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Roundtable Discussion on Clean Energy and Fuels on Oct. 14th

The Carolinas Clean Air Coalition is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on Clean Energy and Clean Fuels at UNC-Charlotte on Tuesday, October 7th from 7-9PM. The on-campus location has yet to be determined, but it would be an awesome event to attend after the Earth Club meeting!

The event will be the second in a 4-week series of roundtable discussions about climate change and North Carolina’s energy future sponsored by the Carolinas Clean Air Coalition.  All of the discussions are free and open to the public.

We’ll have an update available when the on-campus location is announced. See you there!

Solar as Inexpensive as Coal?

Over at EcoGeek, there’s an article about a solar company whose goal is to make their solar installations as cheap as the current costs per kilowatt of coal. Granted, nothing is as expensive as coal’s embodied cost.

Sunrgi hopes to reduce the price of solar power to $0.05/kW through the use of their “Extreme Concentrated Photovoltaics.” Basically, they’re concentrating the amount of light that reaches the PVs by putting large magnifying glasses above them. Sunrgi explains the technology a bit further here. Sunrgi has also created a cooling system for their installation, so buyers won’t have to worry about the PVs heating up to extreme temperatures.

For the sake of our planet, I hope Sunrgi reaches its goal. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to install one of their systems atop the SAC, or the new student union.

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