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How iron carbenes store energy from sunlight - and why they aren't better at it
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 Photosensitizers are molecules that absorb sunlight and pass that energy along to generate electricity or drive chemical reactions. They're generally based on rare, expensive metals; so the discovery that iron carbenes, with plain old iron at their cores, can do this, too, triggered a wave of research over the past few years. But while ever more efficient iron carbenes are being discovered, scie

Engineering a Better World Using Mirrors, Sun, and Steam
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Troy NY (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 Partha Dutta, a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, envisions a not-so-distant future where even the most remote parts of the world would have access to clean and renewable energy. His vision wouldn't require a large power grid or expensive technology. Instead, he believes it could be accomplished using simple mirrors, local resources,

Canadian Solar and Lightsource BP sign 1.2 GW Module Supply Agreement
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 Canadian Solar Inc. has signed a multi-year module supply agreement with Lightsource BP to deliver 1.2 GW of high efficiency polycrystalline solar modules for projects in the US and Australia. Lightsource BP is a global market leader in the development, acquisition and long-term management of large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions. The projects will be using Canadian Solar's

Researchers develop a roadmap for growth of new solar cells
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 Materials called perovskites show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they've had trouble gaining traction in a market dominated by silicon-based solar cells. Now, a study by researchers at MIT and elsewhere outlines a roadmap for how this promising technology could move from the laboratory to a significant place in the global solar market. The "technoeconomic" analys

Hungarian 150MW solar power plant project obtains $125m investment proposal
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Orlando FL (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 With the EU raising the price of lignite in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and fight against climate change, the Hungarian government has decided to turn toward renewable energy as a source of power. With a view to increasing solar panels from 500MW to 30,000MW by 2022, Hungary is seeking to step away from coal and other fossil fuels towards more sustainable energy sources. The 150MW

CIGSe thin-film solar cells: EU Sharc25 project increases efficiency
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 Producing thin-film solar modules requires much less energy than conventional wafer-based Si PV modules, and therefore their energy payback time is much shorter. Chalcopyrite-structured compounds of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGSe) are an important class of materials for thin-film PV, because CIGSe absorbs incident light much better than silicon, and so a very thin layer grown on a

Regioselective functionalization of perylenes reduces voltage loss in organic solar cells
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 The power conversion efficiencies of organic solar cells (OSCs) based on blends of electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) semiconducting materials now exceed 16%. However, it is still lower than that of highly efficient inorganic SCs such as GaAs and perovskite. The charge generation efficiency in OSCs nowadays is nearly 100%, thus reducing the energy loss in output voltage is critically impo

Solar Resource Compass improves solar irradiance data selection and estimates impacts of soiling and snow
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Oakland US (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 DNV GL has launched a new online tool, Solar Resource Compass, that aggregates solar irradiance from many leading data providers to help users make more informed decisions about the data available and the variance between data sources. Solar Resource Compass also leverages analytics developed by DNV GL over the last 20 years to identify outliers to help users avoid selecting the wrong data for a

Scientists learn more about the first hours of a lithium-ion battery's life
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Richland WA (SPX) Feb 07, 2020 The first hours of a lithium-ion battery's life largely determine just how well it will perform. In those moments, a set of molecules self-assembles into a structure inside the battery that will affect the battery for years to come. This component, known as the solid-electrolyte interphase or SEI, has the crucial job of blocking some particles while allowing others to pass, like a tavern b

Yotta to install SolarLEAF at CSU Dominguez Hills
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Austin TX (SPX) Feb 05, 2020 Yotta, the developer of safe panel-level energy storage, has teamed up with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to install Yotta's proprietary technology for energy storage on campus. The project has been designed to test the grid-interactive power controls of Yotta's SolarLEAF and to ensure that critical tasks are successfully executed. This test comes as CSUDH continues

Lasers etch a 'perfect' solar energy absorber
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Rochester NY (SPX) Feb 05, 2020 The University of Rochester research lab that recently used lasers to create unsinkable metallic structures has now demonstrated how the same technology could be used to create highly efficient solar power generators. In a paper in Light: Science and Applications, the lab of Chunlei Guo, professor of optics also affiliated with Physics and the Material Sciences Program, describes using pow

NEXTracker releases NX Navigator Control System for utility-scale solar power plants
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52am
Fremont CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2020 NEXTracker has released NX Navigator, a next-generation software and smart control system that enables power plant operators to efficiently monitor and securely control their solar assets for increased production and reliable operation across a wide range of weather conditions. With an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), NX Navigator builds on the company's proven TrueCapture system with n


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Plenty at Stake for Solar Industry in 2020 Presidential Election
31 Aug 2020 at 2:36pm
by Ryan Regan
With the political conventions behind us, the 2020 presidential race now starts in earnest. And while the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic recession are top-of-mind for most voters, it is also clear that the outcome of the election will also have a significant impact on the U.S. solar industry. Two Known Entities For renewable energy […] The post Plenty at Stake for Solar Industry in 2020 Presidential Election appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Tesla Staying the Course
31 Jul 2020 at 3:32pm
by Ryan Regan
Tesla is dealing with the same headwinds that have roiled the broader solar industry, and they are sure to take some lumps in 2020. However, the company’s enviable diversification and revamped approach to selling solar panels has them well-positioned to not just adapt, but thrive as we all adjust to the “new normal.” Panel Prices […] The post Tesla Staying the Course appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Silver Linings Emerge for Solar Industry Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
29 Jun 2020 at 4:24pm
by Ryan Regan
The negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic downturn have had on the solar industry is well-documented. Some under-the-radar benefits have emerged, however, that underscore the staying power of solar energy and the renewables sector. Planet Earth Enjoys a Respite The “stay at home” orders and restrictions in travel implemented by countries across […] The post Silver Linings Emerge for Solar Industry Amid COVID-19 Pandemic appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Industry Hopes to Show Resilience, Overcome COVID-19 Downturn
29 May 2020 at 8:47pm
by Ryan Regan
The solar industry is among the seemingly endless number of industries being pummeled by the economic fallout brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but with collective action, the industry will showcase its resilience and get back to its old ways of growth. Mounting Economic Impacts There’s no use in sugarcoating the scale of the disruption […] The post Solar Industry Hopes to Show Resilience, Overcome COVID-19 Downturn appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Empowering Individual Action To Fight Climate Change
1 May 2020 at 5:46pm
by Matthew Chester
In the face of climate change, one of the gravest and most complex challenges our collective societies have ever faced, many individuals and organizations are asking the natural question: what can we do personally to minimize our impact? Many thought leaders indeed espouse the mantra that true change will come via systematic and societal change […] The post Empowering Individual Action To Fight Climate Change appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As Oil Collapses, the Future of Solar Turns Brighter
29 Apr 2020 at 4:16pm
by Ryan Regan
The crude oil market is in free fall as demand plummets across the world. The fallout from this disruption in the global energy market is ongoing, but one thing is for certain – the solar industry isn’t going anywhere. COVID-19 Exposes Oil’s Vulnerabilities  The spread of COVID-19 throughout every corner of the world has resulted […] The post As Oil Collapses, the Future of Solar Turns Brighter appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Musk Steps Up to the Plate Amid Coronavirus Crisis
30 Mar 2020 at 8:24pm
by Ryan Regan
The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis, the likes of which the nation has never experienced before. Elon Musk is among an array of influential business leaders who are using their platform and business acumen to get critical healthcare equipment in the hands of frontline healthcare workers. By now, all […] The post Musk Steps Up to the Plate Amid Coronavirus Crisis appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Industry Employment Rebounds in 2019
26 Feb 2020 at 3:20pm
by Ryan Regan
After experiencing back-to-back years of declining employment, the U.S. solar industry rebounded in 2019, adding more than 5,600 jobs. An Industry on the Upswing The number of people employed in the solar industry grew in 2019 to a total of 249,983 solar workers – categorized as those who spend 50% or more of their time […] The post Solar Industry Employment Rebounds in 2019 appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan
16 Feb 2020 at 1:24pm
by Kate Dougherty
Sustainable energy and transport, shared autonomy, and saving the world. Here’s how Elon Musk’s vision is becoming reality. Tesla Master Plan, Part 1 From 0 to Mainstream: Hot off the heels of his PayPal victory and determined to change the status quo, Musk launched Tesla in 2003, at the same time he was building SpaceX. His […] The post Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Public Polling Favors Climate Action, More Solar Adoption
28 Jan 2020 at 5:41pm
by Ryan Regan
Public polling continues to show that the American public is increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change and they are eager to push their elected leaders to action. Climate Change by the Numbers The topic of climate change and the role that humans have played in the warming of the planet remains heavily debated […] The post Public Polling Favors Climate Action, More Solar Adoption appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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