New Energy Technology
Technological inovation is at the heart of the quest for sustainability. Here are some videos and links to different technologies that could change the game and help us limit our energy consumption.
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Energy Tech in the News
Time (February 3, 2011)
A neat press release popped into my inbox this week announcing the development of a solar power technology capable of generating electricity on see-thru glass. It's called SolarWindow, and it involves spraying clear windows with transparent, electricity-generating coatings. The breakthrough, according to developers New Energy Technologies Inc., comes because previously "the collection of electricity was possible only through use of a metal contact, which blocked visibility and limited transparency." The coatings use the world's smallest functional solar cells, which measure less than a quarter the size of a grain of rice.
Energy from algae at KIT
Science Daily (August 17, 2009)
In view of the shorage of petrochemical resources and climate change, development of CO2-neutral sustainable fuels is one of the most urgent challenges of our times. Energy plants like oil palm are being discussed feverently as they may also be used for food production. Hence, cultivation of microalgae may contribute decisively to tomorrow's energy supply. For energy production for microalgae, KIT scientist are developing closed photo-bioreactors and novel cell disruption methods.
A new test for business and biofuel
New York Times (August 16, 2009)
With the twin goals of making fuel from algae and reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases, a start-up company co-founded by a Colorado State University professor recently introduced a strain of algae that loves CO2 in a water tank next to a natrual gas processing plant.
G.M. puts electric car's city mileage in triple digits
New York Times (August 11, 2009)
Warren, MI - Genergal Motors said Tuesd that its Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, scheduled for release in 2011, would achieve a fuel rating of 230 miles a gallon in city driving.
Have you seen new energy technology that you would like to share? Please contact Susan Beckett at Susan.Beckett@colorado.edu, 303-492-3229.