Supercharging Japan’s Clean Energy Economy; Patent Index Update; Kior’s $100M Haul, and Much More

research / reports / webinars / stock indexes / book / about Cleanwatch The e-Letter on Clean Technology from Clean Edge Welcome to Cleanwatch. Each issue offers the latest news, events, and other resources on clean energy, transportation, water, and materials. Lessons from Japan: How the Nation Can Supercharge its Clean-Energy Economy By Ron Pernick Two and a half years …

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills Yoshikazu Tsuno/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images An offshore wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima. By HIROKO TABUCHI Published: October 24, 2013 OFF THE COAST OF FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Twelve miles out to sea from the severely damaged and leaking nuclear reactors at …

Alternative Energy: Solar R&D Heavyweights Join In Effort To Drive Down Thin-Film CIGS Costs

  Alternative Energy Solar R&D Heavyweights Join In Effort To Drive Down Thin-Film CIGS Costs Friday Factoids: Fossil Fuels Replace Nuclear in Japan New Lawsuit to Decide Fairness of Solar Paste Patent PR Electric Vehicles Improve U.S. National Security Grandmothers To Solar Engineers In Madagascar US Solar Energy Broke Records …

Cleantech News from CleanTechnica: Transparent Solar Cell Sticker Covers Being Developed For iPad

  Cleantech News from CleanTechnica Transparent Solar Cell Sticker Covers Being Developed For iPad Pay-As-You-Go Solar Startup Bringing Cheap, Clean Lighting To Kenya $17 Million Announced Under DOE SunShot Initiative For Solar Reliability & Grid Integration Two Wind Cooperatives Win DOE’s 2012 Wind Cooperative Of The Year Award Conergy Completes …

World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 …

Will Natural Gas Kill Nuclear, Too?

By Jeff Siegel | Monday, October 22nd, 2012 It all started in 2007. That’s when the owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plant applied to renew operating licenses for two separate nuclear reactors. Last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission finally began a hearing that will ultimately determine if the …

Japan: Prime Minister Kan slams nuclear energy, goes green

Kan slams nuclear energy, goes green http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105110158.html The Asahi Shimbun, English Web Edition, May 12, 2011 Prime Minister Naoto Kan said his administration intends to dump plans to get half of the nation’s future energy needs from nuclear power and instead place greater reliance on renewable energy sources. “I believe …

Association of German utility companies calls for abolishing nuclear power by 2020

By Associated Press, Friday, April 8 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/association-of-german-utility-companies-calls-for-abolishing-nuclear-power-by-2020/2011/04/08/AFfZF82C_story.html BERLIN — Germany’s utility companies want “swift and complete” abolishment of nuclear power in the wake of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima reactors, says their umbrella organization. The technology should be phased out by 2020 or at the latest by 2023, the German …