Inventor of Photosynthesis-Based Solar Cells Wins Millennium Tech Prize

Professor Michael Gratzel The inventor of a low-cost solar cell that could be used to build electricity generating windows has been awarded this year's Millennium Technology Prize. He received the 800,000 prize at a ceremony in Helsinki. Explaining his inspiration, he said: "I was always intrigued by the way plants capture sunlight and turn it into fuels like sugar. Gratzel says "Natural photosynthesis was the inspiration, and our solar cell is the only one that mimics the natural photosynthetic process." Gratzel cells rely on nanotechnology to produce power from sunlight. "We are using nanocrystal films in which the particles are so small, they don't scatter light," said Professor Gratzel. "You can imagine using those cells as electricity producing windows. What's very exciting is that you collect light from all sides, so can capture electricity from the inside as well as the outside. You could think that the glass of all high-rises in New York would be electricity generating panels."

Wal-Mart Telling Suppliers to Go Green

The World's First Quintuple Play

Cisco wires 'city in a box' for fast-growing Asia

Cisco Systems is helping build a prototype in South Korea for what one developer describes as an instant "city in a box." Cisco, which has more than 4,400 employees and contractors in Research Triangle Park, is wiring every tech nook and cranny of the new city, making it one of the most technologically sophisticated urban centers on the planet. New Songdo City, a soon-to-be-completed metropolis about the size of downtown Boston that serves as a showroom model for what is expected to be the first of many assembly-line cities. In addition to state-of-the-art information technology, Songdo will emit just one-third of the greenhouse gases of a typical city of similar size. "Everything will be connected - buildings, cars, energy - everything," said Wim Elfrink, Cisco's Bangalore-based chief globalization officer. "This is the tipping point. When we start building cities with technology in the infrastructure, it's beyond my imagination what that will enable."

U.S. Moves One Step Closer to Tapping World-class Solar Energy on Public Lands

BLM announces rent policy for utility-scale solar power plants

OPEL International Announces a Capital Funds Raise

OPEL International Inc. (TSX-V: OPL) (the "Company" or "OPEL"), a leading global supplier of high concentration photovoltaic ("HCPV") solar panels and solar tracker systems, today announced that due to a rapid increase in the pipeline for solar business, OPEL intends to raise up to $7 million in a brokered "best efforts" private placement of units of the Company ("Units") at a price of $0.30 per Unit.

Matrix Energy reaches Solar Fresh Air Heating milestone

Matrix Energy has now supplied over 400,000 ft2 of solar fresh air heating collector area since 1990 with over 125 solar air heating projects to its credit.

JA Solar and ECN join efforts to introduce high efficiency photovoltaic modules

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., (Nasdaq: JASO), a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products, today announced at Intersolar Europe that it has partnered with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to introduce the metal wrap through (MWT) solar cell and module technology

Krayden, Inc. Introduces Dow Corning Solar Solutions' PV Cell and Module Coating

The solvent-based moisture cure is ideal for use as a photovoltaic (PV) cell and module coating because of its resistance to humidity and other harsh environments.

Global Small Hydro Power Market Analysis to 2020 - Installed Capacity, Generation, Investment Trends

Hydropower is the Most Popular Source of Electricity Generation Across the World

Ukraine Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2015

Global Solar PV Market - Robust growth to continue

Glenn Wilson Appointed Dean Of Ecotech Institute

Community leader to guide students down the path to a sustainable career

LiteTouch, Inc. Sponsors Green-Built & Resource-Efficient Demonstration Home

Vision House Aspen 2010 debuts March 25 with LiteTouch lighting control system plus many other products and features covering all areas of green building and efficiency.

TIGO ENERGY CLOSES $10 MILLION IN NEW FINANCING TO FUEL GLOBAL SALES GROWTH

Tigo Energy today announced it has raised $10 million in additional capital, bringing the financial backing of the company to more than $27 million. Tigo Energy will use proceeds from the financing to expand manufacturing,international sales and logistics capabilities.

JA Solar Announces New SECIUM High Efficiency Solar Cells

18.9 Percent Conversion Efficiency Solar Cells with New Processes Introduced at Intersolar Europe

Coulomb Technologies to install 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations

LA Times - Coulomb Technologies plans to install 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations for free around the country. The installations are part of a $37-million project called ChargePoint America, funded partly by a $15-million stimulus grant administered by the Department of Energy through the Transportation Electrification Initiative. Once the stations are in place, Purdue University and Idaho National Labs will analyze data about vehicle use and charging patterns. The company, based in Campbell, Calif., will immediately start setting up public and private stations in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area. The stations will also go up in Austin, Texas; Detroit; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Redmond, Wash.; and Washington, D.C. Once installation launches in the coming weeks, more than 1,000 stations are scheduled to be put in by December, with the rest to be in place by September 2011.

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