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New BioEthanol Process

posted: 17 Jun 2008

I read this in a work technology email and just had to post it. It's an apparently new process, developed by a company in Florida, US, to produce ethanol from algae and sea water. They say the process does not harvest algae, but doesn't elaborate on what it does do! If the numbers are anything to go by, being able to produce 6,000 gallons of ethanol per acre each year compares very favourably to using corn or sugarcane which produce 360 and 890 gallons respectively (figures are annual production).

This post in cleantech gives more information,

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Solar power technology getting thinner

posted: 27 Nov 2007

The production of electricity from the sun, has always been restricted by the cost of the required solar panels. Now, for the first time, solar panels can be manufactured that provide electricity for a lower cost/Watt than burning coal. Now that is something to get excited about.

Article on Celsias

Nanosolar have developed this new technology, apparently capable of generating solar electricity for 30 Cents(US) per Watt. Let's hope that this marks a turning point in solar adoption, with the price point falling for solar lower, we can now realistically hope that consumers will be driven by the potential savings of solar electricity and begin a move to solar installation.

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