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Advancing storage of solar energy in liquid form

An efficient way to store energy form solar power is in liquid form using chemicals, according to a new research. The stored energy can be transported and released as heat as required.

Gas stations soon to be provided directly by solar farms

Energy technologists have come up with a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen at a central point, miles away from the solar farm. If commercialized this method will lower the cost of producing hydrogen and also for shipping it.

Solar power sees a big growth spurt in the Southeastern U.S.

There are now 29 states in the U.S. with renewable energy initiatives, backed by residents who want to see more use of clean energy. Florida and North Carolina are two states where solar power is experiencing rapid growth.

Energy collecting windows edge closer to reality

Imagine if the windows in your home were able to collect energy and covert this into power to run your heating or home appliances, leading to annual energy cost savings. Such a technological feat is becoming closer. We take a look at the latest research.

'Solar revolution' is coming to Africa says Energy Chief

A "solar revolution" is coming to Africa, comparable in scale to the rapid increase in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, according to the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Three-pronged approach to electrical power generation

Much of the energy around us is wasted, such as the sunlight around us or the movements we make. What if this could be harnessed to create power to drive wearable devices and portable systems? Researchers have been looking into this.

Edging towards printable solar cells

Toronto - Imagine being able to print out your own solar cells? Or popping to a store and having solar panels fashioned to your specification within minutes? These processes are becoming close to reality.

China's NEA claims solar production more than doubled in 2016

Beijing - China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released its solar photovoltaic (PV) installation figures for the entire year of 2016 in mid-January, laying claim to being the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity.

Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

Fossil fuels will soon be a thing of the past as renewable energy sources are being embraced globally and the technologies behind electric cars, solar and wind power make them less costly to consumers.

Why home solar power should not be stored

Austin - For homes with solar power it might seem like a good idea to store the energy collected that isn’t needed for later use. However, a new report finds that storing solar energy for night-time use increases both energy consumption and emissions.

Manufacturing inexpensive solar cells through new technology

One of the leading renewable energy solutions is solar power. The application is hampered by energy conversion efficiency and restricted by where panels can be positioned. Organic superconductors address the efficiency issue.

Clean energy momentum in U.S continues as wind power soars

Clean energy's momentum continues into 2017 and beyond, and there is no stopping it, President Obama asserted in a thesis published in the journal Science on Monday.

Op-Ed: Scotland proves large scale community renewable energy works

Edinburgh - The fight for basic energy has taken a new twist with news from Scotland that they’ve increased local renewable power owned by communities. That is a big deal, and they’ve already exceeded their 2020 target, too.

Solar power has become the world's cheapest form of electricity

New statistics from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Thursday show that for the first time, solar power has become the cheapest form of electricity in the world.

Nanotechnology boosts solar power heating

Solar power, along with tidal power and wind power, represents the leading alternative energy technology. Scientists are seeking to improve efficiency and nanotechnology offers an answer.

Chinese firms to build solar plant in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Chernobyl - Two Chinese firms are planning to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor an area off limits since a devastating explosion contaminated the entire region with radiation in 1986.

New means of making cheap and effective solar cells

Physicists have found a method to manufacture low-cost and effective solar cells using the material perovskite. The method could provide the foundation for developing next-generation solar power.

New steps for low cost energy generation

Physicists have taken the first steps of generating lower cost ‘green’ electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials.

Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in energy contracts

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that they are cancelling the next round of renewable energy contracts for the province. They hope to save $3.8 billion in energy costs, in order to lighten the load on hydro customers.

Imploding bubbles create better solar cells

Growth in solar power technology continues and considerable research efforts are orientated towards making solar panels more efficient. A novel way of doing so involves the use of imploding bubbles.

Chernobyl nuclear site could become a giant solar farm

The Chernobyl nuclear power site was one of the most deadly in history. The abandoned area could not be turned into a giant solar power farm.

Apple given go-ahead to sell solar energy

San Fransisco - Technology giant Apple has been given the all-clear by U.S. authorities to sell excess energy generated from its solar farm.

Creating solar panels that 'grow' in power

Okinawa - Solar power is one of the key technologies for renewable sources of energy. Solar panels are limited by the amount of sunlight they absorb. Getting panels to hold more power is seen as key. Here could panels be developed so they grow in power?

India's emerging solar power tech at risk from monkeys

Interest in alternative forms of power generating technology continues and countries with high levels of sunshine are ripe for solar power. One such country is India, although the use of solar power carries a risk: monkeys.

Flipping crystals enhance solar cell power

The next generation of solar cells is being developed and they have special crystals at their heart. The new generation of solar cells are intended to be more stable and can power light-emitting diodes, lasers and sensors.

Dubai plans world’s biggest solar power plant

Dubai announced it will build the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant that will generate 1,000 megawatts by 2030.

Biologically powered solar cells tested

The search for alternative forms of power, necessary to future-proof electricity generation in the face of dwindling sources of oil, has led to biological life forms. A new development is a so-called bio-solar cell.

Barefoot College trains rural women to electrify India

The Barefoot College, a non-governmental organization, is working with rural India's women to train and empower them to install and repair off-grid solar solutions, and solve India's difficult electricity situation.

World’s largest solar farm planned for Japan

Tokyo - Solar power is one of the leading ‘alternative energy’ technologies. Japan, which has long favored nuclear power solutions, is to construct the world’s largest solar power plant.

Butterflies inspire new types of solar power

Researchers are looking into new ways to generate efficient photovoltaic energy and for this they have been inspired by the v-shaped posture of the humble Cabbage White butterfly.
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