11/9/2005:

Intermediate Word:  chimera (a) illusion  (b) dragon with ten heads  (c) fire-breathing lion, goat, and serpent combination  (d) something that looks different from what it actually is
Difficult Word: - gallus 
(a) excrescence on a tree bole encapsulating a parasite  (b) de-burring file  (c) suspender  (d) unprogrammed hiatus

Solar panel installers on roof.  Image: Dulas ltd Department of Trade and Industry 'damaging' green power sector  - BBC  Two schemes providing financial support for small green energy schemes are ending this year, and the replacement programmes have yet to materialise. Since 2002, they have disbursed about 43m (US$75m) in grants towards small-scale solar PV projects, solar hot-water systems, micro-wind installations, wood stoves and ground-based heat-pumps, either at the level of individual households or small communities. Typically they fund 10-50% of a project's cost. LCB is about developing "...a whole strategy that will create a sustainable market for the future," rather than just capital grants.
Bright ideas Developing technologies for a low carbon future  - BBC    One of the materials PV21 is working with is cadmium telluride (CdTe); the maximum efficiency obtained for CdTe solar cells so far is around 16%. Professor Durose believes that could almost be doubled, though the science involved is, he says, "ambitious," involving changing the electrical properties of the boundaries between CdTe crystals. Laurie Peter from Bath University is working on something which could eventually be cheaper still - the excitonic solar cell. "Light is absorbed by molecules similar to chlorophyll; and then a second step is used to produce electricity."   

Graph showing rapid growth in solar PV over last decade.

Funds to promote renewable energy  - BBC  The Low Carbon Buildings fund replaces two previous government schemes, the Clear Skies and Major PV Demonstration programmes, which have disbursed about 43m over the last four years. The Low Carbon Buildings fund replaces two previous government schemes, the Clear Skies and Major PV Demonstration programmes, which have disbursed about 43m over the last four years. "We are pleased to see the government giving some priority to micro-renewables," he told the BBC News website, "but in terms of the size of funding, it looks like a backwards step. "It won't accelerate the growth in this sector, and our objective and theirs is that the sector should be growing." The 2003 Energy White Paper set a goal of stimulating Britain's nascent micro-renewables industry, which has seen a rapid rise in the installation of photovoltaic solar cells, solar thermal hot-water systems, and heat pumps.  




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