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February 18, 2018
Aiken, SC (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
United Sun Systems and the CEO Lars Jacobsson has signed an exclusive license agreement on a high-temperature, metal hydride-based thermal energy storage technology for concentrating solar power, with Savannah River National Laboratory. The technology is based on metal hydride materials that efficiently store thermal energy in the form of chemical bonds and then release that energy when th
February 18, 2018
Fremont CA (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
NEXTracker, a Flex company, has announced that Leclanche, a global integrator of energy storage, has selected NEXTracker to supply its NX Drive energy storage system (ESS) for battery solutions the company is installing at commercial and industrial businesses in Ontario, Canada. NX Drive is a standardized battery enclosure system for generation-plus-storage and stand-alone storage applications.
February 18, 2018
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
GE Power (NYSE: GE) was chosen by Scatec Solar to supply solar photovoltaic (PV) skids for a 162-megawatt (MW) solar project located in Quixere, State of Ceara, Brazil. Brazil is Latin America's largest renewable energy market. Today, nearly 76 percent of its electricity is generated from renewable sources. Its renewable energy ambition doesn't stop there, as the country forecasts to bring
February 18, 2018
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
Greensmith Energy, a part of the Wartsila technology group, was selected by Origis Energy USA to provide advanced energy storage integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) in Sterling, Massachusetts, USA. The resultant hybrid system will allow the PV installation to better handle peak loads and provide secure, reliable electricity supply to the Municipality and State. Greensmith Energy will d
February 18, 2018
Albany NY (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that solar power in New York increased more than 1,000 percent from December 2011 to December 2017, leveraging more than $2.8 billion in private investment into New York's growing clean energy economy. Solar is critical to achieving the Governor's mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and cements Ne
February 18, 2018
Washington (UPI) Feb 15, 2018
As the Trump administration tries to create a domestic edge, federal data show the U.S. solar energy industry relied heavily on Asian imports. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a daily brief that in 2016 two thirds of the solar modules, measured in direct current, imported into the United States came from China, Malaysia and South Korea. When measured in direct c
February 13, 2018
Providence RI (SPX) Feb 14, 2018
A class of materials called perovskites has emerged as a promising alternative to silicon for making inexpensive and efficient solar cells. But for all their promise, perovskites are not without their downsides. Most contain lead, which is highly toxic, and include organic materials that are not particularly stable when exposed to the environment. Now a group of researchers at Brown Univer
February 13, 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Feb 14, 2018
China recently completed a test of a solar-powered drone capable of flying at extremely high altitudes for more than half a day straight. And it can also shoot missiles. The People's Liberation Army tested a variant of its CH-4 Rainbow drone for six days, the People's Daily reported February 12, conducting live-fire trials in extreme weather conditions. "The capacity and variety of i
February 13, 2018
Golden CO (SPX) Feb 14, 2018
Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic (PV) installations could help the United States meet the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030, according to new research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The NREL a
February 13, 2018
Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 13, 2018
Renewable energy solutions are often hindered by the inconsistencies of power produced by wind, water and sunlight and the continuously fluctuating demand for energy. New research by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, and Aalborg University in Denmark finds several solutions to mak
February 9, 2018
Houghton MI (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Although tobacco use is the leading cause of avoidable death globally, farming tobacco continues to provide the primary source of income to many farmers. But two Michigan Technological University researchers contend that converting tobacco fields to solar farms could profitably serve two purposes: Reduce preventable deaths and meet the growing need for solar energy to combat climate change.
February 9, 2018
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
The ability to use cheap materials and simple manufacturing methods are two huge advantages of printed organic solar cells. Olle Inganas, professor at Linkoping University, is head of a research group that has now developed an even simpler method to manufacture solar cell modules. The results have been published in the scientific journal npj Flexible Electronics. The energy efficiency of o
February 7, 2018
Raleigh NC (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
An international team of researchers has discovered a new quantitative relation that allows for quick identification of promising material combinations for organic solar cells. The discovery could significantly reduce the "trial and error" aspect of solar cell production by reducing the time spent on finding the most efficient mixtures. The research appears in Nature Materials. Presently,
February 7, 2018
Golden CO (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created an environmentally stable, high-efficiency perovskite solar cell, bringing the emerging technology a step closer to commercial deployment. Over the past decade, perovskites have rapidly evolved into a promising technology, now with the ability to convert about 23 percent of sunlight into elec
February 7, 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Transition metal oxides such as Zinc Oxide (ZnO) are at the center of the recent surge in research and development on solar energy conversion into electrical (photovoltaics) or chemical (photocatalytic) forms, but also of applications such as detectors of high-energy radiation. All of these applications rely on the generation of negative (electrons) and positive (holes) charges, and the un
February 7, 2018
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Caltech researchers have made a discovery that they say could lead to the economically viable production of solar fuels in the next few years. For years, solar-fuel research has focused on developing catalysts that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen using only sunlight. The resulting hydrogen fuel could be used to power motor vehicles, electrical plants, and fuel cells. Since the onl
February 7, 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 08, 2018
Perovskite solar cells are an alternative to conventional silicon solar cells, poised to enter the market with their high power-conversion efficiencies (above 22% now) and lower capital expenditure and manufacturing costs. One of the main methods for depositing perovskite films onto panel structures is a process known as sequential deposition reaction, which was developed in 2013 by Michae
February 7, 2018
Washington (AFP) Jan 31, 2018
The Trump administration will ask Congress to cut funding for clean energy and energy efficiency programs by 72 percent in this year's budget, according to a report in the Washington Post, underscoring its preference for fossil fuels. The Post said it had obtained draft documents that outlined the administration's starting point for negotiations for the 2018 budget, set to be unveiled in Feb
February 7, 2018
Sydney (AFP) Feb 4, 2018
Some 50,000 homes in South Australia will receive solar panels and Tesla batteries, the state government announced Sunday, in a landmark plan to turn houses into a giant, interconnected power plant. South Australia is already home to world's biggest battery in an Elon Musk-driven project to provide electricity for more than 30,000 homes. The state government has since been looking for mo
February 7, 2018
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 05, 2018
Kyocera Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, and Mizuho Bank, Limited which have been jointly investigating the possibility of operating a maximum 480-megawatt (MW) solar power project on the island of Ukujima (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Pref., Japan) since June 2014, have announced that the project has entered a new phase with the inclusion of five other participants: SPCG Public Company Limited, Toky
February 7, 2018
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Jan 29, 2018
Humankind is in the midst of a massive drive to harness solar energy to power our homes, gadgets, and industry. Plastic solar cells, based on blends of conducting organic polymers, are of interest for making lightweight and cheap solar cells. The problem with these kinds of solar cells is that their solar power efficiencies are very closely related to the way the different types of materials mix
February 7, 2018
Beijing (AFP) Feb 5, 2018
China has launched an anti-dumping investigation into sorghum imports from the United States, spurring worries of a brewing tit-for-tat trade war between the world's top two economies. The commerce ministry announced the self-initiated probe on Sunday, just weeks after President Donald Trump's administration slapped its latest batch of tariffs on Chinese goods. The ministry did not immed
February 5, 2018
Washington (UPI) Feb 1, 2018
Building on executive actions from July, Colorado's governor revised the state climate plan to include emissions abatement and an electric vehicle corridor. Gov. John Hickenlooper in July outlined a mandate to cut state-wide greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent from their 2005 levels and cut the emissions of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, from the electricity secto
February 5, 2018
Washington (UPI) Jan 23, 2018
A U.S. decision to impose import tariffs on solar power equipment means Asian manufactures may simply shift focus to expanding Asian markets, analysis found. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday that President Donald Trump imposed "safeguard tariffs" on imported solar cells and modules because of complaints those imports caused serious harm to domestic manufacturers.
February 5, 2018
San Luis Obispo CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2018
Cal Poly's new solar farm, the university's first major energy project since announcing a goal of climate neutrality, was dedicated at a Wednesday, Jan. 24, ceremony at the site. The 18.5-acre solar farm will generate more than 11 million kWh per year - enough to power more than 1,000 homes, or about 25 percent of Cal Poly's total needs - and includes more than 16,000 individual solar panels wit
February 5, 2018
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jan 05, 2018
Smart windows that are transparent when it's dark or cool but automatically darken when the sun is too bright are increasingly popular energy-saving devices. But imagine that when the window is darkened, it simultaneously produces electricity. Such a material - a photovoltaic glass that is also reversibly thermochromic - is a green technology researchers have long worked toward, and now, scienti
February 2, 2018
Paris (SPX) Feb 02, 2018
Seawater desalination can be integrated into a solar thermal energy plant using a variety of desalination technologies. Is solar-driven multi-effect distillation a financially feasible solution for water-stressed Namibia? A research study from Stellenbosch University finds that a 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant adapted to also "co-generate" water via multi-effect distillation (
February 2, 2018
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 02, 2018
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation report that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed construction of a 21.1 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. 78,144 Kyocera solar modules were installed on approximately 1km2 of land originally planned for the construction of an industrial waste disposal facility which was abandoned, then repurpo
February 2, 2018
Rugby, UK (SPX) Jan 29, 2018
Off Grid Energy, leading manufacturer of power solutions for the construction, marine and automotive industries, is set to launch its new Universal Hybrid Power Unit at this year's Executive Hire Show (EHS), taking place February 7-8 in Coventry. The gridtogo Ingenium Series reduces generator running hours and allows for the use of smaller generators, which result in significant improvemen
February 2, 2018
London, UK (SPX) Feb 02, 2018
Octopus Investments ("Octopus"), part of the Octopus Group and the largest commercial solar investor in Europe, has completed the refinancing of 5 solar projects with 64MW of generation capacity near to Montalto di Castro in the Lazio region of Italy. The 23m euros financing package has been provided by MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese (MPSCS) and represents a new landmark deal fo