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Harnessing light with hemispherical shells
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 22, 2024 In a groundbreaking study from Abdullah Gul University in Turkiye, researchers have developed a novel hemispherical shell structure for organic photovoltaic cells, significantly enhancing their light absorption and angular coverage. Published in the SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy, this innovation could mark a pivotal shift in the quest for more efficient and sustainable solar energy soluti

Russian invasion catalyst for renewables in Ukraine: minister
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2024 The wartime destruction of its coalmines and several of its power plants are proving a catalyst for Ukraine's renewable energy transition, said the country's Energy Minister German Galushchenko. Ukraine is also looking to replace some of its lost nuclear energy production, he added. The minister said moves towards wind and solar power, coupled with the war's impact on classic energy infr

Activist fund urges BP to hit brakes on green energy
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
London (AFP) Jan 29, 2024 Activist investment fund Bluebell Capital on Monday urged BP to scale back its "irrational" clean energy ambitions, one week before the British oil major's annual results. The fund wants BP "to adjust strategy" to abandon its medium-term emissions target linked to its use of products, in order "to retain flexibility on (hydrocarbon) production in line to demand", Bluebell partner Giuseppe Bi

Rwanda signs lithium deal with Rio Tinto
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Kigali (AFP) Jan 29, 2024 Rwanda has signed an agreement with Australian mining giant Rio Tinto for the exploration and mining of lithium in the East African nation, the two parties said Monday. Lithium is a key component in the manufacture of batteries used in electric cars, as well as smartphones and other electronics. Yamina Karitanyi, CEO of the state-owned Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, announced the

Innovative study reveals lithium-ion batteries' potential for hydrogen production
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Jan 29, 2024 In a groundbreaking development for both the battery and sustainable energy industries, a team of researchers from Meijo University has unveiled a novel approach to hydrogen storage and production using lithium-ion batteries. Published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy on October 29, 2023, this study, led by Professor Bun Tsuchiya from the Department of General Education of t

EagleView's Geospatial Data Transforms Solar Industry with Rapid, Detailed Bidding
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 26, 2024 In the evolving world of geospatial technology, EagleView's journey from a data provider for insurance and construction to a pivotal player in the solar industry exemplifies innovation at its best. This transformation, akin to corporate archaeology, has revolutionized the way solar projects are bid and planned, with solar designers now able to offer bids in just 90 seconds, complete with detaile

Revolution in low-light imaging with integrated photovoltaic and photodetector organic device
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jan 26, 2024 In a significant advancement in organic-based optoelectronic technology, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), in collaboration with experts from Korea University and Ewha Womans University, has developed an innovative device that uniquely combines the functions of organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) and organic photodetectors (OPDs). This development marks a novel stride in creati

New calcium-doping strategy surpasses platinum catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 12, 2024 In an innovative stride towards enhancing the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells, a research team has unveiled a novel method that significantly improves the electrochemical surface area (ECSA) of a calcium-doped perovskite, La0.6Ca0.4MnO3 (LCMO64). This development is poised to address a notable challenge in leveraging perovskite oxides as effective electrocatalysts in hydrogen fuel cells, a pro

Decoding thermophotovoltaic efficiency
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 12, 2024 The field of solar cells has witnessed an exponential development over the past decades. Evaluating the performance of solar cells has been simple because all devices can be compared given a single metric, the efficiency, which is measured under standardized conditions. Photovoltaic cells can also be applied to convert the thermal radiation emitted by any hot source into electricity, for e

Europe Invests in Thermal Energy Storage Innovation
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 09, 2024 An ambitious international research endeavor, spearheaded by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), is set to revolutionize seasonal thermal energy storage technologies. Titled "INTERSTORES," this project is at the forefront of designing and integrating novel storage systems into our energy infrastructure, marking a significant step forward in the energy transition movement.

Reflectors in space could make solar farms on Earth work for longer every day
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Glasgow UK (SPX) Feb 06, 2024 If you happened to be looking at the sky in Europe on a cold night on February 5 1993, there is a chance you could have seen a dim flash of light. That flash came from a Russian space mirror experiment called Znamya-2. Znamya-2 was a 20-metre reflective structure much like aluminium foil (Znamya means "banner" in Russian), unfurled from a spacecraft which had just undocked from the Russian

Perovskite LEDs achieve unprecedented lifespan with new sieving technique
26 Feb 2024 at 7:17pm
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 06, 2024 In a remarkable advancement in the field of optoelectronics, researchers have developed a novel solvent sieve method that significantly enhances the performance and operational stability of perovskite light-emitting diodes (PeLEDs), setting a new industry standard. Perovskites, known for their exceptional optoelectronic properties and cost-effective production, have long been considered pr


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Global Renewable Energy Capacity Surging to New Heights
21 Jul 2023 at 12:53pm
by Ryan Regan
Russia’s prolonged war in Ukraine roiled global energy markets, forcing fossil fuel prices up, and helped cement energy security as a dominant policy area focus in Europe and beyond. These trends and the continued price competitiveness of renewable energy are combining to boost global solar and wind capacity to historic heights. IEA Report Outlines Record […] The post Global Renewable Energy Capacity Surging to New Heights appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Texas Emerges as Solar’s Latest Hotspot As Legislative Threats Emerge
16 May 2023 at 1:51pm
by Ryan Regan
California has long been the state where the solar industry has shined the brightest across residential, commercial, and utility-scale markets. That fact largely remains true today, but Texas is emerging as an ascendant solar energy powerhouse that is poised to give a major lift to national renewable energy generation goals. Texas Solar Capacity Hits Peak […] The post Texas Emerges as Solar’s Latest Hotspot As Legislative Threats Emerge appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Manufacturing Growth Picks up in U.S.
6 Feb 2023 at 7:04pm
by Ryan Regan
Manufacturers of solar panels, inverters, and related solar energy components have overwhelmingly been based in China over recent decades as few countries around the World could compete with China’s combined natural resource and low-cost manufacturing advantages. While China’s supply chain stranglehold is likely to persistent for some time, recently announced investments by solar manufacturers in […] The post Solar Manufacturing Growth Picks up in U.S. appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Floating Solar Panels Sail Forward
7 Dec 2022 at 3:43am
by Ryan Regan
As solar energy has become more mainstream, solar panels have found their way onto more and more unique places, from theme parks to airports to old landfill sites. Floating solar panels offer an even more creative use for solar that fundamentally alters conventional assumptions about solar generation opportunities. How Do They Work? Solar panels themselves […] The post Floating Solar Panels Sail Forward appeared first on Solar Tribune.

NIMBYism Threatens to Stymie Solar Progress
27 Oct 2022 at 5:32pm
by Ryan Regan
The solar industry has arguably never been in a better position in the wake of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). A rise in NIMBY-inspired land-use policies, however, is threatening to disrupt some of that optimism. A Worrying Trend The passage of the IRA is a seminal moment for the solar industry that […] The post NIMBYism Threatens to Stymie Solar Progress appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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