Solar Energy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:40:00 UTC

A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio

On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:31:00 UTC

Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:43:00 UTC

Shell Buys Output of England’s Largest Solar Plant

Shell Global unit Shell Energy Europe has agreed to buy the power from the largest solar power plant in England.

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:58:00 UTC

Massive Urban Growth Will Challenge Smart City Design

The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week presented with some dizzying facts and figures that highlighted the challenge facing those who plan and build the smart cities of today and the future.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:41:36 UTC

Perovskite solar cells: Mesoporous interface mitigates the impact of defects

The nominal cell operating life of perovskite solar cells is strongly influenced by their inner architecture. … read more
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:51:00 UTC

Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business."

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:09:00 UTC

Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S. 

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:51:00 UTC

ACWA Power Adopts Blockchain Currency SolarCoin

Saudi Arabian energy company ACWA Power has started to use a blockchain currency. ACWA is utilizing SolarCoin, a crypto-currency that is rewarded to generators of solar power. 

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:31:00 UTC

As Trump Tries to Bring Back Coal, EU Leaders Up Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Targets

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted yesterday to approve and adopt a sweeping set of measures that will ensure the growth of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and advanced biofuels in the region.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:11:39 UTC

Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells

In an advance that could push cheap, ubiquitous solar power closer to reality, researchers have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors. … read more
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:23:00 UTC

Egypt Readies for 2 GW of Solar PV Capacity

Ugo Salerno, CEO of RINA Consulting explained in an interview that to date Egypt gets only 1 percent of its energy from renewables. With Salerno’s company’s help, however, Egypt will soon be the home of one of the largest solar PV projects in the world. 

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:07:00 UTC

Google Wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

Google this week won the Zayed Future Energy Prize for Best Corporation. The award is a public endorsement of the giant corporation’s work in renewables and clean energy — the company has been carbon neutral since 2007.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:01:00 UTC

Solar Grabs Half of Global Renewables Investment in 2017, Reaching $161 Billion

In its recently released annual figures, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that solar lead the way in global renewable energy investments.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:11:05 UTC

Perovskite solar cells: Perfection not required

Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin coating technique on industry-relevant compact substrates. These perovskite layers generally exhibit numerous holes, yet attain astonishingly high levels of efficiency. The reason that these holes do not lead to significant short circuits between the front and back contact has now been discovered. … read more
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:36:54 UTC

Magnetic liquids improve energy efficiency of buildings

Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint in diverse processes. Apart from particularly energy-intensive sectors of the industry, the building sector in particular is among the biggest CO2-emmitters: from residential homes, manufacturing facilities and storage depots to big commercial buildings, about 40 percent of the energy consumption within the EU are due to the heating, cooling, air conditioning and lighting of buildings. … read more
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