Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Just over a week ago, the largest solar park in New England was inaugurated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, when he switched on Westford Solar Park, a 4.5 MW solar farm in Westford, developed by Cathartes Private Investments and Nexamp.
The park, spreads across 22 acres and features (more…)
Monday, May 7th, 2012
Installing solar power on the rooftop of a building may be financially daunting for many people. But if you get together with your neighbors, perhaps the dream of going solar may become attainable.
This is what the Mount Pleasant community in Washington D.C. did. Back in 2006 Anya Schoolman (more…)
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Solar3D, a company that develops a three-dimensional solar cell technology to increase conversion efficiency, appeared on News and Fox Business Network last weekend. The article featured an interview with company’s CEO Jim Nelson.
Solar 3D employs the same principle of fiber optic (more…)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Today is Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the ‘official’ birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. All over the world, people organize events to raise awareness of the need to preserve the environment through actions such switching to alternative energy, recycling, energy efficiency, (more…)
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Below is a wonderful video that explains the multiple drivetrains at work in the Chevy Volt. A couple of immediate impressions:
1) No wonder the price on this sucker is $41K, with all that going on. The bill of materials (costs of the individual components) must be enough to choke a horse. And the non-recurring engineering costs must (more…)
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Despite the many signs that climate is already happening, hence the need to switch to alternative energy to mitigate its effects, for the people living in the low-lying Maldive islands, climate change means, literally, the end. (more…)
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Efficient energy storage is key because we need to be able to access power when the sun is not out and the wind is not blowing.
A recent TED talk delved into this subject. The lecture was delivered by MIT’s Donald Sadoway, who explains in plain English how large-scale batteries that store renewable energy work. (more…)
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Google last week expanded its popular Street View feature to the forests of the Amazon basin, posting more than 50,000 photos that allow online users a virtual tour of the world’s largest tropical region.
The photos, taken last summer in the Rio Negro Reserve, provide a panoramic view of tropical forest (more…)
Monday, February 27th, 2012
A coalition of scientists and environmental advocacy groups has developed a camera-equipped drone they say could become a key conservation tool for monitoring forest loss and endangered wildlife.
The coalition — which includes The Orangutan Conservancy, the Denver Zoo, and two Swiss (more…)
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Gemasolar near Seville in the South of Spain is the first Concentrated Solar Thermal Power with molten salt storage (CSP+) plant that can produce solar energy 24 hours a day. (more…)