clean energy technology

Higher R&D Investment in Renewable Energy Technologies Critical for Clean-Energy Innovation & Climate Action

May 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewable R&D

Global investment in renewable energy sources in 2014 rose almost 17 percent year-on-year to $270.2 billion with investments in developing countries growing by 36 percent, finds a new UNEP Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report.[read more]

Innovations Transform Residential Energy Use

May 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Home Energy Use and Savings

Today’s consumers have more tools at their disposal than ever for reducing consumption, managing energy, and generating power. New residential-focused technologies, cost reductions, and business models are creating opportunities for advanced energy companies while saving money for homeowners.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Offshore Wind Power

March 6, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Offshore Wind

Offshore wind turbines are located on bodies of water where there is access to stronger wind resources than are typically available on land. These turbines convert the kinetic energy of the wind to electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions. Generally, these turbines are fixed directly to the sea floor.[read more]

Beyond Technology Tribalism

February 12, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Tribalism is the biggest problem with clean energy debates today. Support for one tech is interpreted as opposition to another, and attempts to grapple with any tech’s challenges are dismissed as trolling. Getting past this requires honest engagement on the promises and perils of different technological pathways.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Utility-Scale Solar Energy

February 6, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Utility-Scale Solar

Solar PV has driven large expansions in U.S. utility-scale solar power installations over the last decade, such that solar was the second largest source of new electric capacity added in 2013. Nearly 2,900 MW of new utility-scale solar was installed in 2013, a 58% increase from 2012.[read more]

Tonio Buonassisi Seeks to Make Solar Cells Competitive

January 15, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cells and Market Competitiveness

One day, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. It was then he realized that there had to be better ways for people to produce and use energy, and that he wanted to try to do something about it.[read more]

View Raising Another $75M for Smart Windows

January 11, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

View continues to be on a funding streak in 2015, with a new filing to bring in another $75 million. One year ago, the smart window startup raised $100 million. The Milpitas, California-based startup has raised $375 million since its inception as Soladigm seven years ago.[read more]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

Life-Cycle Study Confirms Global Environmental Benefit of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

October 16, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Low-Carbon Tech Benefits

A new study examines the environmental impacts and resource requirements of large-scale global implementation of a variety of low-carbon power generation tech as backbone of a new low-carbon power supply infrastructure. Basically, this research goes one step further than previous life-cycle assessments.[read more]

How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

October 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Energy Absorber Tech

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the sun — but not much of the rest of the spectrum.[read more]

High-Flying Turbine Produces More Power

May 16, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Airborne Wind Energy Turbine

For Altaeros Energies, the sky’s the limit when it comes to wind power. Founded by Ben Glass and Adam Rein, Altaeros has developed the first commercial airborne wind turbine, using a helium-filled shell to float as high as a skyscraper and capture the stronger, steadier winds available at that altitude.[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]

Energy Innovation: 6 Radical Solar Energy Technologies

November 16, 2013 by Yoni Binstock

Solar Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of reaching less than $1 a watt for complete installed solar systems by 2020. Reaching $1/watt would bring the cost of solar power to six cents/kWh, which would allow solar to grow without any subsidies.[read more]

Solar Cell Efficiency Breakthrough Achieved By Channeling LEGO

October 27, 2013 by Tina Casey

LEGO and Solar Energy

Aluminum has been popping up all over the sustainable tech field, and in the latest development, an international research team has demonstrated that a nanoscale LEGO-style array of aluminum studs can improve solar cell efficiency by up to 22 percent.[read more]

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Effective Marketing for Solar Energy [VIDEO]

May 4, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

Is the solar industry marketing itself successfully? Are solar firms reaching consumers? Is branding important? Can the average consumer name even one solar panel manufacturer?[read more]