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Global Renewable Energy Production Driven by China

  According to the International Energy Agency, China is the number one country for renewable energy production. Their current course of renewable energy expansion is projected to surpass the European Union, the United States, and Japan combined. The IEA released its annual World Energy Outlook on Tuesday. The report predicted that China will account for nearly half of the increased global power generation by 2035. Meeting this

By |2022-05-23T11:33:05-05:00November 22nd, 2013|

Understanding what makes a thin film solar cell efficient

For many years scientists and engineers have been trying to provide low-cost solar energy by developing a cheap solar cell that is both highly efficient and at the same time simple to build, enabling it to be mass produced. Now, the team led by Empa researcher Ayodhya N. Tiwari has made a major leap forward: the researchers are presenting a new manufacturing technique for CIGS solar cells, in which tiny

By |2020-06-02T08:52:03-05:00November 20th, 2013|

Solar Mirror System Brings Sunlight to Norwegian Village

Wednesday brought significant change to the residents of a remote Norwegian village of Rjukan as the ingenious solar mirror system designed to bring natural light to their mountain valley was unveiled. The valley is plagued with darkness for six months every year. They hope that these three giant mirrors will change that. Hundreds of villagers attended the unveiling, proudly sporting sunglasses as they sought to catch the first rays

By |2022-05-23T11:01:15-05:00November 5th, 2013|

New Cogeneration System Incorporates Solar Collectors

Producing hot water using solar panels is standard practice. However, researchers from Madrid Universities Carlos III and Politecnica hypothesize that solar panels may be capable of providing large offices with both heat and air conditioning. The researchers intend to incorporate solar collectors into a gas-based cogeneration system with an absorption machine. This method will reduce energy expenditure and CO2 emissions if the project succeeds. This idea isn't wholly new.

By |2022-05-20T09:33:20-05:00November 1st, 2013|

Robotic Birds Harvests Solar Energy

A new and promising technological advancement used to monitor the environment and even conduct surveillance is small robotic birds. But, for all the promise these little marvels show, there is one significant drawback that their creators struggle to overcome, which is the amount of time the little birds can keep themselves airborne. The birds are lightweight and relatively small, allowing little room and resources for a robust battery or

By |2022-05-23T15:59:26-05:00October 21st, 2013|

NREL Releases New Roadmap to Reducing Solar PV Soft Costs

The Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) new report on "Non-Hardware ('Soft') Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013-2020," funded by DOE's SunShot Initiative and written by NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The NREL's ongoing project charts a path to achieve soft-cost targets of $0.65/W for residential systems and $0.44/W for commercial systems by 2020 and provides soft-costs

By |2022-05-18T13:01:21-05:00October 16th, 2013|

Solar Installation Growth Set To Hit 3-Year High

A new report from IHS Inc. forecasts that global photovoltaic installations will exceed 40 GW for the first time in 2014. This dramatic spike in solar installation growth will generate more than $86 billion in revenue. After a two-year slowdown, annual solar installations will reach 41 GW in 2014. IHS maintains its earlier prediction that installations in 2013 will total 35 GW. The new report says that PV installations

By |2022-05-18T13:01:10-05:00October 8th, 2013|

New Solar Checklist App Helps Solar Installers

Solar installers and businesses can sometimes have difficulties keeping track of all their jobs. The admin work required to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes is often underestimated. The Clean Energy Council seeks to make things easier for these businesses through its new Solar Checklist app on iPhone. The app purportedly keeps track of all their jobs, allowing installers to focus on providing high-quality installation work by cutting

By |2022-05-18T13:01:00-05:00October 5th, 2013|

Energy Security Framework Expanded by US Military

The military has been showing an increased interest in renewable energy recently. They have been procuring increasing amounts of energy to add to their energy security framework. The most recent update on the matter comes from the Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force and the US Army Corps of Engineers. 13 biomass vendors were selected to compete for future orders. This round of selections is the 4th in recent months

By |2022-05-18T13:00:50-05:00October 1st, 2013|

Supercharger Network Expands Nationally

Tesla Motors, an electric car manufacturer, has recently opened its first international Superchargers in Norway. Tesla's Superchargers allow a Tesla battery to recharge halfway in one hour. The Supercharger network is an essential tool to eliminate the range anxiety that many people experience with electric cars. Tesla plans to continue the rapid expansion of its Supercharger network. Tesla Superchargers Outside of the US Norway is the first country outside of

By |2022-11-09T10:49:13-06:00September 17th, 2013|