NREL Researchers Are Busy with Promising New Solar Material

Light-absorbing perovskite cells show promise as solar material Known as perovskite, the name of this material found in the Ural Mountains may be difficult to pronounce for American English speakers, but the potential it offers as a new solar dell material is considerable. Three scientific papers have already been published about it. Intense research efforts, led by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are currently taking place. This informative news release came this morning. Unfortunately, photos and…

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1st TalkSolar + CleanTechnica Podcast!

For those wanting to stay current about solar energy, this is a good program to watch. This is the press release. As announced the other day, TalkSolar and CleanTechnica have teamed up for TalkSolar’s second season. The first show was on Thursday (shows are broadcast live on Thursdays at noon EST / 9 am PST on BlogTalkRadio). Since it was the first show of the…

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Nanowires Provide Great Potential for Better Solar Cells

Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells. NTNU researchers Dheeraj Dasa and Helge Weman have, in cooperation with IBM, discovered that gallium arsenide can be tuned with a small strain to function efficiently as a single light-emitting…

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School for Solar Announced by CBD Energy Limited

In an exciting new project, diversified renewable energy company, CBD Energy Limited is investing in the development and installation of a programme of solar projects across the UK, through its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Secured Energy Bonds plc (SEB). SEB plans to install solar panels for a number of UK businesses (at no cost to the businesses), and to derive income from the Feed-in Tariffs paid by the UK government to green electricity generators. This is a win-win situation for…

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San Diego International Airport Tabs Borrego Solar to Install 3.3 MW Solar System

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the San Diego International Airport (SDIA), has announced plans to install a 3.3-megawatt solar system that is expected to save up to $8 million in energy costs over 20 years. The photovoltaic system will be the first to be built at new LEED-certified Terminal 2 West expansion and represents a growing commitment to using renewable energy. The authority will work in partnership with Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. to install solar panel arrays on the roof of the newly…

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Park Passive House / NK Architects

This is an eye-turning passive house design, thanks to the design from Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney at NK Architects. Of note, this home uses 75 to 80 percent less energy than homes built to current code standards. Read words from the architects below this photograph. From the architect. Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House and one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. The striking home in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood was designed by Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren…

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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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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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Air Conditioning Alternatives: Thermally Driven Cooling Systems

Cooling in the heat of summer can be a daunting challenge in congested urban areas. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg have been working on innovative sorbents that can store a particularly large amount of water vapor that can be used for cooling purposes. This research information released today about sorption energy storage should open new windows into innovative and sustainable cooling and heating platforms. Sorption energy storage and conversion for cooling and heating…

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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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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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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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