The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has announced a system that converts natural gas using sunlight into the more energy-rich fuel called syngas.  The new system offers a 25% increase in available energy. Making the syngas uses concentrated solar power. Solar energy comes to a reflecting surface that concentrates the sun’s rays [...]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a study that suggests Thermal Energy Storage (TES) can make money for utilities.  The study relies on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) for the energy source. Keep in mind the study is coming from a government entity. The report, “Simulating the Value of Concentrating [...]

NASA engineers have developed a super black material that absorbs light across multiple wavelength bands.  The material absorbs on average more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it — a development that promises to open new frontiers in space technology.  It also has implication for those seeking to [...]

Prof. Avi Kribus of Tel Aviv University’s School of Mechanical Engineering and its innovative new Renewable Energy Center is applying the term “hybrid” to power plants. Prof. Kribus has developed a new technology that combines the use of conventional fuel with the lower pressures and temperatures of steam produced by solar thermal power, allowing plants [...]

The MSRP is $2749.00 Canadian.  One panel per 1000 square feet, more north than Maine’s northern tip.  The basic collector is made using recycled soda pop cans. Amazing.  This thermal panel works astonishingly well.  Note – don’t test the thermal conductivity of an aluminum can with a heat source that can burn skin – the [...]

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