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Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Bristol UK (SPX) Aug 15, 2019 An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol, has worked out a way to improve energy storage devices called supercapacitors, by designing a new class of detergents chemically related to laxatives. Their paper, published in the journal Nature Materials, explains why these detergents, called ionic liquids, are better electrolytes than

NASA's portable trash bin-sized nuclear power module to be ready by 2022
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2019 The reactor is expected to fulfil a variety of tasks on the red planet, ranging from supplying astronauts with heat and air, to powering 3D printers that will be used for constructing buildings. NASA's Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group has stated that its portable nuclear reactor, called Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling TechnologY (KRUSTY), will be ready to fly to Mars by 202

Strategic Solar Sourcing equips small and medium size companies to compete in solar
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 17, 2019 A group of seasoned wind and solar industry executives have launched a new company, Strategic Solar Sourcing, that is the first to offer small and medium-sized solar businesses supply chain management outsourcing services and products previously available only to large organizations, including low-cost equipment pricing on modules, inverters and racking with resulting significant bottom-line imp

Organic dye in zinc oxide interlayer stabilizes and boosts the performance of organic solar cells
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 17, 2019 Organic solar cells are made of cheap and abundant materials, but their efficiency and stability still lag behind those of silicon-based solar cells. A Chinese-German team of scientists has found a way to enhance the electric conductivity of organic solar cells, which increases their performances. Doping the metal oxide interlayer, which connected the electrode and active layer, with a modified

WTO to set up panel to judge US-China solar panel dispute
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Geneva (AFP) Aug 15, 2019 The World Trade Organization agreed Thursday to China's request to create a dispute panel tasked with judging whether US tariffs on solar panels violate international trade rules. The trade restrictions were imposed by President Donald Trump's administration last year, part of a raft of measures initiated by Washington that have triggered a tit-for-tat tariff war between the world's top two

Mapping the energetic landscape of solar cells
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Aug 15, 2019 A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualise the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. It was developed by a research team led by Prof. Dr Yana Vaynzof, a physicist at Heidelberg University. This novel visualisation technique enables scientists to study the physical principles of organic photovoltaics with extreme precision and to b

Scientists discover key factors in how some algae harness solar energy
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 15, 2019 Scientists have discovered how diatoms - a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen - harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate change from fossil fuel burning. Oceans

New perovskite material shows early promise as an alternative to silicon
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 09, 2019 Silicon dominates solar energy products - it is stable, cheap, and efficient at turning sunlight into electricity. Any new material taking on silicon must compete, and win, on those grounds. As a result of an international research collaboration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate Univer

How much energy storage costs must fall to reach renewable energy's full potential
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 08, 2019 The cost of energy storage will be critical in determining how much renewable energy can contribute to the decarbonization of electricity. But how far must energy storage costs fall? In a study published August 7 in the journal Joule, MIT researchers answer this question. They quantify cost targets for storage technologies to enable solar and wind energy with storage to reach competitivene

Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 09, 2019 The most productive places on Earth for solar power are farmlands, according to an Oregon State University study. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, finds that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand. The concept of co-developing the same area of land for both solar photovoltaic

New design strategy brightens up the future of perovskite-based light-emitting diodes
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 09, 2019 Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology discover a new strategy to design incredibly efficient perovskite-based LEDs with record-setting brightness by leveraging the quantum confinement effect. Several techniques for generation of light from electricity have been developed over the years. Devices that can emit light when an electric current is applied, are referred to as electrolumines

Researchers develop method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential
21 Aug 2019 at 11:12am
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 08, 2019 Industry figures show the global rate of solar energy installations grew by 30 percent in one recent year, and the average cost of installing solar has fallen from $7 per watt to $2.8 per watt, making rooftop solar attractive to many more homeowners. But the progress of rooftop installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labo


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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.

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.


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