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The long road to clean energy
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Paris (AFP) Sept 18, 2019 The vital transition to a zero-carbon economy is likely to be a long and rocky road. So-called green energy is booming, but not fast enough to curb climate change, which is accelerating at an alarming pace as oil, gas and coal consumption soar. - Booming renewables - Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro: over the past decade, global production capacity of renewable energies has increa

Flexible solar cells a step closer to reality
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Warwick UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2019 Solar cells that use mixtures of organic molecules to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity, that can be applied to curved surfaces such as the body of a car, could be a step closer thanks to a discovery that challenges conventional thinking about one of the key components of these devices. A basic organic solar cell consists of a thin film of organic semiconductors sandwiched betw

Since cooling demand is primarily driven by the sun, could it also be powered by the sun?
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 12, 2019 The study is a collaborative effort of an international team of solar energy experts from Aalto University of Finland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology). It analyses the intersection of two dominant trends in the energy sector during the 21st century: the impetus to decarbonise the energy sector to mitigate dangerous anthropogeni

Silicon carbide more efficient as a semiconductor
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 09, 2019 In power electronics, semiconductors are based on the element silicon - but the energy efficiency of silicon carbide would be much higher. Physicists of the University of Basel, the Paul Scherrer Institute and ABB explain what exactly is preventing the use of this combination of silicon and carbon in the scientific journal Applied Physics Letters. Energy consumption is growing across the g

Renewable energy surges as power emissions keep rising: UN
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Paris (AFP) Sept 5, 2019 Energy from increasingly-competitive renewable sources such as wind and solar has quadrupled globally in just a decade, the United Nations said Thursday, but insatiable demand saw power sector emissions rise 10 percent. Worldwide investment in renewables since 2009 is on course to hit $2.6 trillion (2.35 trillion euros) by the end of the year, largely driven by "spectacular" falls in the pri

Investors with $11 trn in assets pledge shift from fossil fuels:report
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Cape Town (AFP) Sept 9, 2019 Institutional investors holding assets worth $11 trillion have now pledged to divest from fossil fuel assets, a significant jump in the number committing to clean energy, a report said on Monday. A growing number of investment and wealth funds have been looking to pull away from fossil fuels and shift to renewables, especially since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The $11 tri

A decade of renewable energy investment, led by solar, tops over $2T
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Sep 09, 2019 Global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade - 2010 to 2019 inclusive - is on course to hit USD 2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology, according to new figures just published. According to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 report, released ahead of the UN Global Climate Action Summit, t

Scaling Up The Production Of Highly Efficient Solar Modules
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Sep 05, 2019 The European Union has awarded 10.6 million euro in funding to HIPERION. This grant will aid in establishing a pilot assembly line to bring breakthrough photovoltaic technology, designed by Swiss startup Insolight, closer to market. HIPERION was set up by a 16-member consortium of research organizations and leading industry partners and is being coordinated by CSEM. It will ultimately stre

Agrivoltaics proves mutually beneficial across food, water, energy nexus
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 05, 2019 Building resilience in renewable energy and food production is a fundamental challenge in today's changing world, especially in regions susceptible to heat and drought. Agrivoltaics, the co-locating of agriculture and solar photovoltaic panels, offers a possible solution, with new University of Arizona-led research reporting positive impacts on food production, water savings and the efficiency o

Coating developed by Stanford researchers brings lithium metal battery closer to reality
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 27, 2019 Hope has been restored for the rechargeable lithium metal battery - a potential battery powerhouse relegated for decades to the laboratory by its short life expectancy and occasional fiery demise while its rechargeable sibling, the lithium-ion battery, now rakes in more than $30 billion a year. A new coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long lasting, a boon for d

Tiny tweaks for big wins in solar cells
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 27, 2019 Solar cells that rely on perovskites to harvest sunlight are bound to gain in energy conversion efficiency thanks to an atomic-level understanding of the structure-property relationship of these photovoltaic materials. Researchers from the KAUST Solar Center monitored the impact of compositional changes on the structural organization and photovoltaic properties of perovskite thin films in situ1,

How to have an all-renewable electric grid
18 Sep 2019 at 11:55am
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2019 The main solution to climate change is well known - stop burning fossil fuels. How to do this is more complicated, but as a scholar who does energy modeling, I and others see the outlines of a post-fossil-fuel future: We make electricity with renewable sources and electrify almost everything. That means running vehicles and trains on electricity, heating buildings with electric heat pumps,


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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 Environmental and Energy Study Institute
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.

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.


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