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July 17, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
Making two out of one



Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
In view of climate change and the needs of the energy reform, it has become particularly important to significantly increase the efficiency of organic solar cells. In a process known as 'singlet fission', one photon simultaneously excites two electrons. If this effect can be exploited, it may well be possible to dramatically increase the power generated by solar cells. Physicists and chemists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) collaborating in an international joint project ... read more

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meeco to equip 57 roofs in Guyana with sun2roof solar energy installations
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
The government of Guyana, through the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), continues with taking up the challenge of climate change by implementing environment-friendly renewable energy solutions. oursun Guy ... more
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SolarEdge Launching First PV Inverter-Integrated Electric Vehicle Charger
San Francisco, CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
At Intersolar North America, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. is unveiling the world's first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger. By supplementing grid power with PV power, SolarEdge's Lev ... more
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There Will Always be Sun on this Horizon
New Bedford MA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A partnership between Beaumont Solar and Horizon Beverage is now powering its operations with clean, renewable solar power. Family-owned Horizon Beverage Company have announced their new 978kW DC so ... more
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Investors Generate 174,000,000 kWh of Renewable Electricity
Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Over 6,000 THRIVE Renewables' investors generated 174,412,390 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green electricity in 2016, that's enough to power the equivalent 43,668 UK homes. The mission led company repres ... 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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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 partic ... 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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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



Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month on the cover of the ... more
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
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Wearable technologies - from heart rate monitors to virtual reality headsets - are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect and transmit data from wearables are made of hard, inflexible materials that can restrict both the wearer's natural movements and the accuracy of the data collected. Now, a team of researchers at ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) July 12, 2017
Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European firms join in robot ship project
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria is ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy potential in Africa and General Electric aims to ride that momentum, a regional manager said. GE sponsored a conference on renewable energy in the African sector, highlighting Algeria's lead in wind and solar power developments. By 2030, the government aims to install about 22,000 megawatts of renewable power, which would b ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
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
Daimler manipulated emissions in one million cars: report
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 13, 2017
German luxury automaker Daimler manipulated the engines of around one million diesel vehicles to make them appear less polluting, local media reported Thursday, raising echoes of competitor Volkswagen's 'dieselgate' scandal. "The Stuttgart-based firm sold vehicles with higher levels of damaging emissions than allowed for almost a whole decade between 2008 and 2016, in Europe and the United S ... more
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Forget defrosting your car at a glacial pace
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 10, 2017
German 'dieselgate' investigators target Porsche employees
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
France 'to end sales of petrol, diesel vehicles by 2040'
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two major issues confronting magnetic-confinement fusion energy are enabling the walls of devices that house fusion reactions to survive bombardment by energetic particles, and improving confinement of the plasma required for the reactions. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), researchers have found that coating tokamak walls with lithium-- a light ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Smart transformers could make reliable smart grid a reality
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Study: Mini cellular antennae helps turn muscle into fat
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France's new environment minister said Monday that nearly a third of the country's nuclear reactors could be shut under plans to scale back the amount of electricity produced from atomic power. In 2015, the previous Socialist-dominated parliament passed a law obliging the government to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025 compared with around 75 p ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
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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
EU hauls Poland to top court over ancient forest logging
Brussels (AFP) July 13, 2017
The EU on Thursday took Poland to the bloc's top court over logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site covering some of Europe's last remaining primeval woodland. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, "refers Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU and requests interim measures to stop logging operations in one of Europe's last remaining primeval fores ... more
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
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
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
Harnessing hopping hydrogens for high-efficiency OLEDs
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Renewed investigation of a molecule that was originally synthesized with the goal of creating a unique light-absorbing pigment has led to the establishment of a novel design strategy for efficient light-emitting molecules with applications in next-generation displays and lighting. Researchers at Kyushu University's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) demonstrated ... 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
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Three-dimensional chip combines computing and data storage
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200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog
Paris (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 200 environmental campaigners and protectors - 40 percent from indigenous tribes - were murdered around the world in 2016, the deadliest year on record, the watchdog organisation Global Witness said Thursday. The grim tally, double the number slain two years earlier, is the largest since the NGO began tracking such violence in 2002, it reported. The real number is probably hig ... more
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament
Hong Kong (AFP) July 14, 2017
Activists accused Beijing of crippling Hong Kong's parliament Friday after four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified. The High Court judgement is a massive blow for the democracy movement as it means the balance of power in the partially elected legislature swings further to the pro-China camp because opponents do not have enough seats to veto bills. Former Umbrella Movement protest ... more
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 14, 2017
China hits back at criticism over Nobel laureate's death
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 14, 2017
China under pressure to free dissident's widow
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
A functional drone, together with a simulated IED device, has been developed by Explotrain LLC, a Florida-based small business for the training of troops. ExploDrone features a reusable drone carrying lightweight pneumatic-based Explosive Blast Simulators used in the Kamikaze-like crash of the drone into a target area. The system also uses smaller drones that carry simulations of ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
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
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
London, Uk (Spx) Jul 07, 2017
Long Duration Experiments Reach 1,000th Day
London, UK (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Spacepath Communications Announces Innovative Frequency Converter Systems
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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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