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Proposed space-based "suntower," one of many examples of solar innovation

The Golden Age of Solar Innovation

From efforts that mimic nature like leaves and trees, to arrays that float on water or in space, there has been a wide range of solar energy innovations in 2016.  From tiny solar applications of nanotechnologies to massive space-based arrays, the growth of solar power is being fueled by market forces, including increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. The number of…

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Intersolar 2016

Intersolar 2016 Wrap (Part 1)

TDS Environmental Media was at Intersolar 2016 North America last week, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Spending time at Intersolar and speaking with leaders in the industry provides us with an up close and personal view of the solar power industry, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that have been in the business since the beginning. Advances in…

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Researchers Richard Lunt and Yimu Zhao test cutting edge transparent solar cells at their Michigan State University lab

EarthTalk: Beyond Traditional PV Solar Panels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon?                                    — Michael Williams, Hartford, CT Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy….

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Founded by Amory Lovins, the Rocky Mountain Institute researches and promotes plans to rapidly wean the U.S. and the world off of fossil fuels

EarthTalk: How the Rocky Mountain Institute Believes We Can Wean Ourselves from Fossil Fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How does the Rocky Mountain Institute think we can get off of oil and coal by 2050 and save money in the process? – James Greenville, Redding, CTColorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist…

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Concentrating solar plant in the California desert

Obama Forges Ahead on Clean Energy, Launches Industry Energy Efficiency, Advanced Solar Energy Research Initiatives

The President and his administration launched new initiatives aimed at boosting industrial energy efficiency and combined heat & power, as well as public-private research partnerships to develop advanced solar PV and CSP technologies.