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Nanocrystal 'factory' could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Raleigh NC (SPX) Mar 15, 2019 North Carolina State University researchers have developed a microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots across the entire spectrum of visible light. The system drastically reduces manufacturing costs, can be tuned on demand to any color and allows for real-time process monitoring to ensure quality control. Over the last two decades, colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, k

Solar Steel will supply solar-powered irrigation based on TracSmarT+ single-axis tracker
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 25, 2019 Solar Steel, division of Gonvarri Steel Services will supply three new installations of solar-powered irrigation systems to different farming exploitations in Spain. These PV irrigation-pumping systems use the most advanced solar tracking technology, present in the single- row TracSmarT+ tracker. With these three new installations, Solar Steel will have delivered a total of 10 solar-powere

New research shows highest energy density all-solid-state batteries now possible
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 25, 2019 Scientists from Tohoku University and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization have developed a new complex hydride lithium superionic conductor that could result in all-solid-state batteries with the highest energy density to date. The researchers say the new material, achieved by designing structures of hydrogen clusters (complex anions), shows markedly high stability against li

Achieving 100 percent renewable energy production
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 22, 2019 There is only one country that is close to achieving 100% renewable energy production (for production of electricity). Costa Rica operated 311 consecutive days in 2018 on renewables driven primarily by hydroelectric power production (75%), followed by geothermal power production (15%), then wind power production (5%), solar power production (4%), and a very small sector of biomass power producti

Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 19, 2019 People don't ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it's needed and for as long as it is wanted, recharge quickly and don't burst into flames. A rash of cell phone fires in 2016 jolted consumer confidence in lithium-ion batteries, a technology that helped usher in modern portable electronics but has been plagued by safety concerns since it was introduced in the 1980s. As interest

New record: Over 16 percent efficiency for single-junction organic solar cells
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 19, 2019 As a promising technology for renewable energy, organic solar cells (OSCs) have attracted particular interest from both industrial and academic communities. One of the main challenges to promote practical applications of OSCs is their less competitive power conversion efficiency than that of the counterpart photovoltaic technologies such as inorganic silicon, CIGS, or perovskite solar cells.

Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 15, 2019 Access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may offer a new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water. The breakthrough, described in a recent issue of the journal Advanced Materials, could be used in disaster situations

Jamaica leads in Richard Branson-backed plan for a Caribbean climate revolution
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Mona, West Indies (SPX) Mar 15, 2019 After hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Caribbean in 2017, devastating dozens of islands - including billionaire Richard Branson's private isle, Necker Island - Branson called for a "Caribbean Marshall Plan." He wanted world powers and global financial institutions to unite to protect the Caribbean against the effects of climate change. That hasn't happened. So Branson and h

Testing space batteries to destruction for cleaner skies
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2019 Engineers descended into bunkers to test space batteries to destruction - through overheating, overcharging, short circuits and even by shooting them with bullets. The three-year test campaign is helping assess the risk of abandoned satellites exploding in orbit due to catastrophic battery reactions. Extreme 'abuse' testing of the current generation of lithium-ion batteries for space took

Mixed-cation perovskite solar cells in space
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 13, 2019 With the continuous improvement of efficiency and stability, perovskite solar cells are gradually approaching practical applications. PSCs may show the special application in space where oxygen and moisture (two major stressors for the stability) barely exist. Publishing in Sci. China-Phys. Mech. Astron., a group of researchers at Peking University in China, led by Dr. Rui Zhu and Prof. Qi

Light from an exotic crystal semiconductor could lead to better solar cells
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Mar 08, 2019 Scientists have found a new way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Materials Today. Their discovery involves crystals called hybrid perovskites, which consist of interlocking organic and inorganic materials, and they have shown great prom

Energise Africa launches UK crowd campaign to raise funds for solar in Africa
25 Mar 2019 at 10:12pm
London, UK (SPX) Mar 11, 2019 Azuri Technologies, a leader in pay-as-you-go solar in Africa and crowdfunding platform Energise Africa has announced the latest phase of debt financing from UK impact investors to deliver affordable, clean energy and help solve the energy crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. The Azuri and Energise Africa collaboration plans to raise 2.5 million pounds for pay-as-you-go-solar and help more than 1


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Cannabis Growers Embracing Solar and Storage to Cut Energy Bills
18 Mar 2019 at 4:21pm
by Ryan Austin
Cannabis operations are increasingly looking to renewables and batteries to offset sky-high electricity costs. With marijuana now legal in 30 states (either for recreational or medicinal use), the cannabis industry is big business. Since legal sales first began in 2014, the industry has exploded. In 2018, it raked in $10.4 billion and experts expect it […] The post Cannabis Growers Embracing Solar and Storage to Cut Energy Bills appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Investing in Solar: Beyond Rooftop PV
11 Mar 2019 at 2:42pm
by Matthew Chester
Integrating solar power into your life to enhance your renewable energy credentials and decrease your carbon footprint isn’t restricted to rooftop installations. Rather, many personal products exist to let you hop aboard the solar train! Solar power has rapidly transitioned from a niche technology into one which only businesses or households with lots of disposable […] The post Investing in Solar: Beyond Rooftop PV appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Future of Solar Energy in Manufacturing
4 Mar 2019 at 7:27pm
by Nathan Falde
The manufacturing economy is currently under-utilizing solar energy. But the long-term prospects for solar in this sector are excellent. In fact, manufacturing and solar could be a match made in heaven. A handful of American manufacturers have already jumped on the solar bandwagon. Many more will likely join them soon. Solar energy in manufacturing is […] The post The Future of Solar Energy in Manufacturing appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What Will 100% Renewable Energy Look Like?
19 Feb 2019 at 5:25am
by Ryan Austin
As Hawaii, California, and even some in the federal government move forward on legislation to move towards 100% renewable energy, utilities are finding paths to meet these goals, mainly focusing on solar panels, wind, and batteries for energy storage. But what exactly does 100% renewable look like, and how long will it take? When Representative […] The post What Will 100% Renewable Energy Look Like? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Solar Power Enthusiasts at a Young Age
4 Feb 2019 at 3:11pm
by Matthew Chester
While Whitney Houston famously told us that the children are our future, those advocating for a clean energy transition also contend that solar power is the future. Both are sage forecasts, and as such, educating children about solar power and its importance must not be overlooked– luckily, many avenues exist for these efforts. A major […] The post Inspiring the Next Generation of Solar Power Enthusiasts at a Young Age appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What is the Green New Deal and What Could it Mean for Solar Energy?
28 Jan 2019 at 2:09am
by Nathan Falde
In a speech at the 1932 Democratic Convention, Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a “new deal for the American people,” and once elected he kept his word. The New Deal put millions of people back to work and provided essential social services to the most deprived and vulnerable. It also permanently altered public perceptions about the […] The post What is the Green New Deal and What Could it Mean for Solar Energy? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

LO3 Energy and eMotorWerks Combine EVs with Renewable Microgrids
21 Jan 2019 at 3:51am
by Ryan Austin
LO3 Energy and eMotorWerks are joining forces on a new project that would allow electric vehicles (EVs) to connect to energy microgrids and utilities to use EVs as a collective energy resource during times of peak energy demand. This partnership comes at a time when utilities are increasingly wondering how they can use EVs as […] The post LO3 Energy and eMotorWerks Combine EVs with Renewable Microgrids appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Was 2018 the Year of the Home Battery?
14 Jan 2019 at 4:33am
by Ryan Austin
2018 turned out to be a pretty good year for batteries. Prices continued to fall and a handful of states like New York, Colorado and Florida created new policies to drive adoption from storage mandates to new net metering and interconnection policies, as well as new incentives specifically for energy storage. With more homeowners installing […] The post Was 2018 the Year of the Home Battery? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Strategies to Minimize the Oft-Overlooked Soft Costs of Solar Installations
7 Jan 2019 at 3:33pm
by Matthew Chester
Despite many people assuming that the bulk of upfront solar power costs come from the manufacture of solar PV panels, soft costs– such as planning and installation labor– actually account for well over half of the average solar system.  Minimizing these soft costs presents great opportunity to increase the access to residential solar and hasten […] The post Strategies to Minimize the Oft-Overlooked Soft Costs of Solar Installations appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Answering the Internet’s Pressing Solar Questions Using The Open PV Project
3 Dec 2018 at 3:08pm
by Matthew Chester
While solar power continues its accelerated adoption in the U.S. market, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tracks photovoltaic (PV) installations nationwide. As the sector evolves, this tool provides invaluable access to public data. The Open PV Project, run and operated by NREL, tracks and makes publicly available such solar data and provides vital information […] The post Answering the Internet’s Pressing Solar Questions Using The Open PV Project appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy
26 Nov 2018 at 3:40am
by Ryan Austin
On November ballots, voters across 3 states said no to 3 different bills designed to encourage the growth of clean and renewable energy. The success or failure of these high-stakes propositions led organizations on both sides to spend tens of millions of dollars on campaigns. Arizona Voters Say No to 50% RPS Goal At the […] The post Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition
13 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Technocrats, sitting in their colorful offices in Silicon Valley and the hallowed halls of Cambridge institutions, would have us believe that to solve the biggest global energy challenges, we will need to journey down a path of massive, unprecedented disruption.  Ubiquitous presentations promise to digitize the world’s problems away, and assure us that legacy utilities […] The post Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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