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Researchers develop flags that generate energy from wind and sun
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 12, 2019 Scientists have created flags that can generate electrical energy using wind and solar power. The novel wind and solar energy-harvesting flags have been developed using flexible piezoelectric strips and flexible photovoltaic cells. Piezoelectric strips allow the flag to generate power through movement, whilst the photovoltaics is the best known method of harnessing electric power by

Lithium-air batteries can store energy for cars, houses and industry
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Feb 18, 2019 Current lithium ion battery technology will probably not be able to handle the coming decades' huge demand for energy. It is estimated that by 2050, electricity will make up 50% of the world's energy mix. Today that rate is 18%. But installed capacity for renewable energy production is expected to increase fourfold. This will require batteries that are more efficient, cheaper and environmentally

The secret life of batteries
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 20, 2019 You probably use batteries every single day, but do you actually understand how they work? Koffi Pierre Yao, a new assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware, is uncovering novel insights about what happens inside the batteries that power our smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles. He plans to use this knowledge to develop faster-charging batteries that make

Shell buys German battery maker Sonnen
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
London (AFP) Feb 15, 2019 Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agreed Friday to buy German rechargeable battery maker Sonnen, as the sector eyes growing demand for cleaner energy. Shell, which already invested in the German start-up in May 2018, revealed in a statement that it will buy 100 percent of Sonnen for an undisclosed amount. Sonnen, which makes lithium-ion batteries for storing wind and solar power, w

Mana Monitoring Sets Sights on National Smart Grid Opportunities for 2019
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Lahaina HI (SPX) Feb 15, 2019 Mana Monitoring, Hawaii's leading provider of advanced, flexible solutions for energy monitoring and solar energy asset management, capitalized on the growing market demand for its SaaS-based solution by signing 40 energy-efficiency projects during 2018. By responding to new regulations, market structures, renewable energy sources, and the continued evolution of smart-grid infrastructure,

High-speed surveillance in solar cells catches recombination red-handed
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Feb 15, 2019 A research team at Osaka University has developed an improved method for producing microscope images that can spot speedy electrons zipping through nanomaterials used in solar panels. By applying laser light to the device at just the right times, this group achieved nanosecond time resolution for the first time while maintaining the magnification. This work could improve the quality of pho

ComEd Installs Off-Grid Renewable Lighting at Bronzeville Schools
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 15, 2019 Even as daylight gives way to darkness, the walkway at Beethoven Elementary School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood is bright thanks to off-grid lights powered by renewable energy and installed by ComEd. Powering the lights are 30-foot-tall Remote Power Units (RPUs), miniature power plants that are not connected to the electric grid but draw energy from a wind turbine, solar panels an

Better red than dread: Barrier keeps batteries safe
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 15, 2019 Rice University scientists have taken the next step toward the deployment of powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries by making them safer and simpler to manufacture. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour made test cells with a coat of red phosphorus on the separator that keeps the anode and cathode electrodes apart. The phosphorus acts as a spy for management systems used to charge and

Upcycling plastic bags into battery parts
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2019 Plastic bag pollution has become a huge environmental problem, prompting some cities and countries to heavily tax or ban the sacks. But what if used plastic bags could be made into higher-value products? Now, researchers have reported a new method to convert plastic bags into carbon chips that could be used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries. They report their results in ACS Omega. See it

Moving artificial leaves out of the lab and into the air
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 13, 2019 Artificial leaves mimic photosynthesis - the process whereby plants use water and carbon dioxide from the air to produce carbohydrates using energy from the sun. But even state-of-the-art artificial leaves, which hold promise in reducing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, only work in the laboratory because they use pure, pressurized carbon dioxide from tanks. But now, researchers from th

New approach improving stability and optical properties of perovskite films
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Hong Kong (SPX) Feb 14, 2019 Metal halide perovskites are regarded as next generation materials for light emitting devices (LEDs). A recent joint-research co-led by the scientist from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has developed a new and efficient fabrication approach to produce all-inorganic perovskite films with better optical properties and stability, enabling the development of high colour-purity and low-cost per

Fuel Cell electric buses ready to deliver zero-emission transit throughout US
20 Feb 2019 at 4:41am
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 13, 2019 Ballard Power Systems has announced that the New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. (collectively "New Flyer") 40-foot and 60-foot Xcelsior fuel cell-electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard FCveloCity-HD 85 kilowatt (kW) modules, have completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administrati


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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.

Strategies to Minimize the Oft-Overlooked Soft Costs of Solar Installations
7 Jan 2019 at 3:33pm
by Matthew Chester
Despite many people assuming that the bulk of upfront solar power costs come from the manufacture of solar PV panels, soft costs– such as planning and installation labor– actually account for well over half of the average solar system.  Minimizing these soft costs presents great opportunity to increase the access to residential solar and hasten […] The post Strategies to Minimize the Oft-Overlooked Soft Costs of Solar Installations appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Answering the Internet’s Pressing Solar Questions Using The Open PV Project
3 Dec 2018 at 3:08pm
by Matthew Chester
While solar power continues its accelerated adoption in the U.S. market, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tracks photovoltaic (PV) installations nationwide. As the sector evolves, this tool provides invaluable access to public data. The Open PV Project, run and operated by NREL, tracks and makes publicly available such solar data and provides vital information […] The post Answering the Internet’s Pressing Solar Questions Using The Open PV Project appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy
26 Nov 2018 at 3:40am
by Ryan Austin
On November ballots, voters across 3 states said no to 3 different bills designed to encourage the growth of clean and renewable energy. The success or failure of these high-stakes propositions led organizations on both sides to spend tens of millions of dollars on campaigns. Arizona Voters Say No to 50% RPS Goal At the […] The post Midterm Elections Reveal Mixed Results for Clean Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition
13 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Technocrats, sitting in their colorful offices in Silicon Valley and the hallowed halls of Cambridge institutions, would have us believe that to solve the biggest global energy challenges, we will need to journey down a path of massive, unprecedented disruption.  Ubiquitous presentations promise to digitize the world’s problems away, and assure us that legacy utilities […] The post Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec
5 Nov 2018 at 4:30pm
by Matthew Chester
Most exciting innovations in solar energy relate to improved solar panel efficiencies or software solutions to improve the business case of adopting solar, but Esdec shows that saving time and money on installation of solar systems can provide a huge boon to the solar industry. Installation of rooftop solar panels can require one to three […] The post Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption
15 Oct 2018 at 11:07pm
by Ryan Austin
Since 2008, the U.S. has seen a veritable explosion of not just residential solar, but commercial and utility-scale installations as well, enjoying a ridiculously high annual growth rate of 54% over the last 10 years. As of September 2018, there is now 58.3 GW of solar installed in the U.S., with the vast majority –23GW […] The post The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access
8 Oct 2018 at 8:28pm
by Jeremy Bedline
One in seven people around the world live without access to electricity, and that is leaving a devastating human toll. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 60% of these affected populations live, people are dying from basic ailments because vaccines cannot be refrigerated; lack of lighting for school-work leaves the region with the lowest literacy rate […] The post Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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