Stanford team sets record for solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of solar water splitting: >30%

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Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated solar water splitting by photovoltaic-electrolysis with a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of more than 30%—a new record. Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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Solar investment falls in midst of erupting trade war

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Electric cars and solar power fit together like a hand in a glove. Charging with solar power, electric cars can drive using almost no non-renewable energy. Now according to a report in Bloomberg New Energy Finance last week, solar investment has dropped by 19 percent worldwide in the second quarter following a trade war between China and the U.S. solar energy wind energy

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SOLETAIR project produces first 200 liters of synthetic fuel from solar power and atmospheric CO2

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The SOLETAIR project ( earlier post ) has produced its first 200 liters of synthetic fuel from solar energy and the air’s carbon dioxide via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Fuels Solar fuels

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Univ. of Twente team develops highly efficient Si photocathode for solar fuels production

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Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. Researchers around the world are working on the development of solar fuel technology.

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SoCalGas introduces STARS solar hydrogen generation system at California Air Resources Board Symposium

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SoCalGas) introduced an innovative new solar-powered hydrogen generation system during the California Air Resources Board Technology Expo and Symposium at the University of California, Riverside. STARS converts a record-setting 70% of solar energy into chemical energy. This technology is undergoing field testing at San Diego State University’s Brawley campus where it runs on solar and renewable electricity. Southern California Gas Co.

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New California Energy Commission standards require solar PV systems for new homes; first in nation

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Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50%, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020. Electric (Battery) Market Background Solar

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New photochemical diode artificial photosynthesis system doubles efficiency of solar water splitting

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As reported in an open-access paper in Nature Communications, the wafer-level photochemical diode arrays exhibited solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of ~3.3% Previous direct solar water splitters have achieved a little more than 1 percent stable solar-to-hydrogen efficiency in fresh or saltwater.

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The Solangelist Learns To Install Solar & Loves It

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Luckily for me once we got past the conceptual to the nuts and bolts of designing, installing and wiring a solar system, Scott boiled down all the math to the essential Amps x Volts = Watts, and even taught us what amps, volts and watts are.

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Compact pilot plant for solar to liquid fuels production

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Partners from Germany and Finland in the SOLETAIR project are building a compact pilot plant for the production of gasoline, diesel and kerosene from solar energy, regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide. An electrolysis unit developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) produces the required hydrogen by means of solar power. Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar fuels

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Tesla layoffs hit 20 percent of Solar City installation locations

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Now internal emails obtained by Reuters show that 13 or 14 of Solar City's installation centers will be shuttered as part of the layoffs. Solar CityLast week, Tesla announced it would lay off 9 percent of its workforce in an effort to keep its doors open as it tries to ramp up production of its critical Model 3 electric car. About 60 centers will stay open.

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Solar-powered car race kicks off 30 years of World Solar Challenge

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Although a car powered solely by solar power is far from reality, the 30th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge showcased just how far the technology has come. World Solar Challenge kicked off its celebrations with this year's iteration of the solar-powered car race in Darwin, Australia, on Sunday. zero emissions renewable energy solar

Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to the new annual Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018. trillion of that going to wind and solar and a further $1.5 Batteries Coal Emissions Forecasts Power Generation Solar Wind

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Dethleffs solar-assisted electric motorhome concept unveiled

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Recreation plug-in cars solar recreational vehicle (RV) motorhomeThe notion electric cars will become a standard transportation option is slowly being accepted across multiple industries. It hasn't penetrated quite as much in the motorhome world, but now a German company has shown its interpretation of what the future of plug-in motor homes could be. It's called the Dethleffs e.home concept and it envisions a.

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Stanford solar tandem cell shows promise for efficient solar-driven water-splitting to produce hydrogen

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Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues in China, have developed a tandem solar cell consisting of an approximately 700-nm-thick nanoporous Mo-doped bismuth vanadate (BiVO 4 ) (Mo:BiVO 4 ) layer on an engineered Si nanocone substrate. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuel

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What maker offers electric cars, plus solar panels and energy storage, beside Tesla?

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While Tesla may be the automaker most known for marketing home-solar equipment, it's actually not the only player on the block. solar roof plug-in cars solar energy storage Solar CityJapanese automaker Nissan previously offered home-energy storage solutions in Europe, dubbed Nissan xStorage, that utilized cells recycled from Nissan Leaf batteries. That's as far as Nissan has gone—until now.

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NREL sets new world efficiency record for solar hydrogen production: 16.2%

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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Study finds anthropogenic PM and dust undercutting global solar energy production

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According to a new study led by a team at Duke University, airborne particulate matter and dust are cutting solar photovoltaic energy output by more than 25% in certain parts of the world, with roughly equal contributions from ambient PM and PM deposited on photovoltaic surfaces.

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Sono Sion solar electric car promises 18 miles of range from solar panels

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Solar cells have gotten cheap enough to make solar cars practical. Sono Motors plans to build a $25,000 electric car covered in solar cells that can provide up to 18 miles of range a day. At least that's the business model of one electric-car startup in Europe. The company plans to introduce it at the end of 2019. In a video interview with

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Tesla debuts bigger PowerWall 2.0 battery, glass solar-roof tiles from SolarCity

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Late last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk held a press conference whose underlying message was support for the proposed combination of Tesla with solar installer SolarCity. solar roof Tesla Motors plug-in cars youtube renewable energy Solar City

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Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Alison Diaz (with scissors) along with ECHS staff and supporters about to cut the ribbon in front of Environmental Charter High School's new solar-powered greenhouse.

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Transparent solar cells to let Audi capture energy from glass roofs

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Solar energy has long generated electricity both on building roofs and in huge "solar farms" for utility companies, but only a few cars have had solar panels on their bodies. Solar roofs aren't a new concept, but Audi and Alta Devices' solution would be the most transparent photovoltaic solar roof implementation yet—literally. solar roof plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) solar

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SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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SOLAR-JET concentrated thermochemical reactor. The EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has demonstrated the production of aviation kerosene from concentrated sunlight, CO 2 captured from air, and water. Aviation Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar Solar fuels

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See You On the EPN Solar Homes Tour

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Dency charges his plug-in electric car using the clean, renewable energy he produces from the solar panels on the roof of his Hermosa Beach house. That’s my friend, Dency Nelson, with his EV RAV4 at last year’s EPN Energy Fair.

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Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

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Politics electric utilities regulation renewable energy solar state lawsThe U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a nation.

Berkeley Lab solar-to-fuel system for CO2 to ethanol and ethylene; light-powered production of fuel via artificial photosynthesis

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Solar to chemical energy conversion could provide an alternative to mankind's unsustainable use of fossil fuels. Schematic of a solar-powered electrolysis cell which converts carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon and oxygenate products with an efficiency far higher than natural photosynthesis.

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Protected: Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Metallic nanostructures with strong light confinement can triple the efficiency of solar-based hydrogen generation

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The authors designed these to achieve broadband strong light confinement at the metal interface across the entire solar spectrum. Recently, nanostructured metals that convert solar electrons into intense, wave-like plasmon resonances have attracted interest for hydrogen production.

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TU/e students win Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class with solar-powered family car

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The student team from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has won the Cruiser Class (for practical solar-powered cars) for the third time at this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. To move one person 100 kilometers the solar-powered car uses 0.4

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DOE announces achievement of SunShot goal, new research focus; $82M in two new solar power opportunities

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In conjunction with the annual Solar Power International conference, the US Department of Energy (DOE) released new research showing that the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative. Power Generation Solar

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Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart

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In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar generation for electricity, numerous forecasts by internationally respected bodies have proven woefully conservative. electric utilities Netherlands renewable energy solar clean energy wind energySometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. The image in the tweet below, created by Auke Hoestra at the Technical University of Eindhoven, in The Netherlands, shows it.

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NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels; higher efficiency water-splitting for H2

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showed for the first time how MEG allowed a solar cell to exceed 100% quantum efficiency by producing more electrons in the electrical current than the amount of photons entering the solar cell. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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Stanford team increases power of corrosion-resistant solar cells; advance for solar fuels

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Researchers at Stanford, with colleagues at University College Cork in Ireland, have shown how to increase the power of corrosion-resistant solar cells, setting a record for solar energy output under water. Instead of pumping electricity into the grid, the power these cells produce would be used in the production of solar fuels. Four years ago, McIntyre's lab made solar cells resistant to corrosion in water. Fuels Solar Solar fuels

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Tesla and Panasonic to manufacture solar cells and modules in Buffalo, NY; 1GW by 2019

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These high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used to produce solar panels in the non-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.

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California's solar energy grid survived the eclipse without incident

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Solar power provides 10 percent of California's energy supply, which meant electric-grid operators had to be prepared for potentially disastrous effects during Monday's solar eclipse. The solar. California renewable energy solarTo the surprise of many, there were no serious repercussions as the moon blocked a significant source of energy for many California utility companies.

Audi partners with Alta Devices on thin-film solar cells in panoramic glass roofs; first prototype this year

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Audi and Alta Devices , a wholly-owned US subsidiary of the Chinese solar-cell specialist Hanergy, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in thin film solar cell technology. Electric (Battery) Solar Vehicle Systems

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Solar Smackdown in Torrance – Installer Sues City on Behalf of the Sun

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After a decade in the solar power installation business, Bradley Bartz is tired of being Mr. Nice Guy. He’s filed suit against Torrance, the proud home of Exxon/Mobil’s refinery, for stopping him from installing solar panels in the Hillside Overlay district.

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JCAP team reports first complete “artificial leaf”; >10% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency

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Researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) report the development of the first complete, efficient, safe, integrated solar-driven system—an “artificial leaf”—for splitting water to produce hydrogen. Fuels Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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Tesla's battery farm on Kauai opens, large-scale solar energy for Hawaii

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SolarCity was already controlled by Musk, who believes its solar-energy business can be reinforced and complemented by Tesla's energy-storage business. electric utilities Hawaii renewable energy solar energy storage Solar CityEven before Elon Musk engineered Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, the two companies were collaborating.

On the road to solar fuels and chemicals

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In a new paper in the journal Nature Materials (in an edition focused on materials for sustainable energy), a team from Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has reviewed milestones in the progress of solid-state photoelectrocatalytic technologies toward delivering solar fuels and chemistry. Noting the “ important advances ” in solar fuels research, the review team also noted that the largest scientific and technical milestones are still ahead.

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Student Solar-Car Developers: What Motivates Them?

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Every two years, students from around the world converge on Australia to race solar cars across the continent. In the World Solar Challenge (WSC), they compete to see which purpose-built solar car is most efficient over 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) on the journey between Australia's northern and southern coasts. Students Stanford solar World Solar Challenge