Natural Gas CHP Systems

August 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Case for Natural Gas CHP Systems

A combined heat and power system (CHP) is the cogeneration or simultaneous generation of multiple forms of energy in an integrated system. CHP systems consume less fuel than separate heat and power generating systems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency in their Combined Heat and Power Partnership report, (EPA), CHP systems typically consume only three-quarters […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Natural Gas Energy · Solar Energy

Oil Consumption Impacted More by Price than Deteriorating Economic Conditions

May 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on Oil Consumption Impacted More by Price than Deteriorating Economic Conditions

The fall in oil consumption was most dramatic following the escalating price of crude oil to $145.16 per barrel on July 14, 2008 then at any other point over the last several years. Price elasticity, a key concept in Economics 101, which measures the impact of price change to changes in unit volume sold, is […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics

Solar Energy – Closer to Grid Parity?

March 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Last month First Solar (FSLR) achieved a milestone in the solar industry with its announcement of $1 per Watt reducing its production cost for solar modules to 98 cents per watt, thereby braking the $1 per watt price barrier.. While the achievement is great news for the solar industry some studies suggest more work is […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Footprint · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks · Wind Energy

Obama, Energy Efficiency and Lighting Retrofit

January 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Obama, Energy Efficiency and Lighting Retrofit

As President Obama takes office, energy efficiency takes center stage. One of he fastest roads to energy efficiency is to reduce consumption and the simplest approach to energy conservation is to change a light bulb. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offer substantial savings to homeowners. In the […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Vote the Economy by Voting for Energy

October 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Vote the Economy by Voting for Energy

Access to energy was instrumental fueling the Industrial Revolution. Over the last 200 years, industrial nations have migrated from wood to coal and now to oil as a source of energy. During the 1700’s, wood was used for just about everything from fuel to constructing houses and building wagons and even tools. As demand for […]

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”DRILL BABY DRILL” – NO INVEST INTO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

September 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Using the latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) , oil production remains significantly below historical levels achieved in ‘70’s and ‘80’s. The peak production in 1970 has not been replicated despite significant expansion of drilling activity during the 1980’s. Oil Drilling and Production Figure 1 Oil Drilling and Production Figure 1 illustrates US […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Tar Sands · Wind Energy

Energy Storage – the Key to Alternative Energies

August 7th, 2008 · Comments Off on Energy Storage – the Key to Alternative Energies

Energy storage enables the electric generated though solar photovoltaic devices or wind turbines to be used when it’s dark, cloudy, or calm. As Nathan Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Lewis Group at California Institute of Technology, framed it, energy storage is integral in facilitating the development of alternative energy programs. […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Battery Power · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Energy Storage · Fuel Cells · Home Energy Economics · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Energy Crisis- Can we drill our way out?

July 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Energy Crisis- Can we drill our way out?

Rising energy prices and our diminishing supply of oil threaten our national security. Without access to energy our economy and national defense are vulnerable to collapse. As a solution to our energy needs, we hear political rhetoric to expand oil drilling, but our energy strategy requires a long term solution that means embracing alternative/renewable energy […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Historic Energy · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Energy Crisis – What Can We Do

June 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Energy Crisis – What Can We Do

As energy and food prices set new world records, what can we do at home to avert the crisis? Food prices are rising because corn is diverted from food production to producing ethanol for use as fuel in motor vehicles and is exacerbated by the recent flooding in the Mid West. Oil prices continue to […]

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Solar Energy Limits – Possible Constraints in Tellurium Production?

April 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Solar energy is gaining considerable attention from Wall Street and countries looking to achieve energy independence. Solar energy represents one of the most significant energy solutions to help eradicate our addiction to oil. Despite the tremendous success offered with solar photovoltaic (PV), more research is required to sustain further deployment and achieve energy independence. Some […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Energy Costs · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Semiconductor Band Gaps · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks

Blame high food and energy prices on the White House

March 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Blame high food and energy prices on the White House

With the infinite wisdom of the White House and U.S. Congress, food prices are now directly tied to the price oil. The price of corn-based ethanol is now determined by the price of gasoline that it substitutes in motor vehicles and that price is established by supply and demand for oil. The price of gasoline […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Hydrogen Fuel Cells – energy conversion and storage

February 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

World oil demand continues to rise despite efforts to limit demand. Renewable energies such as solar and wind have the potential to limit our dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, but one issue remains prominent – storing energy. While the sun provides radiation for solar and generates wind, when its cloudy or dark we are unable to […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Wind Energy

The Economics of Energy – why wind, hydrogen fuel cells, and solar are an imperative

January 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

From the Industrial Revolution we learned that economic growth is inextricably linked to energy and as a result, our future is dependent upon equitable access to energy. When the Stourbridge Lion made entry as the first American steam locomotive in 1829 it was used to transport Anthracite coal mined in nearby Carbondale, PA to a […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy · Wood Energy

Ethanol offers short-term solutions, but corn-based ethanol is not the answer

January 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Ethanol offers short-term solutions, but corn-based ethanol is not the answer

Ethanol may emit less CO2 and help reduce the demand for foreign oil in the short term, but ethanol and in particular, corn-based ethanol raises food prices, is less efficient than gasoline, diesel, and biodiesel, and is not a substitute for oil. According to research compiled by National Geographic Magazine , the energy balance of […]

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