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HashCash to launch P2P energy trading platform with German Solar Power Company
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Dec 09, 2019 HashCash Consultants enters the energy trading market by partnering with a German solar power company. The proposed collaboration aims to deploy a Blockchain-based platform for peer-to-peer trading of renewable solar energy creating a microgrid of prosumers and consumers. Raj Chowdhury, CEO of HashCash Consultants commented, "Smart contracts will be used to balance the demand and supply of

PUCN approves 1190MW of new solar energy and 590MW of additional energy storage
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Dec 09, 2019 The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan, which will bring an additional 1,190 megawatts of new solar renewable energy projects to Nevada - enough to power 230,000 homes - and an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity. All three projects will be located in southern Nevada and are expected to be completed and serving cus

Detours may make batteries better
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 10, 2019 Here's a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics and solar energy storage. Scientists at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium iron phosphate-based cathodes broadens the avenues through which lithium ions travel. Their theoretical calcu

New method to remove dust on solar panels
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Dec 10, 2019 Taking a cue from the self-cleaning properties of the lotus leaf, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have shed new light on microscopic forces and mechanisms that can be optimized to remove dust from solar panels to maintain efficiency and light absorption. The new technique removed 98% of dust particles. In a new study published in ACS Langmuir, the researchers confirmed th

Renewable energy developer offers 125MW and 300MW solar farm projects in Texas
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Asheville NC (SPX) Dec 10, 2019 Innovative Solar Systems, LLC is offering for immediate acquisition two large-scale solar PV projects in Texas. One project is a 125MW solar PV farm located in Fisher County, Texas, with an expected IA of January 2020 and a COD of December 2021. The second project is a 300MW solar PV farm located in Jones County, Texas, with an expected IA of December 2020 and a COD of February 2023. These

Energy Materials Corporation to help scale-up production of perovskite solar PV panels
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Rochester NY (SPX) Dec 09, 2019 Energy Materials Corporation reports that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office selected EMC to advance perovskite photovoltaic module research and development. The Energy Department's selection supports EMC's ongoing scale-up of high efficiency and stable perovskite solar modules. Leveraging existing pilot scale manufacturing facilities at the Eastman Business Par

JinkoSolar supplies 40 MW to Obton for Almelo Project in the Netherlands
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 09, 2019 JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd, one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, has announced that its affiliate has supplied approximately 40 MW of its ultra-high efficiency Cheetah HC 60 solar modules to Obton, one of the leading global developers and investors of photovoltaic solar energy. The modules were installed in the Almelo project in the Netherlands during

Mapping the energy transport mechanism of chalcogenide perovskite for solar energy use
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 09, 2019 For solar cells to be widely used in the coming decades researchers must resolve two major challenges: increasing efficiency and lowering toxicity. Solar energy works through a process that converts light into energy called the photovoltaic effect. Certain light sensitive materials when packaged together in a "cell" have the ability to convert energy from light into electricity. Most

A study of Saturn's largest moon may offer insights for earth
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2019 Scientists studying the weather and climate of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have reported a significant seasonal variation in its energy budget - that is the amount of solar energy absorbed by the celestial body and the thermal energy it emits. The findings, reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, could lead to new insights about climate on Earth. Titan is the only bod

China to build space-based solar power station by 2035
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Xiamen, China (XNA) Dec 03, 2019 China plans to accomplish a 200-tonne megawatt-level space-based solar power station by 2035, according to the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The space-based solar power station would capture the sun's energy that never makes it to the planet, said Wang Li, a CAST research fellow with the program, when attending the sixth China-Russia Engineering Forum held last week in Xiamen,

New device enables battery-free computer input at the tip of your finger
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Dec 03, 2019 Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways. The device, called Tip-Tap, is inexpensive and battery-free through the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sense when fingertips touch. The device could, therefore, be added to dispos

Researchers discover new way to split and sum photons with silicon
10 Dec 2019 at 7:18am
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 03, 2019 A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Riverside have found a way to produce a long-hypothesized phenomenon - the transfer of energy between silicon and organic, carbon-based molecules - in a breakthrough that has implications for information storage in quantum computing, solar energy conversion and medical imaging. Silicon is one of t


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Solar-Powered Cars: The Future of Personal Transportation?
29 Nov 2019 at 4:14pm
by Ryan Regan
The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles into our daily lives seems like an inevitability that is just around the corner. A recent flurry of activity in the auto industry around solar-powered cars, however, has momentarily supplanted autonomous technology as the most talked about innovation in the industry, as the once fanciful idea starts to enter […] The post Solar-Powered Cars: The Future of Personal Transportation? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

You Can Profoundly Impact Climate Change
31 Oct 2019 at 1:19pm
by Karyn Strickler
Although climate change should frighten you, the question remains, “What can I do about it?” There is a simple, effective way for every American to personally, profoundly impact climate action and it is as close as your local voting booth. Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s 2020 Presidential Voter’s Guide empowers Americans to make climate change a […] The post You Can Profoundly Impact Climate Change appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Climate Change Policy Measures: Identifying Priorities, Particularly Outside of the Usual Suspects
16 Oct 2019 at 4:07pm
by Matthew Chester
With the 2020 Presidential race already heating up, issues surrounding climate change, clean energy, and what policy mechanisms are the most critical ones for the federal government to employ are getting more of a spotlight than ever before. While ideas like research & development, tax credits, and carbon prices are among the first policy levers […] The post Climate Change Policy Measures: Identifying Priorities, Particularly Outside of the Usual Suspects appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Does the U.S. Still Need the Solar Investment Tax Credit?
27 Aug 2019 at 4:44pm
by Ryan Austin
Over the last 10 years, the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which offers a federal income tax credit worth 30% of a homeowner’s solar installation costs, has opened up solar to millions of homeowners by dropping that huge financial hurdle. But the ITC is set to begin phasing out at the end of 2019 and […] The post Does the U.S. Still Need the Solar Investment Tax Credit? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Top Priority Policy Planks for a Green New Deal
7 Aug 2019 at 4:00pm
by Brooks Lape
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a non-profit organization located in Washington DC whose mission is “to accelerate the transition to a new, low-emissions economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy.” The organization works towards these goals through their briefings on Capitol Hill (as well as webcasts, papers, and more) to educate policymakers […] The post Top Priority Policy Planks for a Green New Deal appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Mosaic’s PowerSwitch 6 Residential Home Solar Loans: An Interview with GM of Solar, Erin Talbot
30 Jul 2019 at 2:40pm
by Matthew Chester
Installing solar panels on a household’s rooftop is an exciting moment for any family, but it’s also one that can come with some fear and hesitation due to the high costs. Mosaic is trying to change that and allow all homes to reap  the benefits of installed solar systems. Mosaic is a company that provides […] The post Mosaic’s PowerSwitch 6 Residential Home Solar Loans: An Interview with GM of Solar, Erin Talbot appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As Costs Fall, Global Solar Capacity Ramps Up
25 Jul 2019 at 8:48pm
by Ryan Austin
The US is seeing record amounts of solar energy production recently. In April, renewable energy – including solar, wind, and hydropower – actually outperformed coal for the first in U.S. history. However, solar is still a small percentage of the nation’s overall electricity. How do we compare with the rest of the world? And with […] The post As Costs Fall, Global Solar Capacity Ramps Up appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What are the Best Policy Mechanisms to Combat Climate Change
11 Jul 2019 at 4:38pm
by Matthew Chester
Climate change policy has finally taken a place on the priority of the mainstream population and politicians and candidates looking to represent them. However, climate advocates can no longer support leaders who pass the bar of saying they support climate action, but rather we need to be debating and choosing the specific types of climate […] The post What are the Best Policy Mechanisms to Combat Climate Change appeared first on Solar Tribune.

New Solar Tech Could Outshine Conventional Silicon
28 Jun 2019 at 2:45pm
by Ryan Austin
Silicon is by far the most common material in photovoltaic solar, but that could all change in the next decade as researchers around the world continue to develop new photoelectric materials. In a June 2019 webinar for the publication, Nature Research, University of Notre Dame professor Prashant Kamat walked through some of the most promising […] The post New Solar Tech Could Outshine Conventional Silicon appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Bloomberg Pledges $500 Million to Close All Coal Plants
25 Jun 2019 at 9:58pm
by Ryan Austin
Acclaimed billionaire and former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has promised to donate $500 million towards efforts to close all coal-fired power plants. Beyond the large sum, Bloomberg’s announcement has raised eyebrows thanks to his decision to simply ignore Washington and focus instead on state and local politicians and lobbying. Bloomberg’s pledge Michael Bloomberg, the […] The post Bloomberg Pledges $500 Million to Close All Coal Plants appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Are the 2020 Democratic Candidates Serious About Climate? Twitter Data Says No
18 Jun 2019 at 4:32pm
by Matthew Chester
For clean energy and climate advocates, the Democratic challenger in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election is poised to present a more climate-focused candidate than the incumbent, President Donald Trump. But an analysis of the Twitter histories of the Democratic primary candidates presents a field that largely places climate lower on the list of top policy […] The post Are the 2020 Democratic Candidates Serious About Climate? Twitter Data Says No appeared first on Solar Tribune.

State of the Solar Industry Through the Lens of Solar Summit Attendees
11 Jun 2019 at 4:20am
by Matthew Chester
When the solar industry gathers, those across the field are able to share recent successes, future goals, pressing concerns, and more. On May 14 and 15, hundreds of industry professionals, financiers, and other stakeholders in the solar power industry gathered in Paradise Valley, Arizona, for the 12th annual Solar Summit put on by GreenTech Media […] The post State of the Solar Industry Through the Lens of Solar Summit Attendees appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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