Renewable Energy News

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 UTC

It’s Time to Stop Federal Fiddling with Electricity Markets

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:31:00 UTC

Swiss Solar Decathlon House Scores a Perfect 100 in Engineering

The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. For the Engineering Contest, each competing house was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in innovation, system functionality, energy efficiency, system reliability, and documentation through their project manual and construction drawings.

Bob Dixon, presenting the award said, “The jury believes the first-place house in the Engineering Contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high-quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors.”

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:33:00 UTC

Tesla Fires 400-700 Workers

Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 UTC

How to Balance the Solar Efficiency Equation

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth?

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:06:04 UTC

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Is Transportation the Next Frontier for Solar?

Solar Impulse, DEMU, and the World Solar Challenge are all cutting-edge examples of how solar is finding it’s place in the future of transportation. With the advent of cheaper large-scale lithium-ion battery technology, integrated solar technology is beginning to be a more feasible addition to nearly every form of human transportation. From the sublime around […]

The post Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Is Transportation the Next Frontier for Solar? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:06:00 UTC

Power-to-Gas for Renewables Integration Is on the Rise

Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology. 

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:26:00 UTC

Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage

It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:00:00 UTC

Solar’s Remarkable Survival in the Most Extreme Weather

As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:38:10 UTC

A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy

In a first for metal-organic frameworks, scientists have demonstrated their metallic conductivity. … read more
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:29:00 UTC

Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns?

There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong.

A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce. 

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:59:00 UTC

How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:24:00 UTC

Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:48:00 UTC

Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?

Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:07:25 UTC

Mimicking two natural energy processes with a single catalyst

Researchers take inspiration from natural chemical processes based on hydrogenase and photosystem II, to produce a single metal catalyst with both fuel cell and solar cell functionalities. The combination of these two processes into one system suggests great potential for biologically inspired energy generation technologies. … read more
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:45:56 UTC

Solar-powered devices made of wood could help mitigate water scarcity crisis

Energy from the sun and a block of wood smaller than an adult's hand are the only components needed to heat water to its steaming point in these purifying devices. … read more
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