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Organic solar cells will last 10 years in space
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology, the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, and the Department of Chemistry of MSU presented solar cells based on conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives, that demonstrated record-high radiation stability and withstand gamma radiation of >6,000 Gy raising hopes for their stable operation on the near-earth orb

Solar power with a free side of drinking water
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 A multifunctional device that captures the heat shed by photovoltaic solar panels has been developed by KAUST and used to generate clean drinking water as a way to simultaneously generate electricity and water using only renewable energy. Water and energy production is deeply intertwined, says Wenbin Wang, a Ph.D. student in Peng Wang's labs at the University's Water Desalination and Reuse

Nanobowl arrays endow perovskite solar cells with iridescent colors
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 With the maturing of the perovskite solar cells (PSCs) technology, it is highly desirable to develop colorful solar cells to satisfy the requirements of aesthetic purposes in applications including building integrated photovoltaics and wearable electronics. The broad optical absorption and the large absorption coefficient of perovskites normally lead to high-efficiency cells with dark-brow

Window film could even out the indoor temperature using solar energy
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 A window film with a specially designed molecule could be capable of taking the edge off the worst midday heat and instead distributing it evenly from morning to evening. The molecule has the unique ability to capture energy from the sun's rays and release it later as heat. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in the scientific journal Advanced Science.

Twenty overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Davis CA (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 A new study provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy - from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits. The study, published in Nature Sustainability, was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis; Lancaster Uni

Danish researchers create worldwide solar energy model
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Jul 08, 2019 Solar cells are currently the world's most talked-about renewable energy source, and for any future sustainable energy system, it is crucial to know about the performance of photovoltaic systems at local, regional and global levels. Danish researchers have just set up an historically accurate model, and all the data has been made available for anyone who wants to use it. Solar energy is ad

Experiments show dramatic increase in solar cell output
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 08, 2019 In any conventional silicon-based solar cell, there is an absolute limit on overall efficiency, based partly on the fact that each photon of light can only knock loose a single electron, even if that photon carried twice the energy needed to do so. But now, researchers have demonstrated a method for getting high-energy photons striking silicon to kick out two electrons instead of one, opening th

Bionic catalysts to produce clean energy
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jul 08, 2019 Mixing microbes with carbon nanomaterials could help the transition to renewable energy. KAUST research shows microbes and nanomaterials can be used together to form a biohybrid material that performs well as an electrocatalyst. The material could be used in the solar-powered production of carbon-free fuels and several other green-energy applications. At the heart of many clean energy tech

Getting more heat out of sunlight
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 08, 2019 A newly developed material that is so transparent you can barely see it could unlock many new uses for solar heat. It generates much higher temperatures than conventional solar collectors do - enough to be used for home heating or for industrial processes that require heat of more than 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit). The key to the process is a new kind of aerogel, a lightwei

Solar energy could turn the Belt and Road Initiative green
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report June 27 in the journal Joule. Less than 4 percent of the maximum solar potential of the region could meet the BRI's electricity demand for 2030. The research suggests a possible solution to reduce BRI countries' need for fossil fuels as they develop. This is the fi

Surrey researchers clear runway for tin based perovskite solar cells
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Guildford UK (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 Researchers at the University of Surrey believe their tin based perovskite solar cell could clear the runway for solar panel technology to take off and help the UK reach its 2050 carbon neutral goal. As countries look to get to grips with climate change, solar cell technology is rapidly growing in popularity as an environmentally friendly energy alternative. Most commercial solar panels us

Photon Energy connects three pv power plants to grid in Hungary
16 Jul 2019 at 12:50pm
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 Photon Energy NV reports that its subsidiary Photon Energy Solutions HU Kft has built and grid-connected three photovoltaic power plants in Nagyecsed, Hungary with a total installed capacity of 2.1 MWp. This latest addition expands the Group's proprietary portfolio of PV power plants to 39.2 MWp. The plants, covering an area of 4.4 hectares, are connected to the grid of E.ON Tiszantuli Ara


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Climate Change Public Policy: What are the Possible Policy Mechanisms
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 Climate Change Public Policy: What are the Possible Policy Mechanisms 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.

Investing in Solar: Beyond Rooftop PV
11 Mar 2019 at 2:42pm
by Matthew Chester
Integrating solar power into your life to enhance your renewable energy credentials and decrease your carbon footprint isn’t restricted to rooftop installations. Rather, many personal products exist to let you hop aboard the solar train! Solar power has rapidly transitioned from a niche technology into one which only businesses or households with lots of disposable […] The post Investing in Solar: Beyond Rooftop PV appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Future of Solar Energy in Manufacturing
4 Mar 2019 at 7:27pm
by Nathan Falde
The manufacturing economy is currently under-utilizing solar energy. But the long-term prospects for solar in this sector are excellent. In fact, manufacturing and solar could be a match made in heaven. A handful of American manufacturers have already jumped on the solar bandwagon. Many more will likely join them soon. Solar energy in manufacturing is […] The post The Future of Solar Energy in Manufacturing appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What Will 100% Renewable Energy Look Like?
19 Feb 2019 at 5:25am
by Ryan Austin
As Hawaii, California, and even some in the federal government move forward on legislation to move towards 100% renewable energy, utilities are finding paths to meet these goals, mainly focusing on solar panels, wind, and batteries for energy storage. But what exactly does 100% renewable look like, and how long will it take? When Representative […] The post What Will 100% Renewable Energy Look Like? appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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