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2013-04-17 11:16:15

The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) "blend stock" samples by the U.S. Department of Energy´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met ASTM International fuel quality specifications. The ASTM standards serve as guidelines for industry and are designed to ensure quality at the pump for consumers — along with reliable operation of the nation´s vehicles powered by biodiesel blends. “The survey showed a...

Solar Cells Developed That Peel-And-Stick To Virtually Anything
2013-04-17 05:37:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Stanford University and the Department of Energy´s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a peel-and-stick solar cell that could one day be used to charge mobile phones and power a variety of other small devices. Peel-and-stick, or water-assisted transfer printing (WTP), technologies were developed by the Stanford group, and have been used before for nanowire based electronics. However, the Stanford-NREL...

Solar Power Industry Is Likely Now A Net Energy Producer
2013-04-08 14:45:37

Stanford University The rapid growth of the solar power industry over the past decade may have exacerbated the global warming situation it was meant to soothe, simply because most of the energy used to manufacture the millions of solar panels came from burning fossil fuels. That irony, according to Stanford University researchers, is coming to an end. For the first time since the boom started, the electricity generated by all of the world's installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels last...

2013-04-04 23:00:53

A recently added market report by Transparency Market Research on “Thin Film Photovoltaics Market - Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis And Forecasts 2012 - 2018" is now available for pre-order. To browse the report, visit http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/thin-film-photovoltaics-market.html Albany, NY (PRWEB) April 04, 2013 Thin film photovoltaics are solar cells manufactured by placing one or more thin layers of photovoltaic material on a substrate. The...

High-Throughput Analytical Pyrolysis Tool Is Faster And More Precise
2013-03-05 13:43:19

National Renewable Energy Laboratory A screening tool from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry: determining cell wall chemistry to find plants with ideal genes. NREL's new High-Throughput Analytical Pyrolysis tool (HTAP) can thoroughly analyze hundreds of biomass samples a day and give an early look at the genotypes that are most worth pursuing. Analysis of a sample...

Instrument Developed To Toss Out Unusable PV Wafers
2013-01-15 16:24:31

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Silicon wafers destined to become photovoltaic (PV) cells can take a bruising through assembly lines, as they are oxidized, annealed, purified, diffused, etched, and layered to reach their destinies as efficient converters of the sun's rays into useful electricity. All those refinements are too much for 5% to 10% of the costly wafers. They have micro-cracks left over from incomplete wafer preparation, which causes them to break on the...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.