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August 18, 2016
SLAC, Stanford gadget grabs more solar energy to disinfect water faster
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 18, 2016
In many parts of the world, the only way to make germy water safe is by boiling, which consumes precious fuel, or by putting it out in the sun in a plastic bottle so ultraviolet rays will kill the microbes. But because UV rays carry only 4 percent of the sun's total energy, the UV method takes six to 48 hours, limiting the amount of water people can disinfect this way. Now researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have created a nanostru ... read more

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Economy of energy-hungry India may face headwinds

Scientists develop nanofur material to soak up oil

US watchdog clears ChemChina's Syngenta acquisition

China opens longest glass bottom bridge in world

Australia to study drift of MH370 debris

Iran interested in proposed Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua

Summer spells cold showers for Russians as hot water cut

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New high-temperature device captures a broader solar wavelength spectrum
The photovoltaic (PV) cells in traditional solar cells convert sunlight efficiently within a narrow range of wavelengths determined by the material used in the PV cells. This limits their efficiency ... more
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Material for polymer solar cells may lend itself to large-area processing
For all the promise they have shown in the lab, polymer solar cells still need to "get on a roll" like the ones employed in printing newspapers so that large sheets of acceptably efficient photovolt ... more
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Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power ... more
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Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer
Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy th ... more
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Installation of 2nd MW-scale sun2live solar power plant in Antigua has commenced
The Caribbean twin-island state Antigua and Barbuda is moving closer to achieving its target in regard to operating the greenest electricity sector in the whole of the region. After the commis ... more
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Rocky Mountain Institute Issues RFP to Bring Solar Power to Rochester
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in partnership with ROCSPOT, a Rochester, New York-based community organization, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop at least 16 megawatts (MW) of sol ... more
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Decision by Australian Energy Regulator protects solar users against unfair costs
A decision by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) will protect solar users in South Australia against discriminatory charges proposed by SA Power Networks. Clean Energy Council Policy Manage ... more
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ORNL optimizes formula for cadmium-tellurium solar cells
Solar cells based on cadmium and tellurium could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of some sleuthing by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ... more
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Spectrolab produces higher efficiency space solar cell
Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab has begun manufacturing a higher-efficiency space solar cell providing new opportunities for the aerospace industry to develop lighter and less expensive spacecraft. ... more
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DOE SunShot Initiative support new ASU solar research projects
Two new solar research projects at Arizona State University will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the SunShot Initiative announced this week. Both projects, funded under the Small ... more
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Sports stadium harnesses power of the sun
Bristol's Ashton Gate stadium has reduced its carbon emissions by 20% - thanks to a new solar-powered stand completed by EvoEnergy. The 460-panel, 117 kWp PV system was installed as part of a major ... more
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PV Energy equips public schools in Antigua and Barbuda with solar power
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) fosters the development of renewable energies to gain independence from polluting diesel generators and disturbing power cuts. Therefore, GOAB has conclu ... more
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Ukraine sees solar power as Chernobyl's future
Imagine one of the largest solar farms ever at the site of the world's worst man-made nuclear disaster that struck Chernobyl in modern-day Ukraine and sowed panic across Europe. ... more
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Russia's First Solar-Powered Satellite Completes Test Flight
A prototype of Russia's first solar-powered atmosphere research satellite has successfully completed a 48-hour non-stop flight, the deputy head of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projec ... more
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Low-carbon movement expected in North America
The net share of renewable and nuclear energy on the North American grid could rise by another 7 percent by the middle of the next decade, U.S. data show. ... more
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Videos reveal birds, bats and bugs near Ivanpah solar project power towers
Video surveillance is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners at t ... more
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North Korea test-fires sub-launched missile close to Japan

China 'opposes' N.Korea's nuclear and missile development: FM

UN Command condemns N. Korea mine-laying on border

Biden vows 'rock solid' NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Top diplomats kick off Japan, China, S.Korea meeting

N. Korea rolls out on-demand TV service

US confirms Gulen extradition request, but says no link with Turkey coup

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Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 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 atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydr ... more
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Tesla reaches $2.6 bn deal to buy SolarCity
Electric carmaker Tesla said Monday it won agreement from SolarCity to acquire the solar power company for $2.6 billion, confirming a deal that has been criticized on Wall Street. ... more
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Watering solar cells makes them grow ... in power
Perovskite solar cells are the rising star in the photovoltaic landscape. Since their invention, less than ten years ago, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% - an astonishing r ... more
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Molten storage and thermophotovoltaics offer new solar power pathway
A new wrinkle on an old technology - solid-state thermophotovoltaics (TPV) - could provide a high-efficiency alternative for directly converting high-temperature heat from concentrated solar thermal ... more
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Solar panels blaze at water park in Taiwan heatwave
More than 1,200 people were evacuated from a Taiwan water park after solar panels caught fire in the midst of a heatwave that has seen record power consumption as the island struggles to keep cool. ... more
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Solar Impulse 2: Flying the flag for solar power
In its round-the-world tour, the plane Solar Impulse 2 has become a showcase for Sun-powered technology, featuring innovations which could have a bright commercial future. ... more
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Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip
Solar Impulse 2 made history on Tuesday as the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun, opening up new possibilities for the future of renewable energy. ... more
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Serendipitous observation may lead to more efficient solar cells and new gas sensors
While investigating perovskite crystals, University of Groningen scientists made an observation that could make perovskite solar cells more efficient. It could also lead to new sensors for oxygen an ... more
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