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This graph shows why solar power will take over the world

This graph shows why solar power will take over the world | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
For those who still doubt that solar power is about to shift into high gear and play a much bigger role, look at this graph.
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Keep an eye on huge, cheap batteries, too.  

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A durable, low-cost water splitter made of silicon and nickel | KurzweilAI

A durable, low-cost water splitter made of silicon and nickel | KurzweilAI | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
This image shows two electrodes connected via an external voltage source splitting water into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2). The illuminated silicon electrode
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NRG Energy Deploying Dean Kamen’s Solar-Smart In-Home Generator : Greentech Media

NRG Energy Deploying Dean Kamen’s Solar-Smart In-Home Generator : Greentech Media | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Dean Kamen, Segway inventor, is now bringing energy autonomy and Stirling engines powered by natural gas to the home.
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Cause of LED efficiency droop finally revealed: Auger recombination responsible

Cause of LED efficiency droop finally revealed: Auger recombination responsible | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with colleagues at the École Polytechnique in France, have conclusively identified Auger recombination as the mechanism that causes light emitting diodes (LEDs) to...
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New material approach should increase solar cell efficiency

New material approach should increase solar cell efficiency | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A University of Illinois research group brought together aspects of condensed matter physics, semiconductor device engineering, and photochemistry to develop a new form of high-performance solar photocatalyst based on the combination of...
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Escherichia coli bacteria produce diesel on demand

Escherichia coli bacteria produce diesel on demand | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand.
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Wave Energy | Renewable Energy | Green Energy | Clean Energy | AquaGen Technologies

Wave Energy | Renewable Energy | Green Energy | Clean Energy | AquaGen Technologies | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
AquaGen technology company clean cleantech renewable wave energy green marine ocean surgedrive worleyparsons worley parsons
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Scientists successfully generate gasoline out of thin air

Scientists successfully generate gasoline out of thin air | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Breakthrough technology takes carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from CO2 and water in the air to create methanol and then converts it into gasoline.
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How to create ultra-low-cost solar cells from agricultural waste | KurzweilAI

How to create ultra-low-cost solar cells from agricultural waste | KurzweilAI | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Within a few years, people in remote villages in the developing world may be able to make their own solar panels, at low cost, using otherwise worthless
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Jeremy Rifkin: Energy-sharing is the new internet (Wired UK)

Jeremy Rifkin: Energy-sharing is the new internet  (Wired UK) | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
The Second Industrial ­Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiralling into a dangerous endgame: prices are climbing, unemployment remains high, debt is soaring and the recovery is slowing...
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A Leap Forward for Plastic Solar Cells | MIT Technology Review

A Leap Forward for Plastic Solar Cells | MIT Technology Review | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
An inexpensive, polymer-based device breaks a record, reaching 10.6 percent efficiency.
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Report Sees U.S. as Top Oil Producer, Overtaking Saudi Arabia, in 5 Years

Report Sees U.S. as Top Oil Producer, Overtaking Saudi Arabia, in 5 Years | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
The International Energy Agency also said the United States would be a net exporter by 2030, partly because of advances in unlocking reserves in shale rock.
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How Toyota Has Lowered the Cost of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell | MIT Technology Review

How Toyota Has Lowered the Cost of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell | MIT Technology Review | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Toyota says it has reduced the cost of fuel cells significantly enough to sell hydrogen cars for under $100,000.
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Artificial Photosynthesis Made Practical | MIT Technology Review

Artificial Photosynthesis Made Practical | MIT Technology Review | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Stanford researchers say new materials could help lower the cost of producing fuel with solar energy.
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America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners

America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
The Solar Foundation, which has been releasing reports for a few years on the state of the solar industry in the U.S., has just launched a very cool interactive map that breaks the stats down state by state.
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Researchers capture wasted heat, use it to power devices

Researchers capture wasted heat, use it to power devices | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Imagine how much you could save on your electricity bill if you could use the excess heat your computer generates to actually power the machine.
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Collaboration aims to harness the energy of 2,000 suns

Collaboration aims to harness the energy of 2,000 suns | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Today on Earth Day, scientists have announced a collaboration to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating, on average, the power of 2,000 suns, with an efficiency that can collect 80 percent of the incoming radiation and...
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Electricity consumption (per capita) statistics - countries compared - Nation Master

Energy Electricity > consumption (per capita) by country. Definition, graph and map. Electricity > consumption (per capita) (Most recent) by Country NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare countries.
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Supercomputing Power in Titan System Could Pave the Way to Energy-Efficient Engines

Supercomputing Power in Titan System Could Pave the Way to Energy-Efficient Engines | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
Scientists believe that Titan, a massive upgrade in supercomputing power that the U.S. government is set to deploy this year, will help crack the code on energy-efficient engines.
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Craig Venter Explains How Pond Scum Will Save the World: Scientific American

Craig Venter Explains How Pond Scum Will Save the World: Scientific American | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
The man who first sequenced the human genome and designed the first synthetic cell explains why simple algae—and some genetic engineering—may hold the key to our future
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New nanopatterned surfaces could improve the efficiency of powerplants, desalination systems

New nanopatterned surfaces could improve the efficiency of powerplants, desalination systems | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
The condensation of water is crucial to the operation of most of the powerplants that provide our electricity — whether they are fueled by coal, natural gas or nuclear fuel. It is also the key to producing potable water from salty or brackish water.
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Genetically Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed into Ethanol: Scientific American

Genetically Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed into Ethanol: Scientific American | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
A genetically modified strain of common gut bacteria may lead to a new technology for making biofuels that does not compete with food crops for arable acreage
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Energy This Week: Pipeline Abandoned, EPA Gas Data, and China's CO2 Plans | MIT Technology Review

Energy This Week: Pipeline Abandoned, EPA Gas Data, and China's CO2 Plans | MIT Technology Review | Smalley's Big Problem | Scoop.it
A roundup of the most important energy stories from the past week.
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