Renewable Energy News

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:00:00 UTC

How Can the Micro-Grid Solar Solution Realize Electrification in Regions Without Power Supply?

The electrification revolution, which began in the 1860’s, completely changed the way people live and promoted social development. But according to the World Bank's State of Electricity Access Report there are 1.06 billion powerless people around the world. They still live in the dark and do not enjoy the benefits of electrification. 87% of them live in remote rural areas and islands far from power grids. Unfortunately, the cost to extend the power grid to them is too high. … read more
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:13:11 UTC

Small Modular Reactors: Launching in 2018

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are an innovation on nuclear plant design that could replace coal-fired steam turbines with zero or near-zero carbon emissions.  While there are approximately 50 SMR designs around the world, only NuScale, an SMR-startup based in Portland, Oregon, has sought US licensing.   NuScale cleared stage one of the US Nuclear Regulatory […]

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Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:52:48 UTC

Insight into loss processes in perovskite solar cells enables efficiency improvements

In perovskite solar cells, charge carriers are mainly lost through recombination occurring at interface defect sites. In contrast, recombination at defect sites within the perovskite layer does not limit the performance of the solar cells at present. Teams from the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) were able to reach this interesting conclusion through extremely accurate quantitative measurements on 1 cm2 perovskite cells using photoluminescence. … read more
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 16:03:18 UTC

Silicon-based, tandem photovoltaic modules can compete in solar market

The dominant existing solar technology -- silicon -- is more than 90 percent of the way to its theoretical efficiency limit. More efficient technologies will be more expensive. New research identifies the efficiency vs. cost target. … read more
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 11:18:48 UTC

Political Climate Change and the Path to Clean Energy

Could a change in the US political climate spark rapid growth in renewable energy? A group of progressive Democratic candidates believe that it can and voters are listening. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old New York Bartender turned Bernie Sanders campaign organizer, achieved a stunning political upset last month when she beat incumbent 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley […]

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Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:20:33 UTC

Technique to easily fabricate ceramic films used as OPV inter-layers developed

Researchers developed a technique for coating Zinc related oxide (ZnOx, ZnOHx) simply by depositing the films in a solution process using the Metal Organic Decomposition method at ambient temperature and pressure without heating. They also demonstrated that their thin films produced by this technique were useful as buffer layers for OPV cells and that the films achieved a power conversion efficiency equivalent to that of ZnO thin films produced by conventional methods involving sintering. … read more
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:19:39 UTC

And then there was (more) light: Researchers boost performance quality of perovskites

Scientists report that a prototype semiconductor thin-film has performed even better than today's best solar cell materials at emitting light. … read more
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:12:55 UTC

Europe may thrive on renewable energy despite unpredictable weather

Researchers have shown how long-term weather patterns affect wind and solar renewable energy technologies across Europe. The work suggests that despite the unpredictable nature of wind and solar energy, the European power system can comfortably generate at least 35 percent of its electricity using these renewables alone without major impacts on prices or system stability. … read more
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 21:18:00 UTC

Solar Challenge 2018: Pushing the EV envelope

Since 1990, young engineers and aspiring auto designers from universities across the world have been gathering every other summer to compete in one of the world’s premier solar vehicle races. This year, the field was brighter than ever. The American Solar Challenge alternates years with the World Solar Challenge (held in Australia) and takes place […]

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:50:34 UTC

New solar sailing technology for NASA

Researchers is taking solar sailing to the next level with advanced photonic materials. This new class of materials could be used to steer reflected or transmitted photons and enable near-Earth, interplanetary and interstellar space travel. … read more
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:50:26 UTC

Traveling to the sun: Why won't Parker Solar Probe melt?

This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat. … read more
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:50:19 UTC

New battery could store wind and solar electricity affordably and at room temperature

A new type of flow battery that involves a liquid metal more than doubled the maximum voltage of conventional flow batteries and could lead to affordable storage of renewable power. … read more
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:45:43 UTC

How to build efficient organic solar cells

Twenty-five researchers from seven research institutes have put their heads together to draw up rules for designing high-efficiency organic solar cells. … read more
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:45:14 UTC

How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage

Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods - opening the door to improved storage of solar energy and other advances that could boost renewable energy use and combat climate change, according to researchers. … read more
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:55:39 UTC

Different strategy of cycling teams in escape attempts

A new study based on wind tunnel research on a peloton of 121 cyclists may explain why so few 'breakaways' in professional cycling races, like this year's Tour de France, are more
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