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Breakthrough in organic electronics
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jan 15, 2019 Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a simple new tweak that could double the efficiency of organic electronics. OLED-displays, plastic-based solar cells and bioelectronics are just some of the technologies that could benefit from their new discovery, which deals with "double-doped" polymers. The majority of our everyday electronics are based on inorg

Global Commission describes new geopolitical power dynamics created by renewable energy
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Abu Dhabi, UAE (SPX) Jan 14, 2019 Political and business leaders from around the world have outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. In a new report launched at the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation says the geopolitical and socio-economic cons

ASU engineers break solar cell record
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jan 14, 2019 Arizona State University researchers continue to break solar cell efficiency records in an effort to harness the sun's energy more economically as a renewable source for electricity. Last year, Assistant Professor Zachary Holman and Assistant Research Professor Zhengshan "Jason" Yu in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering set a world record of 23.6 percent efficiency for a tandem sola

Cartilage could be key to safe 'structural batteries'
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jan 11, 2019 Your knees and your smartphone battery have some surprisingly similar needs, a University of Michigan professor has discovered, and that new insight has led to a "structural battery" prototype that incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the batteries highly durable and easy to shape. The idea behind structural batteries is to store energy in structural components - the wing of a dr

New materials could help improve the performance of perovskite solar cells
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Portsmouth UK (SPX) Jan 11, 2019 New research could lead to the design of new materials to help improve the performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Perovskite solar cells are an emerging photovoltaic technology that has seen a remarkable rise in power conversion ef?ciency to above 20 per cent. However, PSC performance is affected as the perovskite material contains ion defects that can move around over the cou

A new way to measure solar panel degradation
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 11, 2019 Despite many benefits and relative popularity as a renewable energy source, eventually, the sun does set on even the best solar panels. Over time, solar cells face damage from weather, temperature changes, soiling, and UV exposure. Solar cells also require inspections to maintain cell performance levels and reduce economic losses. So, how does one inspect panels in real time, in a way that

New catalysts for better fuel cells
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Jan 10, 2019 Researchers at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) have developed nano-catalysts that can reduce the overall cost of clean energy fuel cells, according to a study published in the journal of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) transform the chemical energy produced during a reaction between hydrogen fuel and oxygen in

Model predicts lithium-ion batteries most competitive for storage applications by 2030
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 10, 2019 When leasing or buying a car, it's important to consider not just the sticker price, but the long-term recurring costs, such as gas and maintenance. Deciding how we're going to invest in clean energy storage requires a similar analysis, say researchers at Imperial College London. They developed a model to determine the lifetime costs of 9 electricity storage technologies for 12 different a

NREL details great potential for floating PV systems
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Golden CO (SPX) Jan 09, 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made U.S. reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation's annual electricity production. Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, reveal for the first time the potential for floating PV to produce electric

UTokyo engineers create a wireless charger you can easily cut to shape
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 09, 2019 Researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a new system to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and smartwatches wirelessly. The method involves a cuttable, flexible power transfer sheet which charges devices wirelessly and can be molded or even cut with scissors to fit different-shaped surfaces and objects. "I really wish to live in a wireless world," says Ryo Takahashi o

Seawater turns into freshwater through solar energy
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Turin, Italy (SPX) Jan 08, 2019 According to FAO estimates, by 2025 nearly 2 billion people may not have enough drinking water to satisfy their daily needs. One of the possible solutions to this problem is desalination, namely treating seawater to make it drinkable. However, removing salt from seawater requires 10 to 1000 times more energy than traditional methods of freshwater supply, namely pumping water from rivers or wells

How to spot every solar panel in the United States
16 Jan 2019 at 9:39am
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 02, 2019 Solar panels now account for over 10% of total electricity generation in some U.S. states, such as California. But policy-makers, utility companies, and engineers still find it difficult to put an accurate number on the country's total solar power installation, let alone to describe what factors make solar power thrive in certain areas and not others. Now, researchers at Stanford Universit


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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 solar 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 […] 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.

Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy
26 Nov 2018 at 3:40am
by Ryan Austin
On November ballots, voters across 3 states said no to 3 different bills designed to encourage the growth of clean and renewable energy. The success or failure of these high-stakes propositions led organizations on both sides to spend tens of millions of dollars on campaigns. Arizona Voters Say No to 50% RPS Goal At the […] The post Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition
13 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Technocrats, sitting in their colorful offices in Silicon Valley and the hallowed halls of Cambridge institutions, would have us believe that to solve the biggest global energy challenges, we will need to journey down a path of massive, unprecedented disruption.  Ubiquitous presentations promise to digitize the world’s problems away, and assure us that legacy utilities […] The post Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec
5 Nov 2018 at 4:30pm
by Matthew Chester
Most exciting innovations in solar energy relate to improved solar panel efficiencies or software solutions to improve the business case of adopting solar, but Esdec shows that saving time and money on installation of solar systems can provide a huge boon to the solar industry. Installation of rooftop solar panels can require one to three […] The post Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption
15 Oct 2018 at 11:07pm
by Ryan Austin
Since 2008, the U.S. has seen a veritable explosion of not just residential solar, but commercial and utility-scale installations as well, enjoying a ridiculously high annual growth rate of 54% over the last 10 years. As of September 2018, there is now 58.3 GW of solar installed in the U.S., with the vast majority –23GW […] The post The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access
8 Oct 2018 at 8:28pm
by Jeremy Bedline
One in seven people around the world live without access to electricity, and that is leaving a devastating human toll. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 60% of these affected populations live, people are dying from basic ailments because vaccines cannot be refrigerated; lack of lighting for school-work leaves the region with the lowest literacy rate […] The post Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The 5 States Making Solar Mainstream
4 Oct 2018 at 4:38pm
by Ryan Regan
Solar energy is more mainstream now than ever before thanks to rapid innovations in the industry that have slashed prices of solar panels over the past several years. The rapid maturation of the solar market in the U.S. has been fueled primarily by a handful of states who have made the sector’s growth a top […] The post The 5 States Making Solar Mainstream appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Identifying Signs of the Solar Revolution Using Maps and Graphs
1 Oct 2018 at 6:50pm
by Matthew Chester
Utility-scale solar has experienced explosive growth in the U.S. in recent years, and the best years may yet still be on the horizon. While improvements to solar technologies have been among the most exciting renewable energy developments in recent years, solar energy is not without its naysayers who point out that “solar energy barely moves […] The post Identifying Signs of the Solar Revolution Using Maps and Graphs appeared first on Solar Tribune.

SolFilm Technology from Sol Voltaics: An Interview with CEO Erik Smith About this Disruptive Solar Panel Technology
24 Sep 2018 at 10:06pm
by Matthew Chester
Sol Voltaics is looking to apply their breakthrough nanotechnology to improve the efficiency of solar panels across the world. Boasting a 50% efficiency improvement when the lightweight nanowire SolFilm is applied to panels, this Sweden-based company is positioned to revolutionize the potential of solar installations everywhere. This interview with the company’s CEO taps into his thinking […] The post SolFilm Technology from Sol Voltaics: An Interview with CEO Erik Smith About this Disruptive Solar Panel Technology appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Head of State: An Interview with Director and Co-Founder James Ellsmoor
10 Sep 2018 at 8:54pm
by Matthew Chester
Seeking to harness the untapped resources in communities that could most benefit from rooftop solar installations, James Ellsmoor co-founded and serves as Director of Solar Head of State (SHOS), a nonprofit working to promote renewable energy worldwide through iconic and high-profile rooftop solar installations and coordinated public education programs. SHOS currently has a focus on […] The post Solar Head of State: An Interview with Director and Co-Founder James Ellsmoor appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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