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September 2012



Thermoelectric efficiency boost is good news for solar

September 26, 2012 – Comments (4)

This post is a companion to last week's post: Thermoelectric Material Is the Best at Converting Heat Waste to Electricity - The idea is that since a PV cell can convert only a certain amount of the sun's spectrum (which is something Beta Voltaics are trying to solve btw) the uncoverted part gets absorbed by the cell thermally heating it up. The idea in this post is to take that absorbed 'waste' heat and covert it to electricity. Basically you would laminate thermoelectric material onto the back of the solar cells.  [more]



Researchers announce world record efficiency for organic photovoltaic module

September 24, 2012 – Comments (0)

I really like this technology. High Efficiency Panels (more expensive) are best suited to be mounted on heliostats to really maximize power generated thoughout the day. However there is so much surface area on buildings that just goes to 'waste' (getting heated by the sun, transmitting heat to the inside, which then requires cooling) and very low cost cells (like organic PVs have the potential to be) that can be printed/applied/(perhaps painted in the future) to new and existing strucutres will offset cooling costs and provide power. This is a good development.  [more]



Warren Mosler: QE follow up

September 21, 2012 – Comments (0)

Good thoughts, very much in agreement.   [more]



Thermoelectric Material Is the Best at Converting Heat Waste to Electricity

September 19, 2012 – Comments (0)

This is completely awesome. Developments like this one, regenerative braking, and thermal storage: shows many researchers are coming up with clever and effective ways to reuse 'waste' energy.  [more]



Solar Oven Makes Clean Drinking Water from Salt Water

September 14, 2012 – Comments (2)

This is extremely useful for so much of the world (since a large percentage of the world's population lives along ocean coastline) and can be made low cost from abundant materials. This is good bridge technology until Dr. Nocera's 'synthetic leaf' comes into mass production:  [more]



Who are the Real “Job Creators”?

September 04, 2012 – Comments (7)

Excellent thoughts  [more]



Intel does math on oil-dunk test for cooler servers

September 03, 2012 – Comments (1)

This is really a cool (pun sort of intended) development. As we go more and more to cloud computing and data center usage continues to expand, a larger slice of the power grid will go here. Data center power usage will become more focused on actual data storage and less on cooling (which still eats up a lot of power) with this clever cooling approach.  [more]




September 01, 2012 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL

I have no stake in Apple and own no Apple products. But like this post from awhile ago ( I found this video regarding the (arguably absurd) recent Apple patent dispute set to a Star Trek theme to be extremely funny:

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