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  • Using mountains for long-term energy storage
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Batteries are rapidly becoming less expensive and might soon offer a cheap short-term solution to store energy for daily energy needs. However, the long-term storage capabilities of batteries, for example, in a yearly cycle, will not be economically viable. Although pumped-hydro storage (PHS) technologies are an economically feasible choice for long-term energy storage with large capacit […]

  • 'Messy' production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost. The surprising findings, published in Nature Photonics, are the result of a collaborative project, led by Dr F […]

  • UK needs to act to prevent electric vehicle battery waste mountain
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Birmingham UK (SPX) Nov 07, 2019 Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, storing up a potentially huge waste management problem for the future, according to a new study. A review of lithium ion battery recycling led by the University of Birmingham suggests that, while electric vehicles (EVs) offer a solution for cutting pollution, g […]

  • Skoltech scientists developed superfast charging high-capacity potassium batteries based on organic
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University showed that high-capacity high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without using lithium or other rare elements. In addition, they demonstrated impressive stability of cathode materials and record high energy density in fast charge/ […]

  • MiaSole breaks world record with Large Area Flexible Photovoltaic Module with 18.64 percent efficiency
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Santa Clara CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2019 MiaSole, the leading flexible thin-film solar solution provider, announced that the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has independently confirmed an 18.64% aperture area efficiency on a commercial size flexible PV module (aperture area 1.08m2). The cells and record module were made using the MiaSole production equipment in Santa Clara, California. "This latest achievement […]

  • Canadian Solar signs 190MWp of solar power projects in Brazil
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has been awarded two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 190.5 MWp in the 7th Brazilian Federal Auction held in October 2019. This was the first time that solar participated in an A-6 energy auction. The Brazilian government allocated a total of 2,979 MW of generation capacity, of which 530 MW was solar. Canadian Solar will develop and build the 152.4 M […]

  • Perovskite solar cells get an upgrade
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2019 Rice University scientists believe they've overcome a major hurdle keeping perovskite-based solar cells from achieving mainstream use. Through the strategic use of the element indium to replace some of the lead in perovskites, Rice materials scientist Jun Lou and his colleagues at the Brown School of Engineering say they're better able to engineer the defects in cesium-lead-iodide solar c […]

  • New efficiency world record for organic solar modules
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 A research team from Nuremberg and Erlangen has set a new record for the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic modules (OPV). The scientists from Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU), the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE), and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nurnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN), a branch of Forschungszentrum Julich, in cooperat […]

  • Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 11, 2019 The ability to transform sunlight into energy is one of Nature's more remarkable feats. Scientists understand the basic process of photosynthesis, but many crucial details remain elusive, occurring at dimensions and fleeting time scales long deemed too minuscule to probe. Now, that is changing. In a new study, led by Petra Fromme and Nadia Zatsepin at the Biodesign Center for Applied […]

  • Freedom Solar signs contract for major solar power installation at Lost Pines Toyota in Bastrop
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Austin TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2019 Austin-based Freedom Solar has announced it has signed a contract with Lost Pines Toyota in Bastrop for a major solar power installation that will make Lost Pines the first automotive dealership in Bastrop to go solar. "Lost Pines Toyota is already a leader in green initiatives, and with this installation, they will take a giant leap forward in terms of sustainability and cost savings," sa […]

  • Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 07, 2019 Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground. A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability. Using drought-pr […]

  • The US Department of Energy announces $128M plan to boost solar
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2019 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced plans to spend $128 million in new projects to advance solar technologies. The funding will go toward 75 research projects that are expected to cut solar costs while simultaneously increasing manufacturing and making solar energy systems better prepared and resistant to cyberattacks. The recent announcement but the DOE has leaders in t […]

  • Shepard Steel turns on new solar energy system; early production exceeds estimates
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Hartford CT (SPX) Nov 07, 2019 Shepard Steel, a structural steel and miscellaneous metals company serving the Greater Hartford region since 1956, has announced that a 611-kilowatt (kW) DC solar energy system installed on its headquarters went live on July 23, and has exceeded production estimates in the months since. In the first three months of operation, the 1,674-panel solar energy system generated approximately 200 […]

  • Scientists design new grid batteries for renewable energy
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2019 How do you store renewable energy so it's there when you need it, even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Giant batteries designed for the electrical grid - called flow batteries, which store electricity in tanks of liquid electrolyte - could be the answer, but so far utilities have yet to find a cost-effective battery that can reliably power thousands of homes throughout a […]

  • Prism Solar expands solar panel deployments for JPMorgan Chase
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Newark NJ (SPX) Nov 06, 2019 Genie Energy Ltd., a global provider of energy services, announced that its solar manufacturing subsidiary, Prism Solar Technologies (Prism Solar), has received additional purchase orders from JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPMorgan Chase) to supply solar modules for installation at JPMorgan Chase facilities nationwide. JPMorgan Chase and Prism Solar previously reached a module supply agreement purs […]