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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:51:00 UTC

Towards a Low-carbon Future: Bi-lateral Collaboration Between the UK and US

There are significant differences between the clean energy and environmental outlooks of the May and Trump administrations. To-date the Prime Minister has given no indication of renouncing either the Paris accords or the UK’s pledged emission targets. The U.S. commitment to the accords and willingness to fulfill the promised GHG reductions of the Obama administration remain unclear. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:19:00 UTC

Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

A new study has suggested that Iran could transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades.… read more
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:27:00 UTC

First Solar to Deliver 48.5MW Manildra Solar Farm in Australia

First Solar this week announced that financial close has been reached for the Manildra Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. First Solar will leverage its expertise in utility-scale solar development to deliver the 48.5-MW (AC) project, which will utilize approximately 466,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules and single-axis tracking technology expected to produce more than 120,000 megawatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation. The Manildra Solar Farm will take First Solar's installed capacity in Australia to more than 400-MW (AC) when it is complete in 2018.


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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:01:00 UTC

Innovative Aggregation Expands Access to Large-scale Renewables

This week, the largest renewable energy project built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers reached commercial operation. The development of the 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project was driven by demand from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center, and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation.


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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:59:00 UTC

Dominion Announces Two Large-Scale Solar Energy Projects in South Carolina

Dominion announced plans to construct, own and operate 81 megawatts (AC) of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, S.C. Two projects — a 71.4-megawatt facility that would be South Carolina's largest and a 10-megawatt array — are expected to enter service in 2017.

"Dominion is excited to work with a number of partners — including Solvay and South Carolina Electric & Gas — not only to bring additional non-carbon-emitting solar generation to the power grid but also to add to our South Carolina energy infrastructure portfolio," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. "We are proud of the work we are doing in South Carolina to help people, electric and gas distribution companies and industry access clean energy."

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:49:34 UTC

Solar Efficiency Increase: New Record Set

Japanese researchers have surpassed the 2015 record for silicon solar panel efficiency, inching ever closer to maximum theoretical limits. This advancement will help to bring down the installed cost of solar even more in the near future. Using a technique called thin-film heterojunction (HJ) optimization, researchers at Japan’s Kaneko Corporation have achieved 26.6% efficiency, surpassing […]

The post Solar Efficiency Increase: New Record Set appeared first on Solar Tribune.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:37:00 UTC

Intertek Energy & Water in pioneering tidal energy research with leading academics

Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has published a study on the influence of storm surge on tidal range energy, as part of pioneering tidal energy research in collaboration with leading academic institutions.… read more
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:45:00 UTC

From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix India's Water, Energy and Sanitation Woes

As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand upward. More than half of India is now considered severely water stressed.

Part of the problem is that India still manages its water as an infinite resource on a linear model of withdrawal, consumption and disposal. But a more efficient management model is to look at water from a “circular economy” perspective. Water’s usability doesn’t need to end once it washes down the drain. Rather, we can see industrial and domestic wastewater as a valuable resource from which usable water, nutrients and even renewable energy can be extracted.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:37:24 UTC

Large Scale Energy Storage: An Investment In Jobs, Reliability And Affordability

The Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $20 million to support large-scale energy storage initiatives across Victoria, creating jobs, protecting affordability and maintaining the reliability of our energy grid. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy and Environment Lily D'A… read more
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:58:00 UTC

New projects aim to make geothermal energy more economically attractive

The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.7 million to Berkeley Lab for two geothermal projects.… read more
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:02:53 UTC

New study calls for US solar policy reform

Researchers suggest reforming US solar policies and encourage closer collaboration between the United States and China on solar energy in a new report. … read more
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:19:00 UTC

Biting the Biggest Apple: New York’s New Plan to Reward Distributed Energy Resources

How do we compensate those who add clean electricity to our shared power grid? This fundamental question has affected the rate at which the U.S. has adopted, deployed, and put into use clean, distributed energy resources.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:10:00 UTC

The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar PV Reality

Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels.

It’s not as far-fetched it seems. Solar researchers and company executives think there’s a good chance the economics of the $42 billion industry will soon be disrupted by something called perovskites, a range of materials that can be used to harvest light when turned into a crystalline structure.

The hope is that perovskites, which can be mixed into liquid solutions and deposited on a range of surfaces, could play a crucial role in the expansion of solar energy applications with cells as efficient as those currently made with silicon. One British company aims to have a thin-film perovskite solar cell commercially available by the end of 2018.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:58:00 UTC

Oil Majors Take a Plunge into Offshore Wind

Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and  Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in competitive auctions for power purchase contracts, which have developed a specialty in anchoring massive turbines on the seabed.

The oil companies have many reasons to move into the industry. They’ve spent decades building oil projects offshore, and that business is winding down in some areas where older fields have drained. Returns from wind farms are predictable and underpinned by government-regulated electricity prices. And fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business as forecasts emerge that renewables will eat into their market.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:30:00 UTC

ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark

ABB has announced the successful commissioning of Denmark’s first urban energy storage system.… read more
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