Chemistry Professor Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin has a method of photon harvesting significantly increasing the efficiency of conventional solar cells.  The professor’s work improves the mechanisms of solar energy conversion. Zhu and his team have discovered that it’s possible to double the number of electrons harvested from one photon of […]

A Light Bulb Checkup

December 15, 2011 | 5 Comments

Consumer Reports’ (CR) is out with its latest light bulb tests finding which bulbs were the best performers.  The question and answer format shines some light on a few of the most common questions consumers have about compact fluorescent lights, light-emitting diode, halogens and incandescent bulbs.  The ratings are at the end of the article. […]

New studies from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) conclude that small modular reactors may hold the key to the future of U.S. nuclear power generation. The reports assess the economic feasibility of classical, gigawatt-scale reactors and the possible new generation of modular reactors. The smaller modular reactors as considered would […]

While a few hold on to the pure hydrogen gas fuel idea, hydrogen for industrial use and fuel production is in great demand with a need for declining prices. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have come up with an extraordinarily efficient two-step process that electrolyzes, or separates, hydrogen atoms […]

The Energy Future

December 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

ExxonMobil has their 2012 Outlook out for anyone to see and its different from what the government agencies are saying by some pleasing measures and some measures that will disappoint some folks. The variance comes from ExxonMobil being in business where careers, investors and consumers have to live with the results.  As the world’s largest […]

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