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New Efficiency Record for Photovoltaic Cells Set, Jump in Efficiency

New Efficiency Record for Photovoltaic Cells Set, Jump in Efficiency | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
 
A new solar photovoltaic conversion efficiency record for solar cells made of amorphous and monocrystalline silicon of 21.4% was recently set, thanks to the innovations of researchers at EPFL's Institute of Microengineering in Neuchatel.
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40,000 km on solar energy: Solar Impulse 2 completes its historic flight in Abu Dhabi

40,000 km on solar energy: Solar Impulse 2 completes its historic flight in Abu Dhabi | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

An airplane that runs solely on solar energy has successfully landed in Abu Dhabi, completing a historic round-the-world flight.


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Facebook shares video from the first flight of its Aquila solar-powered internet drone

Facebook shares video from the first flight of its Aquila solar-powered internet drone | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
After more than a year of development, Facebook unveiled a video showing the first flight of its full-scale Aquila drone, which is designed to stay aloft for months and potentially connect billions of users to the internet.

A one-fifth-scale version of the pilotless plane has been undergoing flight tests for months, but the full-scale Aquila – with a wingspan wider than that of a Boeing 737 jet – had its first outing over the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona on June 28. The details came out today in a posting by Jay Parikh, Facebook’s global head of engineering and infrastructure, and in an inside report from The Verge.
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Bright future for renewable energy on display at giant solar show

Bright future for renewable energy on display at giant solar show | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been said that renewable energy is the energy of the future and always will be.
But the tipping point is nigh, thanks to Germany’s leadership, China’s pollution catastrophe and technological advances in battery storage, materials science and software.
At this year’s giant solar show – Solar 2016 – a future with abundant, clean and cheap energy was discussed and on display.

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Success will be based on the continuation of five trends: 
- The Germans and Chinese have been dramatically transitioning to renewable energy by government edict, which has massively driven down costs for everyone through innovation and mass production; 
- The Americans, wary of government edicts of any kind, are increasingly adopting and developing viable solar “distributed power” units — a do-it-yourself and market-based approach designed to dramatically reduce or free residences and industries from any dependency on grids or utilities; 
- “Distributed power” is being adopted by developing countries to leapfrog the traditional giant power utility and extensive grid model. Power demands are high, fossil fuels are expensive and power grids inadequate so two-thirds of renewable development is underway in developing nations, led by China;
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Engineering researchers strive to create cheaper, more efficient third-generation solar cells

Engineering researchers strive to create cheaper, more efficient third-generation solar cells | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
A humming laboratory is birthing tiny solar cells -- the first such devices created on campus -- as Kennesaw State researchers strive to develop better photovoltaic technologies.  
The future of solar power generation is in these flexible solar cells, Das said. He and his research team are investigating various nano-materials to fabricate the third-generation solar cells. The researchers hope to develop a superior photovoltaic technology that produces cheaper and more efficient solar cells.
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Corporations Are the New Drivers for Renewable Energy Growth

Corporations Are the New Drivers for Renewable Energy Growth | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
In mid-May, The Dow Chemical Company said that it was raising its 2025 corporate clean energy target from 400 MW to 750 MW. Launched in 2015, Dow's original 2025 sustainability goals included using 400 MW of clean power but after meeting the target in just one year, Dow reset the goal to 750 MW. The company said it is the first company in the U.S. to power manufacturing sites with renewable energy at this scale.
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Generous Rate Is Over: Solar Feed-In Tariff Ending Soon - Energy Storage Direct

Generous Rate Is Over: Solar Feed-In Tariff Ending Soon - Energy Storage Direct | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
There would probably a bit of commotion on September when residents in Adelaide and South Australia residents will get their bill for September starts arriving. For South Australia, Group 4 where the kilowatt rate is 16c per kilowatt will then be switched to the standard feed-in rate, which is currently 6.8c per kilowatt hour, after …
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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Future Outlook with Forecasts up to 2030: Radiant Insights - Press Release Rocket

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Report provides industry analysis specialists that offer comprehensive information and understanding of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) market in France.
The report provides in depth analysis on global renewable power market and global Solar Photovoltaic (PV) market with forecasts up to 2030. The report analyzes the power market scenario in France (includes conventional thermal, nuclear, large hydro and renewable energy sources) and provides future outlook with forecasts up to 2030.
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Utilities fight against solar power savings

Utilities fight against solar power savings | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Utility companies all across the country are looking to maintain profit margins amid an influx of homeowners benefiting from solar power savings.
One Arizona utility has applied demand-charge rates for solar customers.
A demand-charge rate is an additional fee that cannot be offset by the credits earned for the extra power homeowners generate and gift to the grid.

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City airport increases solar energy output

City airport increases solar energy output | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Adding to its solar energy generation capacity, Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) has announced the commissioning of additional solar power of 410 kWp inside the airport premises.
The solar panels, spread across five locations at the T2 and Cargo terminals, have been positioned on rooftops for optimum utilisation of space. Until now, the airport was generating 650 kWp of solar power. With the additional installation, the capacity has now increased to a total output of 1,060 kWp.

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France Wants To Build More Than 600 Miles of Solar Roads

France Wants To Build More Than 600 Miles of Solar Roads | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
The French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has announced that the country plans to cover 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) of roads with solar panels, according to the Global Construction Review.
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Why Sustainable Development Makes Good Business Sense

Why Sustainable Development Makes Good Business Sense | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
It is no longer possible to have a strong, functioning business in a world of increasing inequality, poverty and climate change.
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10 Incredible Photos of Solar Impulse 2's Flight Around the World

10 Incredible Photos of Solar Impulse 2's Flight Around the World | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville on Thursday, completing its historic trip across the Atlantic Ocean. Solar Impulse 2, a sun-powered aircraft, took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 2:30 a.m. on June 20. The flight to Seville, Spain, took approximately 90 hours to complete—traveling at 140 km/h (about 87 mph). Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss adventurer, piloted the airplane.

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BRAZIL TO OPEN LATIN AMERICA’S BIGGEST SOLAR POWER PLANT

BRAZIL TO OPEN LATIN AMERICA’S BIGGEST SOLAR POWER PLANT | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
In the Northeastern state of Bahia, the Italian company Enel Green Power is building what will be the biggest solar power plant in Latin American, with a potential annual production of roughly 550 gigawatts per hour. It is enough to meet the energetic needs of more than 268,000 homes.
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California Powers 6 Million Homes With Solar Energy, Slays Record

California Powers 6 Million Homes With Solar Energy, Slays Record | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

A new renewable energy record has come to light.
Thanks to a heat wave, California was able to shatter a state solar record. On July 12 at 1:06 p.m., several large solar plants dotted throughout the state produced 8,030 megawatts of electricity, according to the California Independent System Operator — and it would know. The organization runs most of the state’s power grid.
According to San Francisco Gate, that’s enough energy to power more than 6 million households.

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'Solar power must to decarbonize power sector' - Times of India

'Solar power must to decarbonize power sector' - Times of India | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Bengaluru: Last year, Bengaluru saw a surge in citizens trying to switch over to solar power. And, many are not just using the environment-friendly mode of power but also giving the excess back to the grid and making money.
Though the state government's solar policy hasn't made much difference to the electricity supply companies (Escoms) financially, scientists feel the trend will change in the coming days.
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Four Predictions For How Solar Power Will Affect Other Industries

Four Predictions For How Solar Power Will Affect Other Industries | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Solar power is undergoing what futurists and tech speculators like to call the Law of Accelerated Returns—a fancy way of explaining why an iPhone costs less and works better six months after a new release. The longer a new technology is available, the cheaper and more efficient it gets, which ultimately leads to a rising in adoption numbers. It’s the same thing that happened with microchips and cloud computing. And just as the rise of the cloud helped grow businesses, solar power will create new opportunities for existing industries and may buoy some burgeoning fields as well, building a super-powered economy around it. Here’s a couple of predictions for how solar may help other industries.
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Solar Panel Recycler Leads Australia in Emerging Industry

Solar Panel Recycler Leads Australia in Emerging Industry | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Australia's only solar panel recycling company is looking to scale up production as the number of broken and end of life systems mounts. 
Adelaide-based Reclaim PV has teamed up with major solar panel manufacturers who distribute in Australia and is refining its processes as well as lobbying for panels to be included in recycling regulations.
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Clean energy is at a critical turning point, and wind and solar may not be enough

Clean energy is at a critical turning point, and wind and solar may not be enough | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Wind and solar energy are doing great. Do we still need nuclear power?
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How the Pentagon is waging America's wars using renewable energy

How the Pentagon is waging America's wars using renewable energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

A major player in U.S. renewable energy happens to be a five-sided building in Virginia usually associated with deployment of power rather than consumption of it.
The U.S. Department of Defense is the second-largest buyer of renewable electricity through deals meant to lock in long- term supply and provide incentives to developers of wind and solar projects, according to a database of more than 600 corporate power-purchase agreements (PPA) tracked by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Top 20 Operational Solar PV Plants in Latin America

Top 20 Operational Solar PV Plants in Latin America | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
The Latin American region is seen by many as a 'natural market' for solar PV. Until now, however, the real boom has yet to take place. So far Chile leads the way with an installed solar capacity of roughly 1.5GW. This is however still relatively small compared to a market like the US (roughly 20GW installed), but enough to start learning lessons on how to deal with operational PV assets.
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Solar Power Is Finding Its Day in the Sun

Solar Power Is Finding Its Day in the Sun | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy—a feat driven more by economics than green mandates.
The cost of electricity from large-scale solar installations now is comparable to and sometimes cheaper than natural gas-fired power, even without incentives aimed at promoting environmentally friendly power, according to industry players and outside cost studies.
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Shedding Light on Solar Power

Shedding Light on Solar Power | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Under a bright June sky in 1979, at the height of the nation’s energy crisis, President Jimmy Carter stood on the roof of the White House to dedicate solar panels installed there to heat water for the staff kitchen. That powerful gesture, which gave America a taste of its clean-energy future, was as symbolic as it was historic: At the time, converting a typical American house to solar power was extremely rare and cost roughly half as much as the house itself.
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3 ways cities can overcome barriers to energy efficiency

3 ways cities can overcome barriers to energy efficiency | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Fixing outdated building codes is just the start of saving energy in urban areas.
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In Our Climate-Changed Future, How Will Solar Perform?

In Our Climate-Changed Future, How Will Solar Perform? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The solar panels manufactured today will need to power a climate-changed world over the next 25 to 50 years. They will need to be engineered to continue to operate in a climate that will gradually become more extreme.
Many regions will hold more moisture in the air, while others will become drier and warmer, climate scientists predict. So solar panels will need to be engineered to withstand rising temperature and increased humidity over the typical module lifetime.

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Solar could provide up to 13% of global electricity by 2030, reports reveal

Solar could provide up to 13% of global electricity by 2030, reports reveal | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Off the back of a year of record growth for the solar sector, a flurry of new reports this week have illustrated how a "booming" industry has paved way for a cost-leading power generation technology which could dramatically increase in capacity in the near future.
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