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December 28, 2016
SOLAR DAILY
Tesla, Panasonic team up for solar power



Palo Alto, Calif. (UPI) Dec 27, 2016
Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic and energy storage company Tesla announced plans to start producing solar power components at a factory in New York. Buffalo, N.Y., will serve as a manufacturing base for the production of solar components that will first service sectors outside Tesla's solar-roof products. "When production of the solar roof begins, Tesla will also incorporate Panasonic's cells into the many kinds of solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will be manufacturing," a jo ... read more

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Blue Oak Energy and Sun Air Solar complete additional 808kW PV System
Blue Oak Energy and Sun Air Solar have completed a 259 kWdc rooftop solar PV system atop a facility occupied by Abbott's diabetes care business and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Located ... more
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Tenth Year of Consecutive Global Growth for PV Demand, IHS Markit Says
Strong demand from China will drive the tenth year of consecutive growth for the global PV market, according to a new report released by IHS Markit. The quarterly IHS Technology PV Demand Mark ... more
BIO FUEL
Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae
Photosynthetic algae have been refining their technique for capturing light for millions of years. As a result, these algae boast powerful light-harvesting systems - proteins that absorb light to be ... more
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Saudi Vision 2030 Gives Boost to Solar Energy Investors
Private sector investors are showing new interest in Saudi Arabia's solar energy market, after the nation's leadership included plans to add 9.5 GW of renewables to the energy supply as part of Saud ... more
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Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Completes 200 Megawatt Garland Solar Facility
Canadian Solar has announced the commercial operation of the 200 MWac/272 MWp Garland Solar Facility in California. The Garland Solar Facility was developed by Canadian Solar's wholly owned subsidia ... more
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U.S., Cuba explore renewable energy options
The U.S. government said it held an outreach session with its counterparts in Cuba to discuss ways to collaborate on clean and renewable energy. ... more
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EDF EN France chooses Trina Solar modules for its PV plant in Fos sur Mer
Trina Solar Limited reports that EDF EN has chosen Trina Solar's Dual Glass 1,500V modules for its 12 MW PV power plant in Fos Sur Mer, Southern France. La Fossette solar power plant is one of the f ... more
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Beaumont Solar Expands Construction Capacity to 20 Megawatts (MW) per Quarter
Beaumont Solar has signed an agreement with the IBEW Local 223 of Southeastern Massachusetts. Working with qualified, local, licensed electricians enables Beaumont Solar to quickly scale, provide gu ... more
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Hydrogen from sunlight - but as a dark reaction
The storage of photogenerated electric energy and its release on demand are still among the main obstacles in artificial photosynthesis. One of the most promising, recently identified photocatalytic ... more


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Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, Announces Solar Acquisition Program
Coronal Energy has announced plans to substantially increase the number of solar PV projects it will acquire in 2017 and 2018. The ambitious program will support a rapidly expanding solar pipeline i ... more
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New York funds low income access to solar power
New York state Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $3.6 million in funding is available to increase access to solar energy in low- to moderate-income communities across the state. The funding wil ... more
Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications
Michigan State University scientists have engineered "molecular Velcro" into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae's biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic Biology, show how MSU researchers have designed a surface display system to attach cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, to yeast and oth ... more
Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae

People willing to pay more for new biofuels

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions

Mimicking biological movements with soft robots
Designing a soft robot to move organically - to bend like a finger or twist like a wrist - has always been a process of trial and error. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement. "Rather ... more
Marriage and more with robots: science fiction or new reality?

NIST device for detecting subatomic-scale motion may aid robotics, homeland security

A hardware-based approach for real world collaborative multi-robots

New rules for micro-grids in Alberta
A rule change means consumers in Alberta can have more flexibility when it comes to how they generate their own forms of green electricity, the government said. The provincial government amended regulations governing low-carbon power sources to allow for more flexibility in grid connectivity and power limits, increasing micro-generation size limits from 1 megawatt to 5 MW. The go ... more
Offshore wind makes U.S. debut

Apple invests in China wind farms

German energy company plants wind farm seed in Texas

VW reaches $1 bn compensation deal in 3.0-liter diesel case
Volkswagen has reached a $1 billion agreement with US authorities on a compensation deal for the last 80,000 vehicles affected by its emissions-cheating scandal in the United States, officials said Tuesday. However, a Justice Department official said a criminal investigation is ongoing, and charges may still be filed against the company - which could bring new penalties. Nor does the a ... more
U.S. funding more alternative vehicle efforts

China fines GM unit $29 million for 'price-fixing'

Uber puts brakes on self-driving cars in California

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New approach captures the energy of slow motion
A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy currently wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices, according to a team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers. The project, funded by Samsung, designed a mechanical energy transducer based on flexible, organic, ionic diodes that points to scalable energ ... more
Fuel cells with PFIA-membranes

World's smallest electrical wire made from world's smallest diamonds

Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

Researchers model the way into a nuclear future
Physicists from MIPT and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences described the mobility of line defects, or dislocations, in uranium dioxide. This will enable future predictions of nuclear fuel behavior under operating conditions. The research findings were published in the International Journal of Plasticity. Nuclear fuel has an immense potential, as i ... more
Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings

Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies

Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector
Distributed energy resources - relatively small-scale power technologies such as solar, wind, energy storage, and power electronics and control devices - are being deployed rapidly in the global shift toward a low-carbon energy future. To ensure that both distributed and centralized energy resources are integrated efficiently, however, electric power systems in the U.S., Europe, and other ... more
Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

US push to low-carbon future 'unstoppable': Biden

Amazonia's best and worst areas for carbon recovery revealed
The first mapping of carbon recovery in Amazonian forests following emissions released by commercial logging activities has been published in the journal eLife. The findings suggest that, in some of the forests disturbed by logging, surviving trees may be more reliable for storing carbon emissions than newly 'recruited' trees (juveniles that naturally regenerate in the logged forests). ... more
Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Better road planning could boost food production while protect forests

A roadmap for guiding development and conservation in the Amazon

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MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity
Researchers have found a way to improve atom interferometers, the most common and precise tool for measuring gravity. Atom interferometers measure difference in wave characteristics between atomic matter. They rely on an exotic state of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates. Researchers in MIT have found a way to improve the precision of atom interferometers by augmenting the condensa ... more
A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

LISA Pathfinder's pioneering mission continues

Magnetic mirror could shed new light on gravitational waves

The world's first demonstration of spintronics-based artificial intelligence
Researchers at Tohoku University have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated the basic operation of spintronics-based artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence, which emulates the information processing function of the brain that can quickly execute complex and complicated tasks such as image recognition and weather prediction, has attracted growing attention and has already ... more
An invisible electrode

World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of 2 atoms

Fundamental solid state phenomenon unraveled

China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger
China's smoggiest city closed schools Wednesday as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children's health. Since Friday a choking miasma has covered a large swathe of northeastern China, leaving more than 460 million gasping for breath. Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, was one of mo ... more
RIT researchers estimate 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter Great Lakes every year

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

Nine 'rebel' villagers jailed in China
Nine residents of the Chinese "rebel" village of Wukan have been jailed for "disrupting social order" after September protests against officials turned violent, leading police to shut down the settlement and impose a media blackout. Wukan, a 13,000-strong fishing village in the southern province of Guangdong, became a symbol of resistance against corruption after a mass uprising over alleged ... more
Dalai Lama will not visit Mongolia again: govts

Woman sues China public security bureau over propaganda video

'Iron lady' Ip runs for Hong Kong leader

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Ford studies using drones to guide self-driving cars
Ford Motor Co. is studying a system to use drones to help guide self-driving vehicles, including on off-road adventures, company officials said. Drones launched from an autonomous vehicle would help guide it by mapping the surrounding area beyond what the car's sensors can detect. Vehicle passengers can control the drone using the car's infotainment or navigation system. "At some point, ... more
QinetiQ acquires Meggitt Target Systems

Britain, France continue drone development project

Bird-like drone uses feathers for a more precise flight path

Rudolph's antlers inspire next generation of unbreakable materials
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered the secret behind the toughness of deer antlers and how they can resist breaking during fights. The team looked at the antler structure at the 'nano-level', which is incredibly small, almost one thousandth of the thickness of a hair strand, and were able to identify the mechanisms at work, using state-of-the-art compute ... more
China to improve space debris database, spacecraft protection

Meet a 'Spacecraft Dressmaker'

Purdue analyzes environmental impact of space-based ADS-B

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for the service's next-generation jets, the company announced Wednesday. The work, under an Air Force Research Laboratory contract, will see Northrop Grumman develop and produce the beam control piece of an airborne laser weapon demonstration array that the laboratory ... more
UK to start laser gun program

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Going green with nanotechnology
Nanotechnology offers many chances to benefit the environment and health. It can be applied to save raw materials and energy, develop enhanced solar cells and more efficient rechargeable batteries and replace harmful substances with eco-compatible solutions. "Nanotechnology is a seminal technology. The UMWELTnanoTECH project association has delivered excellent results. Even the smallest ac ... more
Nanocubes simplify printing and imaging in color and infrared

New aspect of atom mimicry for nanotechnology applications

ANU demonstrates 'ghost imaging' with atoms



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