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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

Solar Innovation Could Solve Africa’s Water Problem

Feb 05, 2018 at 10:40 | Llewellyn King

Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most beautiful and green cities in the world, will run out of water in April. On “Day Zero” (April 16 by the latest…

New Breakthrough Boosts Solar Fuel Efficiency

Jan 19, 2018 at 17:22 | Brian Westenhaus

University of Twente researchers have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. This involves the direct conversion of energy from sunlight into a usable fuel…

Chernobyl Disaster Site Transformed Into Massive Solar Plant

Jan 15, 2018 at 09:23 | ZeroHedge

Some 100 meters from the giant metal sarcophagus that contains the infamous Reactor Four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, a new solar project has been built, providing hope of salvaging…

How China Is Killing India’s Solar Industry

Dec 27, 2017 at 11:43 | Ag Metal Miner

India’s solar energy plans seem to have run into a spot of a bother. The Indian government’s target is to boost installed solar power capacity more than five-fold to 100…

The Solar Tech That Is Making Cleaner Oil

Dec 07, 2017 at 12:35 | Zainab Calcuttawala

It’s clear: fossil fuel majors from around the world are preparing to redefine their core competency from oil and gas extraction to “energy” provision over the next few decades. In…

Is The U.S. Solar Boom In Jeopardy?

Nov 01, 2017 at 14:55 | Nick Cunningham

The U.S. solar industry has surged in recent years, accounting for the largest source of new electric capacity in the past year, with plenty of room to grow. However, the…

This Solar Cell Transformation Will Make Self-Driving Cars Safer

Oct 06, 2017 at 16:22 | Futurity

Engineers working to make solar cells more cost effective ended up finding a method for making sonar-like collision avoidance systems in self-driving cars. The twin discoveries started, the researchers say,…

Trump’s Solar Tariff Confusion Creates An Opportunity

Sep 26, 2017 at 16:50 | Irina Slav

The solar sector is reeling from confusion, and stock prices are reeling right along with it. The time it has taken investors and traders to wrap their heads around Trump’s…

Solar Costs Are Dropping Much Faster Than Expected

Sep 25, 2017 at 14:11 | Kent Moors

Back in 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began something called The SunShot Initiative. The intent was to set 2020 and 2030 targets making solar power more affordable in three…

Unusual Ruling Could Impact Cheap Solar Panel Imports

Sep 22, 2017 at 17:16 | ZeroHedge

In a decision that could potentially have a profound impact on U.S. trade policy, the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that a flood of cheap, foreign solar panels is…

Ambitious Solar Project Takes Root In Tunisia

Sep 15, 2017 at 16:33 | Oxford Business Group

The recent submission of proposals for the construction of a new solar park project in Tunisia highlight the country’s potential as a location for renewable energy projects at a time…

Eclipse: What Happens If The World’s Giant Solar Farms Go Offline?

Aug 21, 2017 at 09:58 | ZeroHedge

The first total solar eclipse in 99 years will be an unprecedented test of an American power grid that has become rapidly reliant on solar energy, according to Bloomberg.…

China Outpaces Competition In Renewable Race

Jul 21, 2017 at 16:50 | Irina Slav

China has a no-nonsense approach to pretty much everything. After its rapid growth as an industrial power, it is now employing this very same approach to deal with its consequences:…

What Bitcoin And Solar Have In Common

Jul 20, 2017 at 16:57 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Bitcoins do not magically appear out of nowhere. Each one is “mined” in a blockchain process that eats enough electricity to power an American household for 1.57 days. This…

New Solar Tech Produces 50% More Energy Than Silicon Cells

Jul 20, 2017 at 10:34 | Futurity

Researchers have created a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system with embedded microtracking that is capable of producing 50 percent more energy per day than the standard silicon solar cells. “Solar cells…

Is Solar Reliable When Grids Are Stressed?

Jul 13, 2017 at 12:35 | Henry Hewitt

If you want more solar BTUs for your buck, track the sun. This generally means the array is on the ground since very few homes are set up for rooftop…

The Next Big Innovation In Solar Is Here

Jul 11, 2017 at 13:15 | Henry Hewitt

An oil donkey, cycling every 7 or 8 seconds, dips into the well 11,500 times per day. (The math is pretty simple.) A solar tracker, over a 30-year lifetime, making…

Is This The First Sign Of A U.S., Chinese Solar War?

Jun 12, 2017 at 16:15 | Gregory Brew

After a banner year for solar power installation in the United States, reports on the progress of solar power in the first quarter of 2017 have industry advocates hopeful…

Renewable Energy Outproduces Nuclear In The U.S.

Jun 09, 2017 at 16:07 | Ron Patterson

(Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) The EIA released the latest edition of their Electric Power Monthly  on May…

China Completes World’s Biggest Floating Solar Farm

Jun 01, 2017 at 11:27 | Irina Slav

Images of the Beijing smog and millions of people wearing masks to be able to breathe are among the more dramatic depictions of air pollution caused by excessive industrialization. Now…

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