How exactly do wave energy systems work?

Category: Advanced, Profession, Wave Energy

Author : Admin September 10, 2016


You might have heard of wave power or wave energy systems. These are renewable energy systems that generate energy (electricity, to be precise) from waves. While wave energy is nowhere near as popular...Read more

I heard we can get oil from algae. Is it snake oil or is it legit?

Category: Advanced, Biofuels, Profession

Author : Admin September 2, 2016


This is an interesting story you might want to listen to: Many millions of years back, diverse biomass, a large portion of which were algae, got buried deep inside earth. Over millennia, under extreme...Read more

Why are companies taking the trouble of putting up wind turbines in the ocean?

Category: Advanced, Offshore, Profession, Wind

Author : Admin August 31, 2016


You would have surely seen wind turbines on land. Did you know that we have not stopped with land? Some countries have started putting massive wind turbines in the ocean, sometimes as much a 20 miles ...Read more

What is concentrating solar power? Why is it not as popular as solar photovoltaic (PV)?

Category: Advanced, CPV, Profession, PV, Thermal

Author : Admin August 28, 2016


We all have heard about solar power. And now comes concentrating solar power. What exactly is concentrating solar power? Concentrating solar power is just that – it concentrates sunlight onto a...Read more

How can design students and professionals contribute to cleantech?

Category: Lifestyle, Moderate, Profession

Author : Admin August 25, 2016


What has design profession got to do with cleantech? A lot, in my opinion. Other than engineers, design professionals perhaps represent the top most segment when it comes to making a difference to cle...Read more

Is it possible to have solar panels on the sides and walls of a building?

Category: Advanced, Lifestyle, PV

Author : Admin August 22, 2016


Image Source: US Dept of Energy The whole world seems to be going solar! While having solar panels on rooftops is becoming less strange every passing year, some folks are keen to have solar panels co...Read more

Can concentrating solar PV be combined with solar thermal?

Category: Advanced, Profession, PV, Solar, Thermal

Author : Admin August 20, 2016


For those new to solar, here’s what concentrating solar PV means: It refers to a way of generating solar power in which, through the use of lenses, concentrated sunlight falls on the solar pa...Read more

Is it true concentrating solar PV can reach 40% efficiency?

Category: Advanced, Profession, PV

Author : Admin August 14, 2016


In concentrating solar PV, much higher efficiencies than those for conventional PV are achieved by concentrating sunlight on solar panels. In this technology, sunlight is concentrated on solar panels...Read more

Can I get temperatures above 100 degrees C with solar water heaters?

Category: Moderate, Profession, Solar, Thermal

Author : Admin August 5, 2016


If you have used solar water heaters, you will know that you can at best get about 70 deg C (about 160 deg F) from it. However, some simple innovations and tweaks made to the traditional solar water ...Read more

I came across the term Clean Coal. I mean, how can coal power be clean?

Category: Advanced, Climate Change, Profession

Author : Admin June 20, 2016


Talk to any eco-activist, and you will soon know who their #1 villain is: Coal. OK, the world has heard them, and the power plant owners have responded by saying they will try to make coal clean. Ugh....Read more

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