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Ontario First Nation sets milestone with renewable energy

Gull Bay First Nation and utility partner Ontario Power Generation (OPG) set a clean energy milestone for off-grid Canadian indigenous communities recently with the commissioning of a hybrid solar-plus-storage microgrid.

The new energy economy? Peer-to-peer 'free trade' in energy

Shifting towards renewable power is leading to the accumulation of excess quantities energy. Soon those who generate their own power, such as by solar panels and wind turbines, could have control of where they distribute their excess energy.

Solar power efficiency can be boosted using agricultural land

New research finds that installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency. This is seen as the key to fulfilling future global electric energy demand.

Amazon to embark on major renewable energy projects

Amazon is building two major renewable energy projects. The move comes after criticisms were leveled at the company in terms of not doing enough to fight the climate crisis.

Renewables: Apple leads the way with corporate solar power usage

Several major corporations are making good progress in converting their energy sources to renewable energy, according to a new assessment. Leading the pack is Apple, which has made major strides when it comes solar power.

Toyota testing out self-powering solar cars

Tokyo - Imagine driving an electric car that charges as you drive? Toyota are experimenting with fitting solar cells into the roofs of cars to see if cars can self-charge as they drive along.

Tesla's share of the home solar market drops

Tesla may be a pioneer when it comes to electric cars, but the company has not seen the same impetus when it comes to its attempts to reconfigure the home solar market, according to new market analysis.

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.
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HB-SIA makes its first  flea hop  on December 3  2009 in Dübendorf.
HB-SIA makes its first "flea hop" on December 3, 2009 in Dübendorf.
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Waldpolenz Solar Park  Germany
Waldpolenz Solar Park, Germany
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Platio s smart bench car charge your phone or tablet.
Platio's smart bench car charge your phone or tablet.
Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of a house near Boston Massachusetts.
Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of a house near Boston Massachusetts.
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The Ecocapsule gives you power  water  filtration and wind energy.
The Ecocapsule gives you power, water, filtration and wind energy.
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Kyocera is one of the world s largest vertically-integrated producers and suppliers of solar energy ...
Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically-integrated producers and suppliers of solar energy panels. The image is of a site under development in Japan.
The Seacharger was conceived by Silicon Valley-based Damon McMillan.
The Seacharger was conceived by Silicon Valley-based Damon McMillan.
A view of the Solar Impulse  being rolled out for it s first  flea-hop  test in 2009.
A view of the Solar Impulse, being rolled out for it's first "flea-hop" test in 2009.
Solar Impulse
Solar Foundation
Lark Energy s Hawton Solar Farm becomes UK’s Largest to Connect to Electricity Network.
Lark Energy's Hawton Solar Farm becomes UK’s Largest to Connect to Electricity Network.
Lark Energy
Duke Energy
FPL recently announced a groundbreaking ’30-by-30’ plan to install 30 million solar panels by 20...
FPL recently announced a groundbreaking ’30-by-30’ plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030, making Florida a world leader in solar energy.
Florida Power & Light
One of the many Mandalay homes in Arizona.
One of the many Mandalay homes in Arizona.
Mandalay Homes
The Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham  Kentucky.
The Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, Kentucky.
The Walmart in Caguas  Puerto Rico is one of five Walmart facilities on the island equipped with sol...
The Walmart in Caguas, Puerto Rico is one of five Walmart facilities on the island equipped with solar panels.
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Between 2009 and 2015 the cost of solar power fell by 80 percent  making it competitive against gas ...
Between 2009 and 2015 the cost of solar power fell by 80 percent, making it competitive against gas and coal in some countries
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Aerial view of Apple Park  the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc.  located in Cupertino  Californi...
Aerial view of Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California. The roof is covered in solar panels with an output of 17 MWp, making it one of the biggest solar roofs in the world.
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File photo: Aerial view of the unit I, III, and IV, of Abengoa Solar's Solnova Solar Power Station. Image dated September 2010.
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