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Le photovoltaïque organique fait un bond de géant grâce à une découverte

Le photovoltaïque organique fait un bond de géant grâce à une découverte | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Des chercheurs viennent de réaliser une percée majeure en matière de cellules photovoltaïques de type organique en augmentant leur efficacité de près de 50% d’une traite. Une avancée importante qui pourrait s’avérer décisive dans la course à la transition énergétique où le photovoltaïque ne cesse de gagner du terrain. Le point.
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The Flower-Shaped Solar Panels Are Here, and They're a Game Changer

The Flower-Shaped Solar Panels Are Here, and They're a Game Changer | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
The Flower-Shaped Solar Panels Are Here, and They Are a Game Changer. Image Credit. A field of fully mature sunflowers will all face the same direction. Perhaps you’ve witnessed this phenomena while driving down a rural highway. Something even more unique occurs among juvenile sunflower..
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How Solar Power is Taking Development to Rural Africa - Solar Magazine

How Solar Power is Taking Development to Rural Africa - Solar Magazine | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
With off-grid solar technology, especially Pay As You Go (PAYGO), great changes are taken place in rural Africa – eduction, business and life.
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AI: The future of renewable energy investment – EURACTIV.com

AI: The future of renewable energy investment – EURACTIV.com | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Companies like Google and Amazon, as well as investment funds, are pouring millions of dollars into renewable energy. The use of predictive management tools and Artificial Intelligence is becoming more and more common in this process, writes Rodrigo Villamizar.
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High-efficiency solar panel pricing fell 37 percent in 2017

High-efficiency solar panel pricing fell 37 percent in 2017 | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

According to the IEA, the spot price for ‘mono crystalline’ solar panels fell from 72¢/W to 45¢/W over 2017. That 27¢/W drop represents a 37.5% fall. Mono crystalline solar panels offer at least 10% more efficiency than poly crystalline in the same hardware package/ size/ weight, and today – in key markets – are only 6% more expensive.

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When Will Renewables Become The Dominant Source Of Energy? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

When Will Renewables Become The Dominant Source Of Energy? It May Be Sooner Than You Think | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
Renewable sources of energy are expected to reach grid parity with fossil fuels by 2025 in the US, three years after China, as technology costs continue to fall. A standardized carbon price would bring huge amounts of investment from the oil and gas majors that would boost efficiency and innovation.
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Netherlands Planning a Massive Solar Energy Farm at Sea

Netherlands Planning a Massive Solar Energy Farm at Sea | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The Netherlands is on track to be the global leader in energy with its latest floating solar farm plan -- a 2,500 square meter space devoted to green energy. The Netherlands seems to be proving once again its serious commitment to finding sustainable energy solutions. 

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Babcock Ranch: Inside America's first solar-powered town - CBS News

Babcock Ranch: Inside America's first solar-powered town - CBS News | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Families are starting to move into what is being called America's first solar-powered town. Babcock Ranch, about half an hour northeast of Fort Myers, Florida, is supposed to produce more energy than it consumes once it's finished. There are more than 300,000 solar panels spread across 440 acres there, producing enough electricity not only for the town, but also the surrounding areas, reports CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez.

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Tesla batteries + rooftop solar = World's largest virtual power plant

Tesla batteries + rooftop solar = World's largest virtual power plant | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
It's a rare feat when a government successfully turns a crisis into an opportunity. In the past two years, the state of South Australia has suffered many blackouts, blamed on high demand and poor supply from both fossil-fuel and renewable generators. In response, the government switched on the world's largest lithium-ion battery in December
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Is evaporating water the future of renewable energy?

Is evaporating water the future of renewable energy? | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Forget the sun and wind — evaporating water could be the next big source of renewable energy, said James Temple at Technology Review​. So-called evaporation-driven engines "generate power from the motion of bacterial spores that expand and contract as they absorb and release air moisture." Evaporation continues 24/7, so the engines, which sit on the water's surface, could provide power nonstop — unlike solar panels.

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Solar power is the fastest growing source of global energy

Solar power is the fastest growing source of global energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Solar power was the fastest-growing source of global energy last year, overtaking growth from all other forms, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The spurt is largely attributed to lower prices and changing government policies encouraging a shift away from traditional power sources, such as coal. China, for example, has played an important role in renewable energy's prominence, accounting for almost half of all new solar panels installed worldwide.

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Renewable energy investors see opportunity in Puerto Rico's demolished grid

Renewable energy investors see opportunity in Puerto Rico's demolished grid | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Some politicians and renewable energy investors see a golden opportunity in the crisis to use federal funds to re-invent the U.S. territory’s grid as a storm-resistant network that relies less on costly coal and oil imports and more on local wind, solar, and batteries. If it happens, it could ease power bills on an island that struggles with the second-costliest electricity in the United States, behind Hawaii, as well as infrastructure prone to failing in the region’s frequent hurricanes.

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The Future of Renewable Energy Could Be Harnessing the Evaporating Water All Around Us

The Future of Renewable Energy Could Be Harnessing the Evaporating Water All Around Us | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

In a paper published today in Nature Communications, a Columbia University-led team outlined the energy production possible by harnessing electricity from water evaporating off the surface of a lake. Like wind and solar energy, this basic action is happening all around us, says coauthor Ozgur Sahin of Columbia. "Evaporation has the potential to be greater than wind power and closer to solar power," he says.

You might say his solution is up in the air.

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Lux Research: Innovation Interest In Renewables Is Declining, Peak Occurred 4 Years Ago

Lux Research: Innovation Interest In Renewables Is Declining, Peak Occurred 4 Years Ago | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Innovation interest in renewable energy tech has been declining in recent years, achieving a peak around 4 years ago, according to a recent analysis from Lux Research. 

According to the market research firm, this means that the long-term growth trajectory of the market is “thrown into question” — further “innovation momentum” is necessary for continued tech improvements to occur.

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United States: The rise of residential photovoltaic (PV) equipped with energy storage - Energy Storage Direct

United States: The rise of residential photovoltaic (PV) equipped with energy storage - Energy Storage Direct | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
As the renewable energy became more available for everyone and the price for solar energy becomes more and more cheaper, researchers from U.S Department of Energy (DOE) makes this opportunity to make the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems equipped with energy storage-and quantifying previously unknown …
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Microsoft is buying solar energy from Singapore rooftops - Mar. 1, 2018

Microsoft is buying solar energy from Singapore rooftops - Mar. 1, 2018 | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Microsoft is buying up solar energy from rooftops across Singapore to power its data centers. The US company on Thursday announced a deal with Singaporean solar firm Sunseap to purchase all the power generated by a planned rooftop solar project, which will be the largest of its kind in the city-state. The 20-year agreement is the latest example of major global tech companies seeking to power more of their operations through renewable energy. 

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BP predicts a 400% growth in renewable energy by 2040 - Climate Action Programme

BP predicts a 400% growth in renewable energy by 2040 - Climate Action Programme | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

BP has published its yearly forecast for the global energy market this week, and the oil giant sees renewable energy playing a commanding role in the future. By 2040, if current trends continue then renewables will grow by 400 percent of their current amount, but still only account for 14 percent of all global energy demand.

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Ikea joins Big Clean Switch to offer 100% renewable energy tariff | Business | The Guardian

Ikea joins Big Clean Switch to offer 100% renewable energy tariff | Business | The Guardian | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Ikea is calling for households to join its latest joint venture – a collective energy switch that promises an exclusive 100% renewable electricity tariff. The furniture retailer has joined forces with the “Big Clean Switch” campaign to use a collective switch to secure cheaper green power for the households that sign up. The two companies claim it will save a typical UK household £300 a year in lower gas and electricity bills.

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Sacramento boasts largest airport solar array in California 

Sacramento boasts largest airport solar array in California  | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The 7.9 MW array will supply 30% of the airport's electricity needs at a price 2 cents lower than the going utility rate.

The project was made possible through a partnership between airport officials, Borrego Solar (which built the project) and NRG Energy (which will purchase the electricity produced over a 25-year period under a power-purchase agreement (PPA)).

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The project was made possible through a partnership between airport officials, Borrego Solar (which built the project) and NRG Energy (which will purchase the electricity produced over a 25-year period under a power-purchase agreement (PPA)).
 
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Scotland Has a Plan to Become a World Leader in Renewable Energy

Scotland Has a Plan to Become a World Leader in Renewable Energy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

According to the paper, prepared for think tank Common Weal by engineer Craig Berry, U.K. energy policies have failed Scotland since 1980. A whopping 34.9 percent of Scottish households are facing fuel poverty while the six largest energy companies have seen profit margins increase.

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Extreme weather: Disasters likely to increase even with Paris climate deal

Extreme weather: Disasters likely to increase even with Paris climate deal | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

Even a 1-degree rise in global temps could increase the likelihood of extreme weather — including floods, droughts, and heat waves — in the U.S.

Even in that best-case scenario of only a 1-degree rise, the probability of extreme climatic events is still likely to increase throughout most of North America, Europe, and East Asia, the study said. The frequency of extreme climate and weather events is already increasing, and many experts say man-made climate change as an important motivating factor.

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Running on renewables transforming transportation through renewable technologies - Modern Diplomacy

Running on renewables transforming transportation through renewable technologies - Modern Diplomacy | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The transport sector is responsible for a third of global energy demand and one-sixth of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is also the sector with the lowest penetration of renewable energy.

Worldwide, there were nearly one billion passenger vehicles and 335 million commercial vehicles on the road in 2015. This number has been rising steadily over the past few decades, fueled by rising economic growth around the world. In China alone, more than 21 million passenger cars were sold in 2015, up from only 6 million in 2008.

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Future belongs to green energy, says Sberbank's CEO

Future belongs to green energy, says Sberbank's CEO | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

With the explosion in renewable investments over the past few years, private oil and gas companies are expanding their portfolios and transforming into "energy" companies, the CEO of Russia's Sberbank said on Friday.

"No one could imagine five years ago that the price of renewable energy would fall at such a rate in the Russian capital Moscow," CEO Herman Gref said.

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Solar energy will surpass nuclear by the end of the year

Solar energy will surpass nuclear by the end of the year | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it
New data from GTM Research suggests that rapid adoption of solar power could mean that its global gigawatt capacity rivals that of nuclear power by the end of 2017.
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The Promise & Perils Of Renewable Energy & Microgrids For Puerto Rico

The Promise & Perils Of Renewable Energy & Microgrids For Puerto Rico | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

The electrical grid on Puerto Rico has been devastated by recent hurricanes. Should it be fixed or replaced with resilient microgrids and renewable energy installations?

Puerto Rico depends almost entirely on oil-fired generating plants, resulting in some of the highest utility rates in the nation — second only to Hawaii. It is estimated 12% of the electricity it does generate is lost to theft or chaotic billing procedures, which is 3 times the rate among mainland utility companies.

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Hydrogen: the green-energy problem solver

Hydrogen: the green-energy problem solver | Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency | Scoop.it

It can be produced with zero emissions, stored indefinitely and be used as a clean fuel for energy storage, transport and heating. But when will H2 be a cost-effective solution? asks Leigh Collins.

Whisper it softly, but a clean, green solution to the energy industry’s most intractable climate conundrums may be in sight — and it is almost as old as time itself. Many experts believe that the transport industry can never be decarbonised using renewable energy alone...

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