Domestic Gas and Oil enough for US?

June 18th, 2012 / No Comments » / by Michael

As this article in Forbes suggests: http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2012/06/04/domestic-natural-gas-and-oil-could-quench-u-s-energy-thirst/ domestic production of fossil fuels may be enough to fulfil the largest consuming country’s needs for energy.

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Solar Shingles Go Main Stream

August 16th, 2011 / No Comments » / by Michael

Dow Chemical new solar shingles

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Dow Chemical has been working on the DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles for a couple years now, and has recently announced plans to expand its manufacturing capability after a succesful pilot run.

What is significant about these new shingles is that they do not require specialist solar installation firms but rather can be installed by general roofing conractors or homeowners themselves.

The plant will also create 1275 new direct jobs and increase capacity to 220 MW annually.

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New Alloy Becomes Ally for Thermoelectric

February 16th, 2011 / No Comments » / by Michael

Peltier element (16x16 mm)

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New material provides 25 percent greater thermoelectric conversion efficiency | physorg.com
Once the domain of space technology, thermoelectric has come down to earth in an affordable way to make it useful for energy saving applications.  Cars, tanks, and power stations may be able to use thermoelectric technology for greater efficiencies.

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Tuk-tuks and sun make a green combination

October 8th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Michael

Solar tuk-tuks to ease smog in congested Bangkok.

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