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Infrastructure Investment: Electric Vehicles and Smart Grid

March 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

After several months in Silicon Valley three factors resonate clearly in the process of innovation: access to data, applied analytics, and time to insight. Innovative ideas and technology can just as easily be spawned in New Jersey or Milan as in Silicon Valley. Our focus is why investment into infrastructure that facilitates access to energy […]

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Tags: Carbon Footprint · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Storage · Fuel Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Peak Oil · Solar Energy Economics · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

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

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

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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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Oil Energy · Oil Independence · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Transportation Energy Economics

”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 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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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Peak Oil · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Wind Energy

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

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

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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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Corn Ethanol · Energy Costs · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Specific Energy · Switchgrass Ethanol · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Economics of Solar PV Suppliers

November 18th, 2007 · Comments Off on Economics of Solar PV Suppliers

Improving economics and high market valuations should help drive research for alternative energy. With the release of Q3/07 financials, it’s clear that the economics of solar photovoltaic (PV) suppliers is improving. Some of the leading pure play publicly traded PV stocks are demonstrating significant improvements in financial performance that should drive further investment into solar […]

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

Solar and Hydrogen: Energy Economics

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar and Hydrogen: Energy Economics

After reviewing some of the details of Honda’s experimental solar-power hydrogen refueling station in Torrance, CA and its fuel cell vehicle several questions concerning efficiency and practicality come to mind. It most be noted that solar and hydrogen don’t emit harmful byproducts such as carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide so both technologies are important to […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Specific Energy

Economics of Solar Energy – price parity and efficiency: Are we there yet?

October 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on Economics of Solar Energy – price parity and efficiency: Are we there yet?

With the Solar Decathlon is taking place in Washington DC today promoting commercially available solar energy technology and oil prices pushing to an all time high of $84/barrel, where are we in terms of cost parity with hydrocarbon fuels. Advances in solar energy technology, lower production costs, and rapidly rising oil costs could bring solar […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Semiconductor Band Gaps · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks