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Jul 02, 2015

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New storage cell for solar energy storage, nighttime conversion

Jul 1, 2015: A materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's dark.

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Jun 29, 2015: Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches the limits of already degraded infrastructure. The…

Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Jun 29, 2015: Things are looking up for clean energy in the US. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies, to…

Orange is the new red

Jun 27, 2015: A photoprotective mechanism in cyanobacteria is triggered by an unprecedented, large-scale movement from one location to another of the carotenoid pigment within the Orange Carotenoid Protein, researchers have discovered.

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Jun 26, 2015: Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

Better heat exchangers using garbage bags

Jun 26, 2015: Researchers are making better heat exchangers for industrial use using the same plastic as in garbage bags.

First certified efficiency of 15% in perovskite solar cells with area of over 1 square cm

Jun 25, 2015: Researchers achieved 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells for the first time certified at an international public test center.

Distributed technique for power 'scheduling' advances smart grid concept

Jun 24, 2015: A new technique for 'scheduling' energy in electric grids has been developed. It moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices. The approach advances the smart grid concept by coordinating the energy being produced and stored by both conventional and renewable sources.

First Solar Modules to Power Landmark 200MW Solar Photovoltaic Project in Dubai

Jun 23, 2015: DUBAI, UAE & TEMPE, AZ--(eSolarEnergyNews)--First Solar today announced that it has signed an agreement to supply its high performance photovoltaic (PV) modules to power the 200 megawatt (MW)AC second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this year, a consortium led by ACWA Power, a leading water and power developer, owner and operator…

NRG Renew to Develop 20MW Solar Energy Facility for Cisco

Jun 23, 2015: PRINCETON, N.J.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Today, NRG Renew LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, the country’s largest independent power producer, announced plans to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to Cisco’s San Jose headquarters. NRG Renew LLC will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, which is a 153-acre parcel…

IXYS Announces Smallest, Lightest Portable 5W Solar Battery Charger.

Jun 23, 2015: LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS & MILPITAS, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS), a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits (ICs) for energy efficiency, power management, and motor control applications, today announced the availability of Solarade – the smallest and lightest 5W solar charger ideal for charging smart phones, tablets, and multi-media players. Measuring…

Toward tiny, solar-powered sensors

Jun 23, 2015: Scientists have developed a new power converter chip that can harvest more than 80 percent of the energy trickling into it, even at the extremely low power levels characteristic of tiny solar cells. Previous experimental ultralow-power converters had efficiencies of only 40 or 50 percent.

Russia's renewable energy policy: Profitable for investors

Jun 23, 2015: In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in the country's energy production. New researchers demonstrates that the incentive system can make renewable energy investments in wind, solar and small-scale hydro power profitable for investors. However, in order to be profitable the investments must be within the scope of the full Russian support scheme.

Scandinavia’s largest library is powered by the sun

Jun 21, 2015: Designed to meet the Danish 2015 energy classification, Dokk1 was completed for a budget of over €280 million. Schmidt Hammer Lassen won the bid for the project after placing first in a 2009 design competition. The energy-efficient polygonal library a…

Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

Jun 20, 2015: http://vimeo.com/126883800 Weighing in at just 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), the ultra-lightweight HC1 travel trailer can be easily pulled by small cars. Its 100% high-quality fiberglass shell comes in a colored gel coat of your choice and is with a…

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Jun 19, 2015: Chemists have developed a major improvement to capture and retain energy from sunlight, where the stored energy can last dramatically longer than current solar technology allows -- up to several weeks, instead of the microseconds found in today's rooftop solar panels.

First solar cell made of highly ordered molecular frameworks

Jun 19, 2015: Researchers have developed a material suited for photovoltaics. For the first time, a functioning organic solar cell consisting of a single component has been produced on the basis of metal-organic framework compounds (MOFs). The material is highly elastic and might also be used for the flexible coating of clothes and deformable components.

Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

Jun 19, 2015: You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests that Republican support for solar energy may help is…

Highest certified efficiency for perovskite solar cells measuring over one square centimetre

Jun 18, 2015: Researchers have achieved a 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells for the first time in the world, as officially recognized by an international public test center.

SunPower Breaks Ground on 102 MW Henrietta Solar Project

Jun 18, 2015: SAN JOSE, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SunPower today announced it has started construction on the 102-megawatt (AC) Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, Calif. The system will generate power for Pacific Gas and Electric's customers under a long-term power purchase agreement. SunPower expects the plant to be operational by the end of 2016. "With more than 5.8 gigawatts of operating solar systems…

KB Home's Latest Development in Irvine Come With Solar Power Included

Jun 18, 2015: IRVINE, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--KB Home, one of the nation’s largest and most recognized homebuilders, today announced the grand opening of Palo Alto at Stonegate Village, an exclusive collection of stylish single-family residences situated in one of Orange County’s most desirable master-planned communities. Located in the City of Irvine, home to some of the largest employers, highest…

What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Late Spring/Early Summer Edition

Jun 17, 2015: The official start of summer is coming up with this weekend’s Summer Solstice, but the weather has already turned pretty summery! And the Park is showing it, as it transitions from spring to summer foliage. Not all the flowers are in bloom in any given……

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Jun 17, 2015: The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for renewable energy companies. According to the Guardian, senior of the…

Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Jun 16, 2015: Completed late last year, the three-story-tall and spacious Kathleen Kilgour Centre is estimated to provide local cancer-treatment options for approximately 600 patients. The 3,000-square-meter building is topped with a distinctive sawtooth roofline the…

Suniva and Vista Solar Join Forces To Bring Solar Power to California

Jun 16, 2015: NORCROSS, GA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Suniva today announces that several commercial rooftop projects in California are producing power using its premier module line, Optimus®. Vista Solar and Suniva have partnered to power multiple rooftops in Brisbane, Hayward, Mountain View, Santa Clara, and Los Angeles, California. The foundation of the partnership between Suniva and Vista Solar was the value…

Centauri Energy Receives Approval on CAISO Application for 300-MW Solar Project

Jun 16, 2015: CONCORD, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Centauri Energy today announced receiving approval from the California Independent System Operation (CAISO) to secure a queue position for Beltran Solar, the company’s 300-Megawatt (MW) solar project in Stanislaus County, California. The queue position will allow Beltran Solar to connect to the state’s power grid. At 300 MW, Beltran Solar represents one of the…

The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Music Series Returns to Solar One

Jun 16, 2015: Summer is only five days away, and with summer comes the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Music Series. This free series, suitable for all ages, will showcase local performers in a variety of styles throughout the rest of June and the whole of July. Click through……

Enphase Energy Partners With My Generation Energy on 900kW Commercial Solar Installation

Jun 16, 2015: PETALUMA, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Enphase Energy and My Generation Energy, Inc., a southeastern Massachusetts-based solar installer and developer, announced today the completion and commissioning of the Sippican Community Solar Garden® in Marion, Mass. The 900-kilowatt-DC commercial project is the largest North American installation to date featuring the advanced Enphase® C250 Microinverter…

Benchmarking electrocatalysts for solar water-splitting devices

Jun 16, 2015: Efficiently turning sunlight into storable fuels requires catalysts that convert a maximum amount of solar energy into fuel. A lack of standardized analytic conditions and methods has made objectively comparing catalysts challenging. Scientists standardized measurement techniques to allow a quantitative, objective evaluation of such catalysts.

Hematite 're-growth' smoothes rough edges for clean energy harvest

Jun 16, 2015: By smoothing the surface of hematite, a team of researchers achieved the first 'unassisted' water splitting using the abundant rust-like mineral and silicon to capture and store solar energy within hydrogen gas.

New methane bioreactor produces environmentally friendly energy, mitigates climate change

Jun 16, 2015: A new methane bioreactor boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. The new technology can help in achieving a carbon-neutral society, developers report.

INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

Jun 15, 2015: With the ever increasing investment across the globe into solar power, there is an unspoken competition between the world’s brightest organizations to develop the largest, most effective, and impressive solar building on the planet. This has resulted…

Yingli Connects a 50 MW Solar Power Plant to the Utility Grid in China Google+ Share with LinkedIn

Jun 15, 2015: BAODING, CHINA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Yingli Solar today announced that it has connected its 50 MW PV power plant, located in Hebei Province, China, to the utility grid. The 50 MW PV power plant is the first and largest power plant in Handan City, Hebei Province. It is expected to produce approximately 54 million kilowatt-hours of solar electricity each year, offsetting about 50,000 tons of…

First Solar Sets Record For Solar Thin Film Module at 18.6% Efficiency

Jun 15, 2015: TEMPE, AZ.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--First Solar today announced it has set yet another world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module conversion efficiency, achieving 18.6 percent aperture efficiency for an advanced full size module. For the first time ever, First Solar has demonstrated a record module that is more efficient than the best multi-crystalline module recorded. This…

Avlite Announces Next Generation Solar Portable Airfield Lighting System

Jun 10, 2015: SOMERVILLE, AUSTRALIA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Avlite Systems today announced the next generation of its Solar Portable Airfield Lighting System trailer (Solar PALS). Avlite's PALS trailer is a convenient, fully transportable, autonomous lighting system for easy, rapid deployment supporting temporary or long term operations for both civil and defence aviation: fixed and rotary operations. The…

CalCom Solar and Wexus Technologies Partner to Deploy Energy and Water Saving Technology and Research

Jun 10, 2015: VISALIA, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- CalCom Solar of Visalia, California and Wexus Technologies of San Francisco have joined forces on new cutting-edge technologies to save energy and water.  Wexus was recently awarded a $4 million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to commercialize a cloud based, mobile platform for the agricultural industry that will serve to make the industrial and…

NextEra Energy Resources Complete On-Campus Solar Power Installation

Jun 10, 2015: JUNO BEACH, FL --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- NextEra Energy Resources and Tompkins Cortland Community College, one of 64-member institutions of the State University of New York system, announced the completion of a 2.6 MW solar system on the main college campus in Dryden, New York. The system, installed on approximately 10 acres, is expected to meet 90 percent of the college's electricity needs. "We're…

Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Jun 10, 2015: Related: + Smart Palm Solar Smart Palms, Al Mamzar beach, solar power, dubai, sustainable design,…

Amazon Web Services Goes Solar

Jun 10, 2015: SEATTLE, WA --(eSolarEnergyNews)--Amazon Web Services today announced that it has teamed with Community Energy, Inc. to support the construction and operation of an 80 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia, called Amazon Solar Farm US East. This new solar farm is expected to start generating approximately 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar power annually as early as October…

Sunrun Brings Affordable Home Solar And New Jobs To South Carolina

Jun 9, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., today announced it is expanding its home solar service to South Carolina and bringing new jobs to the state. This year, the company expects to generate at least 50 permanent jobs, ranging from sales consultants to installers to project managers, and plans to open a local office and…

Come Paddle at the Cove This Summer

Jun 9, 2015: The past few years, we’ve worked with a variety of kayak groups and other waterfront activists (Long Island City Community Boathouse, NYC Water Trail Association, Urban Swim and Lower East Side Ecology Center, to name a few) to launch a kayak program at Stuyvesant Cove.……

How to convert US to 100 percent renewable energy

Jun 9, 2015: It's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy, experts say. A new report is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can achieve such a transition by 2050. The 50 individual state plans call for aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy, but indicate that the conversion is technically and economically possible through the wide-scale implementation of existing technologies.

Latest Breakthrough Encouraging for Low-Cost High-Speed Commercial Production of SolarWindow

Jun 9, 2015: COLUMBIA,MD.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--SolarWindow Technologies, developer of transparent liquid coatings that generate electricity on glass windows, today announced new research outcomes favorable to low-cost high-speed production in diverse geographic locations where altitude, air-pressure, and humidity can otherwise effect chemistry and manufacturing. By addressing chemistry-related…

Stable perovskite solar cells developed through structural simplification

Jun 8, 2015: Perovskite solar cells are promising low-cost and highly-efficient next-generation solar cells. Now a research team has successfully developed perovskite solar cells with good reproducibility and stability as well as exhibiting ideal semiconducting properties.

JinkoSolar Supplies 33.67 MW of Solar PV modules to Rijn Capital in Chile

Jun 6, 2015: SHANGHAI, CHINA -- JinkoSolar  today announced that it has supplied 33.67 MW of PV modules to Rijn Capital for a project in Chile. Rijn Capital is a Chilean renewable energy company that develops, acquires, builds, and operates a portfolio of power generation and transmission facilities. Rijn Capital owns a pipeline under development of nearly 500 MW´s of solar PV projects in Chile and was…

Soda Mountain Solar Project Reaches Major Milestone

Jun 6, 2015: RESTON, VA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Soda Mountain Solar project. Ron Tobler, project development manager for the Soda Mountain Solar project, said: "The final environmental impact statement is a milestone toward increasing California's supply of clean, renewable energy. We look…

Industry Veterans Join Solaria Advisory Council to Turn Building Facades into Solar Generating Assets

Jun 6, 2015: FREMONT, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Solaria Corporation, global provider of solar photovoltaic module technologies, today announced it has garnered support from a world renowned team of net zero energy visionaries, leaders in sustainable design and high performance buildings, award winning architects, commercial and residential developers, and the founding father of LEED. Solaria’s Advisory Council…

IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

Jun 5, 2015: Swedish mega design retailer, IKEA is proving their allegiance to their eco-consciousness, but pledging 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) toward slowing climate change. Announced by Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall, the company plans to invest in renewable…

EDGE Talks Solar Power, Microgrids with Bronx Community Board 10

Jun 4, 2015: Solar One NYSERDA EDGE contractors Leslie Davis and Rachel Stein, along with Here Comes Solar Director Chris Neidl, held an Alternative Energy Forum for Bronx Community Board 10. The discussion included explaining how microgrids work, the qualifications for NYSERDA’s NY Prize award, and how communities……

Amazon just opened a dedicated solar power store in India

Jun 3, 2015: Amazon in India has opened a store devoted to solar-powered products. The Indian government has announced a variety of initiatives to increase its share of renewable energy, including plans to install 33.4 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022. While the of…