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How Sustainable is PV solar power?

It's generally assumed that it only takes a few years before solar panels have generated as much energy as it took to make them, resulting in very …

Solar Power

APRS Solar PHEV

The other three Prius had 5 KWH or so(?) of added Lithium PHEV batteries costing several thousand dollars? . In contrast, my 2 KWH Lead-Acid …

Electric Vehicles

6 Signs The Big Global Switch To Solar Has Already Begun

China has installed 20 gigawatts of new solar power just in the first half of this year. This achievement beats analysts’ expectations by a wide …

This Man Hacked His Own Solar Panels... And Claims 1,000 More Homes Vulnerable

Fred Bret-Mounet knows how best to secure his home: by hacking it.<p>When he equipped his house with a solar array – “like any good Californian” – his first thought was to test its security. After all, it was connected to the internet. Ergo, it almost certainly had some vulnerabilities. He wasn’t to …

Big batteries for every home and business: Energy storage to double this year

The global energy storage market is expected to double as homes and businesses adopt battery energy storage to supplement rooftop solar and other …

Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts …

Solar PV cells using rare elements unlikely to scale up enough to replace fossil fuels

<i>[ Sunshine may be free, but the materials to make solar contraptions aren’t. Since sunshine arrives in a diluted form (2500 kWh/m2), vast expanses of</i> …

Clean Energy

11 Things to Know About the Solar Sector’s Precarious Future

Despite escalating growth over the past decade, the U.S. solar power sector faces potentially crippling issues concerning module supply, workforce …

Solar Power

SolarEdge Sees Its Smart Inverters as the Hub of Battery-Backed Solar Homes

SolarEdge, the current market leader in residential solar module-level power electronics, also wants to be the market leader in battery-backed, …

Solar Power

Solar Already Beating Gas On Price, & More — Why Natural Gas Is The Next Fossil Fuel To Go

<b>Published on</b> July 12th, 2016 | <i>by Susan Kraemer</i><p>70<p>Solar Already Beating Gas On Price, & More — Why Natural Gas Is The Next Fossil Fuel To Go<p>July 12th, …

Natural Gas

Interview 1191 – Catarina Mota and Marcin Jakubowski Introduce the Open Building Institute

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2016-07-12%20Mota%20Jakubowski.mp3"][/audio]You wouldn't download a house, would you? Of course you …

Open Source Movement

Sonnen’s new battery for solar self-consumption could succeed in US

Tesla Powerwall competitor launches a battery to ease recent net metering woes.<p>German battery company Sonnen never made the grand splash in the US …

Solar Power

What it's really like to fly Solar Impulse 2: exclusive video reveals all about life on board

In the coming weeks, Solar Impulse 2 is set to complete its round-the-world journey. The aircraft, being flown in shifts by Swiss entrepreneur Andre …

Big solar is leaving rooftop systems in the dust

(Reuters) - Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy – a feat driven more by economics than green mandates.<p>Solar panels are shown on top of a Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing-funded (MASH) housing …

Scientists Have Built a Microbial Fuel Cell That Runs Without External Power

Microbes that poop electricity could be the next batteries.<p>For the first time, scientists have built a microbial fuel cell that produces an …

CSIRO scientists say “salt bath” will boost lithium-ion battery performance, safety

An Australian research team led by the CSIRO has found that treating lithium-ion batteries with a simple “salt bath” can extend both their shelf life …

Republican lawmaker promotes solar

North Carolina state representative John Szoka has become a champion of solar energy, but the conservative Republican did not always feel that way. …

Solar Power

Santiago’s Subway Will Soon Be The First To Run On Mostly Solar And Wind Power

The subway, which serves 2.5 million commuters every day, will get up to 60% of its energy from a new solar installation and up to 18% from the …

Renewable Energy

Coverage of Disruptive Science and Technology

Solar PV Prices Will Fall Below $1.00 per Watt by 2020

According to GTM Research’s latest report, <i>U.S. Solar PV Price Brief H1 2016: Pricing, Breakdowns and Forecasts</i>, pricing for fixed-tilt ground-mount …

Morocco turns on what will become the world’s largest solar power plant

Morocco has turned on its massive solar power plant in the town of Ourrzazate, on the edge of the Saharan desert. The plant already spans thousands of acres and is capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power. It's already one of the biggest solar power grids in the world, capable of being …

New Path Forward for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries

A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers Dong-Hwa Seo, Alex Urban, Jinhyuk Lee, and Gerd Ceder (from left) sheds light on how lithium-rich cathodes …

Clean Energy

Solar panel breakthrough brings all-time high power efficiency - IBTimes India

Researchers in Australia have improved their solar panel's efficiency to 34.5 percent from 24 percent.<p>It seems solar energy is the future, whether …

"Hourglass" Coal-Killing Steampunk Energy Storage System Could Pump More Wind, Solar Into Grid

<b>Published on</b> May 26th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>14<p>“Hourglass” Coal-Killing Steampunk Energy Storage System Could Pump More Wind, Solar Into Grid<p>May 26th, …

Energy storage: A market that was always years away is arriving

From Ohio to Hawaii, projects are taking shape that match solar panels with batteries and power management systems. Dramatic changes in the energy …

Solar Panels

Why Used Electric Car Batteries Could Be Crucial To A Clean Energy Future

Battery costs are plummeting to levels that make EVs a truly disruptive technology, as we’ve explained. That’s why electric vehicle (EV) sales are …

Electric Vehicles

The Distribution Grid Has Room for More Solar

There is evidence that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to solar energy projects. Economies of scale suggest large projects would be …

Solar-Powered Drones, Coming Soon To A Sky Near You

<b>Published on</b> April 29th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>2<p>Solar-Powered Drones, Coming Soon To A Sky Near You<p>April 29th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The Intertubes have been …

Scientist accidentally creates a battery than can last a lifetime. Gamechanger

Finding a battery should could charge and discharge over 200,000 times was not her expectation, but Mya Le Thai, lead study author at Unive…

Batteries

I Was Wrong About the Limits of Solar; PV Is Becoming Dirt Cheap.

The price of solar power is falling faster than many thought was possible. Harvard’s David Keith comes honest with us about solar power: “Facts have changed. I was wrong.”<p>The unsubsidized electricity cost from industrial-scale solar PV in the most favorable locations is now well below $40 per …