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Surrey researchers working to find suitable solvents for perovskite inks
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Guildford UK (SPX) Jul 28, 2021 Perovskite solar cells have gained attention in recent years because of their ability to deliver high photovoltaic performance under a low-cost and low-temperature solution-based fabrication processing, which allows materials to be dissolved in suitable solvents to produce inks. Perovskites are a family of materials with a specific three-dimensional lattice crystal structure named after a

Print perovskite solar cells
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Wuhan, China (SPX) Jul 27, 2021 To reach the target of carbon neutral, a transition from fossil energy to renewable energy generation is indispensable. Photovoltaic technology is considered as one of the most prominent sources of renewable energy. For decades, about 90% of global solar cell market has been dominated by silicon solar cells. Although the price of silicon solar panels decreases year by year, it is a big challenge

Europe to boost battery production as electric shift accelerates
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Paris (AFP) July 25, 2021 As electric car sales take off and petrol engines face being phased out by 2035, Europe is looking to develop its own battery production base. Far from being autonomous, Europe needs to accelerate domestic battery output as a national security issue as well as a boost for businesses and jobs. Batteries that power electric cars and which weigh up to 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds), represent

Tesla mints nickel deal with Aussie mining giant
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Sydney (AFP) July 22, 2021 Anglo-Australian mining firm BHP said Thursday it had reached a deal to provide Tesla with supplies of nickel - a metal vital in producing high-powered batteries for electric cars. Under the agreement, the innovative carmaker will lock in supplies from a mine in Western Australia, one of the world's largest sources. Most nickel today is used in the production of stainless steel. Bu

Japan ups 2030 renewables goal in draft energy policy
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2021 Japan aims to hike its 2030 renewable energy target as part of efforts to slash emissions, according to draft documents released Wednesday, but activists described the planned goal as "disappointing". The blueprint of the nation's energy policy sets a higher target of 36-38 percent of power supplies coming from renewable sources such as solar and wind by fiscal 2030 - up from the current go

Renewable energy OK, but not too close to home
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Athens GA (SPX) Jul 20, 2021 When it comes to transitioning from carbon-based to renewable source energy systems, Americans are on board. They're less keen, however, having these new energy infrastructures - wind turbines or solar farms - built close to their homes, which creates hurdles for policymakers. That's according to a study from University of Georgia researcher Thomas Lawrence. Lawrence and an international t

Sparkwing solar panels from Airbus to power lunar mission of Masten
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Leiden, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 20, 2021 Today, Airbus announced that its Sparkwing solar panels were selected by USA-based Masten Space Systems for their XL-1 lunar lander. In 2023, the XL-1 spacecraft will land at the lunar South Pole as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. XL-1 will be equipped with six body-mounted Sparkwing solar panels, to be delivered next year, to charge the vehicle's power system dur

Making clean hydrogen is hard, but researchers just solved a major hurdle
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Austin TX (SPX) Jul 20, 2021 For decades, researchers around the world have searched for ways to use solar power to generate the key reaction for producing hydrogen as a clean energy source - splitting water molecules to form hydrogen and oxygen. However, such efforts have mostly failed because doing it well was too costly, and trying to do it at a low cost led to poor performance. Now, researchers from The University

Germany, Ireland more open than U.S. to renewable energy close to homes
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 19, 2021 People in Germany and Ireland are more willing to accept renewable energy sites closer to their homes than their U.S. counterparts, but all three wanted carbon-based energy sites farther away and favored decarbonization overall, a new study found. The new study, published Monday in The Energy Journal, examined people's preferences for various energy technologies across the United States

Singapore inaugurates new floating solar farm to meet energy needs
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 15, 2021 Singapore launched a 45-hectare solar farm that is expected to supply at least five local water treatment plants in the country and reduce carbon emissions in line with the country's Green Plan. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Wednesday at the opening ceremony that the 60-megawatt Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm was a critical step forward for Singapore in environmentally sustainab

Plans drafted for another UK battery gigafactory
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
London (AFP) July 14, 2021 Regional officials in central England said Thursday that plans were being submitted for a battery gigafactory near Coventry that could create up to 6,000 jobs. The city's council is submitting blueprints for a 5.7 million square feet (1.7 million square metre) electric car battery plant in partnership with Coventry Airport, where it would be built. Promoters say the site could be operati

Giving a "tandem" boost to solar-powered water splitting
30 Jul 2021 at 10:49am
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Jul 14, 2021 Turning away from fossil fuels is necessary if we are to avert an environmental crisis due to global warming. Both industry and academia have been focusing heavily on hydrogen as a feasible clean alternative. Hydrogen is practically inexhaustible and when used to generate energy, only produces water vapor. However, to realize a truly eco-friendly hydrogen society, we need to be able to mas


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‘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.

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.


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