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Offshore Wind Farms Vulnerable To Hurricanes
2012-02-15 14:34:29

In a world of green energy aficionados, offshore wind farms have become all the rage. Yet with the U.S. poised to invest untold billions in the environmentally friendly power source, a recent study has caused many to question the financial liabilities associated with what now seems a very risky investment. According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, yearly offshore hurricanes would likely destroy roughly half of the proposed wind turbines...

2012-02-13 23:22:02

In the effort to convert sunlight into electricity, photovoltaic solar cells that use conductive organic polymers for light absorption and conversion have shown great potential. Organic polymers can be produced in high volumes at low cost, resulting in photovoltaic devices that are cheap, lightweight and flexible. In the last few years, much work has been done to improve the efficiency with which these devices convert sunlight into power, including the development of new materials, device...

2012-02-06 10:15:00

As Final Arguments Are Filed, Southern Co., Obama Administration Fight FOIA Request to Figure Out Danger to Taxpayers in the Event of Default in Deal More Than 12 Times the Size of Solyndra. ATLANTA, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) believed to be within days of announcing the final federal approval of the controversial Vogtle nuclear project, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has asked a court to stop more than two...

2012-02-03 15:05:00

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that revised energy efficiency standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") on February 1, 2012 are not expected to significantly impact the overall competitiveness of the company's grain-oriented electrical steels ("GOES") used in the manufacture of electrical distribution transformers. In fact, AK Steel said that with respect to some types of distribution transformers the new standards have the...

2012-02-01 21:20:43

A relatively fast, easy and inexpensive technique for inducing nanorods - rod-shaped semiconductor nanocrystals - to self-assemble into one-, two- and even three-dimensional macroscopic structures has been developed by a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). This technique should enable more effective use of nanorods in solar cells, magnetic storage devices and sensors. It should also help boost the electrical and...

2012-01-26 17:27:00

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Department of Energy today announced that the Orange County Great Park has been selected as the site for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. With the award, the Great Park will work with the Department of Energy to stage the event and showcase energy-efficient housing and clean energy technologies. The Solar Decathlon challenges international collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered houses that are cost-effective,...

Image 1 - Under The Electron Microscope – A 3-D Image Of An Individual Protein
2012-01-26 04:55:45

The high resolution of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory´s Gang Ren When Gang Ren whirls the controls of his cryo-electron microscope, he compares it to fine-tuning the gearshift and brakes of a racing bicycle. But this machine at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a bit more complex. It costs nearly $1.5 million, operates at the frigid temperature of liquid nitrogen, and it is allowing scientists to see what no one...

2012-01-19 11:00:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Formula Fabrication, based in Libby, Mont., a small, struggling town, was on the verge of closing its doors a few years ago. With trainings offered by the region's utilities and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) through the Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Project, the company learned about the benefits of ductless heat pumps (DHPs). DHPs allowed Formula Fabrication to offer its customers a product that delivers more comfort than...

2012-01-12 08:15:00

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lighting Science Group Corporation (OTCBB: LSCG), one of the world's leading LED lighting manufacturers, announced today that it has hired Andrew "Andy" Beck to serve as chief communications officer. A former director of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, Beck will oversee all aspects of the Company's communications--both internal and external--and advise the senior executive team on government affairs, investor...

2012-01-09 17:21:00

Developments by hydrogen researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) are paving the way for the successful development of portable power systems with capacities that far exceed the best batteries available today. SRNL's advances in the use of alane, a lightweight material for storing hydrogen, may be the key that unlocks the development of portable fuel cell systems that meet the needs for both military and commercial portable power...