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Semprius to Exhibit New Solar Technology at 2012 Democratic National Convention

DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Semprius, Inc., an innovator in high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, will display a new branding application for its world record technology at Duke Energy’s exhibit in the Legacy Village at CarolinaFest, which runs in conjunction with the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Semprius, the world record holder for photovoltaic module conversion efficiency and the first company to covert over one-third of the sun’s energy into electricity, has developed a new solar module with unique branding potential. Semprius’ technology begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process, enabling the company to use the world’s smallest solar cell – approximately the size of a pencil point – to manufacture modules with unmatched performance and cost advantages. In addition to supporting large-scale power generation projects, Semprius also possesses the exclusive ability to incorporate graphics into its modules. Semprius’ new “Marquee” design will be demonstrated at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, installed by Charlotte-based Argand Energy Solutions, highlighting the ability to incorporate corporate logos into Semprius solar arrays of any size. Continue reading

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Oil Incumbents Building Empires to Dominate Biofuels and Other Alternative Fuels

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over the past decade, hundreds of start-ups, corporations, financiers, and universities have developed compelling alternative fuel technologies, such as bio-based jet fuel and cellulosic ethanol. Now, as alternative fuels march to scale, partnership networks in this field are increasingly dominated by the same giant multinationals that control petroleum, according to a Lux Research report.

“As a result, they’ve been able to lead the way to the market, building commercial facilities this year and next.”

“As alternative fuel technologies go to market, aligning with the right partners is a necessary stepping stone. The massive incumbent fuel producers, refiners, and distributors can be the competition, but they’re also the key to integrating novel technologies into a century-old industry,” said Andrew Soare, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Mapping Empires, Goldmines, and Landmines in the Alternative Fuels Network.”

“The public market successes of Gevo, Amyris, and Solazyme have been based on their sound partnership portfolio, in addition to a robust technology platform,” he added. “As a result, they’ve been able to lead the way to the market, building commercial facilities this year and next.” Continue reading

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Marine and Hydrokinetic Power Capacity to Increase Sevenfold by 2017

The marine and hydrokinetic industry, which aims to harness various marine and hydrokinetic resources including ocean waves, tidal streams, river flows, ocean currents, and ocean thermal differences for power generation, stands at a critical point.  The technologies are improving, major energy companies and utilities are making investments, industry associations are gaining lobbying power, and governments are completing or updating their country-level deployment targets and roadmaps, enacting competitive financial incentives, and (in many cases) garnering public support.  But now the industry must deliver on its promise or risk losing investor interest and political support.  Whether the industry can reach the same level of success as other renewable energy sectors, such as wind power, depends on a host of significant challenges across the technology/policy/finance spectrum – most of which should play out over the next five years.  According to a new report from Pike Research, the marine and hydrokinetic market should see robust growth in capacity in that period, increasing from 760 megawatts (MW) in 2012 to 5.5 gigawatts (GW) in 2017.  That will translate into total revenue from hydrokinetic and marine power generation deployed in North America of $161.2 million in 2017, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.

“The next six years will see the launch of a number of ‘Phase 1’ early deployments that have the potential to be scaled up significantly toward the end of the decade,” says research analyst Dexter Gauntlett.  “Although wave energy has received the most press coverage, our research shows that tidal energy is shaping up to be the lower cost option, and therefore the closest to large-scale deployment.” Continue reading

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Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market: a comprehensive databook

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market” subscription to their offering.

A comprehensive databook on renewable energy trends across the USA, covering biomass and waste energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, solar power and wind energy. Updated monthly and available either as an individual report or an annual subscription, Analyzing the US Renewable Energy Market is packed with detailed analysis, charts, tables and maps incorporating the latest available data on capacity, generation and consumption trends at both the national, state and sectoral level.

This databook also provides market share information for the top developers and power plants. Data coverage is for the latest month, year-to-date and 3 years of history. This databook provides a detailed overview of all renewable energy sectors and is supplemented by separate and related deep dive analysis reports on each of the renewable sectors, covering biomass and waste energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, solar energy and wind energy. Continue reading

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@BarackObama – ‘I will not walk away from clean energy’

United States President @BarackObama  in his State of the Union Address yesterday, said the “promise of clean energy” is still alive, but he will need some help from Congress to move things forward.

Mr. Obama, whose speech talked about making a U.S. economy that’s “built to last,” said some progress on the “clean energy” front has been made in the country, although more needs to be done especially in terms of government support.

“In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled, and thousands of Americans have jobs because of it,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama gave as example the experience of Bryan Ritterb, a furniture worker who was laid off at 55, but who reportedly found work at Energetx, a company which makes wind turbines in Michigan. Continue reading

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U.S. Military to Invest $10 Billion Annually in Renewable Energy by 2030

In September 2011 the U.S. Army announced that it has formed a new Energy Initiatives Task Force that will assess renewable energy projects, vet potential suppliers, and develop new technologies to support the Army’s growing commitment to powering its bases and its missions with renewable energy.  The Task Force is part of a Pentagon-wide effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy sources as the military confronts the issues of energy costs, energy security for remote bases and operations, and the effects of energy on strategic goals.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, annual spending on renewable energy by the Department of Defense (DOD) will reach $10 billion by 2030.  While a significant portion of this will be spent on Facilities operations, including permanent bases, the majority of the spending will be for Mobility applications including portable soldier power as well as land, air, and sea vehicles.

“The DOD is positioned to become the single most important driver of the cleantech revolution in the United States,” says Pike Research president Clint Wheelock.  “In particular, military investment in renewable energy and related technologies can help bridge the ‘valley of death’ that lies between research & development and full commercialization of these technologies.” Continue reading

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