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Army discovery opens path to safer batteries
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Adelphi MD (SPX) May 13, 2019 Soldiers carrying 15-25 pounds of batteries could carry batteries a fraction of the weight but with the same energy and improved safety, a new study shows. In the latest issue of the journal Nature, researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory known as ARL, and the University of Maryland demonstrated a t

A step for a promising new battery to store clean energy
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Columbus OH (SPX) May 15, 2019 Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. In a study published Friday in the journal Batteries and Supercaps, researchers from The Ohio State University detailed their findings centering around the construction of t

Fluoride radically improves the stability of perovskite solar cells
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) May 15, 2019 Solar cells made of perovskite hold much promise for the future of solar energy. The material is cheap, easy to produce and almost as efficient as silicon, the material traditionally used in solar cells. However, perovskite degrades quickly, severely limiting its efficiency and stability over time. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, energy research institute DIFFER, Pekin

DNV GL launches SolarFarmer PV plant modelling software to handle complex terrain
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Hovik, Norway (SPX) May 15, 2019 DNV GL's SolarFarmer software for modelling, design and analysis of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants can accurately and efficiently handle the demands of layouts in increasingly complex terrain. As the demand for solar energy increases, solar plant design are becoming more challenging as the terrain becomes more complex. This will require PV plant design software that can perform more reliab

Solar FlexRack's Install Base Exceeds a Half a Gigawatt in Canada
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Youngstown OH (SPX) May 15, 2019 Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, reports it has successfully installed over 550 MW of solar projects in Canada. The accomplishment brings Solar FlexRack's total to more than 2 GW worldwide. Global single-axis tracker sales increased by over 40% in 2018 according to IHS Markit*. Solar FlexRack

Solvent additive-free ternary polymer solar cells with 16 pecentt efficiency
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Beinjing, China (SPX) May 15, 2019 It has become a hot topic to further improve the efficiency of polymer solar cells (PSCs) from device physics. Ternary strategy provides a very potential solution for simultaneous optimization of materials selection and device fabrication process. Since 2013, Prof. Fujun Zhang's group focused on the research of ternary PSCs. Zhang's group has carried out a series of researches on ternary s

Breakthrough in new material to harness solar power could transform energy
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Toledo OH (SPX) May 15, 2019 The most affordable, efficient way to harness the cleanest, most abundant renewable energy source in the world is one step closer to reality. The University of Toledo physicist pushing the performance of solar cells to levels never before reached made a significant breakthrough in the chemical formula and process to make the new material. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Depart

New Argonne coating could have big implications for lithium batteries
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Lemont IL (SPX) May 15, 2019 Coating provides extra layer of protection for battery cathodes. Building a better lithium-ion battery involves addressing a myriad of factors simultaneously, from keeping the battery's cathode electrically and ionically conductive to making sure that the battery stays safe after many cycles. In a new discovery, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Lab

Fluoride boosts the stability of perovskite solar cells
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Washington (UPI) May 13, 2019 The addition of a small amount of fluoride, the same chemical added to municipal water to prevent tooth decay, increases the stability of perovskite solar cells. Perovskite is the cheapest solar cell material available, and its efficiency has been rapidly improving. Unfortunately, it's not all that durable. Perovskite degrades quickly, undermining its long-term reliability. Over

Secrets of fluorescent microalgae could lead to super-efficient solar cells
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Birmingham UK (SPX) May 10, 2019 Tiny light-emitting microalgae, found in the ocean, could hold the secret to the next generation of organic solar cells, according to new research carried out at the Universities of Birmingham and Utrecht. Microalgae are probably the oldest surviving living organisms on the planet. They have evolved over billions of years to possess light harvesting systems that are up to 95 per cent effic

Copper oxide photocathodes: laser experiment reveals location of efficiency loss
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 10, 2019 Copper oxide (Cu2O) is a very promising candidate for future solar energy conversion: as a photocathode, the copper oxide (a semiconductor) might be able to use sunlight to electrolytically split water and thus generate hydrogen, a fuel that can chemically store the energy of sunlight. Copper oxide has a band gap of 2 electron volts, which matches up very well with the energy spectrum of s

Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles
17 May 2019 at 1:18pm
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) May 09, 2019 Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo. The researchers have developed a new fuel cell that lasts at least 10 times longer than current technology, an improvement that would make them economically practical, if mass-produced, to power vehicles


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The History of Solar Energy
22 Apr 2019 at 5:03pm
by Ryan Austin
Today, we equate solar energy with electricity, but that wasn’t always the case. Throughout history and across the world, people have always placed huge importance on the sun. The Incans had Inti, whose children he sent to the earth to create civilization. The Egyptians had the all-powerful Ra, who controlled the sky, earth, and underworld. […] The post The History of Solar Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Power Keeps Pounding with Panels Installed on Bank of America Stadium
12 Apr 2019 at 4:48pm
by Matthew Chester
North Carolina is among the U.S. leaders in solar power installations, and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers are now joining as solar leaders in the sports industry with POWERHOME Solar installing panels on the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium to reduce energy costs and the stadium’s carbon footprint. When the National Football League joined the Green […] The post Solar Power Keeps Pounding with Panels Installed on Bank of America Stadium appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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