A sampling of green-tech news thus far this week, touching on solar cells, carbon markets, biofuels, and electric cars.
- NREL: Record Makes Thin-Film Solar Cell Competitive with Silicon Efficiency
Thin-film cells made from CIGS hit over 19 percent efficiency in NREL labs, rivaling traditional silicon.
- Shell, Virent form joint venture to convert crops to biogasoline | Chron.com/Houston Chronicle
Forget ethanol. Here come hydrocarbons from plants. Shell and Virent to make 'biogasoline.'
- Technology Review: More-Powerful Solar Cells
MIT spin-off 1366 Technologies (see Green Tech blog coverage) shoots for more efficient solar cells through manufacturing innovations.
- Pay for the Power, Not the Panels | The New York Times
What's a PPA (power purchase agreement)? The New York Times explains how new forms of financing plays a critical role in getting solar adopted.
- JPMorgan acquires carbon offset firm ClimateCare | Reuters
Carbon market consolidation. JPMorgan expands its environmental strategies by buying carbon offset company Climate Care.
- DONG Energy and California-based Project Better Place to introduce environmentally friendly electric vehicles in Denmark | Project Better Place
Project Better Place has signed a letter of intent with Denmark to install a network of battery stations for electric cars, following a similar pledge from Israel.
- GreenFuel Nearly Finished with Phase One for First Commercial Factory | Greentech Media
Possibly the first commercial-scale algae fuel plant.