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MicroLink devices delivers solar arrays to Prismatic for PHASA-35
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Niles IL (SPX) Oct 14, 2019 MicroLink Devices, a leader in the production of high-efficiency, flexible solar arrays for satellite and aircraft, announced that it has completed delivery of its first production contract of solar arrays to Prismatic Ltd. for integration into their PHASA-35 high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (HALE UAV). These lightweight, flexible solar arrays have the highest specific

First fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 14, 2019 Lithium-carbon dioxide batteries are attractive energy storage systems because they have a specific energy density that is more than seven times greater than commonly used lithium-ion batteries. However, until now, scientists have not been able to develop a fully rechargeable prototype, despite their potential to store more energy. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are t

Electrode-fitted microscope points to better designed devices that make fuel from sunlight
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Eugene OR (SPX) Oct 08, 2019 Using an atomic-force microscope fitted with an electrode tip 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, University of Oregon researchers have identified in real time how nanoscale catalysts collect charges that are excited by light in semiconductors. As reported in the journal Nature Materials, they discovered that as the size of the catalytic particles shrinks below 100 nanometers the collec

Imaging method promises industrial insight into fuel cells
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2019 Hydrogen-containing substances are important for many industries, but scientists have struggled to obtain detailed images to understand the element's behavior. In Review of Scientific Instruments, from AIP Publishing, researchers demonstrate the quantification of hydrogen for different states of water - i.e., liquid, frozen and supercooled - for applications to eco-friendly fuel cells. "Ou

Cause of harmful dendrites and whiskers in lithium batteries pinpointed
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Richland WA (SPX) Oct 15, 2019 Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth of needle-like structures--known as dendrites and whiskers--that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire. The team, led by Chongmin Wang at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shown that the presence of certain compounds in the electrolyte--the liquid material

Exide announces major solar partnership in Spain
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Soria, Spain (SPX) Oct 14, 2019 Battery manufacturer Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical energy solutions, has announced a major new solar installation to power its factory at San Esteban de Gormaz in Soria, Spain. The installation will enable Exide to draw much of its power from renewable sources at the site, leading to large reductions in CO2 emissions. The landmark project will be delivered thro

Modified quantum dots capture more energy from light and lose less to heat
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 08, 2019 Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it's wasted as heat. "This discovery can potentially enable novel, highly-efficient solar cells, light detectors, photocathodes and light-driven chemical reactions," said Victor Klimov, lead researcher on the Laboratory'

Azuri opens new Off-grid Solar Centre in Kisumu, Kenya
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Nairobi, Kenya (SPX) Oct 10, 2019 Azuri Technologies, a leader in pay-as-you-go solar home technology for off-grid Africa, continues to build on its vision of 'connecting the unconnected' with the opening of an Off-grid Solar Centre in Kisumu County, Kenya. According to the Kisumu County Government, only 46% of the County's general population is connected to the grid. Azuri's new Solar Centre will bring affordable, clean

Prodiel and Power China are to build the 296 MW Potrero Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Jalisco, Mexico
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Jalisco, Mexico (SPX) Oct 10, 2019 Prodiel and Power China have been selected by Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build its second solar energy facility, Potrero Solar, with a capacity of 296 MW, in Mexico. The project will be located in Lagos de Moreno, in the state of Jalisco, and construction is to begin in October 2019 on a site measuring 640 hectares. The contract is based on the Full EPC model and

New standard of reference for assessing solar forecast proposed
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2019 Being able to accurately forecast how much solar energy reaches the surface of the Earth is key to guiding decisions for running solar power plants. While day-ahead forecasts have become more accurate in recent years, the solar community lacks a unified verification procedure, and assessing how one forecast compares to another is difficult. New work in the Journal of Renewable and Sustaina

National Solar Tour this weekend October 5/6 visits ABC Solar Research and Development
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Rancho Palos Verdes CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2019 ABC Solar invites SolarDaily readers to visit one of the many National Solar Homes Tours happening this weekend October 5th and 6th. This event is put on by the American Solar Energy Society. The National Solar Tour is the nation's largest grassroots solar event. Across the country, homeowners, businesses, volunteers, solar installers, public officials, and grassroots organizations put out

DGIST achieves the highest efficiency of flexible CZTSSe thin-film solar cell
16 Oct 2019 at 5:18am
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Sep 23, 2019 DGIST announced on Tuesday, September 10 that Dr. Jin-Kyu Kang's research team in Division of Energy Technology achieved 11.4% for the photoelectric conversion1 efficiency of flexible CZTSSe thin-film solar cell, the highest in the world. This research is expected to contribute to the development of future solar power technology and the thin-film solar cell industry of next generation. Fle


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Climate Change Policy Measures: Identifying Priorities, Particularly Outside of the Usual Suspects
16 Oct 2019 at 4:07pm
by Matthew Chester
With the 2020 Presidential race already heating up, issues surrounding climate change, clean energy, and what policy mechanisms are the most critical ones for the federal government to employ are getting more of a spotlight than ever before. While ideas like research & development, tax credits, and carbon prices are among the first policy levers […] The post Climate Change Policy Measures: Identifying Priorities, Particularly Outside of the Usual Suspects appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Does the U.S. Still Need the Solar Investment Tax Credit?
27 Aug 2019 at 4:44pm
by Ryan Austin
Over the last 10 years, the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which offers a federal income tax credit worth 30% of a homeowner’s solar installation costs, has opened up solar to millions of homeowners by dropping that huge financial hurdle. But the ITC is set to begin phasing out at the end of 2019 and […] The post Does the U.S. Still Need the Solar Investment Tax Credit? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Top Priority Policy Planks for a Green New Deal
7 Aug 2019 at 4:00pm
by Brooks Lape
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a non-profit organization located in Washington DC whose mission is “to accelerate the transition to a new, low-emissions economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy.” The organization works towards these goals through their briefings on Capitol Hill (as well as webcasts, papers, and more) to educate policymakers […] The post Top Priority Policy Planks for a Green New Deal appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Mosaic’s PowerSwitch 6 Residential Home Solar Loans: An Interview with GM of Solar, Erin Talbot
30 Jul 2019 at 2:40pm
by Matthew Chester
Installing solar panels on a household’s rooftop is an exciting moment for any family, but it’s also one that can come with some fear and hesitation due to the high costs. Mosaic is trying to change that and allow all homes to reap  the benefits of installed solar systems. Mosaic is a company that provides […] The post Mosaic’s PowerSwitch 6 Residential Home Solar Loans: An Interview with GM of Solar, Erin Talbot appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As Costs Fall, Global Solar Capacity Ramps Up
25 Jul 2019 at 8:48pm
by Ryan Austin
The US is seeing record amounts of solar energy production recently. In April, renewable energy – including solar, wind, and hydropower – actually outperformed coal for the first in U.S. history. However, solar is still a small percentage of the nation’s overall electricity. How do we compare with the rest of the world? And with […] The post As Costs Fall, Global Solar Capacity Ramps Up appeared first on Solar Tribune.

What are the Best Policy Mechanisms to Combat Climate Change
11 Jul 2019 at 4:38pm
by Matthew Chester
Climate change policy has finally taken a place on the priority of the mainstream population and politicians and candidates looking to represent them. However, climate advocates can no longer support leaders who pass the bar of saying they support climate action, but rather we need to be debating and choosing the specific types of climate […] The post What are the Best Policy Mechanisms to Combat Climate Change appeared first on Solar Tribune.

New Solar Tech Could Outshine Conventional Silicon
28 Jun 2019 at 2:45pm
by Ryan Austin
Silicon is by far the most common material in photovoltaic solar, but that could all change in the next decade as researchers around the world continue to develop new photoelectric materials. In a June 2019 webinar for the publication, Nature Research, University of Notre Dame professor Prashant Kamat walked through some of the most promising […] The post New Solar Tech Could Outshine Conventional Silicon appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Bloomberg Pledges $500 Million to Close All Coal Plants
25 Jun 2019 at 9:58pm
by Ryan Austin
Acclaimed billionaire and former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has promised to donate $500 million towards efforts to close all coal-fired power plants. Beyond the large sum, Bloomberg’s announcement has raised eyebrows thanks to his decision to simply ignore Washington and focus instead on state and local politicians and lobbying. Bloomberg’s pledge Michael Bloomberg, the […] The post Bloomberg Pledges $500 Million to Close All Coal Plants appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Are the 2020 Democratic Candidates Serious About Climate? Twitter Data Says No
18 Jun 2019 at 4:32pm
by Matthew Chester
For clean energy and climate advocates, the Democratic challenger in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election is poised to present a more climate-focused candidate than the incumbent, President Donald Trump. But an analysis of the Twitter histories of the Democratic primary candidates presents a field that largely places climate lower on the list of top policy […] The post Are the 2020 Democratic Candidates Serious About Climate? Twitter Data Says No appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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