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PV Solar Power Out of the Box

23 Oct , 2014  

Scheer, Herman. The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future.  London: Earthscan Publications Ltd, 2002. Print. Energy is stored in the “grid,” that is currently holding energy from coal, oil, and natural gas power. In Mr. Scheer’s book, the idea of intermixing excess solar power into the current energy grid is discussed. A huge […]

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BIPV’s, fancy for Building Integrated Photo-Vaultic Systems

16 Oct , 2014  

 Backos, G. C., M Soursos, N.F Tsagas. “Technoeconomic Assessment of a Building-Integrated PV System for Electrical Energy Saving in Residential Sector.” Energy and Buildings 35.8 (2003): 757-762. Web. 15 Oct. 2014. From the Energy and Buildings journal, an example of building integrated photovaultics is shown in the country of Greece. First of all, BIPV’s are a […]

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Renewable Energy Through a Household’s Viewpoint

14 Oct , 2014  

Islam, Towhidul and Nigel Meade.“The impact of attribute preferences on adoption timing: The case of photo-voltaic (PV) solar cells for household electricity generation.” Energy Policy. 55 (2013): 521-530. Web. 13 Oct. 2014. In this article, the main concern was on how to sell PV solar technology to individual homeowners given the high costs of installation. Instead […]

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Luminescent Solar Concentrators

8 Oct , 2014  

Zhao, Yimu, Garrett A. Meek, Benjmin G. Levine, and Richard R. Lunt. “Near-Infared Harvesting Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrators.” Advanced Optical Materials 2.7 (2014): 606-611. Web. 7 Oct. 2014. From the July issue of Advanced Optical Materials, the scientific and experimental research about transparent luminescent solar concentrators (LSC’s for short) was justified as a new form of alternative solar energy. The article […]

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Energy and Why We Should Care

21 Sep , 2014  

“The transition from our current energy system to one based largely  on renewables will be fought with danger and crisis…” ~Michael T. Klare In this day and age, everything we own requires energy to power, and energy is not something that just grows on trees, sadly enough. In Michael T. Klare’s “Navigating the Energy Transition,” the past and hopeful […]

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What a Rush

9 Sep , 2014  

Over Labor Day weekend while the seeming majority of campus went home or on a mini vacation, I along with three hundred other girls went through formal recruitment for the greek sorority life at VCU. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “oh she’s one of those girls..” and think what you will, but I’m […]

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Being the Newb

1 Sep , 2014  

The universal idea of being new to a place, group of people, or feeling is one that any person can relate to and understand. The whole concept that The Circle is founded around, the acceptance of every person to create completion, tries to illuminate the feeling of being new or an outsider. Being unfamiliar with […]

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