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Qatar signs $470 mn solar deal
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Doha (AFP) Jan 19, 2020 Gas-rich Qatar signed a $470-million deal on Sunday to build its first solar energy plant, capable of meeting up to one-tenth of peak national power demand. The Al-Kharsaah plant, near the capital, is a 10-square-kilometre (4-sq-mile) joint venture with French and Japanese partners due for completion in 2022 ahead of the football World Cup. "Eight times the solar power pledged in the Wor

Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Klang, Malaysia (AFP) Jan 16, 2020 Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the "Interceptor" is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world's waters of plastic. Trash is being dumped into seas and rivers in enormous quantities, polluting vital habitats, endangering a kaleidoscope of marine life and sullying once pristine tourist spots. Some eight million ton

Altus Power teams up with Blackstone to raise $850M for solar development and investment
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Greenwich CT (SPX) Jan 15, 2020 Altus Power America, Inc. reports that Blackstone, through its GSO Capital Partners LP ("GSO") and Blackstone Insurance Solutions ("BIS") groups, has led a recapitalization with $850 million of funded and committed capital to refinance the existing capital structure and fund future development. The recapitalization consists of preferred and minority equity and investment grade-rated debt f

Some batteries can be pushed too far
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Houston TX (SPX) Jan 15, 2020 Intentional defects in batteries have given Rice University scientists a window into the hazards of pushing lithium-ion cells too far. New simulations by Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Kaiqi Yang, detailed in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, shows too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries.

Energy experts say the the 2020s will be the Decade of Solar
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 13, 2020 For the next 10 years, we will likely witness an impressive increase in solar energy, not only due to specific renewable energy goals, but also as a result of generational change that is shifting how the world works. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced last year a goal for solar power to reach 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030, naming the 2020s "the Solar+

Jolywood Supply N type solar panel to the biggest bifacial Solar plant in Middle East
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Suzhou, China (SPX) Jan 14, 2020 Jolywood (Suzhou) Sunwatt Co. Ltd. has been named the exclusive bifacial module supplier for the world's largest single-unit N-type solar power station in Oman, Middle East. Jolywood has delivered 105MWac of solar power to the Marubeni Corporation's latest power station using its revolutionary N-type high efficiency bifacial solar cells and modules from June 2019. The power station, will b

A new method to study lithium dendrites could lead to better, safer batteries
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
University Park PA (SPX) Jan 10, 2020 Lithium ion batteries often grow needle-like structures between electrodes that can short out the batteries and sometimes cause fires. Now, an international team of researchers has found a way to grow and observe these structures to understand ways to stop or prevent their appearance. "It is difficult to detect the nucleation of such a whisker and observe its growth because it is tiny," sa

A breath of fresh air for longer-running batteries
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jan 10, 2020 DGIST researchers are improving the performance of lithium-air batteries, bringing us closer to electric cars that can use oxygen to run longer before they need to recharge. In their latest study, published in the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, they describe how they fabricated an electrode using nickel cobalt sulphide nanoflakes on a sulphur-doped graphene, leading to a long-life b

ib vogt sells and constructs 180 MWp PV plant in Spain
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jan 10, 2020 ib vogt announces the sale and start of construction of the 180 MWp "Bienvenida" photovoltaic project in Badajoz, Spain. The Talanx Group, one of the major European insurance groups and institutional investor, has acquired the plant. ib vogt has set up an innovative long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project with Shell Energy Europe and will perform all operational contracts for th

Reversing electrons' course through nature's solar cells
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
St. Louis MO (SPX) Jan 10, 2020 Think of a train coming down the tracks to a switch point where it could go either to the right or the left - and it always goes to the right. Photosynthetic organisms have a similar switch point. After sunlight is absorbed, energy transfers rapidly to a protein called the reaction center. From this point, the electrons could move either to an A-branch (or "right-track") set of molecules,

Power dressing
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jan 08, 2020 Wearable electronics could be perpetually powered by stretchy, self-mending materials that use body heat to generate electricity. Three carefully curated organic compounds have been combined to develop a prototype thermoelectric material that is both stretchy and self-healing, can generate its own electricity, and is robust enough to withstand the stresses and strains of daily life. Sensor

JinkoSolar partners with SISP to develop solar cells for space applications
22 Jan 2020 at 1:39am
Shanghai, China (SPX) Jan 08, 2020 JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports the Company has signed an MOU with Shanghai Institute of Space Power-Sources (SISP) to co-develop high efficiency solar cell technology for both space and terrestrial applications. Innovators and engineers from both sides will co-develop space-based photovoltaic cells with a more efficient, low-cost, robust silicon wafer as the supporting bottom substra


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Solar Industry Overcomes Trump, Thrives in 2019
27 Dec 2019 at 5:18pm
by Ryan Regan
The U.S. solar industry faced its share of headwinds heading into 2019, but through it all, the industry showed remarkable resiliency and is poised to experience another year of solid growth. Record-Breaking Quarter The record-breaking pace of solar PV adoption in the United States showed little sign of letting up in 2019. This was the […] The post Solar Industry Overcomes Trump, Thrives in 2019 appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar-Powered Cars: The Future of Personal Transportation?
29 Nov 2019 at 4:14pm
by Ryan Regan
The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles into our daily lives seems like an inevitability that is just around the corner. A recent flurry of activity in the auto industry around solar-powered cars, however, has momentarily supplanted autonomous technology as the most talked about innovation in the industry, as the once fanciful idea starts to enter […] The post Solar-Powered Cars: The Future of Personal Transportation? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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