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California breaks solar energy storage record

The growth of renewables in California was marked by two records being broken. The first relates to energy generated from solar power and the second reflates to energy storage from solar power sources.

China aims to build an orbiting power station in space by 2025

China's Academy of Space Technology is working on an orbital power plant that would capture solar energy in space and beam it back to Earth.

This is the most efficient solar cell on record

Nuremberg - Researchers have developed what is described as the world’s most efficient organic solar cell. The cell is formed from a new type of organic molecule and energy capture results from a prototype are described as ‘impressive’.

New solar panels can heat during the day and cool at night

Scientists are developing rooftop solar panels have a dual function. Harvesting energy from the Sun and also cooling the home below, by harvesting the coldness of space. A prototype device has been developed.

Illinois is set to become the Midwest's solar power leader

Chicago - Illinois is experiencing a boom in solar energy projects stemming from the state's Future Energy Jobs Act, a 2016 law that sets a target of getting 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Solar power proves to be tougher than conventional power plants

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Duke Energy, and Strata Solar — two of the largest solar power operators in North Carolina — report only minimal damage to their solar farms as a result of the storm.

Air pollution in urban settings can put a dent in solar power

Urban haze is a multifaceted threat. Foremost a major health hazard, it also affects the passage of light through the lower atmosphere. This can significantly reduce the power output from solar panels, and impact on the industry.

Bacteria-powered solar cell works under dark skies

In advancing energy capture, scientists have developed a bacteria-powered solar cell that can convert light to energy, even when operating under overcast skies.

Nissan launches all-in-one solar package in the U.K.

As with rival electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla, after making some progress in the EV market with the Nissan Leaf, Nissan is now setting sights on the home with batteries and solar panels to form a complete home energy solution.

China installs 9.65 gigawatts of solar power in 1st quarter 2018

Beijing - China's National Energy Administration announced on April 24 that the country had installed 9.65 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity which is up 22 percent on the same period a year ago and beyond analysts' predictions.

Solar-to-hydrogen conversion improved

Berlin - A new study shows how nanostructuring can increase the efficiency of metal-free photocatalysts by factor 11. This development is important for solar-to-hydrogen conversion and boosting energy efficiency.

New methods for solar cell screening

Boston - A new computer technique enables the rapid screening for new types of solar cells, seeking increased efficiencies and materials for next generation solar power.

Battery stores solar energy for heating later

Boston - Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a remarkable battery that can capture solar energy and then store the energy to be used as heat at a later point in time. The energy is released on exposure to light.

Advances in the 3D printing of nanofibers

The 3D printing of meshes will be of great advantage to manufacturers of solar cells, together with a range of other applications. Researchers have announced a new approach for the 3D printing of nanofiber meshes.

Tesla and Puerto Rico lay out plans for long-term energy solution

San Juan - Puerto Rico is looking to rebuild its electric grid long-term and is considering Tesla's suggestion about scaling its microgrid technology using batteries and solar power, thereby transforming the island's energy infrastructure.

Mandalay Homes teams up with Sonnen to create solar community

Prescott - Germany-based Sonnen GmbH is partnering with Arizona home builder Mandalay Homes on a community solar photovoltaic project of 2,900 homes in Prescott, designed to act as a virtual power plant.

Entrepreneurs and volunteers step up to get solar to Puerto Rico

San Juan - On September 20, powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria made a direct landfall on the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico. Two weeks later, 90 percent of the island is without power and few have clean drinking water. But the world is responding with help.

Op-Ed: Florida residents not allowed to use solar power after hurricane

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma raged through the state. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them during the outage because they would be breaking the law.

New glasses used to create solar energy

Karlsruhe - German technologists have devised something that could appeal to innovative technology companies: sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cell, capable of generating energy.

India unveils country's first train with solar powered coaches

New Delhi - Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and a huge consumer of diesel fuel. However, this is all about to change with the debut in New Delhi of it's Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) with solar powered coaches.

Why spray-on solar cells will be good for business

A spray-on or printable thin film technology could revolutionize the fast-growing solar power market further, including connecting in with digital transformation projects. Big players like Panasonic and Fujifilm are investing heavily in this area.

New catalyst could lead to carbon neutral solar-derived fuel

Australian researchers have made progress towards developing carbon neutral fuel. This is due to a new catalyst which can converts carbon dioxide from the air into a synthetic natural gas, using solar energy.

India turns to solar power and cancels coal-fired power plants

New Delhi - Something quite amazing is happening in India today. From being a nation dependent on coal for its energy needs, and one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas producers, India has embraced solar power and the technology is transforming the country.

Solar power is key to extended drone flights

As with many things battery powered drones have a finite time to function after which the power runs out. One means to make longer flights possible is with the application of solar power. This has been looked at by the Naval Research Laboratory.

Water harvester uses sunlight to create water from dry air

Solar power is an amazing source of energy, and now, that energy has been used to produce water from the air in low humidity conditions. The device could change the lives of millions of people around the world where water is scarce.

Elon Musk tweets that Tesla's solar roof tiles are now on sale

Tesla is officially accepting orders for some of its solar roof tiles Wednesday afternoon, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

Powering medical implants with solar cells

Solar power technology is being tested to see how effectively it works with medical implants. The idea is to allow implants to become self-charging, avoiding the risk of breakdown or the need for invasive replacements.

Solar cell world efficiency record broken

Investment, in terms of time, money and scientific endeavor continues to rush into solar power as the push for renewable energy continues. In terms of scientific progress, a new record has been set for solar cell efficiency

California solar power generation reaches milestone in March

Solar power generation in California met nearly half of the state's electricity demand on March 11, making up over 44 percent of the electricity sent to the grid.

Graphene-based electrode increases solar power storage

What is described as a 'groundbreaking prototype' may be the answer to the storage challenge that is holding back solar back as a complete energy solution. This is a new type of electrode that could boost storage technologies by 3000 percent.
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