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U.S. Solar PV Generation Increased by a Whopping 83% in 2012

U.S. Solar PV Generation Increased by a Whopping 83% in 2012

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - and the report

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German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

A team comprised of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin has just unveiled the world's most efficient solar cell! Boasting an efficiency of

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NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, how much real estate each requires to generate electricity is a key factor. While power plants that use coal

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US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

Photo via Shutterstock With ambitious long-term energy goals, US Navy is at the forefront of alternative energy use and energy efficiency. Now, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that the US has the technology and the solar capacity to power every home across the states with energy from the sun! Researchers

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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed. Compared to the most efficient solar cells

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AIA COTE Unveils the Top Ten Green Architecture Projects of 2011

AIA COTE Unveils the Top Ten Green Architecture Projects of 2011

Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA These urban infill, mixed-use, market-rate apartments are designed with energy efficiency in mind -- they utilize passive cooling strategy like cross-ventilation and

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Offers Free Building Efficiency Software

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Offers Free Building Efficiency Software

Did you know that residential and office buildings account for approximately 40 percent of energy usage in the U.S.? As a result, making your home and workplace as energy efficient as possible saves

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New Black Silicon Solar Cells are Cheap and Absorb More Sun

New Black Silicon Solar Cells are Cheap and Absorb More Sun

While the reflective and shiny solar panels that researchers have been making thus far look pretty, they're no match for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) recently discovered black

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NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

It might be time to welcome our robot overlords to the green tech revolution. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a jukebox-like robot that can grow and analyze solar cells in nearly

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POWER YOUR CAR WITH ALGAE: Algae Biocrude by LiveFuels

POWER YOUR CAR WITH ALGAE: Algae Biocrude by LiveFuels

Image by John MacNeill, commissioned by Solix Biofuels If you think algae is just that green grime that dirties up your pool, think again: it's also a surprisingly viable source for biofuel. The

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