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Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 07, 2019 Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground. A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability. Using drought-pr

Using mountains for long-term energy storage
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Batteries are rapidly becoming less expensive and might soon offer a cheap short-term solution to store energy for daily energy needs. However, the long-term storage capabilities of batteries, for example, in a yearly cycle, will not be economically viable. Although pumped-hydro storage (PHS) technologies are an economically feasible choice for long-term energy storage with large capacitie

Skoltech scientists developed superfast charging high-capacity potassium batteries based on organic
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University showed that high-capacity high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without using lithium or other rare elements. In addition, they demonstrated impressive stability of cathode materials and record high energy density in fast charge/

'Messy' production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost. The surprising findings, published in Nature Photonics, are the result of a collaborative project, led by Dr Fel

Canadian Solar signs 190MWp of solar power projects in Brazil
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has been awarded two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 190.5 MWp in the 7th Brazilian Federal Auction held in October 2019. This was the first time that solar participated in an A-6 energy auction. The Brazilian government allocated a total of 2,979 MW of generation capacity, of which 530 MW was solar. Canadian Solar will develop and build the 152.4 M

New efficiency world record for organic solar modules
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 A research team from Nuremberg and Erlangen has set a new record for the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic modules (OPV). The scientists from Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU), the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE), and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nurnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN), a branch of Forschungszentrum Julich, in cooperat

Freedom Solar signs contract for major solar power installation at Lost Pines Toyota in Bastrop
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2019 Austin-based Freedom Solar has announced it has signed a contract with Lost Pines Toyota in Bastrop for a major solar power installation that will make Lost Pines the first automotive dealership in Bastrop to go solar. "Lost Pines Toyota is already a leader in green initiatives, and with this installation, they will take a giant leap forward in terms of sustainability and cost savings," sa

The US Department of Energy announces $128M plan to boost solar
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced plans to spend $128 million in new projects to advance solar technologies. The funding will go toward 75 research projects that are expected to cut solar costs while simultaneously increasing manufacturing and making solar energy systems better prepared and resistant to cyberattacks. The recent announcement but the DOE has leaders in t

Scientists design new grid batteries for renewable energy
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2019 How do you store renewable energy so it's there when you need it, even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Giant batteries designed for the electrical grid - called flow batteries, which store electricity in tanks of liquid electrolyte - could be the answer, but so far utilities have yet to find a cost-effective battery that can reliably power thousands of homes throughout a li

Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 11, 2019 The ability to transform sunlight into energy is one of Nature's more remarkable feats. Scientists understand the basic process of photosynthesis, but many crucial details remain elusive, occurring at dimensions and fleeting time scales long deemed too minuscule to probe. Now, that is changing. In a new study, led by Petra Fromme and Nadia Zatsepin at the Biodesign Center for Applied

MiaSole breaks world record with Large Area Flexible Photovoltaic Module with 18.64 percent efficiency
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Santa Clara CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2019 MiaSole, the leading flexible thin-film solar solution provider, announced that the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has independently confirmed an 18.64% aperture area efficiency on a commercial size flexible PV module (aperture area 1.08m2). The cells and record module were made using the MiaSole production equipment in Santa Clara, California. "This latest achievement i

UK needs to act to prevent electric vehicle battery waste mountain
12 Nov 2019 at 7:39am
Birmingham UK (SPX) Nov 07, 2019 Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, storing up a potentially huge waste management problem for the future, according to a new study. A review of lithium ion battery recycling led by the University of Birmingham suggests that, while electric vehicles (EVs) offer a solution for cutting pollution, g


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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.

Renewables Exceed Coal for the First Time Ever
20 May 2019 at 5:09pm
by Ryan Austin
The U.S. renewable energy sector reached a significant milestone in April when government projections showed renewable energy sources beating coal generation nationwide for the first time in history, a trend that continued into May. While the flip is partially brought on by the seasonality of hydro and coal generation, it shows that we’re in the […] The post Renewables Exceed Coal for the First Time Ever appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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