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Sierra Space selected by Maxar to provide solar power solutions for constellation of proliferated LEO satellites
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Louisville CO (SPX) Dec 06, 2022 Sierra Space, a leading space company building an end-to-end business and technology platform in space to benefit life on Earth, reports that the company won a significant space defense contract with Maxar. Under the agreement, Sierra Space will provide revolutionary solar power solutions and production capability. This contract will support a constellation of 14 satellites that use Maxar'

The perovskite solar cells tough enough to match mighty silicon
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Dec 08, 2022 Researchers at Oxford University and Exciton Science have demonstrated a new way to create stable perovskite solar cells, with fewer defects and the potential to finally rival silicon's durability. By removing the solvent dimethyl-sulfoxide and introducing dimethylammonium chloride as a crystallisation agent, the researchers were able to better control the intermediate phases of the perovs

Toward stable aqueous Zn-ion batteries
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 05, 2022 "Aqueous ZIBs hold great potential as competitive candidates for next-generation energy storage devices," said corresponding author Ying Bai, professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering in Beijing Institute of Technology. "Thanks to their high theoretical capacity, low cost, and high security." Bai explained that among various anode materials, the direct adoption of Zn anode c

Airbus prepares for its first megawatt-class hydrogen fuel-cell engine flight-test demonstrator
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 06, 2022 Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell engine architecture with cryogenic storage could feature in an all-new zero-emission aircraft which will enter service by 2035. Airbus is already well on track to design, build and demonstrate such a megawatt-class propulsion system, in under four years from now... Two years ago, Airbus unveiled several possible aircraft concepts - known collectively as "ZEROe" -

New power supply with a lifetime of up to 50 years
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Karlsruhe, Germany (SPX) Dec 06, 2022 Switching power supplies are omnipresent in our daily life, may it be in households, offices, or industry. They convert the alternating current supplied into direct current for smartphones, laptops, charging stations of e-cars, and logistics and computing centers. However, conventional power supplies usually have to be exchanged after nine years of permanent operation. Digital Power System

Energy crisis fuels renewables boom: IEA
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Paris (AFP) Dec 6, 2022 The energy crisis is fuelling an acceleration of the rollout of renewable power, raising hopes for efforts to meet ambitious targets against global warming, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. Total renewables capacity worldwide is set to almost double in the next five years and overtake coal as the largest source of electricity generation by 2025, the IEA said in a report. The

Spacewalkers complete new solar array installation on ISS
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Huntsville AL (SPX) Dec 05, 2022 Expedition 68 Flight Engineers Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 2:21 p.m. EST Saturday after 7 hours and 5 minutes. Cassada and Rubio completed their major objectives to install an International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) and disconnect a cable to ensure the 1B channel can be reactivated. They also completed an additional task to release sev

Large band bending at SnS interface opens door for highly efficient thin-film solar cells
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Dec 05, 2022 With the push towards carbon neutrality growing, and as a worrying trend of rising temperatures and natural disasters caused by global warming continues, solar cells will play a pivotal role in the world's transition to renewable energy. Now, a research group has laid the path for achieving higher open-circuit voltage in tin sulfide (SnS) solar cells, thus realizing their latent potential

US green plan should be 'wake-up call' for EU industry: French minister
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2022 French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Friday said Washington's $430 billion plan to spur climate-friendly technologies in the United States must be seen as a wake-up call for Europe. The EU "must be able to sweep in front of our own door" before worrying about the effects of the US climate plan on European industry, Le Maire told AFP in Washington, where he was part of French President E

Emerging technology allows solar panels and agriculture to coexist, legal hurdles remain
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Urbana IL (SPX) Dec 02, 2022 Renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels are gaining traction, but are sometimes met with local resistance because they take up valuable space that could otherwise be used for agricultural production. Agrivoltaics provides a way of creating dual land usage, combining solar panels with crops or grazing animals in the same field. But this emerging technology faces regul

Can solar power provide more than clean energy
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Lemont IL (SPX) Dec 02, 2022 Scientists from Argonne will study the soil around ground-mounted solar panels and develop a national soil database to better understand impacts on the ecosystem. Climate change contributed to many deadly and costly disasters in recent years. As the U.S. looks to combat climate change, solar energy is increasingly seen as a large part of the answer. However, ground-mounted solar facilities

Cooling down solar cells, naturally
8 Dec 2022 at 6:52am
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 02, 2022 A bright, sunny, cloudless day might seem like the optimal setting for solar cells. But too much sun, and too much heat, can actually reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. As operating temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, traditional silicon-based solar cells will lose about 0.5% efficiency. In a typical photovoltaic plant, where modules operate nearly 25 degrees Celsius above the ambi


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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.

Putin’s War Accelerates Clean Energy Push
8 Mar 2022 at 3:10pm
by Ryan Regan
Putin’s ill-advised military invasion into Ukraine has had a galvanizing effect across the world as country after country repudiates the war and pledges to arm or otherwise support Ukrainians fighting for their country. The economic impact of the war is still unfolding, but it is clear that the impact in Russia will be historically debilitating. […] The post Putin’s War Accelerates Clean Energy Push appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Big Box Retailers Key to U.S. Solar Ambitions
1 Feb 2022 at 1:10am
by Ryan Regan
The Biden Administration has been clear about its ambitious plans to accelerate the pace of renewable energy deployment in the United States. Plans by the Administration call for solar energy to supply 45% of the nation’s electricity by 2050, a significant increase from the 3% that solar energy accounted for in 2020. The U.S. will […] The post Big Box Retailers Key to U.S. Solar Ambitions appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Power Takes Off at U.S. Airports
27 Dec 2021 at 3:59pm
by Ryan Regan
The Biden Administration recently established a framework for the federal government to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and many state and local governments have likewise established similar plans to double down on renewables in the coming decades. The nation’s airports figure to play a prominent role in such efforts, and more and more airport authorities […] The post Solar Power Takes Off at U.S. Airports appeared first on Solar Tribune.

2021 Guide for Solar-Inspired Holiday Gifts
29 Nov 2021 at 6:25pm
by Ryan Regan
The holiday season is now upon us and that means that it is time for those holiday traditions new and old that make this time of year so special. Here at Solar Tribune, we have our own holiday tradition of putting out a solar-inspired gift buying guide to help make the tradition of gift giving […] The post 2021 Guide for Solar-Inspired Holiday Gifts appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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