Alternative Energy

Graphene: a revolutionary material?

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Graphene, which is a flat monolayer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice, has gained considerable attention after researchers were able to extract graphene from bulk graphite in 2004.

Wisconsin announced new programs to promote renewable energy

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Incentives for renewable energy are essential for the success of the industry, as most renewable energy technologies cannot compete with fossil fuel based on technology alone.

New zinc-based technology in LCD and solar cells may significantly decrease cost and ease demand of indium

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: Researchers from the University of Oxford have devised a method to lower the manufacturing costs of thin—film solar cells and LCD displays.

Japan proposes incentives for renewable energy to help reduce nuclear dependence

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Japan produced approximately 30% of their electrical needs through nuclear reactors before the Fukushima crisis. Since the crisis, Japan has been placing its 50 nuclear reactors offline for maintenance, with the last scheduled for shutdown next month.

A new start for the aviation industry as airlines move toward environmentally friendly biofuels

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: On April 18, 2012, the Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) successfully flew a 787 Dreamliner, fueled by a biofuel and jet fuel mixture, across the Pacific Ocean from Evert, Washington to Tokyo Japan.

German utilities looking to invest in Photovoltaic Power Plants as solar modular prices drop to attractive levels

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Two of Germany’s largest utility companies, EON AG and RWE AG plan to invest in photovoltaic plants as prices on solar modules continue to become more attractive. Germany is looking to replace energy generation as nuclear plants are being shut down in reaction to last year’s Fukushima disaster.

Waste Management Inc. invests in alternative energy aimed at converting solid waste into chemicals and energy

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: Waste Management Inc. (WM) has invested in 8 alternative energy companies focused on converting municipal solid waste into chemicals and energy. Waste management currently has 17 waste-to-energy plants and captures methane from 131 landfill facilities.

Pakistan may boost solar power as a means to reduce energy shortages

Analyst Commentary, Matthew Bovencamp: The Pakistan Electric Company estimates electricity demand in Pakistan at 16,000 MW of electricity per day. However, Pakistan produces only 13,000 MW per day, causing millions of residents to endure daily electricity cuts.