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Solar would be Cheaper: US Pentagon has spent $8 Trillion to Guard Gulf Oil

By Juan Cole Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was in the Gulf on Friday at a conference of defense ministers from the region, including the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran. Hagel…

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1-megawatt cold fusion power plant now available – yours for just $1.5 million

Believe it or not, the first cold fusion power plant is now available to pre-order. The E-Cat 1MW Plant, which comes in a standard shipping container, can produce one megawatt…

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Solar Cell Reaches World Record Efficiency of 44.7%

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced today having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into…

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Finally! Independent Testing Of Rossi’s E-Cat Cold Fusion Device: Maybe The World Will Change After All

Back in October 2011 I first wroteabout Italian engineer, Andrea Rossi, and his E-Cat project, a device that produces heat through a process called a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). Very…

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Aussie scientists print flexible solar panels

Australian scientists have found a way to print large but extremely lightweight and flexible solar panels like money. World-leading scientists at the CSIRO said the A3-sized panels, which are created…

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Soon, Solar Panels as Cheap as Paint: Plasmonic-Enhanced Organic Photovoltaic Materials

One of the more promising efforts, which Gan is working on, involves the use of plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaic materials. The cost to manufacture, install and maintain solar panels is so…

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New Plasma Device Considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of Energy Generation and Storage

  Scientists at the University of Missouri have devised a new way to create and control plasma that could transform American energy generation and storage. Randy Curry, professor of electrical…

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New Solar Cell “Most Efficient Ever”

  Scientists have created a solar cell device that is significantly more efficient than conventional photovoltaic cells. For the first time, scientists have produced a photovoltaic (PV) cell with a…

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Solar3D Announces Patent Protection For Concept

  Solar3D, the developer of a 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity, has announced that the company has filed a patent application to protect…

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Powerpot Turns Heat and Water Into Electricity

Power Practical, a student startup that sprang from research at the University of Utah, is selling a portable cook pot that transforms heat and water into a power source. Imagine…

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Space-Based Solar Farms Power Up

It would solve our energy needs overnight. But with huge technological and financial challenges, can space-based solar power ever take off? “Ex-Nasa scientist seeks visionary billionaire to help change the…

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The first flexible, fiber-optic solar cell that can be woven into clothes

An international team of engineers, physicists, and chemists have created the first fiber-optic solar cell. These fibers are thinner than human hair, flexible, and yet they produce electricity, just like…

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Scientists Make Shake-to-Charge Cellphones a Real Possibility

Need to make a call but run out of juice? Just give your cellphone a shake for an extra burst of power – that’s the idea behind a new cellphone…

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MIT Energy Storage Discovery Could Lead to ‘Unlimited’ Solar Power

  Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new way of storing energy from sunlight that could lead to ‘unlimited’ solar power. The process, loosely based on plant photosynthesis, uses…

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Nuclear Power Is Expensive and Bad for the Environment … It’s Being Pushed Because It Is Good For Making Bombs

Forbes points out: Nuclear power is no longer an economically viable source of new energy in the United States, the freshly-retired CEO of Exelon, America’s largest producer of nuclear power [who…