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Improved polymer additive enhances perovskite solar cells
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 16, 2024 Perovskite solar cells, known for their lightweight and flexible nature, are inexpensive and easy to manufacture. They are seen as a promising technology that can be attached to various surfaces. However, these solar cells currently lack durability and efficiency. New research highlights how adding a polymerized ionic liquid to the metal halide perovskite material can improve their performance,

Solar power heats materials over 1,000 degrees Celsius
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2024 Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a method to generate heat exceeding 1,000 degrees Celsius using solar power. This innovation could replace fossil fuels in energy-intensive industries like steel and cement production. The study, published in the journal Device on May 15, utilizes synthetic quartz to capture solar energy, demonstrating the potential for clean energy in these industries.

Lithuanian researchers advance solar cell technology
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2024 Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania, who previously developed high-efficiency solar cells, have expanded their invention. The self-assembled monolayers can now be applied in both inverted and regular structure perovskite solar cells. Self-assembling molecules form a single-molecule-thick layer, acting as an electron-transporting layer in solar cells. "Th

Using solar energy to generate heat at high temperatures
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2024 The production of cement, metals, and many chemical commodities requires extremely high temperatures of over a thousand degrees Celsius. Currently, this heat is usually obtained by burning fossil fuels like coal or natural gas, which emit large amounts of greenhouse gases. Heating with renewable electricity is not an efficient alternative at these high temperatures. Although much of our economy

Ascent Solar Secures Order for Thin-Film PV from Satellite Manufacturer
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024 Ascent Solar Technologies, (Nasdaq: ASTI), a U.S. innovator in the design and manufacture of flexible, durable CIGS thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, has received an order from a mega-constellation satellite manufacturer for initial delivery of PV modules for evaluation. The Ascent product will be evaluated for use in the manufacturer's next-generation hardware. Following delivery and

Eco-friendly battery developed for low-income countries
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
London, UK (SPX) May 16, 2024 Researchers at Linkoping University, Sweden, have developed a zinc and lignin battery that can be used over 8000 times. This innovation aims to provide an affordable and sustainable battery solution for countries with limited access to electricity. The study was published in the journal Energy and Environmental Materials. "Solar panels have become relatively inexpensive, and many people in

Push for new US lithium mine leaves some Americans wary
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Lincolnton, United States (AFP) May 15, 2024 When Kristal Lee and her husband bought a house in Gaston County, North Carolina two years ago, they envisioned a "forever home". But a planned lithium mine is bringing Lee sleepless nights. Nearby is an area earmarked for a $1.2 billion project to produce battery grade lithium for US electric vehicle (EV) supply chains - one of only a few such sites in the country. "You get very anxiou

Extension Sought for Net Energy Metering Fuel Cell Compliance
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024 Major utilities in California, including Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG and E), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), have formally requested an eight-month extension from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for implementing the new greenhouse gas emissions standards for net energy metering fuel cells (NEMFC). This extension pertains

New Steps for Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Funding
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024 A recent submission by major utilities to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) marks a significant development in funding solar energy projects on multifamily affordable housing. The Supplemental Joint Advice Letter, submitted by Pacific Gas and Electric Company along with Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Liberty Utilities, and PacifiCorp, details a true-up of

Energy Savings Assistance Program Working Group Meeting Scheduled
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has announced a forthcoming Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Working Group meeting set for May 30, 2024. The session, critical for shaping future energy conservation strategies in California, will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams, accommodating stakeholders statewide. The meeting, scheduled from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, is designed to facilit

Today at the CPUC: Approval of the California Energy Commission's Gas R and D Program for FY 2023-2024
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 14, 2024 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has officially adopted Resolution G-3603, approving the California Energy Commission's Gas Research and Development Program for the fiscal year 2023-2024. This approval facilitates continued research and development in the natural gas sector, aiming to enhance safety, efficiency, and technological advancements within the industry. The adopt

Chinese firms exit Romania solar tender after EU probe
20 May 2024 at 9:22am
Brussels, Belgium (AFP) May 13, 2024 Two Chinese-owned solar panel manufacturers have withdrawn from a public procurement tender in Romania after the EU launched a foreign subsidies probe, Brussels said Monday. Brussels is both seeking to ramp up Europe's renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while simultaneously moving away from excessive reliance on cheaper Chinese wind and solar technology. More broadly, t


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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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