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Energy Storage Revolution: Tesla solar-powered battery system to power your home

Energy Storage Revolution: Tesla solar-powered battery system to power your home | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Tesla introduces Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels.

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Google to start testing solar-powered Internet drones

Google to start testing solar-powered Internet drones | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Google is gearing up to test its solar-powered drone project – dubbed “Project Titan” – sometime this year as part of its continued efforts to bring service to some of the four billion people without Internet access.

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Natcore Produces First Germanium Quantum Dot-Based Solar Cell

Natcore Produces First Germanium Quantum Dot-Based Solar Cell | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Scientists working with Natcore Technology in the Rice University laboratories of Prof. Andrew Barron, a Natcore co-founder, have successfully formed a heterojunction solar cell using germanium quantum dots on an ordinary n-type silicon wafer.
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Detecting defects at the nanoscale profits solar panel production

Detecting defects at the nanoscale profits solar panel production | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Libyan Government-backed researcher Mohamed Elrawemi develops new technologies for defects in thin films, vital in products as printed electronics and solar panels
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PEC cells: How to gather more light for solar power

PEC cells: How to gather more light for solar power | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
THE sun provides enough energy in an hour to meet the world’s demands for a year, yet solar energy accounts for barely 1% of global power consumption. Plenty of...
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Sharp Labs Harnesses Exotic Physics in New Solar Cell

New technology could be twice as efficient at converting sunlight to electricity.
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New Los Alamos approach may be key to quantum dot solar cells with real gains in efficiency

New Los Alamos approach may be key to quantum dot solar cells with real gains in efficiency | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have demonstrated an almost four-fold boost of the carrier multiplication yield with nanoengineered quantum dots.
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An integrated solar-powered energy conversion-storage-utilization system

An integrated solar-powered energy conversion-storage-utilization system | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Almost all strategies for solar energy harvest and solar energy storage that exist today are developed as independent technologies. For instance, a solar cell generates electricity from the absorption and conversion of sunlight, while the storage of the produced electricity has to be implemented with another set of energy utilization solutions such as batteries/supercapacitors and fuel cells. With quite an ingenious solution, researchers have now demonstrated a hybrid, multifunctional material system that allows for simultaneous solar power generation (respectively hydrogen production), electrical energy storage, and chemical sensing.
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How advanced forecasting is making it easier to integrate solar onto the grid

How advanced forecasting is making it easier to integrate solar onto the grid | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
25% to 35% better forecasts will get more solar on the grid reliably.
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General Electric selected to Build Africa's Largest Self-Sufficient Solar Microgrid Project

General Electric selected to Build Africa's Largest Self-Sufficient Solar Microgrid Project | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Annobon Province, Equatorial Guinea, to Install 5-MW Self-Sufficient Solar Microgrid
MAECI Solar Project includes GE and Princeton Power Systems Technology
Reliable, Predictable Power Enabled through GE Energy Storage
Solar Installation to Supply Electricity for 100 Percent of Annobon Province’s Current Demand
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Imperial College London partners with Offshore Sailor Phil Sharp to help develop Solar-Powered, Zero-Carbon Yacht for Vendée Globe in 2016.

Imperial College London partners with Offshore Sailor Phil Sharp to help develop Solar-Powered, Zero-Carbon Yacht for Vendée Globe in 2016. | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Keep updated with Phil Sharp's latest news and Phils personal blog.
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"The project aims to fundamentally demonstrate the competitiveness of the latest renewable energy technologies against conventional fossil fuelled systems in isolated, self-sufficient environments such as that of a round-the-world race yacht, which must be robust and fully-sustainable."

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Fraunhofer IAP research: Solar modules embedded in glass

Fraunhofer IAP research: Solar modules embedded in glass | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Organic solar modules have advantages over silicon solar cells. However, one critical problem is their shorter operating life. Researchers are working on a promising solution: they are using flexible glass as a carrier substrate that better protects the components.
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First Round-The-World Solar Flight Takes Off from Abu Dhabi

First Round-The-World Solar Flight Takes Off from Abu Dhabi | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Solar Impulse 2, a plane able to fly day and night on solar power only, took off today from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Solar power from energy-harvesting trees | Solar Business Hub

Solar power from energy-harvesting trees | Solar Business Hub | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Scientists at VTT have developed a prototype of a tree that harvests solar energy from its surroundings - whether indoors or outdoors - stores it and turns it into electricity to power small devices such as mobile phones, humidifiers, thermometers and LED light bulbs.
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Paving the way for lighter and more flexible solar devices, UCLA researchers have identified the key principles for developing high-efficiency polymer solar cells.

Paving the way for lighter and more flexible solar devices, UCLA researchers have identified the key principles for developing high-efficiency polymer solar cells. | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Paving the way for lighter and more flexible solar devices, UCLA researchers have identified the key principles for developing high-efficiency polymer solar cells.
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One of only seven solar laboratories in the world is opening in Stockholm

One of only seven solar laboratories in the world is opening in Stockholm | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
The laboratory will be used for research in the areas of testing, development and demonstration of concentrated solar power, concentrated solar power, solar installations, high temperature solar reactors and high temperature materials at relevant component scales.
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Tofu ingredient could revolutionise solar panel manufacture

Tofu ingredient could revolutionise solar panel manufacture | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The chemical used to make tofu and bath salts could also replace a highly toxic and expensive substance used to make solar cells, a University study published in the journal Nature has revealed.
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Organic solar cells reach manufacturing milestone

Organic solar cells reach manufacturing milestone | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Complete roll-to-roll processing of flexible organic tandem solar cells achieved for the first time
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New class of nanoparticle brings cheaper, lighter solar cells outdoors

New class of nanoparticle brings cheaper, lighter solar cells outdoors | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Think those flat, glassy solar panels on your neighbour's roof are the pinnacle of solar technology? Think again.
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Energy storage: The hot new thing in Silicon Valley

Energy storage: The hot new thing in Silicon Valley | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Battery-based energy storage — for homes, businesses and the electric grid — is a hot new industry in Silicon Valley, driven by advances in battery chemistry and state policies. California sees energy storage as one tool to better manage the electric grid, integrate a growing amount of solar and wind and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Engineer who envisioned powering the world with a solar satellite, dies at 90

The Engineer who envisioned powering the world with a solar satellite, dies at 90 | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Staring at the sun, they say, will make you blind. Yet for years physicist/engineer Peter E. Glaser did just that. But, instead of losing his sight, he had a powerful vision. Imagine if you could p...
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Australias'a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) sets world record in generating "supercritical" steam using solar power

Australias'a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) sets world record in generating "supercritical" steam using solar power | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
The CSIRO has claimed a world record for the highest temperatures ever recorded using solar energy to generate supercritical steam at its solar thermal te...
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Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result" Dr Alex Wonhas
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Researchers create super-waterproof surface that could allow solar panels to self-clean

Researchers create super-waterproof surface that could allow solar panels to self-clean | Solar Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Engineers like BYU's Julie Crockett and Dan Maynes have spent decades studying super-hydrophobic surfaces because of the plethora of real-life applications. And while some of this research has resulted in commercial products that keep shoes dry or prevent oil from building up on bolts, the duo of BYU professors are uncovering characteristics aimed at large-scale solutions for society.
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