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August 17 2018


Brown selects Freedom Solar Power to design and install rooftop solar array

Austin TX (SPX) Aug 17, 2018
Brown Distributing Company teamed up with Freedom Solar Power to install a massive 481-kilowatt roof-mount system on its facility, making Brown the first beverage distribution company in Texas to "go green" with solar panels. Comprised of 1,458 high-efficiency SunPower panels, Brown Distributing's new solar array will pay for itself within four and a half years, save the company nearly $2

Doubling performance with lithium metal that doesn't catch fire

Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Aug 17, 2018
- A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today's lithium ion cells - drastically extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges - without taking up any added space. By using a ceramic, solid-state electrolyte, engineers can harness the power of lithium metal batteries without the historic issues of poor d

Sanjeev Gupta to build 280MW solar farm in South Australia

Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Aug 17, 2018
Details of a 280MW solar farm have been unveiled in South Australia as the first part of Sanjeev Gupta's global GFG Alliance US$1 billion, one-gigawatt dispatchable renewable energy program. The Cultana Solar Project in South Australia's Upper Spencer Gulf will include 780,000 solar panels capable of generating 600GWh of energy generation per year, enough to power 96,000 homes while offset

Six Things About Opportunity'S Recovery Efforts

Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 17, 2018
NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover. Now that scientists think the global dust storm is "decaying" - meaning more dust is falling out of the atmosphere than is being raised back into it - skies might soon clear enough for the solar-powered rover to recharge and attempt to "phone home."

August 16 2018


Expanding the limits of Li-ion batteries: Electrodes for all-solid-state batteries

Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 08, 2018
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have addressed one of the major disadvantages of all-solid-state batteries by developing batteries with a low resistance at their electrode/solid electrolyte interface. The fabricated batteries showed excellent electrochemical properties that greatly surpass those of traditional and ubiquitous Li-ion batteries; thereby, demonstrating the promise

Scientists create a UV detector based on nanocrystals synthesized by using ion implantation

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (SPX) Aug 08, 2018
Scientists at the Lobachevsky University have been working for several years to develop solar-blind photodetectors operating in the UV spectral band. In the field of electronic technology, this is an important task, since such devices cut off emission with a wavelength higher than 280 nm, which helps to avoid interference from sunlight and to record UV emission during daylight. "Due to the

French energy company ENGIE boasts of solar success

Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2018
French energy company ENGIE declared Tuesday it was setting records in the country by securing hundreds of megawatts of solar projects. Though its subsidiaries, the company said it won 25 photovoltaic projects in France following a call for tenders from the nation's energy regulatory commission. Of the 710 megawatts of design capacity awarded, ENGIE secured 32 percent. "ENGIE the

Old mining techniques make a new way to recycle lithium batteries

Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 08, 2018
Lei Pan's team of chemical engineering students had worked long and hard on their research project, and they were happy just to be showing their results at the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition last April in Washington, DC. What they didn't expect was to be mobbed by enthusiastic onlookers. "We got a lot of 'oh wow!' responses, from eight-year-olds wanting to know how it w

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle's grip

London, UK (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists at Queen Mary University of London and University of Cambridge have created materials that can store energy this way, be squeezed repeatedly without damage, and even change shape if necessary. These kinds

China cooling has mixed solar power impact

Washington (UPI) Aug 08, 2018
While a Chinese decision to limit subsidies on new solar project curbs global growth, some sectors will benefit from the subsequent oversupply, analysis finds. The National Energy Administration in China in June scrapped new subsidies for utility-scale solar power stations. Analysis compiled by consultant group Wood Mackenzie found that Chinese demand for solar power this year declines

Scientists create biodegradable, paper-based biobatteries

Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2018
The batteries of the future may be made out of paper. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have created a biodegradable, paper-based battery that is more efficient than previously possible. For years, there has been excitement in the scientific community about the possibility of paper-based batteries as an eco-friendly alternative. However, the proposed design

China blasts US solar tariffs, takes WTO action

Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2018
China has blasted US tariffs on solar panel imports, filing a complaint at the World Trade Organization in the latest salvo of the trade battle between the world's two economic giants. US President Donald Trump approved steep tariffs on solar panel imports in January to protect US producers, triggering an outcry from China, South Korea and even protests from the US solar industry. China'

China lodges WTO complaint on U.S. solar tariffs

(UPI) Aug 15, 2018
The Chinese government said it made the necessary move to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over solar tariffs imposed by the United States. A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Beijing viewed U.S. trade moves as an abuse of safeguards that "severely damaged" Chinese trade interests. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced Presid

August 07 2018


Insight into loss processes in perovskite solar cells enables efficiency improvements

Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2018
Even solar cells made of a perfect miracle material would never be able to convert 100 % of sunlight to electrical energy. This is because the theoretical maximum achievable power is limited by the position of the energy bands of the electrons, and by unavoidable radiation of photons (the thermodynamic or Shockley-Queisser limit). Maximum power conversion efficiency for silicon is about 33 %, fo

A breakthrough of monitoring energy storage at work using optical fibers

Changchun, China (SPX) Aug 07, 2018
An optic fiber sensing system developed by researchers in China and Canada can peer inside supercapacitors and batteries to observe their state of charge. Renewable energy sources are naturally inconsistent, and so require new energy storage technologies. Supercapacitors offer rapid charging and long-term storage, but it is important to be able to monitor their working state. To tackle this issu

August 03 2018


PI Berlin examines risks facing PV projects in India

Delhi, India (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
he Indian market is one of the most profitable yet risky for project developers and investors in photovoltaics (PV). While large-scale projects of over 100 megawatts (MW) are now common, the investment risks caused by the climate, poor installation and lack of proper maintenance is on the rise. In a study conducted on behalf of the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Tech

KYOCERA TCL Solar Completes 28MW Solar Power Plant in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Tokyo (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC (herein "Kyocera TCL Solar") has completed construction of a 28 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in the town of Taiwa, Kurokawa District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The company has developed this 28MW solar power plant in collaboration with Tokyo-based Tsuboi Corporation and started operation

meeco to install sun2roof solar systems on German traditional specialised yarn factory

Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
Saving electricity costs, gaining energy independence and contributing to an eco-friendly power supply in production processes is an aim more and more German companies pursue. The German 200 year old specialised yarn factory Gruschwitz Textilwerke AG has now decided to make further progress in pursuing this target together with meeco. meeco will install two roof-mounted sun2roof solar ener

Researchers upgrade organic solar cells to be used in roof tiles generating power

Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
An international team of materials scientists from France, Russia and Kazakhstan found a way to boost the efficiency of organic solar cells several times. The new study, published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, has shown that ordered structures based on organic molecules can be used to produce solar power. Solar panels, or batteries, are one of the most promising ways to generate

Researchers boost performance quality of perovskites

Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 02, 2018
Solar cells need to slim down. Solar cells are devices that absorb photons from sunlight and convert their energy to move electrons - enabling the production of clean energy and providing a dependable route to help combat climate change. But most solar cells used widely today are thick, fragile and stiff, which limits their application to flat surfaces and increases the cost to make the solar ce
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