Perovskite Solar Cells Bring New Possibilities to Renewable Energy Industry

For those involved with solar energy development, Perovskite appears to be a remarkable new material that features two-way applications. Oxford researchers have discovered the material not only absorbs light, it emits it. Here is the recently released press information. Revolutionary solar cells double as lasers Commercial silicon-based solar cells – such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country – operate at about 20% efficiency for converting the Sun’s rays into electrical energy. It’s taken over 20…

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Understanding PV Technology and Inverters

Congratulations to Tigo Energy on announcing that its PV optimization solutions for the solar industry reached another milestone. The company reports that its solutions are now operating with over two thousand (2000) different types of inverters from over eighty (80) different suppliers. For anybody on the green building and consulting end of the renewable energy spectrum, this is useful information to have in the archive. There is certainly no ‘one-size-fits-all’ in the way of inverter solutions. Here is the press…

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Geothermal Conference Set for Earth Day in Washington D.C.

Upcoming global geothermal conference will take place in America. Interested parties should mark this on the calendar. Two Dozen Countries to Be Represented in Washington D.C. Representatives from 24 countries will come together with Washington leaders for the GEA International Geothermal Showcase in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 22. The Showcase will examine the outlook for the geothermal market and the policies driving geothermal development. The Geothermal Energy Association will release the results of its new annual U.S. and International Market…

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Energy Innovation: SolarWindow Generates Electricity on Glass

We have received the following press information from New Energy Technologies. concerning an update on the unveiling of their largest SolarWindow prototype now manufactured. According to a New Energy spokesperson, the device is “something we like to call a vertical power generator on any glass surface.” Imagine the ability to look out at the yard, knowing the window you’re using is generating electricity. Renewable energy products like these can have a dramatic impact on commercial and residential energy designs. The…

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Solar Farm Will Feed Four Midwestern Utility Cooperatives

Dragonfly Solar and SolarWorld Will Develop 517-kW Solar Farm of Renewable Energy Expanding on a valuable renewable energy network distributing sustainable energy to utility cooperatives, SolarWorld and Dragonfly Solar have announced the two companies will partner to deliver a 517-kilowatt solar array to four electric utility cooperatives in the U.S. Midwest. Dragonfly Solar is a commercial solar developer based in Lakeville, Minn. and SolarWorld is the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer. The companies report this project is the nation’s first…

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KB Homes Launches Solar-Powered Models in Arizona

Homes designed with renewable energy options continue to become more common. This news release from KB Homes is great news. New homes are a logical place to feature solar power options where the challenge of financing the cost of renewables can be included in the original mortgage loan. Expansion of popular solar initiative gives new homebuyers in the Grand Canyon State the chance to let the sun help pay energy bills KB Home today announced that homebuyers at all of…

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ASU & AORA Solar Forge Research Partnership on Tempe Campus

I had the pleasure of seeing AORA Solar and its CSP Tulip system two years ago when it was unveiled in Almeria, Spain. I have been waiting for the day when this exciting renewable energy platform might be tested in the United States. In an interview, CEO Zev Rosenzweig told me the company wanted to test in America as part of its long-range planning. Now the company is ready to lay down CSP roots in Tempe at the ASU campus. We…

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First Solar, Shams Ma’an Consortium Secure 20-Year PPA for 52MW Jordan Project

First Solar has released this news: it will provide advanced thin-film modules and EPC services for Jordan’s largest PV plant. The more solar footprints we see in the Middle East, the happier we are. As you will see, First Solar’s commercial footprint now spans six continents. First Solar, Inc. and Shams Ma’an Power Generation today announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a planned 52.5 megawatt (MWAC) solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The PPA was…

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Harnessing everyday motion to power mobile devices (video)

For futurists believe energy is everywhere and can be harvested with the correct tools, last week’s news report from the American Chemical Society about harnessing everyday motion is exciting. Who knows? One day we may never need to recharge a cellphone again. Take a look! Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the…

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First Solar Completes 1.3MW(DC) Solar PV Power Plant in Japan

We are happy to provide this report from First Solar about the completion of this clean solar energy facility in Kitakyushu-shi, Japan. Developments such as these are both logical and timely. First Solar, Inc. today announced the completion of the 1.3MW(DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Kitakyushu-shi. Powered by First Solar FS Series 3 Black PV modules, the plant will generate approximately 1,400 MWh of clean and safe solar electricity per year. Power from the project will be purchased by…

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Norway’s Rocket Growth In Electric Car Sales (Chart)

Since we have published useful information today pertaining to electric cars, it seems appropriate to publish this chart from CleanTechnica. Thanks to Zachary Shahan. We are excited to witness the growth of the EV industry. Following up on the European EV market share charts I just shared a few moments ago, here’s one more great one, which came from a presentation by Francisco Carranza Sierra, Manager of Corporate Planning at Nissan Europe, at EVS27 (adding on to the…

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Lithium Air Battery Development News

Batteries with longer range remain the biggest issue for ongoing development of the electric vehicle platform. According to the American Chemical Society, researchers are reporting new progress on a “breathing” lithium air battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today’s EVs. Read the following press information. A battery that ‘breathes’ could power next-gen electric vehicles Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won’t take you farther than 100 miles on one…

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Waste Management Extraordinaire: Compost Islands In New York City

We already knew that New York City had huge problems with managing trash for some 8.3 million residents: there is little or nothing left nearby in the way of landfills for trash disposal. Present Architecture and the Green Loop project features a very appealing solution for managing part of the city’s trash, the organic kind. Create compost islands that can be used to grow food and produce anaerobic energy. This is not an easy or quick fix for this massive…

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NREL examines solar policy pathways for states

The following report from NREL concerning issues in state solar energy policies should prove timely and useful to those involved with commercial and residential renewable energy products. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic…

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SolarWorld Has Injected $1.5 Billion into U.S. Economy since 2008

Positive Impact on U.S manufacturing In a vivid illustration of domestic manufacturing’s potent impact on the U.S. economy, SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, announced today that it purchased more than $1.46 billion in goods and services from other American manufacturers and employers between 2008 and 2013. This industrial wellspring of business for suppliers, shippers and professional service providers highlights solar manufacturing’s demonstrated “multiplier effect” in creating jobs, filling factories and fueling investment nationwide. In…

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Energy Neutral Architecture That Inspires

What follows is a truly dynamic engineering feat, an entry in the 2014 Solar Decathalon, adding a photovoltaic skin to an old house – in this case a Dutch row house that was built following World War II – that will change the structure to an energy neutral domicile. The skin covers the exterior of the existing house from font to back, one side fitted with glass and photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy, while the other contains insulation to…

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GE Introduces 2.85-103 Wind Turbine for Japan

Engineered for Higher Turbulence Conditions Experienced in Typhoon Class Wind Speeds and to Fit the Unique Japanese Landscape GE has announced its 2.85-103 wind turbine for Japan with 2.85-megawatt rated power and 103-meter rotor diameter, generating high power output for constrained areas. The wind turbine is specifically engineered for Japanese environmental conditions and is able to withstand higher turbulence, typhoon class wind speeds and lightning beyond the current IEC standard. “We applaud Japan’s commitment to wind energy and are pleased to introduce…

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Grassroots Methane Capture

Understanding the basics about methane capture can provide us all with a great resource for our energy arsenal. Start with landfills. There is a lot of free energy out there that can be captured and used in places of need. According to the EPA, as of July 2013, there are 621 operational LFG energy projects in the United States and approximately 450 landfills that are good candidates for projects. Current and potential LFG energy projects Companies in the U.S. that…

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