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A study of Saturn's largest moon may offer insights for earth
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 04, 2019 Scientists studying the weather and climate of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have reported a significant seasonal variation in its energy budget - that is the amount of solar energy absorbed by the celestial body and the thermal energy it emits. The findings, reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, could lead to new insights about climate on Earth. Titan is the only bod

China to build space-based solar power station by 2035
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Xiamen, China (XNA) Dec 03, 2019 China plans to accomplish a 200-tonne megawatt-level space-based solar power station by 2035, according to the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The space-based solar power station would capture the sun's energy that never makes it to the planet, said Wang Li, a CAST research fellow with the program, when attending the sixth China-Russia Engineering Forum held last week in Xiamen,

New device enables battery-free computer input at the tip of your finger
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Dec 03, 2019 Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways. The device, called Tip-Tap, is inexpensive and battery-free through the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sense when fingertips touch. The device could, therefore, be added to dispos

Daylight damage-saving time
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Dec 03, 2019 Researchers at Kanazawa University performed a detailed investigation of the molecular mechanisms by which organic solar cells suffer damage as they are exposed to sunlight. This research has important implications for developing next-generation solar sheets that combine high efficiency, low cost, and long device lifetimes. Solar power represents an important element of future renewable en

Researchers discover new way to split and sum photons with silicon
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 03, 2019 A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Riverside have found a way to produce a long-hypothesized phenomenon - the transfer of energy between silicon and organic, carbon-based molecules - in a breakthrough that has implications for information storage in quantum computing, solar energy conversion and medical imaging. Silicon is one of t

New membrane technology to boost water purification and energy storage
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
London, UK (SPX) Dec 03, 2019 Imperial College London scientists have created a new type of membrane that could improve water purification and battery energy storage efforts. The new approach to ion exchange membrane design, which is published in Nature Materials, uses low-cost plastic membranes with many tiny hydrophilic ('water attracting') pores. They improve on current technology that is more expensive and difficul

JinkoSolar Supplies 300MW of High-Efficiency Tiger Modules for China Ultra-High Voltage Demonstration Plant
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Shanghai, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2019 JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. has supplied 300MW of its high energy density Tiger panels for an ultra-high voltage demonstration plant in Qinghai Province, China. The Qinghai Ultra High Voltage Demonstration Plant is the first ground mounted utility project in the world to install JinkoSolar's Tiger panels which have 20.4% module efficiency. JinkoSolar's efficient Tiger series deliver value

Watershed and ISM Solar announce formation of watershed solar development
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Alpharetta GA (SPX) Nov 26, 2019 Watershed Solar Development has been formed to provide innovative landfill and brownfield solar energy solutions integrated with ClosureTurf, a patented engineered geosynthetic turf closure system owned by Watershed Geo. ClosureTurf, the new standard of environmental performance that has recently been adopted by the EPA to close Superfund sites, has solved long-plaguing issues to conventio

Ternary acceptor and donor materials increase photon harvesting in organic solar cells
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2019 Organic solar cells are steadily improving as new materials are developed for the active layer, particularly when materials are stacked in a bulk heterojunction design that takes advantage of multiple combined absorption windows to use photons at more parts of the spectrum. Non-fullerene materials are especially promising in binary organic solar cells, making it possible to tune optical an

Responsible finance bets on green future
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Paris (AFP) Nov 28, 2019 It's a jungle out there as responsible finance investors seek ways to fund a green future for the planet. Here is a look at key terms used in the "green" investment world, and whether its various schemes are having a positive impact. - SRI or ESG? - "Green" investment is designed to finance projects that protect the environment or enable firms to make the transition from harmful to e

Trina Solar achieves new efficiency record
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 27, 2019 Trina Solar Co., Ltd. ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), the world leading PV and smart energy total solution provider, has announced that its State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) of China has set a new world record of 23.22% for a high-efficiency large-area quasi-monocrystalline n-type (c-Si) i-TOPCon solar cell. The record-breaking n-type bifacial i-TOPCon solar

Scratching the surface of perovskites
6 Dec 2019 at 8:19am
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 26, 2019 Versatile compounds called perovskites are valued for their application in next generation solar energy technologies. Despite their efficiency and relative cheapness, perovskite devices have yet to be perfected; they often contain atomic-level structural defects. Professor Yabing Qi and his team in the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at OIST, in collaboration with researchers at


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Solar-Powered Cars: The Future of Personal Transportation?
29 Nov 2019 at 4:14pm
by Ryan Regan
The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles into our daily lives seems like an inevitability that is just around the corner. A recent flurry of activity in the auto industry around solar-powered cars, however, has momentarily supplanted autonomous technology as the most talked about innovation in the industry, as the once fanciful idea starts to enter […] The post Solar-Powered Cars: The Future of Personal Transportation? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

You Can Profoundly Impact Climate Change
31 Oct 2019 at 1:19pm
by Karyn Strickler
Although climate change should frighten you, the question remains, “What can I do about it?” There is a simple, effective way for every American to personally, profoundly impact climate action and it is as close as your local voting booth. Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s 2020 Presidential Voter’s Guide empowers Americans to make climate change a […] The post You Can Profoundly Impact Climate Change appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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.


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