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Solar power beams: a step towards cleaner energy
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 28, 2022 Beaming solar power could help Europe access more renewable energies, in an independent way. Airbus has now demonstrated how this new technological concept could work in its X-Works Innovation Factory. Everything is illuminated, thumbs up. Jean-Dominique Coste, Yoann Thueux and their colleagues have just shown decision-makers from politics and industry the inner workings of a new energy co

Renewables grow to meet global electricity demands: study
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Paris (AFP) Oct 4, 2022 Electricity generation from fossil fuels would have risen by four percent if not for boosts in wind, solar and hydropower as the world's energy demand grew in the first half of 2022, a study found Wednesday. Renewable energy sources are seen as crucial in global efforts to combat climate change, with huge falls in the unit costs of wind and solar helping to speed their move into the mainstre

German firm RWE signs $6.8 bn US clean energy deal
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Berlin (AFP) Oct 2, 2022 German energy firm RWE AG said Saturday it had signed a purchase agreement for the Clean Energy Business affiliate of New York-based Con Edison, a deal valued at $6.8 billion that would significantly boost its US renewables portfolio. RWE is one of Germany's main energy providers, with production historically linked to coal, which placed it among the country's largest CO2 polluters. The grou

Tired of power cuts, blockaded Gaza turns to solar
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Oct 3, 2022 Palestinians living in the Israeli-blockaded enclave of Gaza have long endured an unstable and costly electricity supply, so Yasser al-Hajj found a different way: solar power. Looking at the rows of photo-voltaic panels at his beachfront fish farm and seafood restaurant, The Sailor, he said the investment he made six years ago had more than paid off. "Electricity is the backbone of the p

Casting shadows on solar cells connected in series
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 28, 2022 Large obstacles, like clouds and buildings, can block sunlight from reaching solar cells, but smaller sources, such as dust and leaves, can also create similar problems. Understanding how the loss of incoming radiation affects power output is essential for optimizing photovoltaic technology, which converts light into electricity and is an important contributor to the green energy transition.

Sunny future for solar power: Efficiency of low-cost solar cells improved
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Huazhong, China (SPX) Sep 28, 2022 With global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions reaching an all-time high in 2021, the need for clean energy is more pressing than ever. One such alternative to fossil fuels is solar energy. Solar cells have been developed with a variety of materials, but selenium (Se) is a desirable option because it is low-cost, stable and nontoxic, according to Chao Chen of the Wuhan National Laboratory f

Plan to research solar power from space
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Paris (ESA) Sep 27, 2022 The Sun never stops shining in space, and sunlight is much more intense there than on Earth's surface. So what if we could gather that energy up in space then beam it down to Earth? Recent studies funded by the Preparation element of ESA's Basic Activities programme, show the concept, called Space-Based Solar Power, is theoretically workable and could support the path to decarbonising the

Biden laying foundation for green energy investments: Yellen
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Chapel Hill, United States (AFP) Sept 27, 2022 US President Joe Biden's push for green energy tax credits will help boost a massive ramp up in private investment that will create jobs and lower energy costs for American families, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Tuesday. Yellen called the administration's plan "the most aggressive action that we've ever taken to address the climate crisis." She traveled to North Carolina to tour

China's control over solar manufacturing poses supply chain risk
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2022 China currently dominates global polysilicon production, responsible for over three-quarters of the world's supply of the key material needed to make solar panels. Solar experts advocate for a more resilient supply chain by moving production elsewhere, which could decrease the industry's carbon footprint and avoid companies in China that have been accused of using forced labor, according to a co

Rooftop solar cells can be a boon for water conservation too
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 22, 2022 Electricity-generating rooftop solar cells not only save on planet-warming carbon emissions, they also save a significant amount of water, say a pair of Duke University researchers who have done the math. A given household may save an average 16,200 gallons of water per year by installing rooftop solar, they found. In some states, like California, this saving can increase to 53,000 gallons

InventHelp inventor develops snow removal tool for solar panels
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Sep 22, 2022 "I needed an improved tool for clearing snow and other debris from solar panels," said an inventor, from Seguin, Ontario, Canada, "so I invented the SOLAR BRUSH. This efficient and quick tool can be used to remove snow buildup around the mounting bolts that attach the panels to the frame. It can also brush frost off the panels so it is quicker for the sun to start producing power." The inv

Gwangju researchers pave the way for large-scale, efficient organic solar cells with water treatment
5 Oct 2022 at 4:27am
Gwangju, South Korea (SPX) Sep 22, 2022 Organic solar cells (OSCs), which use organic polymers to convert sunlight into electricity, have received considerable attention in recent times for their desirable properties as next-generation energy sources. These include lightweight, flexibility, scalability, and a high power conversion efficiency (>19%). Currently, several strategies exist for enhancing the performance and stability


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IRA Passage Ushers in New Era of Stability for Solar Industry
13 Sep 2022 at 5:50pm
by Ryan Regan
It only took Congress 34 years, but a federal law to meaningfully address the harmful effects of climate change – the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – finally passed the body and was signed into law by the President just weeks ago. The first congressional hearings on climate change were held way back in 1988, and […] The post IRA Passage Ushers in New Era of Stability for Solar Industry appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Global Heat Wave Puts Solar Panels to the Test
2 Aug 2022 at 5:27pm
by Ryan Regan
July was a scorcher of a month, with many countries and prominent cities across the world experiencing record-breaking temps. You may think that this was good news for the world’s solar industry as the Sun was seemingly working in overdrive, but in fact, blazing temps can greatly complicate solar generation efforts. This year’s hot summer […] The post Global Heat Wave Puts Solar Panels to the Test appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Rooftop solar: Good for the economy, good for the grid
27 Jul 2022 at 4:29pm
by Rebecca Snow
Solar continues to create jobs, investment, economic development and grid resilience while reducing energy costs for utilities, businesses, industry and consumers. It reduces the environmental impact on air, water and carbon.  And amazingly, it can be placed atop your house. Guest Post by Tim Echols, Originally posted in the Athens Banner-Herald Tim Echols is Vice-Chair of the Georgia Public Service […] The post Rooftop solar: Good for the economy, good for the grid appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Panels Helping Old Landfills Embrace a Greener Future
30 Jun 2022 at 12:53pm
by Ryan Regan
As the solar industry has matured over recent decades, solar panels have found their way onto more and more unusual places. Cars, lakes, airports, and Disney World are just a few examples. Although notably less sexy than those examples, solar arrays placed on capped landfills are definitely becoming “a thing” that continues to gather more […] The post Solar Panels Helping Old Landfills Embrace a Greener Future appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Rise of Agrivoltaics
3 Jun 2022 at 6:18pm
by Ryan Regan
Once upon a time, a common argument by solar energy skeptics was that expansive solar farms would overtake large swaths of American farmland, to the eventual detriment of American farmers seeking to grow crops or raise livestock. The industry has grown and matured in such a way that not only rebuffs this concern but shows […] The post The Rise of Agrivoltaics appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Solar Powered Cars are Coming…Sort of
4 May 2022 at 6:26pm
by Ryan Regan
The electric vehicle and solar energy markets are both simultaneously growing at record clips, which begs the question, why haven’t cars powered entirely by the sun taken root as the next big thing? On the surface, the prospect of a car powered by an infinite and free power source that is never “off” sounds like […] The post The Solar Powered Cars are Coming…Sort of appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Cleaning Innovations Key to Solar PV Efficiency
2 Apr 2022 at 1:30pm
by Ryan Regan
The efficiency of a solar energy system’s individual PV panels and the amount of sun exposure that said panels receive play a pivotal role in the system’s over ability to harness solar energy. Keeping the surface of the solar panel clean is critical to achieving optimal efficiency and getting the most out of your system. […] The post Cleaning Innovations Key to Solar PV Efficiency appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Putin’s War Accelerates Clean Energy Push
8 Mar 2022 at 3:10pm
by Ryan Regan
Putin’s ill-advised military invasion into Ukraine has had a galvanizing effect across the world as country after country repudiates the war and pledges to arm or otherwise support Ukrainians fighting for their country. The economic impact of the war is still unfolding, but it is clear that the impact in Russia will be historically debilitating. […] The post Putin’s War Accelerates Clean Energy Push appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Big Box Retailers Key to U.S. Solar Ambitions
1 Feb 2022 at 1:10am
by Ryan Regan
The Biden Administration has been clear about its ambitious plans to accelerate the pace of renewable energy deployment in the United States. Plans by the Administration call for solar energy to supply 45% of the nation’s electricity by 2050, a significant increase from the 3% that solar energy accounted for in 2020. The U.S. will […] The post Big Box Retailers Key to U.S. Solar Ambitions appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Power Takes Off at U.S. Airports
27 Dec 2021 at 3:59pm
by Ryan Regan
The Biden Administration recently established a framework for the federal government to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and many state and local governments have likewise established similar plans to double down on renewables in the coming decades. The nation’s airports figure to play a prominent role in such efforts, and more and more airport authorities […] The post Solar Power Takes Off at U.S. Airports appeared first on Solar Tribune.

2021 Guide for Solar-Inspired Holiday Gifts
29 Nov 2021 at 6:25pm
by Ryan Regan
The holiday season is now upon us and that means that it is time for those holiday traditions new and old that make this time of year so special. Here at Solar Tribune, we have our own holiday tradition of putting out a solar-inspired gift buying guide to help make the tradition of gift giving […] The post 2021 Guide for Solar-Inspired Holiday Gifts appeared first on Solar Tribune.

American Indian Tribes Are Unsung Heroes of Clean Energy Movement
5 Nov 2021 at 2:37pm
by Ryan Regan
Solutions to the world’s climate crisis can often seem overly complex and unnecessarily polarizing. To the indigenous people of this country the path forward has always been more straight-forward – go all-in on renewables. After all, living off Earth’s natural bounty is what this community has been doing for centuries, and many American Indian tribes […] The post American Indian Tribes Are Unsung Heroes of Clean Energy Movement appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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