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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Is Jatropha the way forward for biodiesel?

Jatropha, an otherwise worthless weed growing on waste ground in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world, has been hailed as the new problem-free biodiesel crop. However, it's not quite so simple as all that...

Friday, 8 July 2011

What are CIGS solar pv panels?

Basically CIGS is a kind of thin film solar PV panel. At first they weren't that popular compared to ordinary monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels, but a Germany company has recently improved the efficiency to around 20 percent and now they are starting to take off, especially considering that an American company has improved the design so that they are now taking the form of tubular based PV that can be mounted on any roof regardless of orientation.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The government's green record so far

Sorry? Was that someone else who wrote the title of this post? What 'green record'? A year after the coalition government came to power promising to be the 'greenest government ever' they have, in retrospect, done lamentably badly. I will be commenting further on this matter shortly in an article for, but for the moment why not consider what Jonathan Porritt has to say on the subject? It makes for grim reading:

Energy & Environment Dates 2012