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Suntrace and Baywa r.e. complete largest off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for mining industry
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 13, 2021 Suntrace GmbH and BayWa r.e., together with B2Gold Corp. (CA), have completed commissioning of the world's largest off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for the mining industry, at the Fekola gold mine in Mali, West Africa. The solar-battery hybrid plant was integrated and commissioned successfully with the existing power plant operation, and the solar plant is on course to be 100% complete by th

Queens Landlord Will Complete Borough's Largest Residential Solar Energy Project by End of 2021
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
New York NY (SPX) Apr 13, 2021 A Queens landlord has installed solar technology on more than half the buildings it owns in the borough, part of an ambitious project that will eventually transform its entire portfolio and produce enough clean energy to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of 5 million vehicle miles driven each year. Solar panels have been installed on 26 of the 45 buildings Zara Realty owns and manages in

Encouraging solar energy adoption in rural India
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 09, 2021 More than 73 million households in remote areas of the world get electricity not from a conventional power grid but rather from sources such as solar lanterns, solar home systems (SHSs) that can power several devices, and local solar-based microgrids. Such off-grid devices and systems provide life-changing services to people who are off centralized electricity grids, and they help spread the use

NASA seeks to create a better battery with SABERS
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Cleveland OH (SPX) Apr 08, 2021 Dealing with battery issues on our phones, tablets, or laptops can be frustrating. Although batteries are everywhere in everyday life, many still suffer breakdowns and failures. The minor inconvenience of needing to charge them more often could even turn into costly repairs or buying a new device altogether. Batteries in larger electronics, like hoverboards or cars, can even catch fire. No

NASA's Lucy stretches its wings in successful solar panel deployment test
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 07, 2021 NASA's Lucy spacecraft has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of both solar panels, the final step in checking out these critical spacecraft components in preparation for launch this fall. Once the Lucy spacecraft's solar panels are attached and fully extended, they could cover a five-story building. Lucy, the 13th mission in NASA's Discovery Program, requires these large solar

British army readies solar farm to reduce emissions
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 7, 2021 The British army announced its construction on Wednesday of a photovoltaic solar farm to supply its Leconfield, England, transport school with electricity. With 4,248 solar panels to be arrayed on a field, it was described in a Twitter statement on Wednesday as "the first of four photovoltaic solar farm sites to be built across the Army estate" to encompass over 430,000 square feet.

A new type of battery that can charge ten times faster than a lithium-ion battery created
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
St. Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Apr 07, 2021 It is difficult to imagine our daily life without lithium-ion batteries. They dominate the small format battery market for portable electronic devices, and are also commonly used in electric vehicles. At the same time, lithium-ion batteries have a number of serious issues, including: a potential fire hazard and performance loss at cold temperatures; as well as a considerable environmental impact

This hydrogen fuel machine could be the ultimate guide to self-improvement
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 06, 2021 Three years ago, scientists at the University of Michigan discovered an artificial photosynthesis device made of silicon and gallium nitride (Si/GaN) that harnesses sunlight into carbon-free hydrogen for fuel cells with twice the efficiency and stability of some previous technologies. Now, scientists at the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)

New batteries give jolt to renewables, energy storage
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 06, 2021 The cost of harvesting solar energy has dropped so much in recent years that it's giving traditional energy sources a run for their money. However, the challenges of energy storage - which require the capacity to bank an intermittent and seasonally variable supply of solar energy - have kept the technology from being economically competitive. Cornell University researchers led by Lynden Ar

Smart glass has a bright future
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 02, 2021 Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of primary energy consumption and 36 percent of total CO2 emissions. And, as we know, CO2 emissions trigger global warming, sea level rise, and profound changes in ocean ecosystems. Substituting the inefficient glazing areas of buildings with energy efficient smart glazing windows has great potential to decrease energy consumption for lighting and tempera

Polarized photovoltaic properties emerge
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 02, 2021 For the first time, researchers have discovered a way to obtain polarity and photovoltaic behavior from certain nonphotovoltaic, atomically flat (2D) materials. The key lies in the special way in which the materials are arranged. The resulting effect is different from, and potentially superior to, the photovoltaic effect commonly found in solar cells. Solar power is considered a key techno

NTU Singapore scientists design 'smart' device to harvest daylight
18 Apr 2021 at 1:18am
Singapore (SPX) Apr 01, 2021 A team of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) researchers has designed a 'smart' device to harvest daylight and relay it to underground spaces, reducing the need to draw on traditional energy sources for lighting. In Singapore, authorities are looking at the feasibility of digging deeper underground to create new space for infrastructure, storage, and utilities. Dem


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2021 Climate Policy & Industry Priorities: Survey of Industry, Academic, and Political Leaders
5 Apr 2021 at 5:39pm
by Matthew Chester
Policy Priorities 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 […] 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.

Solar Energy Costs Fall to Historic Lows
30 Oct 2020 at 1:08pm
by Ryan Regan
Solar industry costs continue to plummet to new lows, and promising new technologies just now entering the industry are likely to cement that reality for a very long time. Cheapest Form of Electricity in History The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released its annual World Energy Outlook, which made headlines for noting, for the first […] The post Solar Energy Costs Fall to Historic Lows appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Tesla Innovations Bring New Promise to Electric Vehicle Industry
29 Sep 2020 at 6:56pm
by Ryan Regan
The electric vehicle industry is on the cusp of a watershed moment as companies like Tesla redouble their efforts to perfect battery technology and ramp up production capabilities of more affordable vehicles. Tesla Lays out Vision at ‘Battery Day’ Tesla held their much anticipated “Battery Day” on September 22, following the company’s quarterly shareholders’ meeting. […] The post Tesla Innovations Bring New Promise to Electric Vehicle Industry appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Plenty at Stake for Solar Industry in 2020 Presidential Election
31 Aug 2020 at 12:36pm
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 1:32pm
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 2:24pm
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 6:47pm
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.


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