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Beware of blind alleys in the search for the sun

There are reasons to be wary of the frantic promotion of solar photovoltaic electricity, lithium-ion battery storage and electric cars, and the neglect of solar thermal power

Two years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew praise from the rest of the world by taking the lead, with France, in forming an International Solar Alliance of tropical countries to harness…Read More

Deep sea mining could help develop mass solar energy

Mining the deep seabed for abundant deposits of tellurium, an essential ingredient in thin-film technology, could make it possible to tap much more of solar energy. But is it worth the risk?

Scientists have just discovered massive amounts of a rare metal called tellurium, a key element in cutting-edge solar technology. But there’s a catch. The deposit is found…Read More