What you should know about Green Broadband

green broadband

Broadband is what is referred to as fast internet. You can choose to receive it through superfast optic cables or your telephone line. Fiber optic runs over cables in the ground and ADSL runs over copper telephone wires. Despite there being many broadband providers dominating the market today, most of them score poorly on ethics, the reason you should opt for a green choice. Green broadband is eco-friendly and allows you to benefit from fast internet service while you also cater to the environment. If you feel that going green…

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Halotechnics develops new materials to make solar thermal energy more viable

Solar energy and solar panel

New developments in solar power helps to shed new light on efficiency issues. Halotechnics, a solar energy startup, has announced the development of two new materials that can be used for storing solar heat energy. The company has garnered the support of ARPA-E, an alternative energy branch of the Department of Energy. Halotechnics focuses on developing solar-thermal technologies that are meant to make the use of solar energy more efficient and viable. Researchers with the company believe that the new materials could help solve some of the problems the solar industry…

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Solar power growing rapidly in Japan thanks to feed-in tariffs

Japan Solar Energy

Japan’s solar energy growth Solar energy is gaining momentum around the world, especially in Japan, where the solar market is experiencing a period of rapid growth. Japan has long been interested in alternative energy because of its economic and environmental implications. The country is home to one of the most ambitious and powerful hydrogen energy systems, the ENE-FARM, and has been using geothermal energy for decades. Solar power is not new to the Land of the Rising Sun, but it has been growing in popularity over the past year. The…

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Maryland lawmakers pass bill that opens the way for more solar energy

Solar Energy News in Maryland

Solar energy market widens in Maryland The Maryland Legislature has passed a new bill (Senate Bill 791) that opens the way for the rapid growth of solar energy in the state. The bill was passed by a vote of 37-9 and will accelerate the state’s alternative energy goals by increasing the percentage of electricity the state must obtain through the use of solar power. Alternative issue has been a subject of great interest in Maryland for the past two years. The state has been aggressively pursuing alternative energy projects in…

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University of Delaware researchers experiment with concentrated sunlight to make hydrogen gas

University of Delaware hydrogen fuel research

Hydrogen fuel cell research in the U.S. Researchers from the University of Delaware, led by Professor Erik Koepf, have been working on ways to make hydrogen fuel cells more environmentally sound. Fuel cells are often considered clean energy machines because a great deal of attention has been drawn to the fact that the systems themselves produce no harmful emissions. Fuel cells are not stand alone energy systems, however, and they require a source of electricity in order to operate. This electricity is usually provided by burning natural gas, a process…

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California’s Clean LA plan wins approval from Los Angeles City Council

Los Angeles Renewable Energy

Los Angeles Alternative Energy Project The Los Angeles City Council has granted approval for a pilot program called Clean LA. The program is designed to as a feed-in tariff to promote solar power. The program is the latest addition to California’s burgeoning alternative energy portfolio. The state has long been known for its advocacy of alternative energy and environmentalism and has recently been working to expand its use of clean fuels like solar power and hydrogen. Los Angeles officials believe that the new pilot project will be a major success…

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Concentrated solar energy becoming a big hit in China

Solar Energy - Solar Capacity

Last year, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) estimated that the growth of the country’s solar energy market would grow rapidly throughout 2016. The NDRC is inching closer to its second Annual China Concentrating Solar Power Summit, which will be held at the end of June this year, the speed of this growth is likely to get a great deal of attention. According to recent data from the NDRC, China’s concentrated solar market is expected to reach 1 gigawatt by 2015, and 3 gigawatts by 2020. Concentrated solar power…

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SunPower announces commercialization of its record breaking Maxeon solar cells

Hydrogen fuel - solar cell technology

SunPower, a leading solar energy company, has announced that its record breaking solar energy cells have entered commercial production. The company’s Maxeon solar cells broke the world record for both efficiency and performance last year, showing that solar energy is a viable alternative to oil. The cells broke down much of the negative stigmas that surround solar power and the company believes that commercialization will further the favor of solar energy amongst consumers and businesses. The solar cells are capable of generating electricity with 24% efficiency, the highest level of…

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Sunrun report details the growth of the solar leasing market

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A new report from Sunrun, a solar energy company based in the U.S., suggests that millions of Americans are switching to solar energy. The report shows that third-party solar energy is becoming a more popular option amongst homeowners. Third-party solar, also known as solar leasing, is a way of obtaining solar energy by renting solar panels from an energy company like Sunrun. Homeowners can make use of these solar panels for a monthly fee, using the electricity they generate to meet various needs. Solar leasing has been a source of…

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Honda opens new solar-hydrogen fuel station in Saitama, Japan

Honda Hydrogen Refueling station

Japanese automaker Honda has announced the opening of a new hydrogen fuel station in Saitama, Japan. The station will be open to the public and will provide drivers with a reliable and quick way to refuel their fuel cell vehicles. The station will be able to produce more than 1.5 kilograms of hydrogen gas every 24 hours, which is enough to service a significant portion of Japan’s hydrogen-powered vehicles. The most remarkable aspect of the new station at Saitama is its use of solar power. The station is equipped with…

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German solar energy sees huge gains throughout 2011, according to report

German Alternative Energy

Germany is making major strides in establishing itself as a leader in alternative energy. This week, the German government released information concerning its solar energy projects of 2011. The information indicates that the country has set a record for solar capacity installed in one month. According to the government, more than 3 gigawatts worth of solar energy systems were installed throughout the country in December of 2011. These new energy systems pushed Germany up to 7,482 megawatts of solar capacity for the entire year. The recent boost in German solar…

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Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE demonstrates the benefits of a solar-powered hydrogen fuel station

Hydrogen Fuel Refueling Station Freiburg Germany

Fraunhofer ISE, an alternative energy company specializing in solar and hydrogen power, has launched the first demonstration of its new hydrogen fueling station in Germany. Germany is becoming a hub for hydrogen fuel infrastructure, boasting of enough fueling stations to rival California in the U.S. The Fraunhofer station is much different from its counterparts, however, as it utilizes solar energy to power its system of hydrogen fuel cells. The demonstration is aimed at promoting hydrogen fuel as an alternative to petroleum and show the prowess of hybrid energy systems. The…

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California’s Santa Rita Jail to become energy independent with the help of Chevron Energy Solutions system

Alternative Energy News

The Santa Rita Jail of Dublin, California, will soon be energy independent thanks to a new project from Chevron Energy Solutions. Chevron is working on developing a hybrid energy system for the county jail that combines wind, solar and hydrogen power. The project is receiving financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Chevron believes that this system will remove the strain the jail puts on the state’s energy grid. An expansive solar array comprised of photovoltaic solar panels will…

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Americans could be getting solar energy more affordably if they can break away from utilities, according to report

Solar Energy Could Double

The German government is currently restructuring its funding of alternative energy projects, making radical changes that could make it more difficult for new projects to take root in the country. While some are declaring these changes to be the death of the nation’s solar energy market, it could have significant implications for the American solar market. As Germany makes cuts to its solar power subsidies, more attention is being drawn to the cost of energy. A new report from the Institute of Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), an organization working to promote…

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U.S. Army advances its Net Zero program by testing solar power in war zones

Solar Energy - Solar Panel Recycling

Not one to be left out of a surge for new ground, the U.S. Army has announced the next stage of its Net Zero solar energy program. The Army is following in the steps of its counterpart branches of the U.S. military by exploring the uses and applications of alternative energy. While the Air Force and Navy conduct tests with hydrogen power, both the Army and Marine Corps are working to incorporate solar power into their operations. Last year, the Army began issuing backpack solar kits to soldiers in Afghanistan.…

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Concentrating Solar Power Alliance aims to educate U.S. lawmakers on how new solar energy technology works

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Last week, Abengoa, BrightSource Energy and Torresol Energy, three of the world’s leading solar energy companies, launched the Concentrating Solar Power Alliance (CSPA). The initiative aims to educate U.S. regulators and lawmakers on the benefits of concentrating solar power. Concentrating solar power is a method of increasing the efficiency of the renewable energy and the performance of solar panels and cells. This method utilizes a system of mirrors and lenses that work to magnify the light of the sun, making it more potent, thereby increasing energy production. The use of…

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