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New discovery makes fast-charging, better performing lithium-ion batteries possible
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Troy NY (SPX) Apr 17, 2019 Creating a lithium-ion battery that can charge in a matter of minutes but still operate at a high capacity is possible, according to research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute just published in Nature Communications. This development has the potential to improve battery performance for consumer electronics, solar grid storage, and electric vehicles. A lithium-ion battery charges and di

Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
College Park MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2019 About a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. Desalinating salty water into drinkable water can help to fill this dangerous gap. But traditional desalination systems are far too expensive to install and operate in many locations, especially in low-income countries and remote areas. Now researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engine

Stability improvement under high efficiency - next stage development of perovskite solar cells
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 16, 2019 With efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) overpassing 23%, to realize their commercialization, the biggest challenge now is to boost the stability to the same level as conventional solar cells. Thus, tremendous effort has been directed over the past few years toward improving the stability of these cells. Various methods were used to improve the stability of bulk perovskites, includ

The interface makes the difference in Perovskite-based solar cells
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Apr 15, 2019 A collaboration led by ICIQ's Palomares group deepens the understanding of the impact that changing the materials in a perovskite solar cell has on its performance. The results, published in the peer-reviewed journal Energy and Environmental Science, will help rationalize the design of the components of cells, thus increasing their commercial appeal. Perovskite-based solar cells are the fa

Fuel cell advance a breath of fresh air for future power alternative
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 10, 2019 A promising alternative to conventional power plants, solid oxide fuel cells use electrochemical methods that can generate power more efficiently than existing combustion-based generators. But fuel cells tend to degrade too quickly, eating up any efficiency gains through increased cost. Now, in an advance that could help lead the way toward longer-lived green energy devices, engineers at t

Graphene coating could help prevent lithium battery fires
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 10, 2019 Lithium batteries are what allow electric vehicles to travel several hundred miles on one charge. Their capacity for energy storage is well known, but so is their tendency to occasionally catch on fire - an occurrence known to battery researchers as "thermal runaway." These fires occur most frequently when the batteries overheat or cycle rapidly. With more and more electric vehicles on the

NASA's OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow and Glow
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 10, 2019 When plants take in too much energy, they don't get fat - they lighten up. They absorb more sunlight than they need to power photosynthesis, and they get rid of the excess solar energy by emitting it as a very faint glow. The light is far too dim for us to notice under normal circumstances, but it can be measured with a spectrometer. Called solar-induced fluorescence (SIF), it's the most accurat

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Lancaster UK (SPX) Apr 09, 2019 Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research published by Nature Energy. Carbon capture technologies - that is new, or as yet undeveloped, technologies that capture CO2 emissions from coal and gas-fired power stations - play a fundamental pa

Electricity-conducting bacteria yield secret to tiny batteries, big medical advances
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 09, 2019 Scientists have made a surprising discovery about how strange bacteria that live in soil and sediment can conduct electricity. The bacteria do so, the researchers determined, through a seamless biological structure never before seen in nature - a structure scientists can co-opt to miniaturize electronics, create powerful-yet-tiny batteries, build pacemakers without wires and develop a host of ot

Ballard to opens Fuel Cell Center in Europe to serve zero-emission marine market
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Hobro, Denmark (SPX) Apr 09, 2019 Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S reports it is establishing a Marine Center of Excellence ("Marine CoE") dedicated to fuel cell marine applications at the Company's engineering, manufacturing and service facility in Hobro, Denmark. The Marine CoE will design and manufacture heavy duty fuel cell modules to address zero-emission powertrain requirements for the marine industry. A new motive f

Helping flexible solar panels last longer
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Eindhoven, The Netherlands (SPX) Apr 08, 2019 Researchers at Holst Centre and DuPont Teijin Films have created a high-performance yet cost-effective roll-to-roll barrier solution designed specifically for flexible photovoltaic (PV) cells. This production-ready solution combines Holst Centre's advanced barrier technology with DuPont Teijin Films' Peelable Clean Surface film. It could help extend the yield and working lifetime of organi

Durability vs. recyclability: Dueling goals in making electronics more sustainable
18 Apr 2019 at 11:20am
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 08, 2019 The falling cost of solar power has led to a boom in recent years, with more and more photovoltaic panels popping up on rooftops and backyard solar farms around the world. But what happens to all of those solar panels in a couple of decades when they reach the end of their useful life? And what about electronic devices with even shorter life spans? Those questions are at the heart of


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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.

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.


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