Energy Resources in the Future

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com] Ken Tomabechi, Former Research Advisor, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industries, has published his viewpoint on the importance of sustainable and viable approaches to meeting the future energy needs of our ever growing population.  In abstract: Recent statistics indicate that in 2005 the world consumed about 0.5 ZJ (ZJ = 1021 Joules) of … Continue reading

News: EU endorses €17 million aid to Solibro for solar modules plant in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D The European Commission has authorised €17 million of regional investment aid for the German company Solibro GmbH for the production of solar modules in Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Sachsen-Anhalt), Germany. The project involves an investment of €142 million and is expected to create at least 260 new jobs in the region. Germany limited the aid amount … Continue reading

News: €8.5 million EU aid for solar wafer production in Spain

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D Brussels, 20 July 2010. The European Commission has authorised €8.5 million of regional investment aid to the Spanish company Silicio Solar SAU for the production of solar wafers in Puertollano, Ciudad Real (Castilla-La–Mancha). The project involves investments of €219 million for the construction of a new plant next to an already existing one. … Continue reading

News: Renewables account for 62% of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU over last year

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com] Brussels, 05th July 2010.  The “Renewable Energy Snapshots” report, published today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009. The share rose from 57% in 2008. For the second year running, wind energy … Continue reading

Simulation Prototyping of an Experimental Solar House

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D Anna Osborne, Stuart Baur, and Katie Grantham of the Missouri University of Science and Technology have published a new paper titled „Simulation Prototyping of an Experimental Solar House.“  This interesting paper presents a comparative analysis between an energy simulation model and an actual solar home. The case study used was the Team Missouri’s … Continue reading

What is the growth potential of green innovation? An assessment of EU climate policy options.

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D The Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission has issued a paper titled „What is the growth potential of green innovation? An assessment of EU climate policy options.“ This paper, written by Andrea Conte, Ariane Labat, Janos Varga and Žiga Žarnić, provides a model-based analysis of the cost-efficiency of different EU … Continue reading

Support schemes for renewable electricity in the EU

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D The Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission has issued a paper titled „Support schemes for renewable electricity in the EU.“ This paper, written by Joan Canton and Åsa Johannesson Lindén, discusses the level and design of support schemes used to promote renewable electricity in Europe. A theoretical model is presented … Continue reading

Designs & Architectures for Next Generation of Organic Solar Cells

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D Kang-Shyang Liao, Soniya D. Yambem, Amrita Haldar, Seamus A. Curran (Institute for NanoEnergy, Department of Physics, University of Houston) and Nigel J. Alley (School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University) have published a new article titled „Designs and Architectures for the Next Generation of Organic Solar Cells.“  Organic solar cells show great promise as … Continue reading

Comparison of Hybrid Blends for Solar Cell Application

In the area of hybrid and organic solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC), like the ‘Grätzel-cell’, show the highest power conversion efficiency. In such ‘Grätzel-cells’, I−/I3− dissolved in acetonitrile is commonly used as electrolyte. However, cells based on this volatile and corrosive electrolyte present problems in their sealing, which is a major drawback in terms … Continue reading

Global Integration in the Solar Photovoltaic Industry – a new WRI working paper

The World Resources Institute has just issued a new working paper titled Toward a Sunny Future? Global Integration in the Solar PV Industry.  This paper analyzes the global integration of the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector and looks in detail at the industry’s recent growth patterns, industry cost structure, trade and investment patterns, government support policies … Continue reading

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