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Iraq, UAE sign deal on 5 solar electricity plants
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 6, 2021 Power-short Iraq inked an agreement on Wednesday for the UAE to build five solar electricity plants with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW). Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi presided over the signing in Baghdad with renewable energy company Masdar, which is based in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital. Iraq is rich in oil but its dilapidated grid battles daily blackouts.

Sandia-developed solar cell technology reaches space
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Oct 01, 2021 Somewhere among the glitter of the night sky is a small satellite powered by innovative, next-generation solar cell technology developed at Sandia National Laboratories. mPower Technology's DragonSCALES, consist of small, highly interconnected photovoltaic cells formerly known as solar glitter at Sandia. They are orbiting Earth for the first time on a Lynk Global Inc. satellite that supports di

New imaging system reveals solar panel defects even in bright sunlight
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 28, 2021 Researchers have developed and demonstrated a new system that can detect defects in silicon solar panels in full and partial sunlight under any weather conditions. Because current defect detection methods cannot be used in daylight conditions, the new system could make it much easier to keep solar panels working optimally. Silicon solar panels, which make up around 90 percent of the world'

A new solid-state battery surprises the researchers who created it
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 24, 2021 Engineers created a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single battery. The battery uses both a solid state electrolyte and an all-silicon anode, making it a silicon all-solid-state battery. The initial rounds of tests show that the new battery is safe, long lasting, and energy dense. It holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to elect

Now everyone can build battery-free electronic devices
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 24, 2021 Last year, computer engineers from Northwestern University and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) introduced the world's first battery-free Game Boy,which harvests both solar energy and the user's kinetic energy from button mashing to power an unlimited lifetime of game play. The same team now introduces a new platform that enables makers, hobbyists and novice programmers to build t

Scientists explore the physics of perovskite, a material with many potential technological applications
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Sep 15, 2021 Perovskite is one of the most widely studied materials because of its many potential applications. A particularly promising field is photovoltaics, which involves devices that efficiently convert light into electricity. The conversion efficiency of hybrid perovskite is now around 25.2%, surpassing that of commercial silicon-based solar cells. An example of hybrid perovskite is methylammoni

Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Sep 15, 2021 A new transparency-friendly solar cell design could marry high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes, research led by the University of Michigan has shown. It may pave the way for windows that also provide solar power. "Solar energy is about the cheapest form of energy that mankind has ever produced since the industrial revolution," said Stephen Forrest, the Peter A. Franken Distin

PVpallet is ready to rethink solar shipping with game-changing solution
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Cedar Rapids IA (SPX) Sep 13, 2021 The first recyclable, reusable, adjustable, and collapsible pallet system designed specifically for shipping and protecting solar PV modules is ready for testing with key clients. Full production is set for Q1 2022. PVpallet aims to revolutionize the solar shipping industry in one efficient, meaningful way: by replacing traditional wood shipping pallets. Discussing the true cost of a

Time to shine: scientists reveal at an atomic scale how chlorine stabilizes next-gen solar cells
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Onna, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2021 A team of researchers led by Professor Yabing Qi in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan have imaged the atoms at the surface of the light-absorbing layer in a new type of next-generation solar cells, made from a crystal material called metal-halide perovskite. Their findings, reported in the j

Sugar coating opens a path to low cost lithium sulfur batteries
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Sep 13, 2021 Simply by adding sugar, researchers from the Monash Energy Institute have created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to the lithium-ion batteries that are essential for aviation, electric vehicles and submarines. The Monash team, assisted by CSIRO, report in the latest edition of Nature Communications that using a glucose-based additive on the positive electrode they have ma

ITMO researchers create nanoparticle paste to make perovskite solar cells more efficient
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
St Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2021 Researchers from ITMO's School of Physics and Engineering have created a paste of titanium dioxide and resonant silicon nanoparticles that will increase the generation of photocurrent in perovskite solar cells and maximize their efficiency. The results of the work were described in a paper published in Nano Energy. The efficiency of halide perovskite solar cells is over 25%, which together

New opportunities for light-powered battery and fuel cell design
21 Oct 2021 at 10:18am
Tsukuba, Japan (SPX) Sep 09, 2021 Automotive and other industries are hard at work improving the performance of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells. Now, researchers from Japan have made a discovery that will enable new possibilities for future environmental stability in this line of work. In a study recently published in Applied Materials Today, researchers from the University of Tsukuba have revealed that ultraviolet l

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The Electric Vehicle Era is Here
1 Oct 2021 at 3:32pm
by Ryan Regan
In what seems like the blink of an eye, the auto industry has embraced electrification in a big way as household names – beyond Tesla – make big investments in battery and related technological enhancements. If you are in the market for a car any time this decade, the overwhelming likelihood is that you will […] The post The Electric Vehicle Era is Here appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Beer Industry Taps into the Power of Solar Energy
30 Aug 2021 at 1:47pm
by Ryan Regan
There is not much that beats enjoying an ice-cold refreshing beer on a sunny summer day. Many beer companies nowadays are also incorporating the sun into their product in a different way, by harnessing the power of solar energy. A Match Made in Heaven An assortment of industries across the global are increasingly turning to […] The post Beer Industry Taps into the Power of Solar Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

‘Kentucky Solar’ No Longer an Oxymoron
26 Jul 2021 at 1:45pm
by Ryan Regan
The state of Kentucky was long been synonymous with the coal industry. That perception may still hold some truth today, but solar is no longer the afterthought that it once was in this fossil fuels-rich state. A Nascent Industry Finding its Footing Even by the most optimistic of outlooks, Kentucky’s solar industry is just barely […] The post ‘Kentucky Solar’ No Longer an Oxymoron appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Local Climate Action Plan Best Practices
5 May 2021 at 1:46pm
by Rebecca Snow
In order to help the residents in their area reduce their carbon footprints and live more sustainably, many local governments are shifting their focus to climate action and developing clearly defined goals – written in a community plan that’s made public to residents with ways they can get involved. We’re speaking with government officials who […] The post Local Climate Action Plan Best Practices appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Theme Parks Embracing Solar Attractions
3 May 2021 at 12:32pm
by Ryan Regan
With the COVID-19 situation in the United States improving by the day, stir-crazy families are beginning to get optimistic about summer vacation plans and America’s theme parks are sure to benefit from the gradual transition back to “normal.” Not only are theme parks a long-time source of summer fun for thrill-seeking families, but many are […] The post Theme Parks Embracing Solar Attractions appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Green Saudi and Green Middle East initiatives
14 Apr 2021 at 7:25pm
by Yahya Alqahtani
Guest Post By Yahya Alqahtani, Renewable Energy & Climate Change Specialist, Howard University, Washington DC Saudi Arabia is the largest country in oil production, worldwide. It is also the most effective player in stabilizing the global oil price due to its position in leading the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Since 2016 Saudi […] The post The Green Saudi and Green Middle East initiatives appeared first on Solar Tribune.

2021 Climate Policy & Industry Priorities: Survey of Industry, Academic, and Political Leaders
5 Apr 2021 at 5:39pm
by Matthew Chester
We surveyed over 100 climate experts across the fields of industry, research, and policy. Overwhelmingly, policy action was deemed the most important action we can take to combat climate change. Following that, the second most important plan of attack was determined to be encouraging corporate action. Individual action was deemed to be the least important […] The post 2021 Climate Policy & Industry Priorities: Survey of Industry, Academic, and Political Leaders appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Solar Decade is Here
29 Mar 2021 at 2:03pm
by Ryan Regan
We at Solar Tribune confess to being unabashed solar enthusiasts, but even the most casual of solar industry observers could tell you that the industry is on the cusp of something great. The ‘roaring 20’s’ that this country experienced in the previous century will take on a whole new meaning as the solar industry soars […] The post The Solar Decade is Here appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Hopes for Solar Spring Anew in Texas Following Energy Grid Debacle
28 Feb 2021 at 6:25pm
by Ryan Regan
Few people or entities involved in generating and supplying energy to the citizens of Texas came out smelling like a rose following the state’s recent handling of a weather-induced energy crisis. The fiasco could, however, prove to be a seminal event that spurs greater confidence in solar energy and increased adoption across the Lone Star […] The post Hopes for Solar Spring Anew in Texas Following Energy Grid Debacle appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Economic Downturn Highlights Need for a ‘Just Transition’
30 Jan 2021 at 2:04pm
by Ryan Regan
The dueling crises of the pandemic-induced economic downturn and the ever-persistent threat of climate change are reinvigorating the conversation about a ‘just transition’ for fossil fuels workers. A Just Transition is Good Politics In just the first several days of his presidency, President Biden has made it clear that addressing climate change will be a […] The post Economic Downturn Highlights Need for a ‘Just Transition’ appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Solar Year in Review
28 Dec 2020 at 2:29pm
by Ryan Regan
2020 is a year that most of us will soon want to forget. The pandemic-induced global recession that dominated the year will be felt for some years to come. Like most industries, the solar industry felt its share of turmoil in 2020, but industry successes were still achieved and optimism for a bright 2021 is […] The post The Solar Year in Review appeared first on Solar Tribune.

2020 Holiday Guide to Solar-Inspired Gift Giving
29 Nov 2020 at 4:41pm
by Ryan Regan
Let’s face it, 2020 has been a real stinker of a year. And while this year’s holiday season will include smaller family gatherings than usual, it is nevertheless an opportunity to bring joy to our loved ones in what has otherwise been a dreary year. Nailing the perfect gift for a loved one or close […] The post 2020 Holiday Guide to Solar-Inspired Gift Giving appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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