Which states are the best at being energy efficient, what role does Taiwan play in generating solar power, and a new spray-on dye that can boost renewable energy production.
Energy efficiency has lately gained much attention in the political sphere. Politicians have used better energy as their platform for being elected to high positions of power, including the sitting our sitting president. However, what side of the party split embraced alternative energy? The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a report card for ranking the most eco-friendly states. It turned out that the top ten states on the list were mainly Democratic. On the other hand, the bottom ten states identified as majority Republican. California and Massachusetts topped the list as the two most energy efficient states, and North Dakota came last, after Mississippi. However, researchers with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy said that energy is a mainly bipartisan topic and the results of the report cards in part reflected mere coincidental party associations.
Up to 90 officials from countries around Asia and Europe are set to go Taiwan for the 2010 Taipei Summit. The PV Taiwan Forum aims to improve solar energy cooperation between Taiwan, the second-largest solar cell producer after China, and other Asian countries. Over the past five years, Taiwan has increased its solar cell production by 20 percent. The talks are expected to boost Taiwan’s green industry, an already bustling enterprise for the small nation.
Swansea University and Tata Steel’s Corus have discovered a new technology that can convert steel sheets into solar power cells. The photo-sensitive dyes that coat the steel will work even in dull sunlight, enabling countries at higher latitudes to generate solar power. If further developed, the new spray-on dyes can boost renewable energy in households and even in cars. The UK estimates that if all their roofs are covered with the sheets, one third of the country’s renewable energy demands will be met by the next decade.
Solar energy investment and adoption rate are increasing, as lower solar energy costs have spurred increased in the sector. Analysts estimate that solar energy may soon generate 4.2 percent of all U.S. Power. Investments are expected to reach up to $100 billion by the next ten years, enabling energy capacity to reach 44,000 megawatts. Lower costs for solar power and solar rooftop panels have increased the rate of return on investments across the United States. By 2020, 2.4 percent of all U.S. households will have solar systems for alternative energy according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The University of Chile has come up with designs for a sustainable skyscraper that will also help purify water from a local river. Intended for Chile’s capital, Santiago, the ecological skyscraper will purify the Mapocho River, a river which divides the capital in two. The river is plagued by man-made contamination, and the skyscraper is intended to combat this problem by microscopic filaments which clean the water. Polygonal formations trap vegetation in the honeycomb like structures so that the area serves as a man-made lagoon, and the process of decanting and phytoremediation is completed. The students of the University of Chile that their plan to “take green to the vertical,” brings a different take on what modern skyscrapers purposes are limited to, besides being areas for residential and commercial activities. By continuously cleaning the city’s iconic river, this structure serves the capital and future generations throughout the duration of its lifespan.
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