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February 23 2017

16:48

Liquid hydrogen may be way forward for sustainable air travel

With sustainable solutions in mind, a new study looks at the energy efficiency of current modes of transportation.
10:53

NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy

Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017
It may be up to the governments of U.S. states to take the lead in the effort to advance a low-carbon economy, the Natural Resources Defense Council said. A review of federal data from the NRDC finds the U.S. renewable energy sector was one of the largest job creators in recent years. The estimated 350,000 people tied to the solar energy sector is greater than some parts of the conventi
10:53

Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity

Washington DC (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
Many forms of energy surround you: sunlight, the heat in your room and even your own movements. All that energy - normally wasted - can potentially help power your portable and wearable gadgets, from biometric sensors to smart watches. Now, researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have found that a mineral with the perovskite crystal structure has the right properties to extract energy
10:53

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Golden CO (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells. Considerable research into perovskites at NREL and elsewhere has proved the material's effectiveness at converting sunlight into electricity, routinely topping 20 percent efficiency. The sunligh
10:53

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

Brussels (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
The EU said Wednesday it aimed to phase out anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports after 18 months, ending a bitter dispute with one of its largest trading partners. Stung by US President Donald Trump's protectionist stance, the EU has touted its free trade credentials and pledged closer cooperation with China in response. The EU imposed the duties in 2013 after European pane
10:53

Powerful change: A profile of today's solar consumer

Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new QUT study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes. Over the past decade the profile of Queenslanders acquiring solar PV has changed significantly based on a study by QUT Dr Jeff Sommerfeld investigating the
10:53

French government gets renewable energy endorsement

Brussels (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
A move by the French government to budget for more solar and hydropower projects on its grid was endorsed Friday by the European Commission. The French government said new solar initiatives would receive more than $9 billion in support over the next 20 years, while hydropower schemes are backed by a 20-year $530 million commitment. The European Commission said it endorsed an effo
10:53

Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell

Rogers AR (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Ecoark Holdings has announced its subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded a new U.S. patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent No 9,543,456 issued on January 10, 2017 relates to the development of "Multijunction Solar Cell Employing Extended Heterojunction and Step Graded Antireflection Structures and Methods of constructing the same
10:53

Governors tell Trump that China will reap low-carbon rewards

Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Strong economic powers like China may take over as the global leaders in renewable energy and leave the U.S. economy depending on Beijing, state governors said. A bipartisan group of state governors working through a wind and solar energy coalition called on President Donald Trump to put his political weight behind the nation's renewable energy sector. "If the United States does
10:53

First Solar Awarded 140Mw Module Supply Contract For Australia'S Largest Solar Project

Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
First Solar, Inc. has been awarded the module supply contract for the 140 megawatt (MW)DC Sun Metals Solar Farm in North Queensland (QLD), Australia. It will be Australia's largest solar project once constructed and utilise more than 1,167,000 First Solar advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules to produce approximately 270,000 megawatt-hours of energy in its first year of operation. S
10:53

Cooling roofs and other structures with no energy

Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial - an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature - to act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures. It has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption. When applied to a surface, the metamaterial film co
10:53

Accelerated chlorophyll reaction in microdroplets to reveal secret of photosynthesis

Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
DGIST announced that the research team of the fellow Hong-Gil Nam and the research team of Professor Richard N. Zere of Stanford University have found in their joint research that chlorophyll demetallation is naturally accelerated a thousand times faster in microdroplets without any help of enzymes. Chlorophyll is a green pigment molecule found in photosynthetic organisms and plays a key r
10:53

Trina Solar modules eligible for calls for tenders in France

Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "company"), a global leader in photovoltaic ("PV") modules, solutions, and services, has announced that its PV modules, after an official audit, were in conformity with the regulation for CRE3, CRE4, Simplified Tenders (AOS) and self-consumption calls for tender in France. This will allow the company's customers and partners to specify those
10:53

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key eleme
10:53

U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say

Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
A consortium of U.S. clean-energy groups said it was growth in the industries tied to renewable energy that were the ones creating more jobs. Business groups supporting the renewable energy sector in the United States said data compiled from federal reports find the low-carbon industry supported more than 3 million jobs last year. While the U.S. Department of Energy doesn't speci
10:53

Printable solar cells just got a little closer

Toronto, Canada (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface

February 21 2017

00:25

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

Researchers are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles.

February 20 2017

18:47

New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage

A new type of battery shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage.It's the world's first battery to use only hydronium ions as the charge carrier.

February 16 2017

19:28

Printable solar cells just got a little closer

A new innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Researchers have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
15:38

Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech

Gadgets are set to become flexible, highly efficient and much smaller, following a breakthrough in measuring two-dimensional 'wonder' materials, report investigators.
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