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Virtually unlimited solar cell experiments
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2021 Osaka University researchers employed machine learning to design new polymers for use in photovoltaic devices. After virtually screening over 200,000 candidate materials, they synthesized one of the most promising and found its properties were consistent with their predictions. This work may lead to a revolution in the way functional materials are discovered. Machine learning is a powerful

Trina solar leading the compatibility charge in the ultra-high power era
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 03, 2021 Trina Solar continues to drive collaboration across the entire value chain to achieve full compatibility with Vertex 210mm silicon wafer modules, designed to enable 600W+ output. Since the launch of Vertex modules a year ago, the range of 210 Vertex compatible solar PV system components continues to expand. Numerous market tests have been completed with compatibility approvals from leading solar

Plastic solar cells combine high-speed optical communication with indoor energy harvesting
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Changchun, China (SPX) Mar 03, 2021 Around the world there are currently more than 18 billion internet-connected mobile devices. In the next 10 years, anticipated growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and in machine-type communication in general, will lead to a world of hundreds of billions of data-connected objects. Such growth poses two very challenging problems: How can we securely connect so many wireless devices to the

Ultra-fast electron measurement provides important findings for the solar industry
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Mar 03, 2021 The key are the ultra-fast flashes of light, with which the team led by Dr. Friedrich Roth works at FLASH in Hamburg, the world's first free-electron laser in the X-ray region. "We took advantage of the special properties of this X-ray source and expanded them with time-resolved X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (TR-XPS). This method is based on the external photoelectric effect, for the explanat

Batteries are a hot topic for SPARRCI researchers
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Cleveland OH (SPX) Mar 02, 2021 If you have flown commercially in recent years, you may have noticed that certain items with large lithium-ion batteries can't be checked. Instead, they must be in your carry-on and turned off. Objects with these batteries, such as hoverboards or even cell phones, have been known to spontaneously combust, especially if they are physically damaged somehow. The resulting fire presents a dang

The perfect recipe for efficient perovskite solar cells
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2021 They have improved a process for vertically depositing a solution made from an inexpensive perovskite solute onto a moving substrate below. Not only have they discovered the crucial role played by one of the solvents used, but they have also taken a closer look at the aging and storage properties of the solution. Solar cells made of crystalline silicon still account for the lion's share of

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 25, 2021 Perovskites are a leading candidate for eventually replacing silicon as the material of choice for solar panels. They offer the potential for low-cost, low-temperature manufacturing of ultrathin, lightweight flexible cells, but so far their efficiency at converting sunlight to electricity has lagged behind that of silicon and some other alternatives. Now, a new approach to the design of pe

Buckyballs on DNA for harvesting light
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2021 Organic molecules that capture photons and convert these into electricity have important applications for producing green energy. Light-harvesting complexes need two semiconductors, an electron donor and an acceptor. How well they work is measured by their quantum efficiency, the rate by which photons are converted into electron-hole pairs. Quantum efficiency is lower than optimal if there

Air Force awards UToledo $12.5 million to develop space-based solar energy sheets
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Toledo OH (SPX) Feb 17, 2021 The military is adding fuel to the momentum of physicists at The University of Toledo who are advancing new frontiers in thin-film, highly efficient, low-cost photovoltaic technology to ensure a clean energy future. The U.S. Air Force awarded UToledo $12.5 million to develop photovoltaic energy sheets that would live in space and harvest solar energy to transmit power wirelessly to Earth-b

Bristol-led research will disrupt solar and expedite efforts toward Net-Zero target
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Bristol UK (SPX) Feb 12, 2021 A team of researchers, led by chemists from the University of Bristol, has received significant funding from the UKRI to revolutionise the fabrication and application of photovoltaic devices, used to produce solar energy. Imagine a city in the near future where buildings have solar panels integrated into windows, cladding and rooftops - allowing urban areas to generate their own clean and

Increasing battery and fuel cell power with quantum computing
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Stuttgart, Germany (SPX) Feb 19, 2021 The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is conducting research into new materials for more powerful batteries and fuel cells. DLR scientists are now using a quantum computer to simulate electrochemical processes within energy storage systems. This makes it possible to design the materials used in such a way that the performance and energy density of batteries

Novel two-polymer membrane boosts hydrogen fuel cell performance
3 Mar 2021 at 11:28am
Incheon, South Korea (SPX) Feb 18, 2021 A considerable portion of the efforts to realize a sustainable world has gone into developing hydrogen fuel cells so that a hydrogen economy can be achieved. Fuel cells have distinctive advantages: high energy-conversion efficiencies (up to 70%) and a clean by-product, water. In the past decade, anion exchange membrane fuel cells (AEMFC), which convert chemical energy to electrical energy

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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.

Empowering Individual Action To Fight Climate Change
1 May 2020 at 3:46pm
by Matthew Chester
In the face of climate change, one of the gravest and most complex challenges our collective societies have ever faced, many individuals and organizations are asking the natural question: what can we do personally to minimize our impact? Many thought leaders indeed espouse the mantra that true change will come via systematic and societal change […] The post Empowering Individual Action To Fight Climate Change appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As Oil Collapses, the Future of Solar Turns Brighter
29 Apr 2020 at 2:16pm
by Ryan Regan
The crude oil market is in free fall as demand plummets across the world. The fallout from this disruption in the global energy market is ongoing, but one thing is for certain – the solar industry isn’t going anywhere. COVID-19 Exposes Oil’s Vulnerabilities  The spread of COVID-19 throughout every corner of the world has resulted […] The post As Oil Collapses, the Future of Solar Turns Brighter appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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