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Top climate scientists ask environmentalists to support nuclear power in climate battle

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2013 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming.

Solar Deployment Is Faster Than Nuclear

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar and wind have scaled up enough already to make nuclear lose in the market place.

Solar Activity Playing a Minimal Role in Global Warming

Posted in Science on 13th Nov, 2013 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Changes in solar activity have contributed no more than 10 per cent to global warming in the twentieth century.

Second Planetary System Like Ours Discovered

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second planetary system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found.

Why China is fixated on the Moon

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2013 02:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Exotic materials including helium-3 and the potential for solar power could prove invaluable for humankind.

Plastics with light absorbing dye halves cost of solar power

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2013 02:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible.

New graphene treatment could unleash new uses in electronic devices

Posted in Hardware on 19th Dec, 2013 01:09 AM
by AlexMuller
MIT team develops simple, inexpensive method that could help realize graphene’s promise for electronics, solar power, and sensors.

Solar Power Poised For A Huge Year In 2014

Posted in Business on 29th Dec, 2013 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
The equivalent of a 5 megawatt solar farm every hour of every day; that’s how much new solar power is being installed around the world right now.

Battery advance could boost renewable energy take up

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2014 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
US researchers have made an important step forward in the quest to store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar.

Apple patent could lead to solar-powered touchscreen displays

Posted in Hardware on 1st Feb, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Apple's new devices could be solar powered, with touchscreen controls mounted outside to monitor charge status.

Rogue asteroids may be the norm

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The new asteroid map suggests that the early solar system may have undergone dramatic changes before the planets assumed their current alignment.

Solar goes big time with the world’s largest solar thermal plant

Posted in Hardware on 16th Feb, 2014 04:44 AM
by AlexMuller
The largest solar thermal project of its kind in the world, formally opened Thursday in the Mojave Desert.

Google makes huge investment in clean energy

Posted in Online on 18th Feb, 2014 03:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is the most aggressive in advancing a clean energy agenda, analysts say. Google has made 15 wind and solar investments totaling more than $1 billion.

Proposal: 100% Renewable Energy is Feasible and Affordable

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Detailed plans for each state in the union that to move to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using only technology that’s already available.

US Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power From Space

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
A complaint about renewable energy, including solar power, is that it does not generate energy all the time. At night or during cloudy weather, solar arrays don’t produce electricity.

Nanotubes increase conductivity of solar cells by 100 million

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2014 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Controlled placement of carbon nanotubes in nanostructures could result in a huge boost in electronic performance in photovoltaic solar cells.

Low-Cost Launches May Boost Chances For Space Solar Power

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2014 02:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Like SpaceX, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is conducting research into reusable launch as a way to cut the cost of space launch drastically.

Solar Power Grows 400 Percent in Only 4 Years

Posted in Business on 28th Apr, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
More than half of the added capacity comes from home and business owners.

Google wants your help making tinier solar power systems

Posted in Business on 10th May, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The search giant is promising $1 million to whoever cracks the problem.

Russia eyeing the Moon for colonization

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The colony will eventually function as a staging ground for human expansion across the solar system.

Japan Plans to Have a Power Plant in Space in a Decade

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Japan, where the Fukushima meltdown heightened the search for safe, sustainable alternative energy, is answering that need by sending a power plant into space.

Narendra Modi Plans To Bring Solar To 400 Million People

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2014 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
India’s new government, led by Narendra Modi, plans to use solar power to bring electricity to the homes of 400 million people who currently do not have access to it.

There should be at least two larger than Earth size planets beyond Pluto

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Two supersized planets could lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Musk's SolarCity has huge plans for solar power

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jun, 2014 04:35 AM
by AlexMuller
"Solar panels, paired with batteries to enable power at night, can produce several orders of magnitude more electricity than is consumed by the entirety of human civilization"- Elon Musk.

Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant star that’s just far enough away to reasonably support life (aka the habitable zone).

Earth-like planets Gliese 581 g and d likely don't exist, study says

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New method to account for star signals another blow to controversial planets.

The World In 2025:

Posted in Business on 16th Jul, 2014 02:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Abundant solar power and food, tailored drugs and gene therapies.

Solar storm in 2012 nearly 'knocked modern civilization back to the 18th century'

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2014 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years.

Glow in Space is Evidence of A Hot Bubble in Our Galaxy

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2014 02:53 AM
by AlexMuller
University of Miami scientist led a NASA rocket mission to measure the diffuse X-ray background in space, revealing a “local hot bubble”

Rosetta probe set to catch comet after ten year chase

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2014 02:59 AM
by AlexMuller
After a journey that has lasted a decade, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is now on its final approach to a comet.

China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S Ever Has

Posted in Hardware on 10th Aug, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity in the first six months of the year ending June 30, marking a 100 percent increase over the same period last year.

NASA is Working on Origami Solar Arrays That Unfurls in Space

Posted in Hardware on 18th Aug, 2014 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar panels are shaped with maximum surface area to catch as many rays as possible, but flat disks are not aerodynamic on the trip to space. A solution is to get clever with geometry.

Solar energy that doesn't block the view

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Aug, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
A new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window.

Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Desalinating or sterilizing water with solar energy is way harder than Hollywood makes it look.

Phone boxes turn green to charge mobiles

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Disused phone boxes in London are being put to a novel use as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones.

Amazing short film imagines the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
4 minutes. Watch it fullscreen in HD. Trust me on this one guys!

Meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birth

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Accurate measurements of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved.

Should we mine the Moon?

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Earth’s closest celestial neighbour seems likely to play a major role and already a number of private companies have been created to explore the possibilities.

Larry Page: Rather Leave Billions to Elon Musk Than Charity

Posted in Business on 28th Dec, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of giving it to a philanthropic organization, he'd rather hand over his cash to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City.

Solar energy to be at grid parity in most of the world within 2 years

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will cost is lower or equal to that of electricity from the electrical grid in up to 80 per cent of the global market within 2 years.

A twist on planetary origins

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2015 07:23 PM
by AlexMuller
'The early solar system was more violent than expected: You had these massive sprays of molten material getting ejected out from these really big impacts. It's an extreme process.'

Bionic leaf: using bacteria to convert solar energy into fuel

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water through photosynthesis.

A tour of places in our own solar system where we might find life

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Where to look for life in space.

An alien star system buzzed past the Sun 70,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have announced. No other star is known to have approached this close to us.

Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that Mars was once hit by an asteroid so large that it melted nearly half of the planet’s surface.

Solar Impulse plane begins epic global flight

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2015 08:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has got under way from Abu Dhabi.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX buying $90 million of Elon Musk’s Solar City solar bonds

Posted in Business on 31st Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity, one of the world’s largest installers of solar panels, said today that SpaceX is investing in $90 million worth of its solar bonds.

Extra terrestrial life in our solar system?

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they may have at least microbial life.

MIT invention turns salt water into drinking water using solar power

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Winners of the Desal Prize have been announced, part of a competition to see who could create an affordable desalination solution for developing countries.

Renewable energy at a turning point

Posted in Business on 28th Apr, 2015 08:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Forming over half of the new energy capacity added in the world in the past 3 years, renewables have reached critical mass, lowering costs through technological innovation.

Tesla's Elon Musk Unveils Stored Sunlight in Batteries

Posted in Business on 2nd May, 2015 11:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The car company plans to sell battery storage systems for homes and utilities to help extend the use of solar power.

Massive solar expansion by 2050 may be necessary for climate, MIT reports

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar's easy of use, efficiency and abundance may make it the clean energy source best suited to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar sail mission launches with X-37B spaceplane

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2015 11:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The light-propelled LightSail is a CubeSat about the size of a loaf of bread, built by the Planetary Society as a technology demonstrator for a non-rocket propulsion system.

Is the sun about to set on the Age of Oil? Solar, battery developments becoming the new Black Gold

Posted in Business on 24th May, 2015 09:21 PM
by AlexMuller
By next year, solar power costs will reach parity with most grid prices in North America.

Black solar cells reach incredible new efficiency records

Posted in Hardware on 27th May, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
With solar cells of particular interest to researchers, businesses, environmental groups, and just about everybody else, it always seems there are new advances in research.

Software problem 'pauses' LightSail mission

Posted in Software on 29th May, 2015 09:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society says that its LightSail solar sail mission has been 'paused' due to a software glitch, which has frozen the onboard computer.

LightSail spacecraft is back in touch with Earth after rebooting itself

Posted in Software on 31st May, 2015 10:30 PM
by AlexMuller
About a week after its launch on May 20th, LightSail lost the ability to send data to the crew because of a software glitch.

Transparent solar windows for high rise buildings

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jun, 2015 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite has astounded the solar cell community with a steep rise in efficiency from 4% in 2010 to a 20.1% in 2014, already surpassing many other solar technologies.

Solar panels to reach grid parity or better for 80% of the globe by 2017

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
The rapidly falling cost of solar is making clean energy more economical than many people expected.

LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 09:21 PM
by AlexMuller
LightSail is back in business, following the second extended outage of the test spacecraft’s mission.

LightSail Test Mission Declared Success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jun, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.

Solar power passes 1 percent of global electricity threshold

Posted in Business on 12th Jun, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe, Italy, Germany and Greece, solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand.

China is utterly and totally dominating solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2015 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
While China has long been a leader in making solar panels, it’s now become the largest market, by far, for solar panels.

Solar: The First 1 percent was by far the hardest

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power now provides roughly 1% of the world’s electricity. It took 40 years. As prices drop, installation rate rises. As installation rates rise, the price continues to drop.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks.

Europe's energy revolution marches on:

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Fully one-third of electricity produced in Europe last year came from renewable energy, reports ENTSO-E.

What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy?

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jun, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A clean energy rush is transforming California so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable sources.

Chinese scientists persue dreams of solar-powered space flight

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of Chinese scientists believe they could one day develop a fuel-free spacecraft that would be able fly through deep space using only light from the sun.

Japan’s Softbank to Invest $20 Billion in Solar-Energy Projects in India

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Indian government targets a massive expansion in the country’s solar output from some 3 gigawatts today to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

Even 11+ Billion-Year-Old Stars Have Earth-Like Planets

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A clear indication that such planets have formed in the Milky Way long before the Earth.

Tesla Is Betting on Solar, Not Just Batteries

Posted in Business on 5th Jul, 2015 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Powerwall has all the characteristics needed to succeed in the market. At least as long as the technology it is tethering itself to, solar, succeeds as well.

Oil Giant To Build World's Largest Solar Project

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jul, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Today the state oil company of Oman announced a landmark deal with California-based solar developer GlassPoint to build the world’s largest solar project.

How Will We Meet the Energy Demands of the Coming Megacities?

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The rise of megacities will come at a price: energy needs will be enormous.

Pluto revealed at last

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The New Horizons probe has reached Pluto after a multi-billion-km flight across the Solar System lasting nine and a half years.

Tesla CTO: Batteries with Solar Will Lead to Cheap Electricity Within 10 Years

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jul, 2015 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy storage is the key to popularizing solar energy generation.

Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jul, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers make important step towards a solar cell that generates hydrogen.

Now that we have explored our solar system, what is the next frontier?

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past 50 years, American spacecraft have visited every major component of our solar system.

Solar company Sunrun sets terms to raise up to $309 million in IPO

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The Silicon Valley born and backed solar installer is raising money to compete in a quickly consolidating market.

Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels if she wins office

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jul, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years.

Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany led to the new record.

China is building a massive solar plant in the Gobi desert

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Construction has begun on China’s first large-scale commercial solar plant, designed to eventually supply electricity for approximately one million households.

Study claims perovskite solar cells can recoup their energy cost within three months

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Perovskite cells could rise to take the lion's share of the solar landscape in the near future.

US distributed solar prices fell 10 to 20 percent in 2014, with trends continuing into 2015

Posted in Business on 13th Aug, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously.

World’s Largest Solar Power Station To Come Up In Madhya Pradesh, India

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If all goes well, the world's largest solar power station will start generating energy by March 2017.

Market Fall Masks Renewable Energy’s Bright Future

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The MAC Solar Index, which tracks solar companies, has fallen more than 31 percent in the last three months. First Solar, SunEdison, and SolarCity have taken a market beating.

Principal Solar Teams with Entropy to Build 100MW Generating Facility

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2015 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The 100MW facility, located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, will produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 average American homes.

Planetoid a billion miles beyond Pluto selected as New Horizons' next destination

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2015 05:31 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has selected the next potential destination for the unmanned spacecraft, a planetoid called 2014 MU69.

Solar propulsion can make space travel cheaper and more efficient say NASA researchers

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ever since NASA popularised the solar panel way back in the 1970s, solar has proved crucial to expanding our knowledge of space.

Q2 2015 an impressive quarter for the US solar PV market

Posted in Hardware on 11th Sep, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The residential solar market registered another quarterly record in the second quarter, with 70 percent growth year-over-year.

Lightweight solar cells track the sun, providing 40 percent more energy than fixed cells

Posted in Hardware on 15th Sep, 2015 03:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art, they replace heavy conventional Sun-tracking systems.

New Coating Radiates Heat to Keep Solar Cells Cool, and More Efficient

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar cells have a problem: the hotter they get as the sun pours down on them, the less efficient they become at converting light into electricity.

SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

Posted in Business on 2nd Oct, 2015 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity announced that it has created the world’s most efficient solar panel, with a 22 percent module-level efficiency.

Solar Cheaper Than Natural Gas? It's Happening

Posted in Hardware on 7th Oct, 2015 01:33 PM
by AlexMuller
So what’s it mean? Solar will be cheaper than traditional grid power in at least some locations in a few years, so any utility looking to keep control of pricing will look more and more at solar.

Odisha (India) bets big on solar power, plans to set up 1,000Mw park

Posted in Business on 19th Oct, 2015 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The central Indian government has set a target of generating 175,000 Mw of power through renewable energy sources by 2022.

Morocco to become a solar superpower with launch of mega-project

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant is set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020.

Conducting ink can boost solar thermal by 70% for a few dollars

Posted in Business on 1st Nov, 2015 03:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have created a nanoparticle-rich, conducting ink that they have used to coat pipes of solar water heaters to increase their efficiency by up to 70 percent.

PV Solar & Batteries Could Hit Grid Parity In Japan By 2018

Posted in Hardware on 4th Nov, 2015 10:56 AM
by AlexMuller
'We believe we can provide residential systems that are competitive with and soon-to-be cheaper than electricity from the grid'

Chemical storage advance may enable much more cost-effective concentrated solar-power storage

Posted in Hardware on 5th Nov, 2015 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
New thermochemical energy storage system is twice as efficient, with 10 times higher energy density.

By 2020, solar will be price-competitive with fossil fuels on an unsubsidized basis in most parts of the world

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Germany, China, and Japan are leading the charge in the adoption of clean energy.

Renewable energy investment predicted to surge

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The result, says the IEA, could limit the demand for oil and keep the price relatively low for the rest of the decade.

'Most distant' Solar System object spied

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2015 07:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Observations with Japan's Subaru telescope reveal an object to be some 15.5 billion km from the Sun, about three times further away than even far-flung Pluto.

A new study challenges assumptions about the origins of Earth's water

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2015 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
If the new hypothesis is correct, it could mean better prospects of finding other rock-and-ocean worlds throughout the galaxy.

What is interplanetary dust and can it spread the ingredients of life?

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA reported that a cloud of dust was surrounding Mars high above its atmosphere. They ruled out Mars itself and its moons Phobos and Deimos as the sources of the dust.

The price of solar in India could fall below that of coal within 5 years

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
In India currently, the price of solar is within 15% of coal process on a levelised basis.

UK Government proposes major VAT hike for domestic solar installations

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2015 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Proposal to boost VAT rate from five per cent to 20 per cent likely to add £900 to the average cost of domestic solar projects, say campaigners.

New glass coating could lead to omnidirectional solar panels

Posted in Business on 17th Dec, 2015 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a special glass coating to enable panels to soak up light from multiple angles, significantly boosting the efficiency and energy yields.

U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2015 04:31 PM
by AlexMuller
This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.

Solar energy from discarded car batteries

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:36 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a simple procedure for making a promising type of solar cell using lead recovered from discarded lead-acid car batteries.

Our ongoing energy transformation in 2015

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015 a series of events combined to drive what may well to be profound shifts, even turning points, in the history of the energy sector.

US lawmakers support the goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 26th Dec, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Big states like California and New York have already ordered their respective administrative body's to draft mandates for clean energy.

China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21 Percent in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The nation is targeting at least 20 GW of new wind power installations and 15 GW of additional solar PV capacity.

Adding cesium to perovskite in solar cells boosts performance of silicon

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar has so far not been efficient enough for the average consumer; doubling efficiency might make it a smart investment.

Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year, on course to meet 20% of global energy needs by 2027

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Power from the sun could supply 20% of energy worldwide by 2027 on current technology trends, say UK researchers.

Moon formed by a head-on collision between Earth and young planet

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping the country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030.

US Solar capacity hits 20,000 MW, with almost half in California

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2016 01:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. had just over 20,000 MW of solar capacity at the end of November 2015, making up about 1.9% of total electricity generating capacity nationwide.

North American countries sign first-ever climate accord

Posted in Business on 14th Feb, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Canada, the United States and Mexico broke new ground Friday, signing the first-ever climate change and clean energy agreement in North American history.

SolarCity will use Tesla’s Powerpack to deliver solar power even when it’s dark

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2016 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity is chaired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk so the decision to go with the Powerpack is pretty convenient for both companies.

US Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3GW of Solar PV in 2015

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time ever, solar beat out natural-gas capacity additions.

Photovoltaics and electrochemical cell combine to advance solar

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Silicon solar cells are hampered by the fact that they only deliver power when the sun is shining and their efficiency falls off markedly at temperatures over 100° C.

The U.S. solar industry just had a week of record-breaking announcements

Posted in Hardware on 29th Feb, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The solar industry is now on an unstoppable growth path that could make it the most important energy source of the next century.

Great tilt gave Mars a new face

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2016 02:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars hasn't always looked like it does today. Some 3 to 3.5 billion years ago, the planet underwent a huge tilt.

UK to unveil largest floating solar array in the world

Posted in Hardware on 4th Mar, 2016 03:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Workers with Ennoviga Solar and Lightsource Renewable Energy are set to unveil the largest floating solar array in the world, later this month.

How a Moth Means a Solar Panel Can Work Inside

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 01:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Nocturnal animals, such as the moth, have microscopic patterns in their eyes. These patterns gather the small amount of light and concentrate it to the center of their eye.

India's big move into solar is already paying off

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
As the price of solar power keeps plummeting, India's massive bet on solar power is paying off far earlier than anticipated.

Ice on comet is as old as the solar system

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2016 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers announced that they had discovered that the ice on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed at the same time as the solar system itself.

Solar is heading for giant boom times in the US

Posted in Business on 11th Mar, 2016 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Big solar power plants still provide a measly 0.6 percent of overall US electricity. But they are headed up a steep growth curve.

Could solar panels in orbit power the Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2016 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
It may sound like a crazy idea, but the notion of space-based solar power actually dates back several decades, to the 1970s oil crisis.

Solar to nearly triple by 2020 to about 450 GW and Wind to be about 750 GW

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Mar, 2016 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, China added more than 15 gigawatts of solar capacity, surpassing Germany as the largest solar market.

2015 record year for global renewables investment

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Global investment in renewable energy hit a record US$285.9bn (£202.3bn) in 2015, beating the previous high of $278.5bn set in 2011, a study shows.

ARPA-E funding a Xerox Machine to print super solar panels

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at PARC say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems.

Solar Is a Booming Business, but It’s Still Not Generating Much of Our Power

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar capacity is on the rise, but it still accounts for only about 1 percent of the world’s electricity.

Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California's electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country's electricity needs, according to a new study.

China proposes $50tn global renewable energy network

Posted in Science on 4th Apr, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The company running China’s power grid is proposing a $50 trillion global electricity network to tackle pollution and climate change.

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

Posted in Business on 7th Apr, 2016 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Record clean energy investment outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1.

Complex sugars cooked up from 'comet ice'

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2016 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have detected ribose, a sugar needed to make RNA and DNA, in laboratory experiments which simulate the very early Solar System.

Future solar panels could also generate energy from raindrops

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2016 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new solar cell prototype developed by a team of scientists in China may change the way we use solar panels in the not so distant future.

Supernova iron found on the moon

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2016 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A supernova 2 million years ago sprayed the solar system with stellar material.

The first step toward alpha centauri: sailing to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 16th Apr, 2016 07:10 AM
by AlexMuller
These lasers sails could drive "space-chips" to Mars in roughly 30 minutes, researchers say.

Watching SunEdison's Collapse, Solar Industry Resets

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2016 07:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The collapse of SunEdison has made clear the perils of too-rapid growth.

Did the Sun Consume a Primordial Super-Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2016 07:56 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that at least one super-Earth; a planet that is larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune, could have formed close to the sun.

US: New standardization initiative could save billions for solar users

Posted in Hardware on 19th Apr, 2016 11:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Improved access to solar data, would lower risks and result in savings of nearly $9 billion over the next 10 years.

San Francisco just became the first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
All new buildings with 10 floors or less must have at least 15% of their rooftops designated as solar ready.

Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'These astonishing findings open a new direction for the development of perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells'

Giant wave-riding platform design puts solar power out to sea

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar energy has a great potential, but among the factors hindering its general application is that suitable land is not always available.

India Adds 7.1 GW Renewable Energy Capacity In FY2015–16, Beats Target

Posted in Hardware on 2nd May, 2016 03:37 PM
by AlexMuller
This is one and a half times more than the target of 4,460 MW set at the start of the financial year.

There will be more new jobs in solar than oil by the end of 2016

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2016 04:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The decline in oil prices has not just rocked that industry, but jobs linked to both fossil fuels and renewable energy.

Germany raises renewable bar again: clean energy briefly meets nearly 100% of demand

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2016 10:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Sunday once again a record-breaker for Germany's renewable energy sector, with wind and solar contributing 45.5 GW.

Record 34.5% normal sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency which beats the old 24% record

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2016 11:51 AM
by AlexMuller
'What’s remarkable is that this level of efficiency had not been expected for many years'

Cooling and time in the dark preserves perovskite solar power

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A research breakthrough potentially removing one roadblock to commercialization for this promising technology.

China's Solar Prices Can Fall 38%, Become Competitive With Coal

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
China surpassed Germany last year as the nation with the most installed solar-power capacity, in the process making renewable energy more competitive by driving down costs.

Planet 9 could have once been an exoplanet, stolen by our sun

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Astronomers often find exoplanets hundreds of light years away in other solar systems, but there is probably one hiding in our own backyard'

Pluto's Interactions with the Solar Wind Are Unique

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2016 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto's atmosphere interacts with the solar wind in a never-before-seen hybrid way, one that's both comet-like and planet-like.

Solar power could reach $1 per watt by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power is the fastest-growing form of power generation in the U.S., but it still accounts for just over 1 percent of U.S. electricity.

Solar generation grew 33% in 2015 as coal records largest fall

Posted in Business on 10th Jun, 2016 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar generation increased by 33% in 2015, officially becoming the world’s fastest growing source of energy.

There could be at least 2 more planets in our Solar System

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 03:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, that suggest that the hypothetical extra planet might not be alone.

Tesla makes offer to buy SolarCity

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jun, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric carmaker Tesla has offered to buy solar panel company SolarCity in a bid to expand its clean energy business. Elon Musk described the deal as a "no brainer".

Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal.

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Posted in Business on 3rd Jul, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.

Nanoscale discovery could push perovskite solar cells to 31% efficency

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jul, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The efficiency at which solar cells convert photons to electricity has increased more rapidly for perovskite than any other material to date.

New horizons gets the green light from NASA to explore a world beyond pluto

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jul, 2016 04:39 PM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons, that showed us Pluto up close for the first time, received NASA approval to forge ahead to an ancient target beyond Pluto.

Musk reveals his new master plan for the future of Tesla

Posted in Business on 21st Jul, 2016 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk revealed his new master plan for Tesla today (July 20) in a blog post published on Tesla’s website:

Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2016 05:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The first round-the-world solar powered flight has been completed, after the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi.

World's largest solar power plant planned for Chernobyl nuclear wasteland

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The proposed 1GW solar plant, if built today, would be the world’s largest.

Exponential growth and the renewable surprise

Posted in Business on 30th Jul, 2016 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar PV has grown faster than government officials thought possible, this time in the UK.

Tesla and SolarCity Agree to $2.6 Billion Deal

Posted in Business on 3rd Aug, 2016 09:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Tesla reached an agreement to buy SolarCity for $2.6 B about $300 million less than an initial proposal, criticized as a “bailout” for the solar company in which he's the largest shareholder.

Apple given all-clear to sell energy from solar farm

Posted in Business on 7th Aug, 2016 01:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple said renewable energy generated at the site could power 60,000 California homes.

Spectrolab making 30.7% efficient solar cells for space applications

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2016 01:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The new XTJ Prime cell has achieved a solar energy conversion efficiency of 30.7% (higher than any other comparable model available, it is claimed).

Icy Dwarf Planet Ceres May Have a Warm Heart

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 01:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Shedding light on the structure of Ceres might, in turn, yield insight into how it and other asteroids and dwarf planets evolved over time.

Cheaper hybrid concentrated solar power plant design put to the test

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
MHPS is testing out a hybrid concentrated solar power system that combines a a solar power tower with a low-temperature, low-cost Fresnel evaporator.

Elon Musk wants to sell you an entire 'solar roof'

Posted in Hardware on 12th Aug, 2016 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea is that instead of just selling solar panels that can be placed on someone's roof, SolarCity can sell the entire roof itself with the solar power capabilities built into it.

One micron thick solar cells and three micron thick OLED displays

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Aug, 2016 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The bendy solar cells could power wearable electronics like fitness trackers and smart glasses.

Solar Cost Hits World's New Low, Half the Price of Coal in Chile

Posted in Business on 24th Aug, 2016 04:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Chile awarded a contract to sell solar power for $29.10 per megawatt hour (MWh), the lowest ever across the planet.

The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows

Posted in Business on 28th Aug, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Despite already low costs, the installed price of solar fell by 5 to 12 percent in 2015.

By 2025, The Eastern US Could Get 1/3 of Its Energy From Renewables

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2016 05:37 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the largest power systems in the world can integrate over 30% wind and solar power into its systems.

Solar power cost down 25% in five months

Posted in Business on 28th Sep, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'There’s no reason why the cost of solar will ever increase again'

Liquid water in the rest of the solar system is about 50 times Earth's volume of water

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2016 04:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The locations of some subsurface oceans are on Europa, Enceladus, Ganymede, Titan, the asteroid Ceres, Callisto, Dione and Pluto.

Solar panels surpass coal-fired electricity in previously 'unthinkable' feat

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2016 09:24 AM
by AlexMuller
In the UK, for six months until September, more electricity came from sunlight than coal-fired power stations.

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2016 01:55 PM
by AlexMuller
The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up.

Argonne Labs makes solar thermal energy storage 20X better, enables solar to provide power at night

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Oct, 2016 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar power on demand, even with no sunlight, through the use of thermal storage.

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Posted in Business on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Solar will have nearly tripled in less than three years by 2017, natural gas is the country's chief source of electricity and coal power continues to fade.

World’s largest photovoltaic solar plant to be established in Turkey by 2018

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2016 01:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The plant will be constructed on a nearly 2,000-hectare area, will produce 1.7 billion kwh of electricity, which is enough for 600,000 houses.

Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2016 02:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts hail rapid transformation that will see clean energy outgrow fossil fuels in the next five years, but warn UK is failing to exploit huge potential.

Tesla shows off new product: solar roof tiles

Posted in Business on 30th Oct, 2016 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The tiles, made from glass, are intended to be a more attractive way to add solar panels to homes, compared with currently-used solar technology.

Supercomputers Are Now Running off of Solar Power

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2016 03:05 PM
by AlexMuller
New sustainable power supply systems are helping us to develop technologies that are more reliable and efficient than ever.

Tesla presses case for SolarCity merger saying it would add $1 billion to 2017 revenue

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2016 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'The acquisition will enable us to transform into a truly integrated sustainable energy company.'

For Americans, solar power can now come without the panel

Posted in Business on 5th Nov, 2016 12:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Arcadia Power launched a community solar program Nov. 3 that lets customers buy solar panels anywhere in the US.

Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2016 04:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Cells made from inexpensive and increasingly popular perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique.

Britain Says It Will Ditch Coal Power By 2025

Posted in Business on 14th Nov, 2016 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
After a year in which solar generated more power than coal for six months, the country has realised a transition to clean energy won't be so hard.

World Energy Outlook 2016 sees renewables and natural gas transforming global energy through 2040

Posted in Business on 17th Nov, 2016 02:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The era of fossil fuels appears far from over.

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders approve acquisition

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Tesla is now officially in the solar energy business.

Elon Musk claims solar roof looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and generates electricity

Posted in Hardware on 19th Nov, 2016 12:22 PM
by AlexMuller
If Musk’s claims prove true, this could be a real turning point in the evolution of solar power.

China Wants to Build a $50 Trillion Global Wind & Solar Power Grid by 2050

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2016 12:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The company that is tasked with running China's power grid just proposed a $50 trillion global electricity network to tackle climate change.

Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Posted in Business on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim is to provide customers with full-stack solutions for owning their own energy production, storage and consumption.

Tesla converted an entire island to solar with new microgrid product developed by SolarCity

Posted in Business on 23rd Nov, 2016 03:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The island of Ta’u has been using diesel generators and burning over 100,000 gallons of fuel per year.

Solar cells can be made with tin instead of lead, scientists find

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2016 02:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A breakthrough in solar power could make it cheaper and more commercially viable, thanks to research at the University of Warwick.

Solar Capacity In India Tops 10 Gigawatts

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
India will soon become the third-largest solar power market in the world, after China and the United States.

Solar Fabric Could Let You Charge Your Phone With Your Shirt

Posted in Hardware on 11th Dec, 2016 02:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The latest advancement in solar technology will put solar energy on another new and somewhat unexpected surface.

US Solar Market Experiences Record Quarter, Installing 2 Megawatts Per Hour

Posted in Hardware on 14th Dec, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
US solar shattered all records this past quarter, installing a massive 4.1 gigawatts (GW) at an average of 2 megawatts of solar PV per hour.

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

Posted in Business on 18th Dec, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The drop in price is driven by investments from developing nations.

Trump's coal revival plan probably won’t work; clean energy tech is already cheaper

Posted in Hardware on 20th Dec, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The cost of solar power systems has dropped 30% this year alone.

India predicts it will exceed Paris renewable energy target by half

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2016 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Government forecasts 57% of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2027, above 40% target agreed at climate summit.

Solar power is now the cheapest form of energy in almost 60 countries

Posted in Business on 24th Dec, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The average price of solar energy in almost 60 countries dropped to US$1.65 million per megawatt during 2016.

Progress towards next-generation solar cells

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2016 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified an unexpected cause of poor performance in a new class of flexible and cheap solar cells, bringing them closer to market.

Fully transparent solar cell could make every window in your house a power source

Posted in Hardware on 28th Dec, 2016 10:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Soon windows, panes of glass, and even entire buildings could be used to generate solar energy.

Scientists plan on contacting the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System

Posted in Science on 28th Dec, 2016 11:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are making preparations to send a transmission to Proxima b - the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System.

Will Solar and Wind Surpass Hydro by early 2020s?

Posted in Business on 30th Dec, 2016 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The pro-solar case is based upon massive scaling of lower cost solar and low cost batteries.

Emerging Markets Lead the Way to Cheapest-Ever Solar Energy

Posted in Business on 31st Dec, 2016 05:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The shift is happening faster than anyone thought it would, particularly in solar energy.

Solar Panels Now So Cheap Manufacturers Probably Selling at Loss

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2017 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The current price is also lower than cost estimates.

India's double first in battle against climate change

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jan, 2017 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Two world-leading clean energy projects have opened in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

China to invest £292bn in renewable power by 2020

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2017 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
World’s largest energy market looks to move from coal towards cleaner fuels.

Morocco unveils Noor I power plant, a massive solar power plant in the Sahara

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jan, 2017 10:05 AM
by AlexMuller
It's capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power and covers thousands of acres of desert.

China kept on smashing renewables records in 2016

Posted in Business on 9th Jan, 2017 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The 2020 solar power capacity installation target is likely to be met next year, two years ahead of schedule.

Solar Looks to Outpace Natural Gas and Wind

Posted in Business on 12th Jan, 2017 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Although final totals are not quite in, estimates indicate more solar capacity was added in 2016 than for its rivals.

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl's nuclear ashes

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2017 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Tesla will power its Gigafactory with a 70-megawatt solar farm

Posted in Business on 16th Jan, 2017 12:35 PM
by AlexMuller
It will be the world’s largest roof-mounted solar installation.

Solar Is Finally Moving Beyond Boom and Bust

Posted in Business on 23rd Jan, 2017 11:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar no longer driven by subsidies.

China becomes the world's largest solar power producer

Posted in Hardware on 6th Feb, 2017 04:05 PM
by Alex Muller
As it stands, solar energy represents only one percent of the country’s energy output.

China will go from 1% solar power in 2016 to possibly 2.5% power generation from solar in 2020

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2017 05:59 PM
by Alex Muller
China aims to boost the mix of non-fossil fuel generated power to 20 percent by 2030 from 11 percent today.

Japan is building the world’s largest floating solar power plant

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2017 12:47 PM
by Alex Muller
Japan doesn't have much land to spare. Tokyo Leasing Corporation along with Kyocera Corporation have announced a project to built the World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant.

Solar can already generate more energy than oil, says scientific review

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2017 10:16 AM
by Alex Muller
While the world has been going crazy, solar has quietly tipped over the edge and kicked oil and gas off the cliff of history.

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2017 03:41 PM
by Alex Muller
The United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016.

Hurdle cleared on road to printable, low-cost perovskite solar cells

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2017 02:56 PM
by Alex Muller
A manufacturing breakthrough that allows for lower cost and higher efficiency perovskite solar cells to move forward.

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2017 10:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.

New York sees almost 800 percent growth in solar over 5 years

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2017 04:35 PM
by Alex Muller
New York's Clean Energy Standard requires 50 percent of electricity to come from renewables by 2030.

Solar reached 1.4% of U.S. electricity in 2016

Posted in Business on 5th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show that all renewables together made up 15.3% of U.S. generation.

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

Posted in Business on 8th Mar, 2017 11:52 PM
by Alex Muller
The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.

Solar industry facing devastating 800% tax increase

Posted in Business on 9th Mar, 2017 07:44 PM
by Alex Muller
Some businesses and schools that generate electricity from rooftop solar panels will have to pay rates for the first time, while others will face a massive tax rise.

Google’s Project Sunroof now shows solar potential in all 50 states

Posted in Online on 15th Mar, 2017 09:38 PM
by Alex Muller
Another expansion of Project Sunroof, a web app for showing how much money you can save by installing solar panels at home.

Solar has become America’s fastest-growing, nonpartisan energy source

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2017 09:53 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. added 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power last year alone. That’s more than the previous three years combined.

One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption

Posted in Business on 23rd Mar, 2017 09:17 PM
by Alex Muller
A new report suggests that playing nice with China could be the key to success.

Elon Musk says Tesla will start taking orders for Solar Roofs in April

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2017 07:49 PM
by Alex Muller
A key pillar in Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla and SolarCity is becoming a reality next month.

Chemical energy storage with water heating solar panels enables a conversion of more than 80 percent of the incoming sunlight

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2017 07:37 PM
by Alex Muller
The stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed.

Copper oxide solar cells on top of regular silicon solar cells cold boost energy conversion up to 40% from 25%

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2017 03:39 PM
by Alex Muller
Combine two different types of solar cells in order to utilize a greater portion of the sunlight.

Solar breaks 50% of California electricity for first time

Posted in Business on 8th Apr, 2017 08:33 PM
by Alex Muller
The increase in utility-scale solar power , which grew 50% in the state in 2016, is quickly changing the landscape.

Clean Energy UN report: Clean power is up, costs are down

Posted in Business on 9th Apr, 2017 10:29 AM
by Alex Muller
The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, according to the UN.

Solar energy has plunged in price, where does it go from here?

Posted in Business on 15th Apr, 2017 03:41 PM
by Alex Muller
A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity.

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2017 10:47 AM
by Alex Muller
Unsubsidized renewables have become the cheapest source of new power ,  by far ,  in more and more countries.

Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Posted in Hardware on 19th Apr, 2017 05:30 PM
by Alex Muller
Metal-organic framework sucks up water from air with humidity as low as 20 percent.

China to boost non-fossil fuel use to 20 percent by 2030

Posted in Business on 26th Apr, 2017 07:39 PM
by Alex Muller
China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050.

Solar could provide 30% of Australia’s power needs by 2030

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2017 08:06 PM
by Alex Muller
Solar photovoltaics (PV) could provide 30 per cent of Australia’s electricity needs by 2030, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Google expands Project Sunroof 'solar power potential' program beyond the U.S. and into Germany

Posted in Science on 4th May, 2017 01:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Google is expanding its Project Sunroof program beyond the U.S. for the first time.

China increases solar power output by 80% in three months

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2017 07:22 PM
by Alex Muller
The power-generation increase comes even as more solar plants stand idle because of congested transmission infrastructure.

Warren Buffett says he's got a 'big appetite' for a solar or wind project

Posted in Business on 8th May, 2017 05:27 PM
by Alex Muller
Warren Buffett told shareholders Saturday he is ready to invest in a solar project.

India is embracing solar power

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2017 01:01 PM
by Alex Muller
India unveiled the world's biggest solar farm earlier this year and has quadrupled its solar capacity in the last three years, bringing electricity to millions of off-grid households.

Tesla releases details of its solar roof tiles:

Posted in Business on 12th May, 2017 05:16 PM
by Alex Muller
Cheaper than regular roof with infinity warranty and 30 yrs of solar power.

UK firm designs 'world's most affordable solar lamp'

Posted in Hardware on 22nd May, 2017 02:53 PM
by Alex Muller
A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world's most affordable solar lamp.

India cancels plans for huge coal power stations as solar energy prices hit record low

Posted in Business on 25th May, 2017 03:26 PM
by Alex Muller
'India's solar tariffs have literally been free falling in recent months'

Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy

Posted in Business on 26th May, 2017 03:00 PM
by Alex Muller
Overall, more than 260,000 people work in the solar industry, up by 24% from 2015.

Largest floating solar plant begins operations in China

Posted in Business on 28th May, 2017 10:11 AM
by Alex Muller
China has announced that the World’s largest floating solar farm has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid.

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's, and it can be installed in half the time

Posted in Business on 29th May, 2017 01:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Monocrystalline solar cells with a higher density that other solar roofing options.

Lives saved by replacing coal with solar photovoltaic

Posted in Business on 3rd Jun, 2017 02:02 PM
by Alex Muller
Poor air quality from coal combustion adversely impacts human health.

China just switched on the world's largest floating solar power plant

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2017 05:12 PM
by Alex Muller
It wasn’t too long ago that China had a reputation as a coal-guzzling, smog-blanketed polluter.

World renewable energy production increases by record levels in 2016, enough to power half of Western Europe

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2017 04:10 PM
by Alex Muller
Huge amounts of renewable energy added last year.

For First Time in History, Solar Jobs Outnumber Coal Jobs in Virginia

Posted in Business on 18th Jun, 2017 12:49 PM
by Alex Muller
Virginia has long been coal country, but the solar power industry has been increasing its foothold in the Commonwealth over the last few years.

Likely Mars sized planet at two times the distance to Neptune

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2017 12:40 PM
by Alex Muller
An unknown, unseen 'planetary mass object' may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035

Posted in Business on 28th Jun, 2017 03:23 PM
by Alex Muller
Leaders from more than 250 cities unanimously back a resolution to reach clean energy goal at the US Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach.

Solar energy revolution hits barrier: Air pollution

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2017 06:20 PM
by Alex Muller
Solar energy is running into a pesky problem: air pollution worldwide.

Solar Energy Soon to Surf the Wave of Profitability

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2017 03:54 PM
by Alex Muller
Decreases in the production costs of solar energy mean that in 5 years, renewable energy will be cheaper than coal in many countries, including China, the UK, and India.

Global solar installations jump 50 percent in 2016, IEA says

Posted in Business on 4th Jul, 2017 05:40 PM
by Alex Muller
Between 70 and 75 gigawatts worth of solar panels came online, with close to half those installations coming in China, where solar capacity more than doubled last year.

Ultra-stable perovskite solar cell remains stable for more than a year

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jul, 2017 02:46 PM
by Alex Muller
Scientists have built a low-cost and ultra-stable perovskite solar cell that has been running at 11.2 percent efficiency for over a year, without loss in performance.

Scientists design solar cell that captures nearly all energy of solar spectrum

Posted in Hardware on 13th Jul, 2017 03:03 PM
by Alex Muller
A prototype for a solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the solar spectrum.

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2017 04:30 PM
by Alex Muller
Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report.

Renewable Energy Just Hit a Big Milestone

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2017 02:59 PM
by Alex Muller
This year, for the first time in the modern nuclear era, renewable energy has surpassed nuclear power as a percentage of U.S. energy generation.

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

Posted in Business on 4th Aug, 2017 12:04 PM
by Alex Muller
PV and wind represent almost half of all net new generation capacity installed worldwide during last year.

The renewable energy revolution in India

Posted in Business on 7th Aug, 2017 06:01 PM
by Alex Muller
India has launched the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme and aims to achieve 175 GW capacity of energy by 2022.

China installed record 24.4GW of solar in first-half of 2017

Posted in Business on 14th Aug, 2017 03:12 PM
by Alex Muller
CPIA also reported that solar cell production in China in the first half of 2017 had reached around 32GW, up 28% from the prior year period.

Researchers use polystyrene to make next-generation of solar panels even cheaper

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2017 04:51 PM
by Alex Muller
The move could significantly reduce the cost of production and manufacturing of the solar cells.

Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

Posted in Business on 22nd Aug, 2017 06:43 PM
by Alex Muller
The industry’s focus is shifting to the huge swath of customers who can’t put panels on their own roofs.

Global Solar Capacity Set to Surpass Nuclear

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2017 12:54 PM
by Alex Muller
By the end of 2017, solar PV capacity will rival nuclear. By 2022, it could more than double nuclear capacity.

China Continues Massive Solar Installations With 10.52 GW In July, Already Exceeds 2020 Target

Posted in Science on 24th Aug, 2017 07:15 PM
by Alex Muller
China has had a fantastically impressive year so far in terms of solar installations, and it doesn’t look like it is planning on stopping anytime soon.

Power company plans $6 billion solar, battery investment

Posted in Science on 31st Aug, 2017 07:01 PM
by Alex Muller
Duke Energy Florida is just the latest utility to walk away from nuclear.

Clear, Liquid Coating Turns Windows Into Solar Panels

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2017 09:08 AM
by Alex Muller
SolarWindow Technologies says it can harvest energy from sunlight by applying a transparent film to glass or plastic.

New Research Shows Solar Energy May Have Been Undervalued

Posted in Business on 13th Sep, 2017 04:42 PM
by Alex Muller
Long-term energy planning simulations tended not to include solar energy.

Solar Power Is Getting Cheaper, But How Do We Overcome Its Limits?

Posted in Hardware on 14th Sep, 2017 06:46 PM
by Alex Muller
The price of silicon-based solar cells has been falling off a cliff for years now.

Solar installations are growing faster than people realise

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2017 05:39 PM
by Alex Muller
Solar power is expected to grow exponentially as an important source to meet the world's energy needs, according to the CEO of panel maker RE

Light to purge defects from solar cells

Posted in Science on 17th Sep, 2017 05:01 PM
by Alex Muller
Researchers discovered that shining a light on perovskites caused positively charged iodine atoms to disperse, and those atoms carried away defects in the process.

US solar plant costs fall another 30 per cent in just one year

Posted in Business on 21st Sep, 2017 08:11 AM
by Alex Muller
A dramatic slide in prices even for an industry that has been greatly successful in reducing prices, and appears to come mostly from the collapse in PV module prices.

To Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, We Need Way Better Batteries

Posted in Business on 22nd Sep, 2017 06:42 PM
by Alex Muller
When it comes to grid storage our batteries are terrible.

Roll out solar provides 10 times the mobile power

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2017 06:37 PM
by Alex Muller
Roll-up solar panels are being used to help power an island off the coast of Cardiff.

China Is Showing the World What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like

Posted in Hardware on 7th Oct, 2017 01:23 PM
by Alex Muller
The growth of solar energy continues to outpace forecasts.

While U.S. moves toward coal, China bets big on solar

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2017 03:20 PM
by Alex Muller
China flipped the switch on the world's largest floating solar installation, built on top of a lake created by an abandoned coal mine.

Google Will Hit 100 Percent Renewable Energy This Year

Posted in Business on 12th Oct, 2017 09:56 AM
by Alex Muller
That means that all of the electricity the company consumes in both its data centres and offices are provided by wind and solar energy.

5 Reasons Solar Power is an Energy of the Future

Posted in Hardware on 14th Oct, 2017 04:09 PM
by Alex Muller
As of recently, solar power has started to gain momentum in becoming a potential energy technology that could help make gas, oil, and other types of energy nonexistent.

SunPower Signs $140 Million Agreement To Fund US Commercial Solar Projects

Posted in Business on 15th Oct, 2017 03:08 PM
by Alex Muller
SunPower is to establish a $140 million portfolio of solar energy systems.

The US government keeps spectacularly underestimating solar energy installation

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2017 01:47 AM
by Alex Muller
The only thing certain in this life are death, taxes and the US department of energy’s massive underestimate of renewable energy capacity.

Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2017 05:12 PM
by Alex Muller
See-through solar-harvesting applications, such as this module pioneered at Michigan State University, could potentially produce 40 percent of U.S. electricity demand.

Global Solar Market Demand Expected To Reach 100 Gigawatts In 2017, Says SolarPower Europe

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2017 07:22 PM
by Alex Muller
SolarPower predicts that global solar market demand will reach 100 gigawatts for the first time ever this year.

100% Renewable Electricity to Power the World by 2050? It's Happening

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2017 08:31 AM
by Alex Muller
If you think a world powered by 100 percent cheap renewable electricity is an impossible dream, there's a surprise in store for you.

China on Pace for Record Solar-Power Installations

Posted in Hardware on 20th Nov, 2017 05:05 PM
by Alex Muller
China is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent.

MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make Heat for Later

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2017 08:51 AM
by Alex Muller
The technology could provide a new energy source for communities in the developing world that don’t depend on the grid.

China solar must increase 600% to displace coal, gas and nuclear new annual additions

Posted in Hardware on 24th Nov, 2017 09:18 AM
by Alex Muller
China will install about 54 gw of solar capacity in 2017 which is about 80% more than most forecasters had predicted.

Smart Solar Panel Windows That Can Generate Electricity

Posted in Hardware on 27th Nov, 2017 02:13 AM
by Alex Muller
“Smart windows” with the ability to generate electricity are the way of the future, and scientists are another step closer to making it a widespread reality.

Solar panel prices plunge by a shocking 26 percent in one year

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2017 06:54 AM
by Alex Muller
Wind power keeps getting cheaper, too.

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency; enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity

Posted in Hardware on 1st Dec, 2017 04:08 PM
by Alex Muller
The solar cell is based on the favourite material perovskite.

Australia breaks record again for rooftop solar installs in November

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2017 03:44 PM
by Alex Muller
Last month the industry managed to install 120MW, knocking off the record set in June 2012.

Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2017 10:25 PM
by Alex Muller
A new 'double-glazing' solar power device – unlike any existing solar panel, opens up fresh opportunities to develop more advanced photovoltaics.

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