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Hybrid nanostructure steps up light-harvesting efficiency
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Upton UK (SPX) Jun 17, 2019 To absorb incoming sunlight, plants and certain kinds of bacteria rely on a light-harvesting protein complex containing molecules called chromophores. This complex funnels solar energy to the photosynthetic reaction center, where it is converted into chemical energy for metabolic processes. Inspired by this found-in-nature architecture, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)

The new technology will significantly enhance energy harvest from PV modules
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Tallinn, Estonia (SPX) Jun 17, 2019 The whole world is inevitably moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability of the environment requires changes in the current way of life and introduction of new, more sustainable solutions in our everyday consumption. The TalTech Power Electronics Research Group led by Researcher-Professor Dmitri Vinnikov has been working on improvement of the efficiency of alternative ener

Breathing new life into dye-sensitized solar cells
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Jun 17, 2019 Researchers at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University have made a popular type of dye-sensitized solar cell more efficient by adjusting and updating their structure. Published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), the team report a series of adaptations with a power conversion efficiency of 10.7%, the highest yet for this kind of dye-sensi

US renewable generating capacity has surpassed coal fired power plants
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2019 According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now - for the first time - surpassed that of coal. FERC's latest monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report (with data through April 30, 2019) no

A new method for 3D reconstructions of eruptive events on sun
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jun 06, 2019 An international team of scientists led by Skoltech professor Tatiana Podladchikova developed a new 3D method for reconstructing space weather phenomena, in particular, shock waves produced by the Sun's energy outbursts. Their findings can help better understand and predict extreme space weather occurrences that affect the operation of engineering systems in space and on Earth. The results of th

First stand-alone solar-powered poultry house
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Cullman AL (SPX) Jun 06, 2019 Auburn University's National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC), a leader in poultry housing and associated technologies for more than a decade, and Tyson Foods Inc. has announced the opening of the largest stand-alone solar powered poultry house to be operated completely off the grid. The 54-foot by 500-foot poultry house is located in Cullman County, Alabama, and capable of housing 36,000

Discovery sheds light on synthesis, processing of high-performance solar cells
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Jun 10, 2019 Halide perovskite solar cells hold promise as the next generation of solar cell technologies, but while researchers have developed techniques for improving their material characteristics, nobody understood why these techniques worked. New research sheds light on the science behind these engineering solutions and paves the way for developing more efficient halide perovskite solar cells. "Th

GE lost billions by 'misjudging' renewables: report
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Paris (AFP) June 6, 2019 Investors in General Electric, once one of the world's most valuable companies, lost tens of billions of dollars after the Paris climate deal as it failed to adapt to the pace of the green energy transition, new analysis showed Thursday. A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said GE had lost a "simply staggering" $193 billion (172 billion euros) in jus

Scientists found a way to increase the capacity of energy sources for portable electronics
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jun 03, 2019 Scientists from Skoltech, Moscow State University (MSU) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have proposed a new approach to replacing carbon atoms with nitrogen atoms in the supercapacitor's crystal lattice and developed a novel capacity enhancement method based on carbon lattice modification with the aid of plasma. Their findings can help create the next generation of power so

Solar cell defect mystery solved after decades of global effort
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Manchester UK (SPX) Jun 04, 2019 A team of scientists at The University of Manchester has solved a key flaw in solar panels after 40 years of research around the world. Solar panels are among the most available system of generating energy through renewable sources due to their relative cost and consumer availability. However, the majority of solar cells only achieve 20% efficiency - for every kW of equivalent sunlight, about 20

New solar panel dataset helps cities make power grids more safe, reliable
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 03, 2019 Solar power researchers have traditionally only used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to estimate the power generated within a city. But one installation isn't a good representation of all the rooftops in the city, where the time of day, panel direction, and shade cast by trees and clouds affect power production. Data from PV systems distribute

New York state winters could pose solar farm 'ramping' snag for power grid
17 Jun 2019 at 9:54am
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 03, 2019 By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6 percent in some places. But Cornell University engineers caution that upstate winters tell a different tale. With low energy demand around midday in the winter, combined with solar-electricity production, New York's power system could face volatil


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State of the Solar Industry Through the Lens of Solar Summit Attendees
11 Jun 2019 at 4:20am
by Matthew Chester
When the solar industry gathers, those across the field are able to share recent successes, future goals, pressing concerns, and more. On May 14 and 15, hundreds of industry professionals, financiers, and other stakeholders in the solar power industry gathered in Paradise Valley, Arizona, for the 12th annual Solar Summit put on by GreenTech Media […] The post State of the Solar Industry Through the Lens of Solar Summit Attendees appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Renewables Exceed Coal for the First Time Ever
20 May 2019 at 5:09pm
by Ryan Austin
The U.S. renewable energy sector reached a significant milestone in April when government projections showed renewable energy sources beating coal generation nationwide for the first time in history, a trend that continued into May. While the flip is partially brought on by the seasonality of hydro and coal generation, it shows that we’re in the […] The post Renewables Exceed Coal for the First Time Ever appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The History of Solar Energy
22 Apr 2019 at 5:03pm
by Ryan Austin
Today, we equate solar energy with electricity, but that wasn’t always the case. Throughout history and across the world, people have always placed huge importance on the sun. The Incans had Inti, whose children he sent to the earth to create civilization. The Egyptians had the all-powerful Ra, who controlled the sky, earth, and underworld. […] The post The History of Solar Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Power Keeps Pounding with Panels Installed on Bank of America Stadium
12 Apr 2019 at 4:48pm
by Matthew Chester
North Carolina is among the U.S. leaders in solar power installations, and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers are now joining as solar leaders in the sports industry with POWERHOME Solar installing panels on the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium to reduce energy costs and the stadium’s carbon footprint. When the National Football League joined the Green […] The post Solar Power Keeps Pounding with Panels Installed on Bank of America Stadium appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Cannabis Growers Embracing Solar and Storage to Cut Energy Bills
18 Mar 2019 at 4:21pm
by Ryan Austin
Cannabis operations are increasingly looking to renewables and batteries to offset sky-high electricity costs. With marijuana now legal in 30 states (either for recreational or medicinal use), the cannabis industry is big business. Since legal sales first began in 2014, the industry has exploded. In 2018, it raked in $10.4 billion and experts expect it […] The post Cannabis Growers Embracing Solar and Storage to Cut Energy Bills appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Investing in Solar: Beyond Rooftop PV
11 Mar 2019 at 2:42pm
by Matthew Chester
Integrating solar power into your life to enhance your renewable energy credentials and decrease your carbon footprint isn’t restricted to rooftop installations. Rather, many personal products exist to let you hop aboard the solar train! Solar power has rapidly transitioned from a niche technology into one which only businesses or households with lots of disposable […] The post Investing in Solar: Beyond Rooftop PV appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Future of Solar Energy in Manufacturing
4 Mar 2019 at 7:27pm
by Nathan Falde
The manufacturing economy is currently under-utilizing solar energy. But the long-term prospects for solar in this sector are excellent. In fact, manufacturing and solar could be a match made in heaven. A handful of American manufacturers have already jumped on the solar bandwagon. Many more will likely join them soon. Solar energy in manufacturing is […] The post The Future of Solar Energy in Manufacturing appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What Will 100% Renewable Energy Look Like?
19 Feb 2019 at 5:25am
by Ryan Austin
As Hawaii, California, and even some in the federal government move forward on legislation to move towards 100% renewable energy, utilities are finding paths to meet these goals, mainly focusing on solar panels, wind, and batteries for energy storage. But what exactly does 100% renewable look like, and how long will it take? When Representative […] The post What Will 100% Renewable Energy Look Like? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Solar Power Enthusiasts at a Young Age
4 Feb 2019 at 3:11pm
by Matthew Chester
While Whitney Houston famously told us that the children are our future, those advocating for a clean energy transition also contend that solar power is the future. Both are sage forecasts, and as such, educating children about solar power and its importance must not be overlooked– luckily, many avenues exist for these efforts. A major […] The post Inspiring the Next Generation of Solar Power Enthusiasts at a Young Age appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What is the Green New Deal and What Could it Mean for Solar Energy?
28 Jan 2019 at 2:09am
by Nathan Falde
In a speech at the 1932 Democratic Convention, Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a “new deal for the American people,” and once elected he kept his word. The New Deal put millions of people back to work and provided essential social services to the most deprived and vulnerable. It also permanently altered public perceptions about the […] The post What is the Green New Deal and What Could it Mean for Solar Energy? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

LO3 Energy and eMotorWerks Combine EVs with Renewable Microgrids
21 Jan 2019 at 3:51am
by Ryan Austin
LO3 Energy and eMotorWerks are joining forces on a new project that would allow electric vehicles (EVs) to connect to energy microgrids and utilities to use EVs as a collective energy resource during times of peak energy demand. This partnership comes at a time when utilities are increasingly wondering how they can use EVs as […] The post LO3 Energy and eMotorWerks Combine EVs with Renewable Microgrids appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Was 2018 the Year of the Home Battery?
14 Jan 2019 at 4:33am
by Ryan Austin
2018 turned out to be a pretty good year for batteries. Prices continued to fall and a handful of states like New York, Colorado and Florida created new policies to drive adoption from storage mandates to new net metering and interconnection policies, as well as new incentives specifically for energy storage. With more homeowners installing […] The post Was 2018 the Year of the Home Battery? appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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