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Fickle sunshine slows down Rubisco and limits photosynthetic productivity of crops
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Urbana IL (SPX) Jan 21, 2022 All of the carbon in our bodies, in food, and in the entire biosphere, results from the assimilation of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis by a single enzyme, known to biologists as Rubisco. Not surprisingly, given its importance, this protein is the most abundant in the world. Researchers from Lancaster University are working to improve the sustainable productivity of key crops in sub-Saharan Afr

Serbia backs out of controversial Rio Tinto lithium mine: PM
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Belgrade (AFP) Jan 20, 2022 Serbian authorities have abandoned plans to build a controversial lithium mine, the prime minister said Thursday, following weeks of protests against the project set to be built by Rio Tinto. The surprise U-turn from the government comes months ahead of likely national elections with President Aleksandar Vucic's administration looking to shore up support from voters following a series of ma

Quantum dots boost perovskite solar cell efficiency and scalability
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 21, 2022 Perovskites are hybrid compounds made from metal halides and organic constituents. They show great potential in a range of applications, e.g. LED lights, lasers, and photodetectors, but their major contribution is in solar cells, where they are poised to overtake the market from their silicon counterparts. One of the obstacles facing the commercialization of perovskite solar cells is that

Encapsulation as a method for preventing degradation in Li-air batteries
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Crystal Koe for MIT News Boston MA (SPX) Jan 21, 2022 Lithium-air batteries were thought promising in the 1970s as a potential power source for electric vehicles, offering energy densities that rival gasoline and significantly surpass conventional lithium-ion batteries. However, scientists over the last few decades have been unable to overcome challenges to practical application of this technology, including reversible

Menlo Electric with a 200 MW distribution deal with Jinko Solar
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Jan 21, 2022 Menlo Electric has been certified as an official distributor of Jinko Solar, following a year of close cooperation between both companies. The partnership is to result in module sales of over 200 MW in 2022 alone, of which 70 MW is to be delivered still in Q1. "The energy transition trend is gaining momentum throughout Europe, and in Central Europe in particular. After building a leadershi

Solar power, going down
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Paris (ESA) Jan 14, 2022 A concept image of a future in-orbit demonstrator for space-based solar power. Sunlight up in Earth orbit is ten times more intense than down on Earth's surface, so the idea is to fly dedicated satellites to capture solar energy, then beam it down to Earth - and potentially the Moon or other planets further into the future. A new ESA Discovery project is looking into a key part of the spac

Photon recycling - The key to high-efficiency perovskite solar cells
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Jan 14, 2022 Metal halide perovskites are receiving great attention as next-generation semiconductors for solar energy conversion. Since the first demonstration of 3.8% efficiency in 2009, efficiencies have increased rapidly and state-of-the-art perovskite solar cells exhibit high efficiencies over 25%, close to the record efficiencies of silicon photovoltaics. This fast growth during the last decade r

Recycling already considered in the development of new battery materials
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Munster, Germany (SPX) Jan 13, 2022 Enormous ecological and economic potential consists in the circular value chain of batteries: The use of recycled materials not only reduces the costs of raw materials, but also enables energy savings in battery production. A review article on battery recycling published in the scientific journal Advanced Energy Materials provides an overview of the challenges of new material concepts for

Molecular paddlewheels propel sodium ions through next-generation batteries
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Durham NC (SPX) Jan 13, 2022 Materials scientists at Duke University have revealed paddlewheel-like molecular dynamics that help push sodium ions through a quickly evolving class of solid-state batteries. The insights should guide researchers in their pursuit of a new generation of sodium-ion batteries to replace lithium-ion technology in a wide range of applications such as data centers and home energy storage. The r

Standard Solar acquires 28.5 MW commercial solar project from True Green Capital Management
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Rockville MD (SPX) Jan 12, 2022 Standard Solar, a leader in the ownership, operation, funding and development of commercial and community solar assets, has announced it has acquired a fully operational 28.5 megawatt (MW) solar project from funds managed by True Green Capital Management. The acquisition, the company's first in Idaho and one of its largest to date, underscores Standard Solar's significant growth and leadership.

Rapid preparation of CdSe thin-film solar cells
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Huazhong, China (SPX) Jan 12, 2022 Si-based tandem solar cell is regarded as the most promising strategy to break the theoretical efficiency limit of single-junction Si solar cells. With Si as the bottom cells, the optimal bandgap of top cells is 1.7 eV, which enables high efficiency of ~45% for two-junction tandem solar cells. III-V semiconductors/Si and perovskites/Si tandem solar cells have achieved high efficiency of ~30%, pr

Chile awards two multi-million dollar lithium contracts
22 Jan 2022 at 12:20pm
Santiago (AFP) Jan 12, 2022 Chile shunned two of the world's biggest lithium producers when awarding extraction contracts worth a total of $121 million to a local firm and a Chinese company, the minerals ministry said Wednesday. China's BYD Chile SpA and Chile's Servicios y Operaciones Mineras del Norte S.A. were awarded the right to extract 80,000 tons of lithium each, although the ministry did not say where. Amer


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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.

Beer Industry Taps into the Power of Solar Energy
30 Aug 2021 at 1:47pm
by Ryan Regan
There is not much that beats enjoying an ice-cold refreshing beer on a sunny summer day. Many beer companies nowadays are also incorporating the sun into their product in a different way, by harnessing the power of solar energy. A Match Made in Heaven An assortment of industries across the global are increasingly turning to […] The post Beer Industry Taps into the Power of Solar Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

‘Kentucky Solar’ No Longer an Oxymoron
26 Jul 2021 at 1:45pm
by Ryan Regan
The state of Kentucky was long been synonymous with the coal industry. That perception may still hold some truth today, but solar is no longer the afterthought that it once was in this fossil fuels-rich state. A Nascent Industry Finding its Footing Even by the most optimistic of outlooks, Kentucky’s solar industry is just barely […] The post ‘Kentucky Solar’ No Longer an Oxymoron appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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