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How Robots Are Making Solar Power Cheaper

How Robots Are Making Solar Power Cheaper | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar panels have gotten so cheap that installers are seeking new ways to push down the cost per clean kilowatt. One answer: Get rid of the humans !

Behind a high fence in Menlo Park, Calif. a gray, tuna-shaped robot glides on a monorail around 20 solar panel arrays attached to steel poles, like WALL-E on a Disneyland ride. The Solbot, made by startup QBotix, stops at each array and extends a cylindrical arm to adjust the angle of the photovoltaic panels so they capture the most amount of sun as it moves across the sky and through the seasons.

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SolarPower Europe outlines 10 steps towards a digital solar future

SolarPower Europe outlines 10 steps towards a digital solar future | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The European solar body has published ten regulatory asks on solar and digitalization that it believes can help expedite the uptake of PV and smart grids across the continent.

The ten ‘asks’ essentially place reminders under the noses of EU decision-makers for the need to maintain the pace of energy transition with solar and digitalization at the forefront.

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California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing

California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

In California, solar power is booming: The state leads the nation in solar production, and for a brief period on March 11, California pulled nearly 40 percent of its electricity from the sun.

As the Los Angeles Times journalist Ivan Penn explains, California has actually paid neighboring states to take its surplus renewable energy — dozens of times this year.

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Royal Dutch Shell: Talking The Talk, But Walking The Walk?

Royal Dutch Shell: Talking The Talk, But Walking The Walk? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

There are lots of reasons why strategists in the oil and gas majors might be thinking about the pace of change and when/if to participate. The oil industry is challenged with major expansion of US oil being fueled by substantial investment from Wall Street in unprofitable shale oil developments in the US.

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Dubai is building a solar plant that provides electricity even when there's no sun

Dubai is building a solar plant that provides electricity even when there's no sun | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
A major solar power project in the Middle East will provide electricity during the night, the developers have said. The $1bn (£770m) scheme will provide up to 200 megawatts to the grid in Dubai between 4pm and 10am, according to the news service Bloomberg.
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China seen making 25 percent more solar panels in 2017

China seen making 25 percent more solar panels in 2017 | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
China's solar industry is expected to produce 25 percent more panels in 2017 than last year, supported by domestic sales and demand from the United States and emerging markets, the head of a Chinese industry association said.
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National Geographic 2017 – Future Of Renewable Energy | Renewable...

National Geographic 2017 – Future Of Renewable Energy | Renewable... | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
National Geographic - strange secrets in the amazon rainforest national geographic documentary 2016 hd. documentaries, unveiling a new banner titled National Geographic Documentary Films North Korea Documentary national geographic 2016 The Secret Of Antarctica -... #discoverychannel #eagles #forest
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Creating “Better Buildings” With Solar Energy

Creating “Better Buildings” With Solar Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

While renewable energy can be a costly capital investment, businesses and organizations are opening up their wallets to secure more reliable and affordable sources of energy for their buildings and facilities. Solar energy has seen dramatic reductions in cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy produced over the past few years, and with solar energy’s levelized cost of electricity down from 27 cents in 2010 to seven cents in 2016, solar power has grown into an attractive energy option.

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Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company

Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Solar Impulse’s Co-Founder André Borschberg is aiming to make electric propulsion in the aviation industry a reality with the new company that he co-founded, H55.
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Salt Lake City unveils 10-year plan to expand solar energy

Salt Lake City unveils 10-year plan to expand solar energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City has unveiled a 10-year plan to continue the state's solar energy adoption.
The Deseret News reported Thursday that the Wasatch Solar Team, along with advocacy group Utah Clean Energy and Salt Lake City introduced the plan at a media event at the state Capitol.

According to the plan, in order for solar growth to continue the state should remove unnecessary restrictions on rooftop solar, offer more financing options and add suitable roof space in the city.

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Letter: Solar energy is now competitive

Letter: Solar energy is now competitive | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
As pointed out on the Dispatch science page on Sunday, the price of energy from solar is now competitive with that derived from fossil fuels ("It's time to embrace alternative energy sources"). The very beneficial effect of this transition will be the slowing of carbon dioxide emissions and warming of our planet.
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Energy Storage to Grow Rapidly - Energy Storage Direct

Energy Storage to Grow Rapidly - Energy Storage Direct | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
When looking to the future of renewable energy production, we can’t deny that energy storage is poised to grow rapidly especially for the upcoming years to come. This insight into growth is the outcome of a new report entitled “Energy Storage – towards a commercial model”, authored by energy experts. But what are the next …
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Are We Entering the Photovoltaic Energy Era?

Are We Entering the Photovoltaic Energy Era? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Nations from all regions reported to the International Energy Agency for the first time that their markets for solar-generated electricity were growing
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The world’s first solar panel-paved road has opened in France

The world’s first solar panel-paved road has opened in France | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
At this rate, just about every man-made surface there is could be covered in solar panels in the future.
Yesterday, Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small town in northern France, opened what is likely the first road paved in solar panels in the world, the Guardian reported. The road is roughly 1 km (0.6 miles) long, with one lane covered entirely in a patchwork of small solar cells that look rather like bathroom tiles, or a very dirty version of the road in the Wizard of Oz.
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''Microgrids'' the future for pressured power companies

''Microgrids'' the future for pressured power companies | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Consumer-created power is a big part of the future for power companies, an expert says.

Electricity companies will be encouraging people to generate their own power in future to help reduce expensive network upgrades, an international technology consultancy says. Solar power, better batteries and electric cars are changing the landscape for power distribution companies, which are under pressure to service growing populations.

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Shell Plans to Boost Clean Energy Spending to $1 Billion per Year

Shell Plans to Boost Clean Energy Spending to $1 Billion per Year | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The oil giant’s New Energies division launched last year with an annual investment budget of just $200 million.

Royal Dutch Shell is accelerating its move into alternative energy, with plans to spend up to $1 billion per year on its New Energies division by 2020, CEO Ben van Beurden said at conference in Istanbul on Monday.

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The budget increase comes as success in the clean energy sector is raising questions about the long-term business model for fossil fuel majors. According to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie, renewables will be the fastest-growing primary energy source worldwide over the next 20 years, with average annual growth rates of 6 percent for wind and 11 percent for solar. Demand for oil, meanwhile, is forecast to grow just 0.5 percent per year. 

British think tank Chatham House published a research paper last year that concluded oil majors must completely restructure their business model or face a “nasty, brutish and short” end within 10 years, due largely to low crude prices and tightening carbon regulations.
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India launches solar-panelled train that will save 21,000 litres of diesel a year

India launches solar-panelled train that will save 21,000 litres of diesel a year | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
India has launched its first solar-powered train, which it is hoped will save around 21,000 litres of diesel a year, as the government attempts to make the country's vast rail network more environmentally friendly. The new 1,600 horsepower Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains are fitted with 16 solar panels on each carriage as well as battery back-ups, UNTV News and Rescue reports.
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Technological Innovation Required for Low-Carbon Energy Transition | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Technological Innovation Required for Low-Carbon Energy Transition | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Technological advances and research and development (R&D) investments are required to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector, according to an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) working paper. The paper discusses mitigation potential and costs by sector and by technology, analyzes 110 technology solutions in power and end-use sectors, and identifies technologies and sectors that require more innovation.
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Renewable Energy Is Our Future | Swift County Monitor News

Renewable Energy Is Our Future | Swift County Monitor News | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
When you drive through the countryside these days you see an increasing number of solar farms popping up on the landscape – acres and acres of land covered with panels collecting power from the sun and feeding it into the electric grid. You will also see a growing number of businesses, from farm operations to big city manufacturing plants, with solar panels supplementing their power.
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Global Oil Majors Are Poised for a Resurgence in Solar and Wind

Global Oil Majors Are Poised for a Resurgence in Solar and Wind | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Wind and solar have reached a point where they’re impossible for the world’s largest oil and gas companies to ignore. But it’s not yet clear how the majors will choose to capitalize on this growing market, having wavered on clean energy in the past. A new report from Wood Mackenzie examines the threat that renewable energy poses to legacy oil and gas operations, as well as the opportunity for wind and solar to diversify and future-proof fossil-fuel-heavy portfolios.

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Are printable solar panels the future of solar power?

Are printable solar panels the future of solar power? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

New superthin, printable solar panels could bring the price of rooftop solar power down dramatically. Researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia are testing solar cells that use electronic inks printed on plastic film to conduct electricity.

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Working towards a world where all cultures and societies are able to improve the standard of life of every individual by being having feasible access to electricity. 
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New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy

New Device Pulls Drinking Water from the Air, Using Only Solar Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Making clean water more accessible could unleash economic growth in the developing world.

A new device, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT, promises to bring clean drinking water to remote areas by drawing it directly from the air. Though the device is currently only a prototype, its early results appear extremely promising.

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Using solar energy to provide drinking water - incredible inginuity. This is a great example for my year 8 class studying energy to encourage them to think big and not use energy sources to just provide electricity.
Belinda 's curator insight, June 12, 6:09 AM
Using solar energy to provide drinking water is incredible ingenuity. 

This is a great example for my year 8 class studying energy to encourage them to think big, apply what their know about energy and think about other avenues for energy sources than to just provide electricity.  

This is inspiration to design a sequence of lessons where students create a device that is usable, compact and easy to put together that can be used by others in need.  A project like this would help to develop students inter-cultural awareness, personal and social capability, ethical understanding, critical thinking and creative thinking. Something that Science is often lacking is the reasons behind the investigation - why do we want to know about energy? Creating and developing a device that can be used by others to improve their quality of life will provide a high level of self-worth, sense of pride and achievement.    
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Build for the future with energy efficiency

Build for the future with energy efficiency | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Building for the future means building homes that are sustainable and rely on renewable sources of energy.
For many homeowners, the dream home includes the finishing touches such as stainless steel appliances and open concept ­kitchens.
Homeowners also are asking about energy efficiency. They want to know how well the home will keep them cool in the summer and how much it will cost to keep them warm in the winter.

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Solar Energy Is Hot -- Here's Where to Invest Now

Solar Energy Is Hot -- Here's Where to Invest Now | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar energy is hot. Utility capacity is growing exponentially in the U.S. and abroad. By mid-century solar energy is expected to produce more than 15% of the world's electricity, up from 1% today. Investors eager to tap into this growth phenomenon though must choose wisely. The growth can come from many different, largely small-cap companies marketing a variety of products and services. So there are no sure winners. This makes solar a much more wide open field than wind power, the second-fastest energy growth source, where the increases will come mostly from continuing to produce and install the same types of large wind turbine developments.

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Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy

Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Richard Moreta Castillo of Richard's Architecture + Design designed EXOSPHERE, a wind/solar/geothermal power plant for the Dominican Republic.
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Why 2016 Had the Lowest Carbon Emissions In Decades

Why 2016 Had the Lowest Carbon Emissions In Decades | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Last year, human civilization produced its lowest carbon emissions since 1992.In this segment from Industry Focus: Energy Opens a New Window. , energy analysts Taylor Muckerman and Sean O'Reilly talk about a few of the big trends that led to those lower emissions even in a year when gas consumption was relatively high. Also, they talk about Texas' booming solar energy industry, why so many solar company stocks are falling in price despite increasing panel installations, how solar and wind power might be expected to grow in the future, where natural gas fits into the greener energy future, and more.
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