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Renewable energy powers ahead in 2020: report
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2021 Renewable energy grew at its fastest rate in two decades, driven primarily by gains in China and wind power, the International Energy Agency said in a report Tuesday. Around 280 gigawatts (GW) of electricity production capacity was added last year, a 45-percent increase from the amount added in 2019, according to the IEA. That was the biggest gain since 1999, and equivalent to total powe

'Molecular glue' makes perovskite solar cells dramatically more reliable over time
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Providence RI (SPX) May 07, 2021 A research team from Brown University has made a major step toward improving the long-term reliability of perovskite solar cells, an emerging clean energy technology. In a study to be published on Friday, May 7 in the journal Science, the team demonstrates a "molecular glue" that keeps a key interface inside cells from degrading. The treatment dramatically increases cells' stability and reliabil

Space weather and solar blobs
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
NJ (SPX) May 07, 2021 Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have received three awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) totaling over $2 million to conduct research that could help predict the potentially damaging effects of blasts of subatomic particles from the sun. The three-year awards will fund research into a process kno

Closing in on state-of-the-art semiconductor solar cells
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) May 07, 2021 A synthetic approach that improves absorber layers in perovskite solar cells could help them achieve their full potential and draw closer to the performance of leading gallium arsenide devices. Solar cells that rely on perovskite thin films to capture sunlight are the fastest growing photovoltaic technology. Cheaper and easier to manufacture and incorporate into devices than conventional s

Researchers unveil roadmap to expand NY solar energy, meet green goals
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 07, 2021 Solar-power developers need to explore using lower-quality agricultural land for solar energy, incentivize dual-use (combined agriculture and solar) options, avoid concentrated solar development and engage communities early to achieve New York's green energy goals, according to forthcoming Cornell University research. "As farmland is generally flat and cleared, agricultural land will be th

Northrop Grumman Solar Arrays to Power Airbus OneSat Spacecraft
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
San Diego CA (SPX) May 04, 2021 Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space for the design, development and production of 24 ship sets of solar arrays to support the OneSat satellite product line. The solar arrays will power the OneSat communication satellites in geosynchronous orbit. The solar array technology features the Northrop Grumman Compact Telescoping Array (CTA) design that utilizes

Solar development: super bloom or super bust for desert species?
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Davis CA (SPX) May 04, 2021 Throughout the history of the West, human actions have often rushed the desert - and their actions backfired. In the 1920s, the Colorado River Compact notoriously overallocated water still used today by several western states because water measurements were taken during a wet period. More currently, operators of the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert are

Electric vehicle batteries: The older they get, the safer they are
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Graz, Austria (SPX) May 04, 2021 As part of the project "SafeBattery", a team from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) has been investigating the behaviour of lithium-based batteries in electric cars under crash loads for the past four years. "The performance of new battery cells is largely known, so we dealt with the entire life cycle," explains project manager Christian Ellersdorfer at the Institute of Vehicle Safet

Renewable energy sources: On the way towards large-scale thermal storage systems
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) May 04, 2021 High-temperature technologies enable electrothermal storage systems for large amounts of energy from renewable sources. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the industry partner KSB have now launched the LIMELISA project to develop the necessary basis. Research is funded with EUR 3.8 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

'Twisting' atomic materials may convert light into electricity
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Riverside CA (SPX) May 01, 2021 A pair of physicists at the University of California, Riverside, are aiming to convert light falling on atomically thin semiconductor materials into electricity, having received more than $582,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of the Army. Nathaniel Gabor and Vivek Aji, both associate professors of physics and astronomy, will focus on how the fundamental science of light and its inte

Combining solar panels and lamb grazing increases land productivity, study finds
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Corvallis OR (SPX) May 01, 2021 Land productivity could be greatly increased by combining sheep grazing and solar energy production on the same land, according to new research by Oregon State University scientists. This is believed to be the first study to investigate livestock production under agrivoltaic systems, where solar energy production is combined with agricultural production, such as planting agricultural crops

Denmark's largest battery - one step closer to storing green power in stones
12 May 2021 at 12:05pm
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) May 01, 2021 Pea sized stones heated to 600?C in large, insulated steel tanks are at the heart of a new innovation project aiming to make a breakthrough in the storage of intermittent wind and solar electricity. The technology, which stores electrical energy as heat in stones, is called GridScale, and could become a cheap and efficient alternative to storing power from solar and wind in lithium-based b


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Local Climate Action Plan Best Practices
5 May 2021 at 1:46pm
by Rebecca Snow
In order to help the residents in their area reduce their carbon footprints and live more sustainably, many local governments are shifting their focus to climate action and developing clearly defined goals – written in a community plan that’s made public to residents with ways they can get involved. We’re speaking with government officials who […] The post Local Climate Action Plan Best Practices appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Theme Parks Embracing Solar Attractions
3 May 2021 at 12:32pm
by Ryan Regan
With the COVID-19 situation in the United States improving by the day, stir-crazy families are beginning to get optimistic about summer vacation plans and America’s theme parks are sure to benefit from the gradual transition back to “normal.” Not only are theme parks a long-time source of summer fun for thrill-seeking families, but many are […] The post Theme Parks Embracing Solar Attractions appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Green Saudi and Green Middle East initiatives
14 Apr 2021 at 7:25pm
by Yahya Alqahtani
Guest Post By Yahya Alqahtani, Renewable Energy & Climate Change Specialist, Howard University, Washington DC Saudi Arabia is the largest country in oil production, worldwide. It is also the most effective player in stabilizing the global oil price due to its position in leading the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Since 2016 Saudi […] The post The Green Saudi and Green Middle East initiatives appeared first on Solar Tribune.

2021 Climate Policy & Industry Priorities: Survey of Industry, Academic, and Political Leaders
5 Apr 2021 at 5:39pm
by Matthew Chester
We surveyed over 100 climate experts across the fields of industry, research, and policy. Overwhelmingly, policy action was deemed the most important action we can take to combat climate change. Following that, the second most important plan of attack was determined to be encouraging corporate action. Individual action was deemed to be the least important […] The post 2021 Climate Policy & Industry Priorities: Survey of Industry, Academic, and Political Leaders appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Solar Decade is Here
29 Mar 2021 at 2:03pm
by Ryan Regan
We at Solar Tribune confess to being unabashed solar enthusiasts, but even the most casual of solar industry observers could tell you that the industry is on the cusp of something great. The ‘roaring 20’s’ that this country experienced in the previous century will take on a whole new meaning as the solar industry soars […] The post The Solar Decade is Here appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Hopes for Solar Spring Anew in Texas Following Energy Grid Debacle
28 Feb 2021 at 6:25pm
by Ryan Regan
Few people or entities involved in generating and supplying energy to the citizens of Texas came out smelling like a rose following the state’s recent handling of a weather-induced energy crisis. The fiasco could, however, prove to be a seminal event that spurs greater confidence in solar energy and increased adoption across the Lone Star […] The post Hopes for Solar Spring Anew in Texas Following Energy Grid Debacle appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Economic Downturn Highlights Need for a ‘Just Transition’
30 Jan 2021 at 2:04pm
by Ryan Regan
The dueling crises of the pandemic-induced economic downturn and the ever-persistent threat of climate change are reinvigorating the conversation about a ‘just transition’ for fossil fuels workers. A Just Transition is Good Politics In just the first several days of his presidency, President Biden has made it clear that addressing climate change will be a […] The post Economic Downturn Highlights Need for a ‘Just Transition’ appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Solar Year in Review
28 Dec 2020 at 2:29pm
by Ryan Regan
2020 is a year that most of us will soon want to forget. The pandemic-induced global recession that dominated the year will be felt for some years to come. Like most industries, the solar industry felt its share of turmoil in 2020, but industry successes were still achieved and optimism for a bright 2021 is […] The post The Solar Year in Review appeared first on Solar Tribune.

2020 Holiday Guide to Solar-Inspired Gift Giving
29 Nov 2020 at 4:41pm
by Ryan Regan
Let’s face it, 2020 has been a real stinker of a year. And while this year’s holiday season will include smaller family gatherings than usual, it is nevertheless an opportunity to bring joy to our loved ones in what has otherwise been a dreary year. Nailing the perfect gift for a loved one or close […] The post 2020 Holiday Guide to Solar-Inspired Gift Giving appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Energy Costs Fall to Historic Lows
30 Oct 2020 at 1:08pm
by Ryan Regan
Solar industry costs continue to plummet to new lows, and promising new technologies just now entering the industry are likely to cement that reality for a very long time. Cheapest Form of Electricity in History The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released its annual World Energy Outlook, which made headlines for noting, for the first […] The post Solar Energy Costs Fall to Historic Lows appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Tesla Innovations Bring New Promise to Electric Vehicle Industry
29 Sep 2020 at 6:56pm
by Ryan Regan
The electric vehicle industry is on the cusp of a watershed moment as companies like Tesla redouble their efforts to perfect battery technology and ramp up production capabilities of more affordable vehicles. Tesla Lays out Vision at ‘Battery Day’ Tesla held their much anticipated “Battery Day” on September 22, following the company’s quarterly shareholders’ meeting. […] The post Tesla Innovations Bring New Promise to Electric Vehicle Industry appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Plenty at Stake for Solar Industry in 2020 Presidential Election
31 Aug 2020 at 12:36pm
by Ryan Regan
With the political conventions behind us, the 2020 presidential race now starts in earnest. And while the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic recession are top-of-mind for most voters, it is also clear that the outcome of the election will also have a significant impact on the U.S. solar industry. Two Known Entities For renewable energy […] The post Plenty at Stake for Solar Industry in 2020 Presidential Election appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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