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July 12, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
The Last Day of Net-Metering Brings Memories of Fighting for Every Solar Watt



Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Up at 5am to revise a single line diagram for a solar grid tie system so SCE can give Permission-To-Operate (PTO). Over the years the single line diagram was accepted or rejected based on the particular way that an "inspector" learned it. "Once, George Cheatham, a planner at Los Angeles Building and Safety told me 'that is not a single line diagram.' He then went on to get opinions from other staff walking by. Then, I turned the paper 180 degrees and he said, 'oh, that's a single line diagram," re ... read more

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Environmental groups say G20 paying lip service to clean energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
The world's leading economies are skewing their financial strength toward fossil fuels even as the rhetoric shifts to renewables, environmental groups said. ... more
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Solar cell design using diverse plant pigments
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A member of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with his colleagues has optimized and characterized TiO2-based solar cell design using diverse plant pigmen ... more
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Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus ... more
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Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia
Sydney (AFP) July 7, 2017
Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes. ... more
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Chinese Solar Farm in the Shape of a Giant Panda Can Be Seen From Space
Datong (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
When astronauts look down at China in the future, it will not just be the Great Wall they can pick out. A huge solar farm has just been connected to the country's electricity grid and it is in the s ... more
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Exciting new material uses solar energy to remove man-made dye pollutants from water
Swansea UK (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
A novel composite material has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmenta ... more
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Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Durham NC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output ... more
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Californians take a shine to solar power
Los Angeles (AFP) July 2, 2017
Jacquie Barnbrook had grown tired of the high electricity bills and her gas-guzzling luxury car when she finally decided to take the plunge last year. ... more
BIO FUEL
Biofuel from waste
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel cataly ... more
ENERGY TECH
Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. However, imitating the solar energy process is a difficult task to achieve. Two young plas ... more


ABB microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy

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NRL Issued Patent for Solar Microbial Fuel Cell
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, has received a U.S. patent for a self-assembling, self-repairing, and self-contained microbial photoelectro ... more
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Catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis
Lexington KY (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
A team of chemists from the University of Kentucky and the Institute of Physics Research of Mar del Plata in Argentina has just reported a way to trigger a fundamental step in the mechanism of photo ... more
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SOVENTIX and Gentec EPC sign a joint venture agreement to develop solar hybrid projects across Nigeria
Wesel, Germany (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
SOVENTIX, a leading global solar developer based in Germany, and Gentec EPC, a pioneer in the Nigerian energy industry and distributor of Cummins gas generators in Nigeria, have formed a joint ventu ... more
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Pacific island nations get renewable energy support
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
A handful of the smaller Pacific island nations have access to up to $200 million to help finance renewable energy projects, the Asian Development Bank said. ... more



Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center say yes, but with a few important caveats. "The climate benefit of cellulosic biofuels is actually much grea ... more
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
Pizza bytes! Pakistan enchanted by first robot waitresses
Multan, Pakistan (AFP) July 6, 2017
Pakistan's first robot waitresses are serving up smiles for customers at an upscale pizza restaurant in the ancient city of Multan, better known for its centuries-old Sufi shrines, mango orchards and handicrafts. Rabia, Annie and Jennie greet customers and bring them their pies at Pizza.com, where owner Osama Jafari - who built the prototypes himself - says the response has been a surge of ... more
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Scientists design robot to aid visually impaired schoolchildren
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls' wings could allow aircraft and wind turbines to become quieter. Researchers from Japan and China studied the serrations in the leading edge of owls' wings, gaining new insight into how they work to make the birds' flight silent. Their results, published in the journa ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
France 'to end sales of petrol, diesel vehicles by 2040'
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, new Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced Thursday. "We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040," Hulot said, calling it a "veritable revolution". Hulot acknowledged that reaching the goal would be "tough", particularl ... more
Stockholm (AFP) July 5, 2017
Volvo to phase out petrol-only cars from 2019
Osnabruck, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Self-driving cars may soon be able to make moral and ethical decisions as humans do
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 10, 2017
German 'dieselgate' investigators target Porsche employees
International team develops new way to produce pure hydrogen efficiently
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Christopher J. Kiely, Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery, described in a paper in the journal Science, could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydr ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Smart transformers could make reliable smart grid a reality
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Conductive electrodes are key to fast-charging batteries
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
A cargo of reprocessed nuclear fuel containing highly radioactive plutonium left the French port of Cherbourg for Japan under heavy security on Wednesday as demonstrators protested against the transport. The controversial shipment from a plant of the French nuclear group Areva located some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away arrived at the port before dawn aboard two trucks escorted by dozens of s ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Paris (AFP) July 3, 2017
1.5-bn pound cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. The announcement Thursday took the wraps off one of the secretive projects at the Alphabet unit X, known notably for its work on self-driving cars and internet balloons. Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had bee ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. "The idea that long-dormant, symbiotic fungi could help trees migrate during p ... more
Kraków, Poland (AFP) July 5, 2017
UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest
Missoula MT (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Williams, of Cardiff University, explains: "We've known for some time that du ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves
Three-dimensional chip combines computing and data storage
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As embedded intelligence is finding its way into ever more areas of our lives, fields ranging from autonomous driving to personalized medicine are generating huge amounts of data. But just as the flood of data is reaching massive proportions, the ability of computer chips to process it into useful information is stalling. Now, researchers at Stanford University and MIT have built a new chi ... more
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
High-precision control of printed electronics
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Molecular electronics scientists shatter 'impossible' record
Seoul (AFP) July 4, 2017
Samsung to invest $18 billion in memory chip business
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Dunhuang is a typical desert basin in western China, with the Qilian mountains to the south, Kumtag desert and Lop-Nur to the west, Beisai mountain to the north, and Sanwei mountain to the east. Besides, the famous Taklimakan and Tengger deserts are also located in the west and east of Dunhuang region, respectively. Dunhuang is also a world-famous scenic spot, encompassing Mogao Caves, Cre ... more
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
West Tabir, Indonesia (AFP) June 21, 2017
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom
China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in a critical condition, his hospital said Monday, raising fears about his life after Western doctors said there was time to take him abroad. The First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern city of Shenyang said Liu's tumour has grown, his liver is bleeding and he has kidney problems. The hospital said in a statement ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
Chinese court jails author of Tiananmen report: lawyer
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Beijing (AFP) July 8, 2017
Chinese Nobel laureate too sick to travel abroad: hospital
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force reported Thursday that its new Block 5 variant of the MQ-9 Reaper drone has performed its first combat mission against Islamist terrorists. The recent 16-hour sortie, flown June 23 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, involved the unmanned aerial vehicle dropping a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions bomb and firing two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles in support of gr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system
Shenzhen, China (AFP) June 25, 2017
China drone king turns to farming
WVU to develop software for future NASA Mars rovers, test 3-D printed foams on ISS
Morgantown WV (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
The technology developed by researchers at West Virginia University that helped them win the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge may be headed to Mars. Majid Jaridi, professor of industrial and management systems engineering, and Yu Gu, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, have received a three-year, $750,000 grant from NASA to develop ways to increase the onboard autonomy ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
ANU invention may help to protect astronauts from radiation in space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
6 teams share honors and money in NASA's 2nd 3-D Print a Habitat challenge
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Northrop Grumman awarded contracts for P-8 radar systems
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
A high-energy laser system has been fired for the first time from a helicopter at a variety of targets from differing altitudes, air speeds and flight regimes. Raytheon announced Monday it conducted the flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Command. All primary a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Engineers at Caltech have for the first time developed a light detector that combines two disparate technologies - nanophotonics, which manipulates light at the nanoscale, and thermoelectrics, which translates temperature differences directly into electron voltage - to distinguish different wavelengths (colors) of light, including both visible and infrared wavelengths, at high resolution. ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Chemists perform surgery on nanoparticles
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology


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