California Leading US Clean Energy Revolution

gg75 300x200 California Leading US Clean Energy RevolutionClean Edge’s third annual State Clean Energy Index, released today, provides the industry’s most comprehensive and objective analysis of how all 50 states, and the individuals, businesses, and organizations that operate there, compare across the clean-energy spectrum. According to Clean Edge’s assessment and ranking of more than 70 different indicators in technology, policy, and capital, the top 10 states in the nation this year are California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New York, Illinois, New Mexico, Vermont, and Minnesota.

Clean Edge managing director Ron Pernick said,“Against the backdrop of partisan attacks and general inaction within Congress, the state-level scene shows a diversity that crosses political boundaries and regions. The next decade will determine which nations, states, and cities lead in clean tech, and our State Index provides critical insights on the dramatic shifts and best practices that are leading the way within the U.S.” Key market indicators tracked by Clean Edge via its State Clean Energy Index subscription service include total electricity produced by clean-energy sources, hybrid and electric vehicles on the road, clean-energy venture and patent activity, and policy regulations and incentives. The 2012 State Index paints an important and insightful picture of the U.S. clean-energy landscape. For example; California’s clean-energy venture capital dollars in 2011 exceeded the total of all the other 49 states combined. The number of registered hybrid cars in the U.S. grew to nearly 2 million while all-electric vehicles neared the 50,000 registered-vehicle milestone. Six states, twice as many as last year, now generate more than 10 percent of their utility-scale electricity from wind, solar, and/or geothermal.

An executive summary of this year’s State Index is available. The executive summary provides a glimpse at topline findings from the State Clean Energy Index report, the centerpiece of a larger advisory subscription service. Along with access to the full State Index report – containing detailed Index results, comprehensive data tables, and individual state report cards – subscribers receive custom presentations, clean-tech company database access, and advisory hours.

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Russian Students On Global Energy Adventure

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The Energy of Adventure, organized by the non-profit partnership Global Energy, announced in Moscow that two young Russians have won a round-the-world trip to discover the most interesting energy-related stories of the planet. The two  researchers, Maria Khromova, a young Muscovite engaged in the power industry, and Egor Goloshov, a future economist from Zlatoust  will be taking a trip around the world to 21 countries over a period of three months. The project Energy of Adventure, instituted by the non-profit partnership Global Energy, got under way last November with a nationwide contest.  Every day Egor and Maria will share with the global community their power industry impressions and findings, and their small adventures through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

globe 300x197 Russian Students On Global Energy Adventure  Travelling around the world is always an interesting experience. I have been given this unique opportunity to tell the world about the most important energy-related discoveries, and it’s no secret that the power industry is an integral and key part of the economic stability of any country. I plan to use this unique material to write a scientific paper,” said Maria. Egor Goloshov began to think about energy conservation back in school. Egor has a special interest in renewable sources of energy such as tidal, wind and solar energy. Egor is currently a student enrolled in the Moscow Higher School of Economics. “I have always been aware that traditional sources of energy are running out. I am truly elated that I have been given the honour to tell people all over the world about what are definitely important problems in the modern-day power industry. I will do everything in my power, and even more, to meet the challenges entrusted to me under this project,” Egor pledged.

The main purpose of Energy of Adventure is to draw attention to contemporary global and local energy issues and inspire people to ponder over possible solutions. The  president of the non-profit partnership Global Energy, Igor Lobovsky, commented: ” These are real steps and real efforts. This is why talented young people will be crisscrossing the globe in a bid to draw valuable experience from people, companies and authorities in the most far-flung corners of the planet. This is a great opportunity and also an onerous responsibility.”Interest in this unique project has been tremendous, with about 49,000 applications submitted from people in 50 cities across Russia.

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Even The Water Commutes To LA

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Robert Redford a longtime pioneer in the environmental movement joins hisWatershed to LA 300x203 Even The Water Commutes To LA son Jamie Redford to narrate Watershed, a new documentary produced by Jamie Redford who resides in Northern California. The film focuses attention on the human demands being placed on the 250 mile Colorado River. Watershed was recently featured  at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival.


Advancements in Solar Energy Efficiency

Sometimes breakthroughs in technology are inch by inch. Think of the early days of the personal computer industry  when new simply meant faster processors and more disk space. Such is the case with solar panels today.  SunPower Corp, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems today announced that its third generation SunPower Maxeon solar cell is now in commercial production.  This world-record efficiency solar cell delivers sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of up to 24 percent.

artist Sven Geier fractal art work breakthrough 300x225 Even The Water Commutes To LAWe’re pleased to move our world-record breaking efficiency solar cell from the lab into commercial production,” said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO.  “With the new Maxeon solar cells, offering efficiencies of up to 24 percent, SunPower continues to lead the industry in technology innovation, delivering to its customers the highest efficiency, most reliable solar panels for guaranteed performance.”The new Maxeon solar cells are currently being integrated into select SunPower solar panels that deliver efficiencies exceeding 20 percent.  These panels contain up to 128 solar cells per panel and will be availability in limited quantities in 2012.

The new cell has low reverse-bias breakdown voltage to deliver better performance in shady and dusty conditions, and better temperature coefficient for increased energy harvest in hot environments.  The new Maxeon solar cell offers improved aesthetics with a consistent, homogenous, sleek black look.

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Flat Earth Society In The Dark On Solar Energy

flat earth society 1 1 300x160 Flat Earth Society In The Dark On Solar EnergyPresident Obama continued  his west coast tour yesterday with a stop obama solarfacility 32112 300x168 Flat Earth Society In The Dark On Solar Energyin Boulder City, Nevada which is home to one of the largest solar power plants in the United States. Obama praised the accomplishments of local workers, federal and state officials who helped bring the plant into reality. The speech comes on the heels of new tariffs the Department of Commerce has imposed on Chinese solar manufacturers who’ve been accused of dumping low priced solar panels in the United States in order to undercut American solar makers and gain dominate market share.

Main Hoover Dam Bridge©FHWA CFLHD1 300x240 Flat Earth Society In The Dark On Solar EnergyThe Obama Administration continues to promote what it calls an “All of the above” national energy policy which includes further oil exploration and innovation in renewable energy sources such as hydro power, wind, biomass and solar. The President said, “You know the promise that lies ahead because this city has always been about the future.  Eight decades ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, the people of Boulder City were busy working on another energy project you may have heard of. Like today, it was a little bit ahead of its time; it was a little bit bigger than this solar plant — it was a little louder, too.  It was called the Hoover Dam. And at the time, it was the largest dam in the world. Even today, it stands as a testimony to American ingenuity, American imagination, the power of the American spirit — a testimony to the notion we can do anything.”

Responding to some of his critics in Congress and elsewhere Obama said, “Some of these folks want to dismiss the promise of solar power and wind power and fuel-efficient cars. In fact, they make jokes about it. One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs “phony” — called them phony jobs.  I mean, think about that mindset, that attitude that says because something is new, it must not be real.  If these guys were around when Columbus set sail, they’d be charter members of the Flat Earth Society. We were just talking about this — that a lack of imagination, a belief that you can’t do something in a new way — that’s not how we operate here in America.  That’s not who we are.  That’s not what we’re about.”Remarks by the President on Energy

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Solar Flares Heading This Way

 Solar Flares Heading This Way

628398main flare x5.4 orig 300x166 Solar Flares Heading This WayNASA is reporting that the sun erupted with one of the largest solar flares of solar terrestrial relations observatory 300x295 Solar Flares Heading This Waythis solar cycle on March 6, 2012 at 7PM EST. This flare was categorized as an X5.4, making it the second largest flare — after an X6.9 on August 9, 2011 — since the sun’s activity segued into a period of relatively low activity called solar minimum in early 2007. The current increase in the number of X-class flares is part of the sun’s normal 11-year solar cycle, during which activity on the sun ramps up to solar maximum, which is expected to peak in late 2013. About an hour later, at 8:14 PM ET, March 6, the same region let loose an X1.3 class flare. An X1 is 5 times smaller than an X5 flare.

NPR is reporting that the flares will hit the earth on Thursday. The report goes on,”The flares took place about an hour apart. And when they hit Earth, the waves of magnetic fields may disrupt power grids, as well as radio-based communications. But the phenomenon might also bring auroras to the skies above residents of the northern United States, according to an interview with NASA solar physicist Alex Young, over at The Los Angeles Times. And when they hit Earth, the waves of magnetic fields may disrupt power grids, as well as radio-based communications.But the phenomenon might also bring auroras to the skies above residents of the northern United States, according to an interview with NASA solar physicist Alex Young, over at The Los Angeles Times.”

NASA gathers information from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). In addition, last night’s flares have sent solar particles into Earth’s atmosphere, producing a moderate solar energetic particle event, also called a solar radiation storm. These particles have been detected by NASA’s SOHO and STEREO spacecraft, and NOAA’s GOES spacecraft.

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Intersolar Europe Brings More Solar Power Than Ever

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The rise of solar power LG 300x214 Intersolar Europe Brings More Solar Power Than Ever2011 was a record year both for Intersolar Europe and the international solar industry, with the expansion of newly-installed photovoltaic capacity reaching a new high. With 18 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar power generated during the year, 2011 saw photovoltaics conquer a larger share of the German energy production market than hydropower for the first time. The increasing market share occupied by solar power highlights the opportunities that could be enjoyed by the technology in future energy supply. In order to exploit these opportunities effectively, the solar industry is working at full steam to create new solutions, such as grid integration and energy storage systems. The PV Energy World Special Exhibit at Intersolar Europe 2012 presents the latest developments in technology and reveals both the measures and the political conditions that are necessary to achieve the highest possible quotas of solar power generation.

In 2011, solar plants with a total capacity of at least 26.5 gigawatts (GW) were installed across the globe. In Germany alone, around 7.5 GW of new photovoltaic capacity was added, exceeding even the previous record year of 2010. According to estimates from BSW-Solar (German Solar Industry Association) in Berlin, solar power production will see a further 70% rise in the next four years alone. In order to take full advantage of this capacity in future, the industry needs to address grid stability, intelligent solutions for on-site consumption and efficient, economical storage as a matter of priority.

Intersolar Europe 2012 will take place from June 13–15 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre.With over 3,500 exhibitors and 120,000+ visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry. Intersolar Europe takes place annually at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. Today, it is the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry, and looks back on a history spanning twenty years.

Massachusetts Man Uses Funds to Rebuild and Go Solar

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