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Honda Getting into Solar

March 15, 2007

According to Reuters, Honda Motor Company announced today that it will be going into the solar cell production business in 2007, when it builds a new plant in Kyushu, Japan. The cells, designed for both residential and commercial applications will be composed of special non-silicon compound materials, which will...

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Start-up Plans First Steps Towards Solar Homes

March 15, 2007

Solar start-up Heliovolt, a company that envisions buildings coated with electricity-generating roofs and sidings, will begin building prototypes later this month. Most solar photovoltaic cells are made of silicon, but a shortage of silicon, coupled with the maturity of the traditional solar industry, has made it hard to lower...

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Al Gore: Silicon Valley Can Save the Earth!

March 15, 2007

Gore says he’s on a campaign “more important” than presidential Speaking at the Silicon Valley Joint Venture event in San Jose, Calif., former Vice President Al Gore said there’s still time to combat the expected effects of climate change. He said the investment and innovation that built the high-tech...

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Send Your Electricity Meter Backwards

March 14, 2007

The costs and innovative uses of solar energy are examined in this clip from “The Power of the Sun,” narrated by John Cleese http://news.com.com/1606-2-6131686.html?tag=st.rb

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Solar Cells Aiming for Full Spectrum Efficiency

March 13, 2007

Solar power is set for a boost with the help of a material that can soak up energy from almost all of the Sun’s spectrum. It should allow solar cells to jump in efficiency from today’s best of 30 per cent to 50 per cent or higher. Solar cells...

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Denim Solar Panels to Clothe Future Buildings

March 13, 2007

Buildings of the future could be “clothed” in a flexible, power-generating material that looks like denim. The Canadian company developing the material says it can be draped over just about any shape – greatly expanding the number of places where solar power can be generated. The inventors hope their...

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Energy Stressed? Take Some Silicon and Lap Up the SUN

March 13, 2007

It was only last year that the use of silicon for solar cells outdistanced – or perhaps “outarea-d” – that for semiconductors. Whichever way you look at it, that’s remarkable: chips are tiny, even though they’re made by the thousand, while solar panels are large objects, intended to cover...

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Talking About a Green Revolution

March 13, 2007

A revolution is taking place. Don’t get too excited or you may scare it away – but it is clear now that ecological awareness is moving steadily from the margins of political, social and technological thinking into varying degrees of action by individuals, businesses and governments.It may be a...

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If the Climate Change Message is to Hit Home, We Need More Support

March 13, 2007

Being able to bank on long-term government help is crucial to energy-saving The good news is that the government has decided to top up its system of grants for ordinary people to install energy-saving technology in their homes, after it embarrassingly ran out of money a week ago. Given...

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Brown Pledges to Build 'Zero Carbon' Homes

March 13, 2007

Housebuilders will be forced to build “zero carbon” homes within 10 years, under an ambitious scheme to tackle climate change announced by the chancellor today. Under the plans, all new homes will have to generate enough energy through devices like wind turbines and solar panels to cancel out their...

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