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Challenges Thermoelectric Power Generators Must Overcome

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study found that “finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat.” This is significant because “more than half of the energy consumed worldwide is rejected primarily as waste heat.” Andrew Ferguson, a research scientist in NREL’s Chemical and Materials Science Centre and a co-lead author of the paper, described some of the challenges thermoelectric generators must overcome.

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B Corp Consortium Funding Solar In 8 States

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIn the fall of 2014, Patagonia partnered with Kina‘ole Capital Partners, LLC to finance 1,000 solar energy systems in Hawaii. Homeowners were given the opportunity to lease systems for less than their current energy costs. The venture was successful and now  they are part of an all B Corp Consortium Funding Solar in 8 states.

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Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry (A Review)

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Peter Varadi is one of the few people who could be said to personify the solar industry. He and his partner, Joseph Lindmayer helped develop this technology for space and founded the World’s first terrestrial solar company in 1973. It was the worlds largest, and possibly the only profitable, solar company when they sold out a decade later. That did not end Varadi’s involvement. He has continued to be at the center of developments, as a consultant to organizations like the European Commission, The World Bank and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His recently published book, Sun Above the Horizon: Meteoric Rise of the Solar Industry, is and insider’s view of what has transpired since Bell laboratories discovered that silicon was a incredible conductor of electricity in 1953.
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