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CEP: News Update

January
2016
News Update
Hybrid Material Delivers a One-Two Punch Gold and palladium are both valuable metals, for different reasons. Palladium is known for its catalytic ability, and gold for its plasmonic properties. Bifunctional Catalyst Upgrades Ethanol to Butanol...

Oil May Have Crashed but Renewables Set New Record

January 19, 2016
Anyone worried that the low prices hobbling oil explorers may have clobbered renewables too — especially wind and solar — can relax. Cooler heads prevailed once the message sunk...

Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015
SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module...

Renewables Help South Africa Save Its Grid

October 6, 2015
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power. This was made possible by opening up...

New Lithium Battery Poised to Change Grid Storage

February 24, 2015
A stealth, 10-year-old startup has emerged as a serious rival to Tesla in the race to achieve grid battery manufacturing by spending $1 billion to turn an old North Carolina...

The Tesla Powerwall's Serious Growing Pains

May 12, 2015
Earlier this month Elon Musk created a technology miracle: he made battery storage sexy enough during his product rollout that he had his audience whooping, cheering and clapping...

Solar Thermal Power Plant Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
A detailed model of a real solar thermal power plant has been built using a steady state power plant simulation software. The plant includes numerous...

Solar Grade Silicon Production In Fluidized Bed Reactor

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
In this work, we present a multi-scale modeling approach for solar grade silicon production in fluidized bed reactor (FBR) by thermal decomposition...

Solar Based Sustainable Energy Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
The recent swings in oil prices again remind us that the world's supply of fossil fuels is finite. Roughly 85% of current energy use is being met by...

Growth Kinetic Study of Chlorella Vulgaris

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
Algae are simple autotrophic organisms that produce complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules such as carbon dioxide using energy...

Challenges for Global Energy

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
This presentation describes and evaluates the technical, political, and economic challenges involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy...

CEP: News Update

August
2014
News Update
New Materials Combine Ultralight Weight with Ultrahigh Strength; A Breakthrough for Redox Flow Batteries; Carbon Nanotubes Catalyze Inexpensive Hydrogen; Diabetes Microchip Is as Good as Gold; and more.

Polysilicon Business Shines Brightly

August
2008
News Feature
Gerald Parkinson
To meet growing demand for solar energy, new polysilicon plants are being built at an unprecedented rate, and several new technologies will play a role in the capacity expansion.

Renewable Power: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

April
2009
Special Section
David E. Gushee, Bernard S. Lee
Before renewable sources such as wind and solar can contribute significantly to the overall energy mix, massive electricity storage is needed to turn the raw power into dispatchable power.
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