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New Material for Flat Semiconductors

May 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

New Materials from MIT

Researchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic: a property called a bandgap, which is essential for making devices such as computer chips and solar cells.[read more]

NewCO2Fuels Uses Sunlight To Make New Fuels From Old Emissions

January 25, 2014 by Tina Casey
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Sunlight and Fuels

The name pretty much says it all: the Israeli company NewCO2Fuels has developed a solar powered carbon capture process that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen, which are reclaimed and processed into fuels.[read more]

The Top 10 Developments in Clean Energy of 2013

December 19, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

The end of the year is always a good time for reflection and introspection, but why should we stop at analyzing ourselves? As 2013 draws to a close, I invite you to take a couple of moments to relive some of the major highlights in clean energy that took place this year.[read more]

Adding Energy Innovation to the FAIR Act

December 11, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

FAIR Act Innovation

In March Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced S. 1273, the Fixing America’s Inequities with Revenues (FAIR) Act of 2013. Unfortunately, the bill as presented is weak – it does not include any measures to directly support clean energy innovation with drilling revenue.[read more]

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One Step Closer to the World's First Tidal Lagoon. But Is It Worth It?

November 29, 2013 by Sam Friggens
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First Tidal Lagoon

A proposal for the world’s first electricity-generating tidal lagoon in South Wales took one step closer to becoming reality last week. But what are tidal lagoons, and do they really have a serious role to play in the low-carbon power systems of the future?[read more]

Straight Talk About Radical Climate Change, And How To Stop It

November 19, 2013 by Tina Casey

Addressing Climate Change

With its remote location in Israel’s Arava region, Kibbutz Ketura would seem to be an unlikely place to start a green energy revolution. However, it happens to be the home of sustainability innovator and “impact investor” Yosef Abramowitz, co-founder of the Arava Power Company.[read more]

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ARPA-E Still Pushing Boundaries of Clean Energy in Fragile Budget Environment

September 30, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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ARPA-E and Energy Innovation

Last week, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy announced support for 33 projects aimed at developing the clean energy transportation sector. The projects are notable because Washington’s current fragile budget and policy environment.[read more]

Energy Innovation: US Could Tap Into 1400 Terawatt Hours Of Clean Ocean Power

August 31, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Ocean Power

As the United States offshore wind energy industry slowly (very slowly) cranks up to speed, let’s not forget that US coastal waters also represent a huge, as-yet-untapped energy resource in the form of waves, tides, and currents.[read more]

A Solar Energy System Is Installed in the US Every 4 Minutes

August 21, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Energy Innovation

A lot happens in America every four minutes. During that short time period, 30 babies are born, 4,080 McDonald's Big Macs are consumed, and 48,000 tons of CO2 are emitted. And the U.S. is now installing one solar photovoltaic system every four minutes as well.[read more]

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Energy Innovation: Creating a Cleaner, More Sustainable Future

July 10, 2013 by Sam Shakir

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges society faces and it is becoming more acute every day and communities and companies around the world, are committed to creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment.[read more]

Making Sense of Government Energy Innovation Policy

June 6, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

lawn as metaphor for innovation?

Think of energy innovation policy as a group of people mowing an Earth-sized, overgrown lawn. It is the problem we’re trying to collectively address and we’re implementing a coordinated set of policy solutions to do so.[read more]

Energy Innovation in China, or Lack Thereof

June 5, 2013 by Charles Arthur

Alpbach News interviews Robert D. Atkinson, head of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think-tank in Washington D.C. He talks about innovation, cleantech, and China.[read more]

Energy Innovation: Low Cost Solar Cell Assembles Itself

May 30, 2013 by Tina Casey

the future of solar energy?

Researchers from Rice University and Penn State have developed a relatively efficient organic solar cell based on a compound polymer that assembles itself into tidy bands.[read more]

Define "Significant" Cleantech Investment and Deployment

May 28, 2013 by Rob Day
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We're a long way away from implementing solutions at the magnitude necessary to significantly change the trajectory of our global climate crisis. Significant new technology advancements will be necessary to get there.[read more]

Google and Wind Energy: Acquisition of Makani Kite Power

May 25, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Google acquires Makani

It’s been a long time since we covered Makani Power, the company developing kite-like wind turbines. In fact, it has just been bought by Google, for development under its Google[x] division.[read more]