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  • *Old Wind Farm Has A Secret Weapon Up Its Turbine Towers
    An old wind farm can still pack plenty of punch, as demonstrated by a new upgrade for the vintage Foote Creek I farm in Wyoming
    - 24 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 5:40pm -
  • Softbank Makes $110 Million Investment In Energy Vault
    Softbank has invested $110 million in Energy Vault, a start-up that plans to undercut the cost of battery storage by raising and lowering hundreds of concrete blocks weighing 35 metric tons apiece.
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  • How Tesla’s Path To Self-Driving Cars Is Different From Others
    The race to fully autonomous vehicles is on. In April, Elon Musk declared that Tesla should have over a million level 5 autonomous vehicles manufactured by 2020. To clarify, that means over a million cars equipped with the necessary hardware capable of driving with no help from a driver. That's contingent, of course, on the software being ready. In addition, government approvals will be…
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 6:00am -
  • Tesla Sentry Mode Helps BMW Owner Try To Catch A Thief
    Tesla's Sentry Mode is always saving the day, or at least helping police solve crimes that without witnesses are hard to solve and get pushed aside until new evidence shows up. In this case, a BMW owner benefitted from Tesla's Sentry Mode
    - 2 days ago 19 Aug 19, 4:00am -
  • 222,000 Miles In A Tesla Model S (Video + Interview)
    When you see a video about an electric vehicle -- in this case a Tesla Model S -- that has been driven well over 200,000 miles and could go another 200,000 or farther, it helps to refute anti-EV misinformation. It also points to a future where EV owners can potentially drive their vehicles farther and with lower ownership costs than if they had a gas-powered car or truck
    - 2 days ago 19 Aug 19, 3:20am -
  • Embraer, Bell, Brazil, & Uber Elevate Are Shaping Our Urban Air Mobility Future
    A flurry of aviation startups have challenged our current air mobility system and are introducing urban air mobility (UAM) to more people. Embraer, Bell, Brazil, & Uber Elevate are a few innovating in this fast-paced new industry
    - 2 days ago 19 Aug 19, 2:52am -
  • Lilium Flirts With Biomimicry, Wins Red Dot Award
    One benefit of the new wave of electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) and electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) airplanes is the freedom the electric propulsion system gives designers. Airbus has a "Bird of Prey" concept that will please most Star Trek fans, and now a flying Manta Ray could grace our skies in a few years
    - 2 days ago 19 Aug 19, 2:03am -
  • Is This Why Tesla Stays Secretive About Maxwell Technologies?
    There has been a ton of speculation about why Tesla bought Maxwell Technologies. The obvious but vague answer is that its battery technology will improve Tesla's automotive and energy storage products, but we now know the more detailed answer. It's a long story, but it's well worth the read. Please read this post to the end, as it's very easy to misunderstand this if you don't get the whole story
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 9:21pm -
  • Just What Are Ford & Rivian Up To?
    Ford and Rivian are up to something but what? Ford CEO Jim Hackett says don't assume it will be an electric pickup truck.
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 5:24pm -
  • After The Hoversurf Bike Comes The eVTOL Hoversurf Formula
    As cool as the Hoversurf Hoverbike is, the company is now working on another electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air vehicle, the Hoversurf Formula. There are bigger ambitions for the latter
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 4:54pm -
  • Chinese EV Sales In July: After The Subsidy Storm
    After an end-of-incentives derived surge in June, July saw the expected hangover, with the Chinese plug-in vehicle market dropping 7% year over year (YoY), and the 70,000 units of last month representing less than half of the deliveries of the previous month. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) sank 22% YoY in July, their worst drop in over two years, while, amazingly, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) still man…
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 8:10am -
  • Clean Energy At 1 Cent Per Kilowatt-Hour
    We need clean energy, and we need it ASAP. There are barriers to getting it done, including permitting, price, land-use issues, energy-water nexus issues, lobbying efforts by the fossil industries and the puppets they install in our government, and more. Capital projects can take years to develop as a result of these obstacles
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 7:14am -
  • Tesla Master Plan Lives … Tesla Model 3 Charging Costs … Porsche Should Troll Fossils, Not EVs — #CleanTechnica Top 20
    The top 20 CleanTechnica articles of the past week included stories on Tesla charging costs, Tesla's master plan, boosting the range of old EVs (in particular, the Nissan LEAF), fully developing solar power, and more. Scroll down below for the headlines
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 7:02am -
  • EV Tipping Point in Norway
    Prior to the introduction of supportive government policies, most battery electric vehicles (BEV) were in Oslo, Norway. In March 2014, one percent of the vehicles on the roads were electric, while 21% of new vehicle sales were plug-in vehicles. Five years later, in March 2019, 58.4% of new vehicle purchases were fully electric
    - 2 days ago 18 Aug 19, 5:43am -
  • Bye Aerospace & OXIS Energy To Commercialize Lithium-Sulfur Batteries For Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
    Bye Aerospace is an extremely busy electric aviation company developing the future of our urban air mobility (UAM) world. It has two electric airplanes (eCTOL) and is working on an electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) project with Uber Elevate. But that's not all. It is also partnering with another two companies focusing on pre‐crash sensing technologies, parachute ballistic recovery sys…
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 19, 4:40am -
  • Tesla Owners Showcase Their Wild Rides in South Florida (Photo Gallery)
    If you’re in South Florida and you want to give your Tesla a truly distinctive look, sooner or later you’ll probably find your way to Mike “Mojo” Mogilewski’s Signature Custom Wraps & Coatings. Mojo recently celebrated his birthday at the company's new location. In turn, Tesla owners flocked from far and wide to show off their favorite rides
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 19, 3:38am -
  • The Future Of Tesla’s Mobile Service Fleet
    Tesla continues to ramp up its Mobile Service fleet, with a mix of existing Ford Transit vans, Model S sedans, and a few Model X SUVs. The Ford Transit vehicles that have comprised the majority of Tesla's service fleet since its inception cost $80,000 to set up, but that price tag turns the empty shell of a van into an extremely dense, highly effective mobile service station for Tesla's vehicles.…
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 19, 3:10am -
  • The Rules Of Acquisition & How They Apply To Climate Change — Part Two
    I suspect, being a progressive bunch, at least a few of us are Star Trek fans. Climate denial is mostly funded by oil company greed and oil company actions are meant to maximize their profits. So, the idea of this series of short (somewhat satirical) articles is that climate change denial will be analyzed under the lens of each stated rule, how it applies, and what we should consider for our strat…
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 19, 1:21am -
  • A Tesla Voyage Without Carbon — #CleanTechnica Exclusive
    A Tesla Model 3 owner who's exploring the US using the Supercharger system offers firsthand insights into what's possible with a Tesla
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • Tesla’s Service May Not Be Perfect, But It Is Still Far Better Than The “Competition”
    Tesla has long been criticized for service that lags behind the company's exponential growth in sales, but the reality of the situation is significantly more optimistic. In reality, Tesla continues to innovate, even in a challenging area like service, delivering an experience that bests the competition
    - 3 days ago 18 Aug 19, 12:10am -
  • How To Buy A Tesla
    The Tesla buying experience is unique compared to the typical car buying process offered by Big Auto. There’s no sitting down, negotiating, and sometimes not even a test drive. More on that in a minute. First, there are a few things you should know before walking into a Tesla store. For starters, it is not a dealership
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 9:00pm -
  • Tesla Cuts Model Y Prices To Reflect Last Few Model 3 Price Cuts — Detailed Look
    Tesla had made several pricing changes to the Model 3 since the Model Y was unveiled, and the company hadn't updated the pricing and configurations in the Model Y Design Studio to reflect that until yesterday
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 6:05pm -
  • The EV Connect Cloud Brings Connectivity & Interoperability To EV Charging
    EV Connect has been playing in the public EV charging space since 2009 and continues to bring new solutions to the table 10 years later. CleanTechnica connected with CEO Jordan Ramer and VP of Business Development Ram Ambatipudi to hear what the company is up to and to learn about a deal they recently inked with Detroit's DTE Energy
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 2:00pm -
  • How To Start With Sustainable Investing
    As a novice investor and 'deep greenie' I'm committed to growing my portfolio in the most sustainable way possible. Over the past two years I've been doing research and learning all that I can - and here's the story of what I've learned about how we can vote with our dollars and invest with our values for a fossil-fuel free world.
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 1:00pm -
  • Total Cost Of Ownership: Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry & Audi A5
    To regular readers of this column, it will be no surprise that Tesla’s Model 3 is cheaper on a total cost of ownership basis than competing luxury sedans from BMW and Mercedes, but a Toyota Camry? Model 3 is a state-of-the-art electric vehicle with a 5-star safety rating and a driving experience that’s gotten rave reviews from every auto mag under the sun. Is it possible that it’s even in…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 6:11am -
  • Nothing Succeeds Like Success — Tesla Virtual Power Plant In South Australia Could Expand To 50,000 Homes
    The Tesla virtual power plant experiment in South Australia has been an overwhelming success. Soon it may be expanded from about 1,400 homes to 50,000 homes.
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 4:57am -
  • The EV Future — Volkswagen vs. Toyota In One Picture
    A picture says more than a thousand words
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 3:33am -
  • How Much Range Is Lost On A Parked Tesla Model 3 In 63 Days?
    How long can you go on a holiday before the battery in the Model 3 is completely drained
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 3:00am -
  • Revenue, Profits Decline For Indian Wind Turbine Maker Inox In Q2 2019
    Large renewable energy companies in India continue to face difficult times as yet another wind energy major reports poor financial results in the second quarter
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 2:00am -
  • A Quick Guide To Tesla’s New V3 Supercharging
    Earlier this year, Tesla launched the third version of its Supercharging stations. While the basic functions of the V3 Superchargers are the same as previous generations, there are some subtle differences, so CleanTechnica hit the road to put the new stations to the test
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • The Volkswagen Triplets Are Going 100% Electric
    Sometimes it is frustrating that nearly all of the EV news sites are situated in the USA. With the result that news from the rest of the world (RotW) is not always getting the attention it deserves
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 12:00am -
  • Tesla Makes Solar Affordable Again With New Monthly Rental Plans
    Tesla is making solar affordable again with a new solar rental program that lets homeowners simply rent a solar system for a flat monthly rate. To further sweeten the deal, there is no upfront installation cost at all and there is no long-term contract
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 10:06pm -
  • California Highway Patrol Posts Photo Of Tesla Semi Hauling Cinder Blocks
    The Tesla Semi has been photographed at a CHP inspection station near the Donner Pass. The driver says it is meeting or exceeding its range expectations.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 7:56pm -
  • BC Transit Goes Electric
    The first 10 heavy duty battery electric buses (BEBs) will be deployed in Victoria sometime in 2020/2021. Over the course of the next seven years, BC Transit will gradually increase the proportion of eBuses in its fleet until all new purchases are electric
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 7:15pm -
  • Dems Build Momentum For Climate Change Action Ahead Of 2020 Elections
    What plans do the Dems have to act on our climate crisis
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 7:00pm -

Solar Power- The Guardian UK

  • LightSail 2 spacecraft glides on sunlight in orbit around Earth
    Extra thrust from reflective sail on tiny craft changed shape of its orbit by about 2km, scientists reportA crowdfunded spacecraft has successfully sailed on sunlight while in orbit around the Earth.LightSail 2 was launched in June by the space advocacy group the Planetary Society as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Related: Tardigrades may have survived spacecraft crashing on…
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 19, 9:30pm -
  • UK risks losing out to Europe in home battery boom, report warns
    Controversial tax hike could leave country lagging behind as continent powers aheadThe UK risks being left behind in Europe’s home battery boom because of a controversial tax hike on solar-battery systems, according to a report.The energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie has predicted that Europe’s home battery capacity could climb fivefold in the next five years as more households plug their roofto…
    - 14 days ago 6 Aug 19, 7:56pm -
  • Clean energy set to provide 35% of Australia's electricity within two years
    The renewable boom will end without a national policy to encourage future clean investments, industry warnsClean energy will be providing 35% of Australia’s total electricity needs within two years, analysts say, as new data underlines the pace at which solar power is transforming the national energy market.A report by consultants Green Energy Markets found rooftop solar systems and new large-sc…
    - 21 days ago 30 Jul 19, 7:00pm -
  • Time to bin letters making dubious solar claims
    Messages appear to be a ruse to get people to sign up to unnecessary servicesWe have had solar panels on our roof for some years and all is working well. Last week we received a letter from the British Trading Solar Association warning us that the five-year warranty on our inverter was due to expire. It invited us to book a free health check and service. I have never heard of the BTSA and it did n…
    - 21 days ago 30 Jul 19, 7:00am -
  • UK solar power pioneer Solarcentury profit grows 860% in a year
    Profits from subsidy-free solar farms have helped to connect millions in Africa to cheap lightingA UK solar power pioneer has grown its profits eight-fold by investing in subsidy-free solar farms, a portion of which will help connect homes in Africa to small-scale solar-powered lighting systems.Solarcentury, one of the UK’s fastest growing renewable energy companies, will report profits of £14.…
    - 26 days ago 25 Jul 19, 6:01am -
  • Lightyear One preview: ‘Powered on sunshine’ | Martin Love
    A Dutch solar-electric prototype with a range of up to 450 miles could be a ray of hope in the darkLightyear OnePower SolarRange 450 milesAvailable 2021Reservations £3,600, lightyear.oneWe talk a lot about how ‘clean’ electric cars are and how much better they are for the environment, because they have zero emissions. But, of course, an EV is only as clean as the electricity you use to charge…
    - 30 days ago 21 Jul 19, 6:00am -
  • UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts
    Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report showsEfforts to end fuel poverty and energy waste by making the UK’s draughty homes more efficient have collapsed by almost 85%, according to new government data.The report, published on Thursday, shows that the number of energy efficiency upgrades undertaken each month has fallen to 10,000 on ave…
    - 33 days ago 18 Jul 19, 6:16pm -
  • 'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar
    Ambitious export plan could generate billions and make Australia the centre of low-cost energy in a future zero-carbon worldThe desert outside Tennant Creek, deep in the Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build and transmit Singapore’s future electricity supply. Though few in the southern states are yet to take notice, a group of Australian developers are betting that will chan…
    - 38 days ago 14 Jul 19, 2:52am -
  • Device could bring both solar power and clean water to millions
    Researchers say one invention could solve two problems for people lacking basic resourcesA device that can produce electricity from sunlight while simultaneously purifying water has been produced by researchers, an invention they say could solve two problems in one stroke.The researchers say the device is not only a source of green energy but also offers an alternative to current technologies for…
    - 42 days ago 9 Jul 19, 4:00pm -
  • Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’
    The Green party MEP for the south-west on why social justice is key to making the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050Molly Scott Cato can hardly contain herself. Having spent more than 30 years as an activist in the ecology and the sustainability movement, the Green MEP for the south-west region feels the UK is finally starting to appreciate the scale of the climate emergency. “People…
    - 42 days ago 9 Jul 19, 12:59pm -
  • BP solar firm blazes ahead in search for UK's shiniest grass
    Lightsource BP hopes ‘bi-facial’ panels will boost renewable energy at its solar farmsBP’s solar subsidiary is on the hunt for Britain’s shiniest grass to help make the most of new double-sided solar panels that can harness light reflected off the ground.Lightsource BP hopes the “bi-facial” solar panels will boost the amount of renewable energy generated at its solar farms and could ma…
    - 43 days ago 8 Jul 19, 2:00pm -
  • Solar power: how investing can help to change lives
    Energise Africa offers a 5% return and allows you to help support low-income families Fight the climate crisis and earn a return of 5% at the same time, plus enjoy a guarantee on your investment.That’s the offer from an ethical investment scheme that allows people to put money into companies providing African families with access to clean, affordable solar energy. Continue reading...
    - 45 days ago 6 Jul 19, 8:34am -
  • Under new rules for selling solar power, is it still worth it?
    With a big outlay and a six-month wait before the launch, do you invest now, wait or skip it?Householders keen to install solar panels are weighing up their options after the government unveiled new plans for the way people will be paid for supplying renewable energy. The scheme, which will be launched in January next year, works in a different way to its predecessor – and is likely be less lucr…
    - 51 days ago 30 Jun 19, 8:00am -
  • Climate crisis, tree planting and new left economics | Letters
    Scotland’s major environment and conservation bodies call for legislation to tackle the climate emergency. Plus letters from Penelope Maclachlan, Charles Young, Dr Joseph Hanlon and Neil BlackshawScotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has acknowledged that our planet faces a climate emergency. Inextricably linked to this is the growing ecological crisis. We must not let Brexit derail us f…
    - 55 days ago 26 Jun 19, 5:20pm -
  • HMRC pushes steep VAT increase for new solar-battery systems

    - 57 days ago 24 Jun 19, 6:21pm -
  • Climate crisis: what you can do while government does nothing | Nicky Ison
    Action to save environment is even more imperative; it beats sitting on hands for another three yearsWhether it’s wars or elections, winners throughout history get to frame the story of what happened. Australia’s federal election one month ago is no different.If the Coalition is to be believed, they won convincingly and now have a mandate to continue their do-nothing approach on climate and to…
    - 60 days ago 21 Jun 19, 6:06am -
  • As Angus Taylor ducks, weaves and dithers, China zooms past | Simon Holmes à Court
    Australia could be a post-carbon superpower – but the energy minister must seize the dayThe worst part about being lied to is knowing that you weren’t worth the truth. — Jean-Paul SartreAustralia’s emissions have increased four years in a row. Excluding the land sector, our emissions have never been higher. Related: Australia missing out on huge cuts in emissions through energy efficiency…
    - 69 days ago 13 Jun 19, 4:58am -
  • Too soon to ditch Neil Woodford but Patient Capital's board needs a shake-up
    Investors ought to tell the directors: move aside and get some independent faces in the boardroomThe five directors of Woodford Patient Capital Trust would like to remind the world that they exist. It’s been hard to tell the past week.The board of the investment trust employs Neil Woodford to manage £800m of assets but, as crisis engulfed their top man at his separate Equity Income fund, nothin…
    - 71 days ago 10 Jun 19, 7:26pm -
  • New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms
    Government also wants to encourage people with rooftop panels to install batteriesBritain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from their own customers under new laws to be introduced this week.Homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to lower their bills by selling the energy they do not need to their supplier. Continue reading...
    - 72 days ago 9 Jun 19, 9:00am -
  • 'Change is coming': Al Gore says economics will break fossil fuel dinosaurs
    Former US vice-president says new coalmines make no commercial sense and even Australian governments will have to change course Al Gore says Australia’s government, like his own, remains “in thrall to” the fossil fuel industry. But the former US vice-president has not lost hope, believing economic realities may ultimately force even the most obstinate of governments into creating policy capa…
    - 75 days ago 6 Jun 19, 7:00pm -

American Solar Energy

  • Removing Carbon from the Atmosphere
    I’ve been writing about the promise of carbon removal – literally removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – since it was just a promising idea about 10 years ago. It’s been clear to me that a rescue scale technology would be necessary given the lack of serious action on climate change over three decades. We’re … Continue reading "Removing Carbon from the Atmosphere"
    - 20 days ago 31 Jul 19, 11:55pm -
  • Shining Cities 2019: The Top US Cities for Solar Energy
    Over the past six years, solar energy capacity more than doubled in 45 of America’s 57 largest cities, according to a new study released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report, Shining Cities 2019: The Top US Cities for Solar Energy (https://bit.ly/ 2UKVaeh), is the sixth annual edition of the most comprehensive … Continue reading "Shining Cities 2019: The Top US Cit…
    - 20 days ago 31 Jul 19, 11:40pm -
  • Geo sapiens – “Earth-wise” Humans
    Since 1758, when our species was given the moniker Homo sapiens, we have learned a great deal more about ourselves and our relationship to the Earth. In recent decades, science has described a planet that is a single physiological system in which rock, atmosphere, water and organisms (including human beings) co-evolve. This is a main … Continue reading "Geo sapiens – “Earth-wise” Humans"
    - 26 days ago 25 Jul 19, 6:06am -
  • What to Do, Really?
    Speakers during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting that concluded on March 29th, 2019 warned “Only 11 Years Left to Prevent Irreversible Damage from Climate Change”. The meeting—held pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/219 (2017)—focused on protection of the global climate for present and future generations, in the context of the economic, social and … Continue…
    - 26 days ago 25 Jul 19, 6:05am -
  • Solar for Zero Down: Too Good to Be True?
    It sounds too good to be true that one can “go solar” for zero money down and a monthly payment guaranteed to be lower than a monthly utility electric bill. Some people think that offers to buy or benefit from these types of fully-financed solar systems are a scam. Even in educated, progressive areas such … Continue reading "Solar for Zero Down: Too Good to Be True?"
    - 26 days ago 25 Jul 19, 5:42am -
  • Putting More Clean Energy on the Map
    Never one to risk burying the lead, I’ll skip straight to the million dollars. Clean Energy Credit Union has just received what may be its most prominent and exciting vote-of-confidence to date. Coincident with our 1,000-member milestone, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently awarded us a grant donation in the amount of $1.0M! The … Continue reading "Putting More Clean Energy on th…
    - 28 days ago 24 Jul 19, 12:06am -
  • On the Road Again…to a Renewable Energy Future in the US
    Editors’ Note: ASES attempts to remain non-political, but in reporting facts, we find it difficult to not find fault with the current administration’s actions toward renewable energy and the environment. I am breathing much easier since the midterm election knowing that the Resistance to a Fossil Fuel Economy is back to push a green economy … Continue reading "On the Road Again…to a Renewa…
    - 3 Mar 19, 12:17am -
  • The Forgotten Clean Energy Chic: Saving Money, Reducing Emissions
    Energy and environmental articles, school courses, and public meetings routinely focus on photovoltaics and wind as renewable energy answer’s to saving money, providing resiliency, and reducing greenhouse gases. But that’s like saying an airplane’s wings are the only important part of flying. Not so. For the last eighteen years, my company has worked with clients … Continue reading "The Fo…
    - 2 Mar 19, 11:18pm -
  • The Future is Bright
    I was lucky enough to tour Array Technologies and learn about tracking systems, wind loading, and bifacial design. Along with a handful of other tour-goers, I spent a few days in Albuquerque, New Mexico learning about Array, their values, technology, and innovation in all things solar. Array is a company that produces large scale solar … Continue reading "The Future is Bright"
    - 2 Mar 19, 11:08pm -
  • DIY Solar Workshop Helps Ecohouse Walnut Creek
    We call our house “Ecohouse Walnut Creek.” When designing it about 20 years ago, we carefully reviewed options for what construction materials would be most eco-friendly and appropriate for our climate (inland in the San Francisco Bay Area). We chose to build our house out of rice straw bales, which were available locally. The exterior … Continue reading "DIY Solar Workshop Helps Ecohouse Wa…
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  • Results season and UK solar’s direction of travel
    Results season - that time of the year when firms reveal just how well, or poorly, they’ve performed - is always interesting, but as UK solar enters a critical juncture, this year’s season has become emblematic of PV’s direction of travel.
    - 12 Mar 19, 12:44pm -
  • Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019
    Solar Media's in-house editorial team highlights five key themes that emerged from last week's Energy Storage Summit 2019, which took place at a crucial time for the industry.
    - 7 Mar 19, 9:06am -
  • Plugging the hole: How can solar fill UK nuclear’s void?
    When Hitachi suspended development of its planned new nuclear power plant at Wylfa in early 2019, many thought the news would blow a hole in the country’s decarbonisation plans. But as costs continue to fall, even the UK government, not usually considered to be renewables’ closest ally, has pointed to the technologies’ role in plugging that gap. Liam Stoker looks at what might be required.
    - 21 Feb 19, 11:35am -
  • Revealing the true UK large-scale solar farm pipeline for 2019
    Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, delves into the UK large-scale solar pipeline to reveal what really could be built over the next 12 months.
    - 23 Jan 19, 1:49pm -
  • O&M strategies for finding module-level defects
    Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing & product strategy at SolarEdge, analyses the various strategies asset owners can use to identify module-level defects.
    - 10 Dec 18, 10:02am -
  • Making the most of rooftop solar opportunities
    In the latest from NextEnergy Capital, Abid Kazim discusses the shift to a decentralised energy system, how this will facilitate the deployment of rooftop solar and what investment opportunities distributed energy generation represents as we move to the electrification of transportation.
    - 22 Nov 18, 10:16am -
  • UK post-subsidy pipeline reaches 3GW, 500MW pegged for 2019 development
    Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, details precisely how the UK’s post-subsidy solar pipeline has soared to just shy of 3GW, while simultaneously forecasting something of a revival for UK solar in 2019 with 500MW to be developed.
    - 20 Nov 18, 10:31am -
  • In defence of Clayhill
    Sarah Hitchcox, development and policy director at Anesco, sets the record straight over the developer’s famed Clayhill project – the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm – and discusses the company’s vision for the future.
    - 16 Nov 18, 10:10am -
  • Public to private: Does the latest subsidy-free solar farm offer a bridge to future deployment?
    West Sussex County Council recently followed up Anesco's completion of the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm in September last year with its own, deploying 7.4MW alongside a battery to make the project viable. While some have argued the project offers little in discussions of the future solar landscape in the UK, local authority projects are being completed now and could bridge the gap in deplo…
    - 12 Nov 18, 11:32am -
  • UK rooftop solar at a crossroads; planning for life after tariffs
    As the tariff and potentially export payment regimes comes to an end, never before has it been more important to look at alternative means to ensure rooftop solar continues to play a part in national decarbonisation. However, international comparisons raised at an event yesterday demonstrate how more needs to be done to move the conversation on from tariffs to planning, with the government far fro…
    - 6 Nov 18, 11:30am -
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  • Tensions flare in trade war, Trump threatens WTO exit
    The World Trade Organization has taken the first steps towards enabling China to file compensatory sanctions against the United States over the section 301 tariffs.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Hanwha Q Cells achieves top-tier bankability, solar panels stolen in Indiana: pvMb 8/16/19
    TGIF and welcome to this Friday's pvMB. Today we've got our sights set on Sunnova and PetersonDean's California partnership, Pivot energy's hiring, SimpliPhi cutting battery prices and more!
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • A household-scale virtual power plant has arrived
    Aiming for 70% clean energy by 2030, Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy is piloting a household-scale virtual power plant technology that will help integrate more rooftop solar and storage. A device in each home optimizes provision of power to the grid, as well as grid services.
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 4:35pm -
  • Is a California solar+storage boom about to happen?
    CAISO has warned state regulators that there could be a 4.7 GW capacity shortfall in 2022, in the early evening hours of the annual peak demand events of September. The grid operator has suggested alteration of water cooling laws, as well as increased procurement of resources.
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 2:57pm -
  • pvMB: Pennsylvania’s new RPS has 100 cosponsors, Utah’s hidden solar potential, more
    Hello one and all and welcome to today's pvMB. On this fine day we'll be looking at Marin Clean Energy's $2.8 million net metering paybacks, Utah’s hidden solar potential, Standard Solar's new community solar e-book and more!
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Solar gets by with a little help from its friends
    Hidden in a natural gas plant modification application, Duke Energy has released findings that constant ramping is causing solar to contributes increased emissions onto the grid. If only there was some way to cover solar's shortfalls without fossil fuels.
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • When disaster strikes
    In this guest post George Irwin of ReNew Petra explains the essential role of skilled operations and maintenance teams in both preparation for and recovery from hurricanes.
    - 6 days ago 14 Aug 19, 6:00pm -
  • ‘New and strange properties’ provide a boost to energy storage
    MIT scientists have developed a class of liquid electrolyte with properties they say could open up new possibilities for improving the performance and stability of lithium batteries and supercapacitors.
    - 6 days ago 14 Aug 19, 4:00pm -
  • 80% renewables is cake – let the extremists argue over the rest
    A general consensus among researchers is starting to arise, showing that reaching 80% wind plus solar across various markets in the United States can be done at pricing equal to or cheaper than the cost of electricity today.
    - 6 days ago 14 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Lithium-ion batteries are (still) headed for tariffs as of September 1
    The energy storage market is set to be the latest affected by Trump’s trade war, and lithium-ion batteries were not included in a group of Chinese imports where tariffs will be delayed until December 15.
    - 6 days ago 14 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Consumers Energy looks to settle its PURPA constipation
    The company has filed a settlement with state regulators that would clear its 3 GW interconnection queue in exchange for the development of 150 MW of renewable energy annually.
    - 6 days ago 14 Aug 19, 2:54pm -
  • Apple picks single axis trackers and bifacial solar panels (w/pictures!)
    Swinerton Renewable Energy is moving to interconnection this week of the 200 MWac / 251 MWdc Techren II facility in Boulder, Nevada. The plant uses NEXTracker single-axis trackers and bifacial solar modules from Canadian Solar and LONGi.
    - 7 days ago 13 Aug 19, 2:57pm -
  • Can more solar help Texas meet peak demand?
    Texas reached an all-time peak yesterday between 4 and 5 PM. A wave of incoming solar projects can help to meet the state’s intense need for power, particularly if paired with batteries.
    - 7 days ago 13 Aug 19, 2:56pm -
  • Philly getting solar rebates, leadership changes at Duke: pvMB 8/13/19
    It may only be Tuesday, but we're glad you're here with us reading today's edition of the pvMB! In this edition we'll be looking at Oregon State researchers confirming the value of solar on farmlands, Hyundai's entry in the solar car game, a prefab tiny house with solar options and more!
    - 7 days ago 13 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Corporations crave solar more than ever before
    Large corporations are purchasing solar in the pursuit of going 100% renewable like never before. However, while solar and wind purchase figures are on the rise, the avenues these purchases come from has changed over the past year.
    - 7 days ago 13 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Stitching together the grid of the future
    A vision of a decentralized, renewable-powered electricity grid is being brought a step closer by scientists at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Their project, Autonomous Energy Grids, aims to take an overarching look at the solutions that will power this grid of the future, and to fill any gaps that appear between them.
    - 7 days ago 13 Aug 19, 1:41pm -
  • Car industry copper demand to surge 250% due to EVs
    By considering use of the metal in charging infrastructure, analyst Wood Mackenzie has found higher demand from the mobility sector than is the case if only the volume of the material required for vehicle construction is examined.
    - 8 days ago 12 Aug 19, 4:00pm -
  • Dominion is polling its customers for pro-monopoly arguments
    Under pressure by both corporations who want other options to buy renewables and a new coalition seeking to break its monopoly, Dominion is trying out some arguments with questionable factual basis.
    - 8 days ago 12 Aug 19, 2:57pm -
  • Using machine learning and cheap satellite data to design rooftop solar power
    Researchers have built a tool to use cheap satellite imagery - like Google Maps - to automatically create solar designs with a 91% accuracy rate.
    - 8 days ago 12 Aug 19, 2:57pm -
  • Trina cells on a championship solar car, LONGi achieves highest bankability rating: pvMB 8/12/19
    Happy Monday and welcome to this edition of the pvMB. Today we'll be looking at Engie's storage installation for a school district, Virginia's Fairfax County seeking solar and more!
    - 8 days ago 12 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • FPL’s “30 x 30” reaches Kennedy Space Center
    The latest addition to FPL's "30 x 30" plan is hoping to have a home next to the Kennedy Space Center, but the project's partial wetland location could lead to issues.
    - 8 days ago 12 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Texas confirms public power’s energy storage rights
    Municipally owned utilities and electric cooperatives, as of September 1, will have legal affirmation that they're allowed to own energy storage assets - and not have to register as power generators - within the state.
    - 11 days ago 9 Aug 19, 2:57pm -
  • SOMAH reaches capacity on launch day
    90% of the available capacity and funding under year one of California's Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program has been applied for, with waitlists growing by the hour.
    - 11 days ago 9 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Hardware brief: $1 million=Dynapower, Morningstar still Morningstar, SMA+BYD=
    Its Friday, so build something and be cool! Rainwise has launched a compact professional grade weather station, Sungrow has put out a whitepaper with design tips, and more!
    - 11 days ago 9 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Vivint Solar bounces back
    The third party residential solar company showed its highest volume of quarterly installations since late 2016 and record revenues. However losses rose as well, driven by an industry-wide trend of rising customer acquisition costs.
    - 11 days ago 9 Aug 19, 2:30pm -
  • Wood Mackenzie expects more consolidation in the inverter business
    The research firm says the value of the global inverter market will continue to decline until 2024, even though shipments will likely increase. China’s recent policy changes have increased pressure on prices, which will contribute to greater consolidation in the sector.
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 19, 6:00pm -
  • Regulator says lithium-ion batteries create “unacceptable risks”
    Arizona regulator Sandra D. Kennedy has filed a review of lithium ion technology's drawbacks relative to other energy storage technologies, specifically noting hydrogen fluoride release and thermal runaway, in light of two Arizona energy storage battery fires.
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Vivint’s $325 million credit facility, SC regulators nix Pegasus contract: pvMB 08/08/19
    In today's pvMB we also bring you EDPR's big solar + storage contract with San José's CCA, Dominion's battery pilot, a new union-backed training program for renewable energy workers, and more.
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Organic Valley goes 100% renewable like nobody has before
    With a commitment beyond the company's own needs, Organic Valley has partnered with OneEnergy Renewables and 13 municipal utilities to bring 32 MW of solar to the Badger State.
    - 12 days ago 8 Aug 19, 2:53pm -
  • Everything is growing at Sunrun – including customer acquisition costs
    Sunrun saw growth in deployments, revenues, cash and funding, as it expands its solar + storage business and pursues capacity sales. But the company and the larger third-party solar space are facing a sticky problem.
    - 13 days ago 8 Aug 19, 2:39am -
  • Massachusetts zeroes in on shaving the peak
    The state’s latest presentation gives a lot more details on its Clean Peak Standard proposal, as well as shedding more light on the why behind the policy.
    - 13 days ago 7 Aug 19, 7:27pm -
  • California board votes to limit who can install energy storage
    The vote by a committee of the Contractor State License Board was not the worst outcome, but it begins a process to limit the kind of energy storage systems that solar installers who do not have an electrician’s license can put online.
    - 13 days ago 7 Aug 19, 4:28pm -
  • Hawaii, Massachusetts shine in energy storage rankings
    Hawaii and Massachusetts utilities represented six of the top 10 for per-customer watts of energy storage deployment, with Kaua’i knocking it out of the park.
    - 13 days ago 7 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Massachusetts’ (proposed) solar home mandate, Capital Dynamics acquires 180 MW: pvMB 8/7/19
    Welcome one and all to the first Hump Day MB of August. Today we'll be looking at Pivot Energy's 25 MW community portfolio award, Vision Solar's expansion and the success of Lightsail 2!
    - 13 days ago 7 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • SolarEdge built it, the buyers followed
    During the second quarter SolarEdge increased manufacturing capacity by 25% and shipped over 3.7 million optimizers, which totaled over 1.3 GWac. This upped revenue 43% year on year, and company officials say they are highly confident in their even larger projected ~70% Q3 revenue growth.
    - 13 days ago 7 Aug 19, 12:17pm -
  • ET Solar is back in the U.S. market
    Six months after settling claims in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of its U.S. distribution subsidiary, the Chinese PV maker says it has signed more than 500 MW of U.S. module supply contracts.
    - 14 days ago 6 Aug 19, 9:12pm -
  • Sunrun opposes utility plan to control all new distributed energy resources
    A regulatory proceeding raises issues of monopoly control; whether distributed resources will be compensated for providing grid services; and the capability of smart inverters to operate autonomously, without external controls, in response to signals on price, voltage and frequency.
    - 14 days ago 6 Aug 19, 2:59pm -
  • Third-party, or not so third party?
    Solar advocates in South Carolina have noticed the close ties between the advisor chosen by the state’s Public Service Commission to set rates for PURPA contracts and the state’s utilities, and are crying foul.
    - 14 days ago 6 Aug 19, 2:57pm -
  • Texas extends tax support for solar power, increases transparency
    Governor Abbott has signed 86(R) / HB 3143, which extends the Section 312 economic redevelopment tax abatement law, set to expire Sept 1, for ten years.
    - 14 days ago 6 Aug 19, 2:55pm -
  • Duke keeps rolling in 2019 with a strong second quarter
    Duke Energy's financial results for Q2 2019 results show strong earnings, driven partially by the exponential year-to-year growth of the commercial renewables sector, as well as a short-term forecast of PV development.
    - 14 days ago 6 Aug 19, 2:55pm -


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  • Got renewable energy solutions? Take them now to any large city!
      by Mary Scott Nabers     Companies with renewable energy services and products should be making friends with public officials in municipalities throughout the country. That’s definitely where renewable power projects are occurring. Cities have numerous priorities and mandates, but every municipality is focused on sustainability, cost reduction and reducing the consequences of climate […]
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  • Anonymous Donor Funds Six Solar Installations | A Success Story
    by Dave Strenski Solar Ypsi is a group of volunteers who educate, design, and install photovoltaic (PV) systems around Ypsilanti, Michigan. Started in 2005, SolarYpsi has given over 200 face-to-face presentations to over 5,000 people at local events and reached over a quarter million views on YouTube (SolarYpsi.org/GoogleVideo.html) in 2011 when Google featured SolarYpsi in […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 7:30am -
  • Flight Without Fuel
    Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg complete the first ever round-the-world solar flight– a historic achievement, without a drop of fuel. Taking turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – their zero-emission electric and solar airplane, capable of flying day and night without fuel, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg succeeded in their […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 7:03am -
  • NREL Releases Report on ”Urban Turbines”
    by MICK SAGRILLO Mick Sagrillo (msagrillo@ wizunwired.net) has powered his family’s home with all manner of wind turbines for the past 35 years.   Late in 2016, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a long-awaited report titled Deployment of Wind Turbines in the Built Environment: Risks, Lessons, and Recommended Practices (http://bit.ly/2kXLbBz). This followed a […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 6:47am -
  • Zen ZNE Office
    Multiple Modes of Energy Capture Create ZNE Office Building A Case Study from Davis, California By Jonathan Hammond   We wanted the design to reflect our mission statement: Integrating art, architecture and ecology in order to put people in touch with the environment, each other and their spiritual and cultural aspirations.   Art and architecture: […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 6:35am -
  • Solar on the Line
    Special thanks to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for contributing this story to SOLAR TODAY   Solar on the Line, an exhibit on display now at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, explores the innovation and technology behind solar power as a renewable energy resource and presents multiple views on the potential […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 6:03am -
  • Solar Wars
    by Bill Ellard, Energy Economist This is the second part of a three-part series where I plan to discuss the current and upcoming battles of the “solar wars.” The three battles are net-metering, tariff reform, and grid defection. This is the tariff battle discussion.   The solar wars are mainly between the existing monopoly electric […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 5:55am -
  • Passive House Case Study: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center
    by Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center for Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)     The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center, completed in December 2015, is a 15,610 sf office building and state-of-the-art convening center located in Basalt, Colorado. RMI developed the Innovation Center to advance the organization’s mission, propel the industry, and to demonstrate […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 5:38am -
  • Prime Time for Real Power
    We have recently reached some exciting milestones in renewable energy. In many parts of the world, solar energy from photovoltaics (PV) is now the same price or even cheaper than fossil fuels (and that’s not counting the environmental costs of the fossils). Over 30 countries have already reached grid parity even without subsidies, according to […]
    - 11 Apr 17, 5:13am -
  • LAGI 2016
    The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) was founded in 2008 with the main goal of providing a platform for the design and construction of public art installations that have the added benefit of large-scale clean energy generation. Once built, each sculpture will continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid at a utility scale (equivalent […]
    - 15 Mar 17, 3:38pm -
  • SOLAR 2016 Technical Presentation Highlights
    SOLAR 2016 provided participants with high quality information on a variety of topics related to advances in solar energy. The Technical Review Committee offers the following abstracts as examples of some of the particularly cross-cutting, cutting edge work presented.   Novel Designs and Equipment Propel Solar Thermal’s Future By Peter Skinner Once the darling of […]
    - 15 Mar 17, 3:26pm -
  • Can Solar Shine in Coal Country?
    by Ronald Fel Jones Two Social Enterprises Partner Up to Deliver Hope—and Jobs—in West Virginia On a cold, drizzly morning in January, a crew of six young men and two supervisors showed up at 8 a.m. sharp, ready to learn how to install a rooftop solar array. The previous October, the same group took a […]
    - 9 Mar 17, 5:09pm -

Solar Trade Org (UK)

  • PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls on suppliers to put solar export offers on the table
    STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett has sent an open letter to the Big 6 and other electricity suppliers calling for export tariff offers to be put to solar households in advance of the 1 January 2020 deadline under the government’s Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). [1] Over three months after the closure of the administered export tariff only Octopus Energy has offers open to all solar homes exporting…
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  • The Solar Commission 2019
    The Solar Commission is a unique partnership of leading academics, system operators and industry, supported by UKERC and managed by Regen. The aim of the Commission is to examine areas where the UK could use its scientific and technical capabilities to play a leading role in the innovation and industrial strategy opportunities being created by the rapid, global emergence of solar PV as a major for…
    - 40 days ago 11 Jul 19, 12:39pm -
  • PRESS RELEASE: STA underlines current scope for action on “Groundhog Day” CCC 2019 Progress Report to Parliament
    Commenting on the CCC 2019 Progress Report to Parliament [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “For four years now the Committee on Climate Change has been urging the Government to get behind the most popular and cost-effective renewables. In what is now surely a national Groundhog Day, we again fully support their calls for technology neutral auctions that provide a secure route-to-market…
    - 41 days ago 10 Jul 19, 11:00am -
  • RE-SourceUK Blog – PPAs: Placing risk where it sits best
    As we reflect back on yesterday’s insightful pilot event for the RE-SourceUK platform, Tomas Tuomenin, European PPA Lead for Macquarie/Green Investment Group, recaps some of the barriers discussed during the conference, and highlights how corporates and public-sector bodies alike can move past these challenges to procure more clean energy and reach their net zero targets. In 2018, the volume of…
    - 49 days ago 2 Jul 19, 4:02pm -
  • RE-SourceUK Blog – Orsted on Corporate PPAs
    In this blog, Alana Johnson, Head of Corporate PPAs for Ørsted, breaks down the corporate power purchase agreement, and explores how some UK corporations are leading the way towards a greener future. Corporate Power Purchase Agreements: The next step for sustainability? Combatting the climate crisis is at the top of the public agenda, with concern at a record high1. Last year’s UN2 report shows…
    - 56 days ago 25 Jun 19, 11:50am -
  • PRESS RELEASE: STA Showcases Solar Park Boost for Nature
    A new report “The Natural Capital Value of Solar” by the Solar Trade Association, endorsed by the Natural Capital Coalition, the Centre for Alternative Technology, and Ashden, sets out best practice case studies of well-designed and well-managed solar farms which deliver broad benefits for British biodiversity and sustainable agriculture [1]. Recent biodiversity audits on solar parks owned b…
    - 57 days ago 25 Jun 19, 12:01am -
  • PRESS RELEASE: Actions must match net zero targets
    Last week the STA contacted all 17 members of the relevant Delegated Legislation Committee urging them not to vote through the statutory instrument that will potentially see the level of VAT charged to households installing solar and battery storage together rise to 20%. The request has been reiterated in a letter from STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett sent to all members of the Committee toda…
    - 57 days ago 24 Jun 19, 2:10pm -
  • PRESS RELEASE: Industry Hails Strategy for Modern Digitalised Energy System

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Industry Leaders Scale Up Vision to Meet Net Zero
    Today market-leading British solar company Solarcentury, in collaboration with LUT University and Energy Watch Group, has published new analysis into the technical potential for UK solar deployment over the next decade. [1] According to the study, the UK could have the potential to increase solar deployment by 2030 to 80GW, more than six times current levels. Such scale of deployment could lead to…
    - 68 days ago 13 Jun 19, 1:45pm -
  • PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls for action to follow landmark Net Zero legislation
    Today legislation will be laid in Parliament committing the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, following a report from the Committee on Climate Change published last month. The report calls for extensive electrification of the economy and a quadrupling of low-carbon power generation by 2050. [1] Chris Hewett, Chief Executive at the STA said: “Enshrining net zero greenhouse ga…
    - 69 days ago 12 Jun 19, 11:39am -

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Alternative-News - Photo-Voltaics

  • The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House
    Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerDesigned by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, a…
    - 2 Apr 15, 9:05am -
  • Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?
    Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSince 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simp…
    - 1 Apr 15, 9:35am -
  • 3D Printed Solar Energy Trees
    Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHow would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees”. The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy a…
    - 28 Feb 15, 8:24am -
  • The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)
    Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHome Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]
    - 23 Feb 15, 1:23am -
  • Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester
    Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerDo you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. Think how […]
    - 29 Apr 11, 10:37pm -
  • Artificial Electronic Super Skin – Powered By Stretchable Solar Cells
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerZhenan Bao, Stanford researcher, is keen to create “Super skin.” Taking her previously created super-sensitive sensor a step ahead, she is now creating a super skin that will be self-powered with renewable clean solar energy. Bao and her team have designed polymer solar cells that are flexible and can be stretched to power the ‘super […]
    - 17 Apr 11, 1:27am -
  • PowerMod: To the Rescue
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerThink of the earthquake that happened at Tahiti, or havoc-provoking typhoons like Katrina; or the recent plane crash that took so many lives. With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly at all corners of earth, there has been a sharp demand for dependable portable energy sources that can make rescue efforts a lot easier and […]
    - 7 Apr 11, 8:12am -
  • Ceria Mimics Plant Life
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerNewer and more exciting devices are being invented to harness renewable energy – especially solar energy. One such device is a prototype which uses one of the rare earth metals – ceria, otherwise known cerium oxide – utilizing its natural propensity of alternatively exhaling and inhaling oxygen as it heats up or cools down. A […]
    - 29 Mar 11, 8:19am -
  • Laser ‘Scribing’ to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency
    Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerOver the years, thanks to the devoted research work going on for increasing the efficiency of solar cells, today solar cells are no longer flat shaped or unyielding. Ultra thin film-type solar cells have now been manufactured which are quite flexible and adaptable for use in corners, curvilinear and other structures. Today almost 20% of […]
    - 23 Mar 11, 7:08am -
  • E-Reader Going Green: Biblio Leaf
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerGlad tidings for book lovers with green ethics! Maybe the e-reader does not consume much power. But if you love to read online and think you should do your bit towards using renewable energy, you have Toshiba and KDDI joining the ranks of LG to provide solar-powered e-readers. Biblio Leaf is the new kid in […]
    - 22 Mar 11, 7:04am -
  • Solar Tracker Solar Panels
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA German owned company IMO has set-up a plant in USA that will make the largest solar tracker solar panels to tap solar energy. As per Ruediger Unverzagt and Klaus Pless, respectively the CEO and vice-president of this company, these solar tracker solar panels are the largest in Summerville in South California. IMO is looking […]
    - 19 Mar 11, 7:03am -
  • Making the Best Use of Polymer Solar Cells
    Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA report recently published in an online journal called Advanced Materials points out that a process has been developed by the researchers at the Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory that can produce thin and constant light absorbing layers on textured substrates. This increases light absorption by polymer solar cells, thereby increasing…
    - 15 Mar 11, 7:08am -
  • Walmart to Install Thin Film Solar Panels
    Energy Industry | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerProminent corporations are paying special attention to go green and create a conducive environment for clean and green energy. Walmart too is taking appreciative steps in the field of alternative energy. In the year 2007, Walmart entered into a partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to provide a thrust to the photovoltaic technologies. I…
    - 4 Oct 10, 8:21am -
  • Zinc-Oxide Nanostructure Production Made Easy
    Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Photovoltaic CellsTwo scientists are on a path-breaking method to produce ‘sea-urchins’ to expedite the work capacity and efficiency of photovoltaic devices. Jamil Elias and Laetitia Philippe are the two scientists from Empa’s Mechanics of Materials & Nanostructures Laboratory who have been successful in producing these tiny ‘sea urchins’ which are read…
    - 22 Sep 10, 9:07am -
  • A Power Sticker to Boost Solar Power Generation
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerNew and unique ways of making solar panels more efficient in power generation are coming to light every day. The new kid in the block of one such device is a large transparent sticker applied to the front of the panel which increases the power output by about 10% or so. Genie Lens Technologies is […]
    - 20 Sep 10, 8:19am -
  • PETE Process Promises Successful Technology Fusion
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    - 24 Aug 10, 9:38am -
  • Graphene: Solar Cells of the Future?
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  • First Factory Built Solar Charging Station
    Energy Industry | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerInternational Green Energy Expo Korea 2010 was chosen as the venue where SunPods SP-300 was first displayed. This is the first factory built-to-order solar-powered integrated electric-vehicle charging station – ready for powering up immediately. This ready-to-use solar power platform from SunPods is called EV Plug-N-Go. Perfect launch pad: Deagu,…
    - 3 Aug 10, 10:41pm -
  • Hybrid Organic Solar Cells Now More Efficient
    Energy Industry | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSuccess greets the research team of National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and the University of Alberta. The plastic solar cells have now an operating life of 8 months instead of mere hours. And they are low-cost, environmentally efficient, unsealed plastic dollar cells – a green energy source. Developing econ…
    - 29 Jul 10, 8:05am -
  • Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells
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    - 28 Jul 10, 8:46am -
  • Economical Solar Panels to Yield More Energy
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    - 27 Jul 10, 7:13am -
  • Costs for Thermo-photovoltaic Cells Significantly Reduced
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    - 5 Jul 10, 7:54am -
  • The Ultimate Solar Cell?
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  • Sanyo’s HIT Solar Cells are a Hit in Italy
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    - 8 Jun 10, 8:17am -
  • Sun Shines on Solar Energy Future
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    - 7 Jun 10, 8:00am -
  • Nanosolar: Solar Power at a Lower Cost
    Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerIn a market-friendly scenario, Nanosolar claims to be able to produce electricity at 5-6 cents/kilowatt hour almost as cheap as power from coal and at about one-third the cost of other solar power. Nanosolar claims: Nanosolar claims mass production of solar power will now become feasible with their differently manufactured solar panels. Conventio…
    - 24 May 10, 1:00am -
  • MIT Researchers Print a Solar Cell on Paper
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerWe love the idea of clean and green fuel. But they come with certain disadvantages. First one is they are heavy on pocket of a commoner. Second disadvantage is their power conversion rate is quite low. Last one is you need storage space to save all the power converted by a clean and green technology. […]
    - 19 May 10, 8:01am -
  • Solar Greenhouse to Produce Food and Electricity
    Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerImagine a greenhouse that is producing solar power and food too. This excellent experiment is being done in Italy. The companies responsible for this project are Renewable energy company Solar ReFeel, CeRSAA and solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. The test site has been constructed at CeRSAA’s Albenga, Italy. The project intends to attain the pr…
    - 13 May 10, 8:32am -
  • Affordable Solar Power with Purple Pokeberries?
    Biofuels | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerResearchers at Wake Forest University’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials are trying to achieve source of clean and green power through pokeberries! Pokeberries could be helpful in making solar power accessible to many. Nanotech Center scientists have extracted the red dye from pokeberries to paint their efficient and low-cost fiber-base…
    - 6 May 10, 8:00am -
  • PV Cell Prototype Generates Electricity from IR and UV Light
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSolar energy is present in abundance around us. The problem is how to harness a substantial portion of it for human use. How to raise the efficiency bar of solar conversion into electricity? Scientists are continuously engaged in finding a way out for this problem. Recently scientists at the Kyoto Institute of Technology have deviated […]
    - 26 Apr 10, 8:15am -

PV Magazine

  • *PV for cooking
    Traditional solar cookers concentrate sunlight on mirrored surfaces and convert it into heat. But this summer, Sunspot unveiled Sunspot Solar Electric Cooking, a new cooker based on PV technology. The system relies on two PV modules, a lead-carbon battery, an inverter, and an induction cooktop.
    - 2 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 3:40pm -
  • *Coles signs PPA for three solar farms in Australia
    The Australian supermarket giant will purchase more than 70% of the electricity generated by three solar power plants to be built and operated by Metka EGN outside the regional centers of Wagga Wagga, Corowa and Junee, in the state of New South Wales – the equivalent of 10% of the company's national electricity usage.
    - 3 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 3:03pm -
  • *Polysilicon prices to rebound in September
    Average spot polysilicon price has crossed below the $8/kg threshold for the first time, according to PVInsights. Market analyst Johannes Bernreuter said, however, that the industry should not read too much into $8/kg as a historical threshold and that prices may rise again in September, driven by strong demand in the Chinese market.
    - 4 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 1:43pm -
  • *NTPC reveals plan to build 5 GW in Gujarat, opens global bids for 1.2 GW
    The utility has revealed plans to invest roughly $3 billion in the construction of a 5 GW solar park across two to three locations in the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gujarat. In a separate announcement, the New Delhi-based group opened global bidding to build 1.2 GW of grid-connected solar capacity throughout India.
    - 5 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 12:30pm -
  • *Distributed generation growing in Latin America
    In the early years of the 21st century, distributed generation systems in Latin America were mainly installed off-grid in remote rural areas, writes Maria Chea, solar analyst at IHS Markit. As the El Niño phenomenon and high oil prices continued to exacerbate high electricity prices and power shortages, governments began to turn their attention to distributed generation, including PV systems, to…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 12:26pm -
  • *MoU for vanadium redox flow battery collaboration in Australia
    Australian Vanadium and Metrowest Power Systems have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to look at energy storage opportunities in Australia using vanadium redox flow battery technology.
    - 5 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 12:12pm -
  • *Comtec Solar investors burned by falling stock price
    Two subscribers who signed up to a 20% discounted shares subscription in mid June ended up yesterday paying almost the same percentage as a premium on the trading price of the stock.
    - 7 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 10:46am -
  • *Risen shines: Manufacturer starts work on 2.5 GW cell and module factory
    The Chinese manufacturer is forging ahead with a new gigafactory despite a regulatory decision last year which halted its plans to raise a significant chunk of the costs by issuing convertible bonds. Risen expects to be back on the upswing when it confirms its first-half figures.
    - 8 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 9:12am -
  • *Construction begins on 25 MW floating array in Korea
    South Korea’s largest PV project is scheduled for commissioning by next year. The project developer – Korean floating PV specialist Scotra – is also planning a 2.5 MW offshore solar project with the support of the government.
    - 9 hours ago 20 Aug 19, 8:47am -
  • Tesla will rent you a solar array for $50/month
    Elon Musk is trying just about everything to reimagine the solar business. But will this one work?
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 3:30pm -
  • ANZ, CEFC deepen ties to help businesses invest in PV, EVs, storage
    Australian banking and financial services giant ANZ has extended its collaboration with Sydney-based Clean Energy Finance Corp. via an additional $67.7 million financing commitment to help the nation’s businesses cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. The bank is also offering financial discounts for upgrades and new investments in solar PV, energy storage, electric vehicles and other tec…
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 3:16pm -
  • Mali launches tender for solar-plus-storage
    The country's agency for rural electrification is seeking proposals for a 1.3 MW solar project and a 1.5 MW/2 MWh storage system.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 2:45pm -
  • Molycop signs major solar-wind PPA in Australia
    The Australian arm of global mining manufacturer Molycop has signed a long-term solar-wind offtake deal with electricity retailer Flow Power. Under the new partnership, Molycop will gain access to the ARENA Demand Response program.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 2:07pm -
  • Is a California solar+storage boom about to happen?
    The California Independent System Operator has warned state regulators that there could be a 4.7 GW capacity shortfall in 2022, in the early evening hours of the annual peak demand events of September. The grid operator has suggested the alteration of water cooling laws, as well as increased procurement of resources.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 1:33pm -
  • DEWA to use solar to power new pumped-storage project
    The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority will use energy from the gigawatt-scale Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to provide a new hydropower plant with pumped storage capacity. The state-owned utility has announced a number of innovations for the project in recent months, including plans for hydrogen and large-scale storage capacity.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 1:31pm -
  • Perpetum to build world’s largest solar carport in Belgium
    The 20 MW plant will feature 62,750 solar panels. Installer Perpetum Energy plans to commission the project in the spring of 2020.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 12:51pm -
  • Hanergy Thin Film set to lose crucial hydropower project stakes – which could be auctioned off to Hanergy Mobile Energy
    Troubled thin film manufacturer Thin Film will see a 51% controlling stake in a hugely profitable hydropower project auctioned off after a move by creditors. Hanergy Thin Film owner Li Hejun’s Hanergy Mobile Energy business in China says it will be among the bidders.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 11:20am -
  • Indonesia’s vast rooftop potential
    The nation’s roofs could host up to 655 GWp of solar generation capacity a recent solar mapping exercise found. But a wider understanding of the benefits of solar, combined with incentives, would be required to unlock a potentially transformative energy development.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 9:50am -
  • Philippines utility Meralco seeks new capacity, including renewables
    The power company has launched three procurement auctions for a total of 2.9 GW of power generation capacity. Renewable energy companies are among the bidders to have expressed interest in providing electricity.
    - 1 day ago 19 Aug 19, 8:51am -
  • The weekend read: Unsteady progress of a potential MENA solar superpower
    With a combination of scale, a growing population, outstanding irradiation, and available capital, solar PV should be a ‘no brainer’ for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But early explorations of the technology have soured expectations, and progress has come in fits and starts.
    - 4 days ago 17 Aug 19, 5:00am -
  • Singyes finally publishes details of last year’s annus horribilis
    The collapse in business for the solar EPC provider after last year’s 5/31 policy announcement by Beijing has left the company’s future depending on the progress of a Chinese state bail-out. Provided that is, the business does not end up being wound up by Deutsche Bank first.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 3:06pm -
  • Solargiga issues profit warning
    The manufacturer has been unable to get its new mono ingot and wafer making facilities up to full speed and says the delay in confirming Beijing’s new solar policy this year also affected its bottom line.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 1:34pm -
  • Big news as Zhonghuan Semiconductor unveils 12-inch super wafer
    The manufacturer says its Kwafoo product improves efficiency and, if used in the optimal p-type PERC type of panel, could boast a module output of 610 W.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 12:53pm -
  • Global warming will hit solar panel performance
    MIT researchers say climate change could reduce the yield of solar modules. Analysis based on the warming scenarios outlined by the IPCC predicts in some areas the annual energy output of PV systems may fall by up to 50 kWh per kilowatt installed.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 10:58am -
  • Rooftop PV has reached grid parity in main EU markets
    Researchers have developed a high-resolution geospatial method of assessing the solar potential of all buildings in the EU and concluded rooftop PV could provide a quarter of the bloc’s electricity needs. The scientists say grid parity for rooftop solar has been reached outside eastern member states with cheap fossil fuel electricity.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 10:09am -

Alternative-Energy-News - Solar

  • Family-sized Solar Car to Race in World Solar Challenge
    Battery Technology | Electric Cars | Solar Power | TransportationSolar Team Great Britain has started a kickstarter page to help fund their design for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Founder Steven Heape leads a team of volunteers from many different disciplines, companies and universities working on a family-sized solar car to compete in the cruiser class. “Cruiser Class is about two o…
    - 25 Jan 17, 8:03am -
  • The Spherical Sun Power Generator
    Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerGerman Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system…
    - 13 Apr 15, 12:35pm -
  • The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House
    Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerDesigned by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, a…
    - 2 Apr 15, 9:05am -
  • Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?
    Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSince 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simp…
    - 1 Apr 15, 9:35am -
  • France Passes Green Rooftop Law
    Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar PowerFrance keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […
    - 31 Mar 15, 8:10am -
  • Tulip Shaped Solar Plants to be Installed in Ethiopia
    Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar PowerAORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support…
    - 24 Mar 15, 7:39am -
  • Japan Closer to Harvesting Solar Energy from Space
    Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerSince 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration te…
    - 19 Mar 15, 7:57am -
  • Meet the ELF: A Pedal-Powered, Solar-Electric Hybrid
    Pedal Power | Solar Power | TransportationDescribed as the “most efficient vehicle on the planet”, The ELF is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a […]
    - 12 Mar 15, 8:16am -
  • 3D Printed Solar Energy Trees
    Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHow would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees”. The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy a…
    - 28 Feb 15, 8:24am -
  • The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)
    Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHome Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]
    - 23 Feb 15, 1:23am -
  • Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester
    Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerDo you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. Think how […]
    - 29 Apr 11, 10:37pm -
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City
    Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar PowerNew York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals and […]
    - 28 Apr 11, 12:35am -
  • Artificial Electronic Super Skin – Powered By Stretchable Solar Cells
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerZhenan Bao, Stanford researcher, is keen to create “Super skin.” Taking her previously created super-sensitive sensor a step ahead, she is now creating a super skin that will be self-powered with renewable clean solar energy. Bao and her team have designed polymer solar cells that are flexible and can be stretched to power the ‘super […]
    - 17 Apr 11, 1:27am -
  • PowerMod: To the Rescue
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerThink of the earthquake that happened at Tahiti, or havoc-provoking typhoons like Katrina; or the recent plane crash that took so many lives. With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly at all corners of earth, there has been a sharp demand for dependable portable energy sources that can make rescue efforts a lot easier and […]
    - 7 Apr 11, 8:12am -
  • The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener
    Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power | Wind PowerYes, as of 2011, The Empire State Building, one of the world’s largest buildings has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power. The Empire State Building will be using more than 100 million kWh of wind energy in the coming couple of years approximately. It will be totally – […]
    - 4 Apr 11, 8:20am -
  • Ceria Mimics Plant Life
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerNewer and more exciting devices are being invented to harness renewable energy – especially solar energy. One such device is a prototype which uses one of the rare earth metals – ceria, otherwise known cerium oxide – utilizing its natural propensity of alternatively exhaling and inhaling oxygen as it heats up or cools down. A […]
    - 29 Mar 11, 8:19am -
  • Laser ‘Scribing’ to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency
    Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerOver the years, thanks to the devoted research work going on for increasing the efficiency of solar cells, today solar cells are no longer flat shaped or unyielding. Ultra thin film-type solar cells have now been manufactured which are quite flexible and adaptable for use in corners, curvilinear and other structures. Today almost 20% of […]
    - 23 Mar 11, 7:08am -
  • E-Reader Going Green: Biblio Leaf
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerGlad tidings for book lovers with green ethics! Maybe the e-reader does not consume much power. But if you love to read online and think you should do your bit towards using renewable energy, you have Toshiba and KDDI joining the ranks of LG to provide solar-powered e-readers. Biblio Leaf is the new kid in […]
    - 22 Mar 11, 7:04am -
  • Solar Tracker Solar Panels
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA German owned company IMO has set-up a plant in USA that will make the largest solar tracker solar panels to tap solar energy. As per Ruediger Unverzagt and Klaus Pless, respectively the CEO and vice-president of this company, these solar tracker solar panels are the largest in Summerville in South California. IMO is looking […]
    - 19 Mar 11, 7:03am -
  • Making the Best Use of Polymer Solar Cells
    Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA report recently published in an online journal called Advanced Materials points out that a process has been developed by the researchers at the Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory that can produce thin and constant light absorbing layers on textured substrates. This increases light absorption by polymer solar cells, thereby increasing…
    - 15 Mar 11, 7:08am -
  • Solar Powered Wheelchair Sets World Records
    Solar Power | TransportationHaidar Taleb, a 47 year old man from UAE, displayed a rare combination of human spirit and willpower when he took up a 200-mile long journey on a wheel chair that he has built for himself which runs on solar power. Being a person with polio since the age of 4 has not stopped him […]
    - 25 Jan 11, 9:38am -
  • VIDEO: Solar-Powered Keyboards
    Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerIf you have opted for a wireless keyboard you know the importance of rechargeable batteries and a wall charger. Although it is easier to charge the batteries after a while it becomes an annoyance to change them repeatedly. Now Logitech is coming out with a solar-powered keyboard that will be free of such hassles. No […]
    - 15 Nov 10, 8:26am -
  • MIT Breakthrough: Thermo-Chemical Solar Power
    Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerMIT researchers are hopeful of capturing and releasing solar energy with the help of thermo-chemical technology. Scientists were already working on this technology in seventies but this project was aborted due to its expensiveness and termed as too impractical to achieve. But MIT researchers are now gearing up to take this thermo-chemical technolo…
    - 3 Nov 10, 7:01am -
  • Solar Power Towers coming to California
    Energy Industry | Energy Politics | Solar PowerThe United States of America will now produce clear power that can light up as many as 11000 to 277500 homes in the country. The Sectary of Interior Ken Salazar has given a go ahead to the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating system, a project proposed by BrightSource of Oakland that can produce up to 370 […]
    - 1 Nov 10, 7:33am -
  • Solar Wind Power: Generating Power In The Future
    Future Technology | Solar Power | Wind PowerAs the world discovers new ways to meet its growing energy needs, energy generated from Sun, which is better known as solar power and energy generated from wind called the wind power are being considered as a means of generating power. Though these two sources of energy have attracted the scientists for a very long […]
    - 18 Oct 10, 9:07am -
  • Walmart to Install Thin Film Solar Panels
    Energy Industry | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerProminent corporations are paying special attention to go green and create a conducive environment for clean and green energy. Walmart too is taking appreciative steps in the field of alternative energy. In the year 2007, Walmart entered into a partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to provide a thrust to the photovoltaic technologies. I…
    - 4 Oct 10, 8:21am -
  • Zinc-Oxide Nanostructure Production Made Easy
    Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Photovoltaic CellsTwo scientists are on a path-breaking method to produce ‘sea-urchins’ to expedite the work capacity and efficiency of photovoltaic devices. Jamil Elias and Laetitia Philippe are the two scientists from Empa’s Mechanics of Materials & Nanostructures Laboratory who have been successful in producing these tiny ‘sea urchins’ which are read…
    - 22 Sep 10, 9:07am -
  • A Power Sticker to Boost Solar Power Generation
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerNew and unique ways of making solar panels more efficient in power generation are coming to light every day. The new kid in the block of one such device is a large transparent sticker applied to the front of the panel which increases the power output by about 10% or so. Genie Lens Technologies is […]
    - 20 Sep 10, 8:19am -
  • PETE Process Promises Successful Technology Fusion
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA new joint venture research work at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, supported by Department of Energy and DARPA has come up with a new solar energy conversion process that can potentially double the efficiency of solar cells. Stanford engineers have discovered this new and totally different process to harvest energy from sun.…
    - 24 Aug 10, 9:38am -
  • Graphene: Solar Cells of the Future?
    Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA southern California University team has come up with what could be the alternative new breed of economical and flexible solar cells. For some decades now, organic photovoltaic cells (OPV) have been acclaimed as the new solar cell prototypes and extolled for their light weight, flexible substrates, low cost and easy manufacturability. Research i…
    - 10 Aug 10, 10:48pm -


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