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Researchers Find New Material for Flat Semiconductors

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 05:04

Researchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic that would make it even more useful: a property called a bandgap, which is essential for making devices such as computer chips and solar cells.

On its 60th Birthday, Solar PV Has Become a Major Contender

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 04:20

On April 25, 1954 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, technicians at AT&T’s legendary Bell Labs publicly demonstrated a solar photovoltaic panel for the first time, capturing light to power the rotation of a miniature Ferris wheel. The New York Times called it “the beginning of a new era, eventually leading to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams.”

Climate Change, Asia and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 04:08

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world must triple its use of renewable energy AND develop nuclear power to avoid the worst ravages of climate change. OK. But what’s the optimal percentage of each to develop?

ABB Announces Power-One Inverter Rebranding Amidst Apparent Stop-Shipment

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:20

Power technology group ABB made a $1 billion solar commitment with its purchase of the number-two solar PV inverter manufacturer Power-One in April 2013. Last week, the Swiss company announced that it finalized the integration, and all Power-One components will now display ABB branding. However in the same week, RenewableEnergyWorld.com caught wind of a supposed global stop-ship on all Power-One Trio string inverters.

Largest Hydro Event in the World Announces Conference Program

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:35

The Preliminary Event Guide is now available for HydroVision International 2014. OPEN AND FIND 20 Reasons to Attend 73 Conference Session Details Technical Tour Details Networking Opportunities Co-Located Event Opportunities Event-At-A-Glance List of Exhibitors Keynote Announcement What's Happening in the Exhibit Hall

BrightSource's 500-MW Hidden Hills CSP Project Delayed — Again

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 08:30

The California Energy Commission has agreed to extend, until April 3, 2015, its suspension of a review proceeding for the 500-MW Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating project.

The High Cost of the Solar Middleman

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:55

If there’s no such thing as a free lunch, then how can Americans get solar on their roof with “zero money down” and lower their electric bill?  Solar leasing, as it’s often called, is a clever market solution to poor federal and state policy design that otherwise requires Americans to do financial acrobatics to power their home or business with sol

$11 Billion Will Be Invested in Indian Solar Energy by 2017

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:53

Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt., an Indian generator backed by Blackstone Group LP, plans to sell shares in its solar unit as it prepares to double investment in photovoltaic projects to $2 billion by 2016.

Solar Success: Students Develop Award-winning Solar Tracker Technology Solution

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:32

Engineering ingenuity and entrepreneurial smarts proved a winning combination for a team of UNH seniors whose project took a top prize at a recent national environmental design competition. The team — three business entrepreneurship majors from the Paul College of Business and Economics and two mechanical engineering majors from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, led by Paul College professor Jeff Sohl — won the INTEL Innovation award for the top project in the 24th annual Environmental Design Contest at New Mexico State University earlier this month.

Thank You Mr. President: More Support for Training Programs at Community Colleges Will Ready More Workers for Solar Jobs

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 05:26

May 9 was a momentous day for solar energy with one giant announcement kicking off a new set of promising and proven actions.  President Obama publicized more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. Some of these headline initiatives included innovat

Tapping Underserved Solar Markets: Can We Extend Solar into Customer Sectors with Lower or No Credit?

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 05:04

Distributed solar deployment is often a game of off-taker credit. That is, behind-the-meter project success depends largely on whether the end-use customer has credit sufficient to support a long-term power contract or lease.

New York Seeks to Reform the Energy Vision: Shift from Monopoly Model to "Utility 2.0"

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 07:52

New York State is pushing its utility industry to shift away from a century-old business model into a system that can accommodate more power from solar and wind.

5 Ways to Use the White House Solar PV System for Residential Solar Marketing

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 07:28

At long last, the White House has officially announced and promoted its solar installation. Though it wasn’t the comprehensive solar PR and educational blitz I was hoping for, it did include a blog post and a nicely produced video, below.   As many longtime readers of this UnThink Solar blog know, I’ve promoted getting solar back on the White House

The Value of Solar: Old Wine in New Bottles

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:47

The “Value of Solar” has emerged as a flash point in the debate over the future of solar PV in the U.S. This has culminated in the recent introduction in Minnesota of a Value of Solar (VoS) policy, which will pay a per-kWh price for solar PV output over a 25-year period. This price is based on a detailed calculation of the estimated value of solar to the State’s electricity system.

Fuel from the Sea: Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight with Seawater

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:11

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

Renewable Energy Stocks By Dollars Per Watt

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:08

Dollars per watt ($/W) is a lousy measure of the economics of solar, but it persists. Most likely, it persists because it seems familiar. We can pay $4 for a watt of solar, or $4 for a Iced Hazelnut Macchiato at Starbucks. Unfortunately, while the analogy may seem apt, this is a lot like knowing you’re getting a Macchiato without knowing if it’s a Tall, Grande, or Venti.

Obama Pledges $2B in Energy Efficiency Funding, Lauds Wal-Mart Solar Roofs

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 17:22

President Barack Obama took the Blue-Light stage here at Wal-Mart in Mountain View, California, to announce several plans for improving energy efficiency and announce commitments by several big retailers to support solar PV. He led with his plan to invest another “$2 billion in energy upgrades for federal buildings over the next three years.” He also touted his three-year-old Better Buildings Initiative, noting that “190 businesses and organizations have signed on, committed to improving energy efficiency in America’s commercial buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.” And he vowed “to support training programs at community colleges across the country that will help 50,000 workers earn the skills that solar companies are looking for right now.” He reckoned that, “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, and every panel is pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be overseas.” Well, perhaps not pounded, exactly.

Private Sector Investment in Solar Poised to Explode

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:50

Talk about the perfect Mother’s Day present for Mother Earth. Today, President Obama announced at a Walmart in California that 300 leading U.S. companies have taken the “solar pledge,” committing to install nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of new solar as part of their business plans. That’s a huge increase in the use of solar in the commercial sector. For A

Unzipping Poplars' Biofuel Potential

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:33

What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel.

Denmark District Heating and CHP a Model for the World

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 08:32

The Danish government are blazing a trail in pursuing a renewable energy future and is hoping its success will rub off on others.