The global energy challenge: One billion people have no access to electricityFri, 06 Mar 2015 08:26:10 EST
More than one billion people world-wide have no access to electricity to cook food or light their homes, despite the technology being in place. A study on options for getting more electrical access has taken place in Bangladesh. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a more effective carbon capture methodWed, 04 Mar 2015 11:03:54 EST
Trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries could play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. But current materials that can collect CO2 -- from smokestacks, for example -- have low capacities or require very high temperatures to work. Scientists are making progress toward a more efficient alternative that could help make carbon capture less energy intensive. Solar cells to get growth boost, price cutWed, 04 Mar 2015 07:52:14 EST
Researchers have found that growing a type of film used to manufacture solar cells in ambient air gives it a growth boost. The finding could make manufacturing solar cells significantly cheaper. Researchers discover new material to produce clean energyTue, 03 Mar 2015 14:17:38 EST
Researchers have created a new thermoelectric material, intended to generate electric power from waste heat -- from a vehicle tailpipe, for example, or an industrial smokestack -- with greater efficiency and higher output power than currently available materials. First in-depth look at solar project completion timelinesTue, 03 Mar 2015 12:39:19 EST
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has gathered and analyzed data for more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic installations across the United States to better understand how interconnection regulations align with actual project completion timelines. The findings indicate that interconnection process delays are common, and can range from several days to months. Streamlining the application review and final authorization processes can ultimately benefit utilities and solar consumers by reducing the time and cost associated with going solar.