Archive for December 12th, 2011

NCSU scientists introduce solar dye

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University    have developed a dye they say can improve solar energy technology.

Head researcher Ahmed El-Shafei says the dye, or “sensitizer,” improves dye-sensitized solar cells, which are placed on other plates, typically glass such as the windows of a house. The product has been named NCSU-10.

The dye has 14 percent more power density, says El-Shafei. “In other words, NCSU-10 allows us to harvest more energy from the same amount of light,” he said in a news release.

Paul Brucke, an engineer with Strata Solar, a solar energy systems company in Chapel Hill, says such solar cells are not a major player in the market yet. For one, they are more expensive than traditional panels, he says, and are used “almost like a novelty.”

If, however, the efficiency could be increased, as this new research indicates, it could be another step toward making dye-sensitized solar cells more prevalent in the solar market place.

 

Originally published Monday, Dec. 12th, 2011 by Jason deBruyn,. Triangle Business Journal

Public Forums: Offshore Wind in North Carolina: The Basics, Government Perspectives and Utility Perspectives

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

North Carolina has the #1 offshore wind resource on the East Coast and efforts are underway to bring offshore wind energy development to the state.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s North Carolina Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force is identifying suitable lease sites in federal waters with the input of local, state and federal stakeholders.  Forum attendees will learn about the basics of offshore wind energy and the benefits for North Carolina, the political support for offshore wind in North Carolina, the potential for interconnecting offshore wind into North Carolina’s electricity grid and the ongoing utility studies for offshore wind.

 

Brunswick County Public Forum

December 12, 2011

7:00pm – 9:00pm

South Brunswick Islands Center

9400 Ocean Highway West

Calabash, NC 28467

 

Speakers:

Tate Johnson, Governor’s Eastern Office

Larry Shirley, NC Department of Commerce

Jen Banks, NC Solar Center

Mark Byrd, Progress Energy

Christopher Fallon, Duke Energy

 

Onslow County Public Forum

December 13, 2011

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Jacksonville City Hall Council Chambers

815 New Bridge Street

Jacksonville, NC 28540

 

Speakers:

Tate Johnson, Governor’s Eastern Office

Brian O’Hara, NC Offshore Wind Coalition

Larry Shirley, NC Department of Commerce

Jen Banks, NC Solar Center

Mark Byrd, Progress Energy

Christopher Fallon, Duke Energy

 

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