Monthly Archives: December 2011

Can Bolivia become a green energy superpower?

Bolivia has vast reserves of lithium, seen as the green energy fuel of the future, which it wants to exploit on its own. But the lithium is locked underneath a 10,000 sq km salt flat The Salar salt flat in … Continue reading

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In Solar Power, India Begins Living Up to Its Own Ambitions

Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times Every five days or so, workers wipe down each of the 36,000 solar panels at the Azure Solar Plant in Khadoda, India. KHADODA, India — Solar power is a clean energy source. But … Continue reading

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Solar power: Building a better suntrap

A novel approach to solar power may help to improve its efficiency Let’s catch some rays TO MAKE electricity from sunlight you can convert it directly, using a photovoltaic cell. Or you can use the heat of that sunlight to … Continue reading

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In China, Power in Nascent Electric Car Industry

Charging an electric car at the China Southern Power Grid center in Guangzhou, China. Three years ago, as part of its green-energy policy, the Chinese government set an ambitious goal: by the end of 2011, the nation would be able … Continue reading

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Renewables may power 1.5m homes

IRELAND NOW has enough renewable energy on its electricity grid to provide power to about 1.5 million homes. Eirgrid, which operates the electricity grids in the Republic and Northern Ireland, states in its annual renewable energy report that there is … Continue reading

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To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules

Doug Kanter for The New York Times A worker entered a nacelle under construction at the Gamesa wind turbine factory in Tianjin in October.  Judging by the din at its factory here one recent day, the Spanish company Gamesa may … Continue reading

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Beware of the solar panel cowboys

The slashing of solar electric subsidies has left the industry in turmoil – while consumers are still vulnerable to rogue traders Solar panels on houses in Llangefni, Anglesey. Phototgraph: Realimage/Alamy The UK solar electric industry says it is in turmoil. … Continue reading

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