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Eco-friendly solar cells improve efficiency by resolving defects
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Aug 15, 2022 The DGIST (President Kuk Yang) Thin Film Solar Cell Research Center (Chairman Gang Jin-gyu) worked with Professor Kim Se-yoon of the Department of New Material Engineering at Kyungnam University (President Park Jae-gyu) to investigate the cause of pore formation, a problem in CZTS thin-film solar cells, which are eco-friendly general-purpose thin-film solar cells. It was announced on the 12th (T

Researchers develop new faster charging hydrogen fuel cell
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 15, 2022 Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed a new method to improve solid-state hydrogen fuel cell charging times. Hydrogen is gaining significant attention as an efficient way to store 'green energy' from renewables such as wind and solar. Compressed gas is the most common form of hydrogen storage, however it can

China's CATL to build battery plant in Hungary
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Budapest (AFP) Aug 12, 2022 China's Contemporary Amperex Technology, the world's biggest maker of batteries for electrical vehicles, said Friday it plans to build a huge new factory in Hungary, its second in Europe. German auto maker Mercedes-Benz said it would be the plant's "first and biggest customer". CATL said in a statement that it will invest 7.34 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in the 100-GWh (gigawatt hours)

Cheaper, changing and crucial: the rise of solar power
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Paris (AFP) Aug 11, 2022 Generating power from sunlight bouncing off the ground, working at night, even helping to grow strawberries: solar panel technology is evolving fast as costs plummet for a key segment of the world's energy transition. The International Energy Agency says solar will have to scale up significantly this decade to meet the Paris climate target of limiting temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius

Surrey's prototype battery only needs seconds of sunlight to keep smart wearables charged
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Guildford UK (SPX) Aug 04, 2022 Thirty seconds of sunlight could boost the battery life of future smartwatches and other wearables by tens of minutes, thanks to a renewable and rechargeable battery prototype developed by the University of Surrey. Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has demonstrated how its new photo-rechargeable system, which merges zinc-ion batteries with perovskite solar cells, could allow wea

An affordable and sustainable alternative to lithium-ion batteries
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Troy NY (SPX) Aug 03, 2022 Concerns regarding scarcity, high prices, and safety regarding the long-term use of lithium-ion batteries has prompted a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to propose a greener, more efficient, and less expensive energy storage alternative. In research published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), corresponding author Nikhil Koratkar, t

Scientists fabricate high-performance large-area perovskite submodules for solar cells
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Dalian, China (SPX) Aug 03, 2022 Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are promising solar technologies. Although low-cost wet processing has shown advantages in small-area PSC fabrication, the preparation of uniform charge transport layers with thickness of several nanometers from solution for meter-sized large area products is still challenging. Recently, a research group led by Prof. LIU Shengzhong from the Dalian Institute of

China scales up distributed PV units, expands rural use
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Beijing (XNA) Jul 28, 2022 China is scaling up distributed solar power capacity in a bid to push forward new energy development to achieve its carbon goals. The newly installed capacity of distributed solar power increased 125 percent year-on-year to about 19.65 million kilowatts in the first half, taking up about two-thirds of China's total newly increased solar power capacity, the China Photovoltaic Industry Assoc

Rocket Lab to supply solar power for US Space Force missile warning satellites
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Long Beach CA (SPX) Jul 28, 2022 Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) ("Rocket Lab" or "the Company"), a leading launch and space systems company, announced that its high-efficiency, radiation-hardened Coverglass Interconnected solar Cell (CIC) assemblies will power the three Lockheed Martin Next Gen OPIR GEO (NGG) satellites for the United States Space Force (USSF). The NGG program will deliver resilient global missile wa

Ratcliff works to scale paper-thin solar technology
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 26, 2022 Using a combination of multiple energy sources, including solar, makes the nation's energy system more resilient. Solar energy provides about 3% of the country's electricity overall and about 9% of Arizona's, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) selected University of Arizona chemical and environmenta

Desert sun, wind pack formidable punch
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Beijing (XNA) Jul 26, 2022 Arid areas gifting cities with energy, technological innovations helping keep facilities humming despite natural challenges Technologies will power the next wave of wind and solar power development in China's desert areas amid higher requirements for uninterrupted power generation and transmission, facing challenges from extreme conditions such as high temperatures and blowing sand, expert

Chemists unlock secrets of molten salts
15 Aug 2022 at 10:33am
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Jul 25, 2022 A chemist at the University of Cincinnati has come up with a novel way to study the thermodynamic properties of molten salts, which are used in many nuclear and solar energy applications. UC College of Arts and Sciences research associate and computational chemist Yu Shi and his collaborators developed a new simulation method to calculate free energy using deep learning artificial intellig

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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.

American Indian Tribes Are Unsung Heroes of Clean Energy Movement
5 Nov 2021 at 2:37pm
by Ryan Regan
Solutions to the world’s climate crisis can often seem overly complex and unnecessarily polarizing. To the indigenous people of this country the path forward has always been more straight-forward – go all-in on renewables. After all, living off Earth’s natural bounty is what this community has been doing for centuries, and many American Indian tribes […] The post American Indian Tribes Are Unsung Heroes of Clean Energy Movement appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Electric Vehicle Era is Here
1 Oct 2021 at 3:32pm
by Ryan Regan
In what seems like the blink of an eye, the auto industry has embraced electrification in a big way as household names – beyond Tesla – make big investments in battery and related technological enhancements. If you are in the market for a car any time this decade, the overwhelming likelihood is that you will […] The post The Electric Vehicle Era is Here appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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