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Solar Energy Tech Innovation | The Energy Collective

Solar Energy Tech Innovation | The Energy Collective | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

What a difference 34 years can make. When the Carter Administration installed solar panels at the White House back in 1979, photovoltaic cells were space age technology that most households could not afford, aside from the rare DIY-er. Now the price of solar power has been sinking like a stone, thanks partly to the introduction of low cost materials and inexpensive thin film fabrication methods.

 

Switzerland’s Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, has just come out with a low cost thin film solar cell breakthrough that demonstrates both in the form of a new high efficiency copper-doped cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell.

 

The new Empa solar cell boasts an efficiency of 11.5 percent, which might not sound like a big deal compared to last year’s announcement of a 44 percent efficiency mark by the company Solar Junction, but we’re talking about two distinctive technologies. The key takeaway is that today there are multiple paths to affordable solar cells. One of them is finding the most efficient way to collect and convert solar energy, another is finding the cheapest way to do it, and a third way is to find a balance between the two.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Solar Crowdfunding a Solution to Energy Poverty

Solar Crowdfunding a Solution to Energy Poverty | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

We have two broken systems—energy and finance—which conspire to support a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving dangerous climate change. That means 1.3 billion people around the world won’t escape the dark, and we’ll fry the climate, unless we disrupt these systems anddeploy distributed clean energy. Three months ago the Sierra Club worked on a pilot project withSunFunder to promote such a potentially disruptive solution: solar crowdfunding for the world’s poor. We have a few preliminary lessons we’d like to share about taking it to scale.


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Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies | Worldwatch Institute

Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies | Worldwatch Institute | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
New Worldwatch Institute study examines the global market for solar and wind energy production (Growth of global #solar and #wind #energy continues to outpace other tech.

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2013 German Solar Training Week

2013 German Solar Training Week | Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

From 23-27 September 2013 German companies will present themselves to the Philippine market during the leading power exhibition “Powertrends” and develop and deepen business relationship with a partner training at the 2nd German Solar Training Week (GSTW). The “renewables – Made in Germany” Initiative will have a booth at the fair.

During the same week, the initiative facilitates partner trainings of the German companies in the context of the 2nd GSTW. The training contents have been organized in close cooperation with the German and Philippine companies.

During the partner training German system integrators and technology providers will conduct professional trainings.

Access the German Solar Training Week here:

Programme: Program German Solar Training Week 2013 R1

Registration form: Registration German Solar Training Week 2013 R1


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