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VANDERBILT PROPOSES BUILDING ENERGY STORAGE INTO SOLAR CELLS

By | Wednesday, October 30, 2013|, |

Imagine a photovoltaic cell or module that actually stores as well as produces energy, acting as a battery and producing power even after dark. New research into silicon-based supercapacitors at Vanderbilt University shows that it’s possible. Supercapacitors have long been looked at as a potential alternative to batteries for energy storage, but they remain bulky and expensive [...]

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CREATES SOLAR POWERED BIRD

By | Saturday, October 19, 2013|, |

Solar power has already been used to power planes like Solar Impulse or NASA’s solar-powered airfoils, cars like those that recently coursed across Australia, ships like MS Tûranor’s PlanetSolar, but now it’s taking to flight in an entirely new way, as the power for the University of Maryland’s Robo Raven III, a PV-powered robotic bird. If [...]

INNOVATIONS THAT COULD MAKE US GREENER DRIVERS

By | Wednesday, October 16, 2013|, , |

With rising prices in a changeable economy, today’s eco-conscious drivers want to save money while lowering their carbon footprint. They look for alternatives to expensive and unsustainable gasoline-fueled transportation. The auto industry is in the process of making that happen. What’s New or on the Horizon? There’s a variety of interesting news for eco-conscious drivers [...]

GWU INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR SIDEWALK

By | Friday, October 11, 2013||

Sidewalks aren’t usually thought of as revolutionary but the latest sidewalk at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus is. At 100 square feet it isn’t the longest sidewalk in history, but it’s certainly one of the most exotic. It’s the world’s first sidewalk made of photovoltaic (PV) panels. “This project has proven to [...]

$300 MILLION TO PROVE THAT 24-HOUR SOLAR POWER IS NOT A DREAM ANY MORE

By | Saturday, October 5, 2013||

(Editor's note: This is the #1 issue pertaining to the adoption of Renewable energy)  One of the world’s largest solar power plants is taking shape in Arizona, including a built-in solar energy storage feature that enables it to keep humming along after dark. The plant, called Solana, has just received an infusion of $300 million [...]

DO SOLAR AND WIND CAUSE POWER PLANTS TO RELEASE MORE POLLUTION?

By | Sunday, September 29, 2013||

One rather odd, but somehow sticking, protest against solar and wind is that it causes fossil-fuel power plants to release significantly more emissions as they cycle electric production up and down to balance the load of electricity on the grid. A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) essentially calls that concern hogwash [...]

KEY LAWMAKERS SUPPORT EFFORTS TO END U.S.-CHINA SOLAR DISPUTE

By | Wednesday, September 25, 2013|, , |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An industry proposal aimed at ending a long-running solar trade dispute between the United States and China continues to gain support among key lawmakers at both the state and federal levels, including the chairmen of the U.S. Senate Finance and Budget committees. For months, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has been working behind the [...]

EUROPEAN SOLAR SETS 44.7% EFFICIENCY RECORD, WILL PRICES PLUMMET?

By | Tuesday, September 24, 2013||

A research team in Europe has achieved a world record-setting solar conversion efficiency of 44.7 percent, and assuming that higher efficiency translates into lower costs, it’s yet another indicator that we’re only at the beginning of a long, steep decline in the cost of solar power. Solar (and wind, for that matter), is already competitive [...]

SOITEC SETS CPV COMMERCIAL MODULE EFFICIENCY RECORD — 31.8%

By | Monday, September 23, 2013||

Originally published on Solar Love. Soitec, a consistent leader in concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) efficiency and commercial development, this month announced that it had set a 31.8% CPV commercial module efficiency record. “Soitec’s new module, which is already in industrial volume production, has the highest efficiency of any commercial product available for multi-megawatt installations,” the company noted in [...]

CHINA ESCALATES TRADE WAR WITH US, UPPING TARIFS ON POLYSILICON TO 63.5%

By | Monday, September 23, 2013||

A week ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce imposed preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs on polysilicon imports for photovoltaics from select manufacturers in the U.S.: REC Silicon and Dow Corning’s Hemlock Semiconductor. The anti-subsidy tariffs are on top of the anti-dumping duties that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce imposed on the same manufacturers in July, bringing the combined [...]