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Chile inaugurates Latin America's first thermosolar plant
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Santiago (AFP) June 8, 2021 Chile on Tuesday inaugurated Latin America's first-ever thermosolar energy plant, a vast complex dubbed Cerro Dominador in the Atacama desert that gives a boost to the country's quest for carbon-neutrality by 2050. In an area exceeding 700 hectares, 10,600 mirrors surround a 250-meter-high tower topped with a receiver onto which the Sun's rays are reflected. Molten salts in the receiver

Highview Enlasa developing liquid air energy storage facility in Chile
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 11, 2021 Highview Enlasa, the 50/50 joint venture between Highview Power, a global leader in long duration energy storage solutions, and Energia Latina S.A.-Enlasa, the largest backup power generation provider in Chile, is pleased to announce that it is developing the first liquid air long duration energy storage project in Chile. This 50MW/500MWh (10 hours) CRYOBattery, which represents an estimated inv

Molecular coating enhances organic solar cells
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 11, 2021 An electrode coating just one molecule thick can significantly enhance the performance of an organic photovoltaic cell, KAUST researchers have found. The coating outperforms the leading material currently used for this task and may pave the way for improvements in other devices that rely on organic molecules, such as light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. Unlike the most common photovol

Engineers apply physics-informed machine learning to solar cell production
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 10, 2021 Today, solar energy provides 2% of U.S. power. However, by 2050, renewables are predicted to be the most used energy source (surpassing petroleum and other liquids, natural gas, and coal) and solar will overtake wind as the leading source of renewable power. To reach that point, and to make solar power more affordable, solar technologies still require a number of breakthroughs. One is the abilit

Using AI at the first line of defence for portable solar and battery powered security systems
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Mountain View CA (SPX) Jun 09, 2021 Traditionally, security surveillance with closed-circuit television (CCTV) or IP camera systems have been deployed in commercial and residential buildings or city infrastructure, where there is ready access to power and internet connectivity. However, demand for surveillance has increased at unmanned infrastructure installations which are often in remote locations that don't have utility power o

Engineers design battery to power flying cars
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 7, 2021 Engineers at Penn State published plans Monday for a battery prototype they said is capable of powering flying cars. "I think flying cars have the potential to eliminate a lot of time and increase productivity and open the sky corridors to transportation," lead author Chao-Yang Wang said in a press release on the study, published in the journal Joule. "But electric vertical takeo

Major advance in fabrication of low-cost solar cells also locks up greenhouse gases
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
New York NY (SPX) Jun 06, 2021 Perovskite solar cells have progressed in recent years with rapid increases in power conversion efficiency (from 3% in 2006 to 25.5% today), making them more competitive with silicon-based photovoltaic cells. However, a number of challenges remain before they can become a competitive commercial technology. Now a team at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has developed a process to solve

Harvesting light like nature does
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Richland WA (SPX) Jun 06, 2021 Inspired by nature, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with collaborators from Washington State University, created a novel material capable of capturing light energy. This material provides a highly efficient artificial light-harvesting system with potential applications in photovoltaics and bioimaging. The research provides a foundation for overcoming the

Compound commonly found in candles lights the way to grid-scale energy storage
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Richland, WA (SPX) Jun 06, 2021 A compound used widely in candles offers promise for a much more modern energy challenge - storing massive amounts of energy to be fed into the electric grid as the need arises. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have shown that low-cost organic compounds hold promise for storing grid energy. Common fluorenone, a bright yellow powder, was at

Holograms increase solar energy yield
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 06, 2021 The energy available from sunlight is 10,000 times more than what is needed to supply the world's energy demands. Sunlight has two main properties that are useful in the design of renewable energy systems. The first is the amount power falling on a fixed area, like the ground or a person's roof. This quantity varies with the time of day and the season. The second property is the colors or spectr

Synthesis of perovskite visible-light-absorbing semiconductor material
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 04, 2021 Narrow-gap semiconductors with the ability to use visible light have garnered significant interest thanks to their versatility. Now, scientists in Japan have developed and characterized a new semiconductor material for application in process components stimulated by light. The findings have, for the first time, suggested a new way to reduce the band gap in cheaper and non-toxic tin-based oxide s

U-M researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis
14 Jun 2021 at 6:29am
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jun 04, 2021 Three billion years ago, light first zipped through chlorophyll within tiny reaction centers, the first step plants and photosynthetic bacteria take to convert light into food. Heliobacteria, a type of bacteria that uses photosynthesis to generate energy, has reaction centers thought to be similar to those of the common ancestors for all photosynthetic organisms. Now, a University of Michigan te


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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.

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.


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