Market Research and Insight

German researchers say they’ve broken a new record for solar energy efficiency, converting a full 41.1 percent of the power of incoming rays into electricity. “We are elated by this breakthrough,” said Frank Dimroth, a member of the research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).... Read more
Hmm, it seems as though kicking this fossil fuel habit through renewables isn’t so straightforward after all: right on the heels of a report that home-based wind energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be comes a new study exploring the dangers of toxic chemicals used in solar cells.... Read more
Stanford University announced this week that it’s establishing a new institute to focus solely on energy issues. The Precourt Institute for Energy gets kicked off with $100 million (US) in new funding. That money comes on top of the $30 million Stanford’s already spending on energy research. The funds... Read more
Spending too much time obsessively tracking the latest cleantech news on your Google Reader? Despair not: here’s a roundup of some of this week’s top stories you might have missed: Cleantech funding hit new heights in ‘08. Yes, we’ve covered this one already, but it’s worth noting again because... Read more
What’s the best overall source of energy if you take into account factors like climate change, sustainability, pollution, human health and reliability? Not biofuels, nuclear power or so-called clean coal, according to a new study from Stanford University. Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, concludes... Read more
A new branch library that opened in San Jose, California, this week sports an art glass window installation that is also a solar-power generator. Designed by artist Lynn Goodpasture, the installation at the Pearl Avenue Branch Library breaks new ground in the US, making San Jose the only city... Read more