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What is a Stacked Perovskite/CIGS Solar Module?

As this result shows that the combination of two PV technologies can outperform the power generation of single junctions the significance of this result shouldn’t be underestimated as it breaks the current limitations of solar technology and shows that higher performing mo

Digitization and the Evolving Utility: The Song Remains the Same

Energy suppliers face change. New forms of alternative energies, new network technologies and the transition to the digital world all present challenges. There are lessons to be learned about how to make the new world work.

Will the World Do Enough to Improve the Use of Sustainable Energy by 2020?

The need for renewable energy is high, but governments need to commit to salvation of the future. Short-term goals shouldn’t come at the cost of our future.

Idaho company debuts solar power sidewalks

Nicholas K. Geranios for AP:  Scott Brusaw has a vision for the nation's roads. He believes the solar-powered glass pavers his company makes could transform thousands of miles of pavement into a new energy source. His business, Solar Roadways, recently un

NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory Offers a Mesa-Top Home for Global Measurement Accuracy

The need for good data is foremost. A swing of just a half percentage point in the actual output of solar energy plants—compared to projected outputs—would represent about $165 million annually.

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Solar & Wind Cheaper To Replace Coal In UK Than Biomass

Joshua S Hill for CleanTechnica:  A new study has concluded that transitioning to wind and solar power would be a cheaper option for the United Kingdom to replace its coal fleet than using biomass electricity generation.

According to a new study published this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and conducted by London-based Vivid Economics, which examined the full system costs of renewable energy technologies like wind and solar in comparison to biomass as a replacement for the UK’s coal fleet, wind and solar came out as the cheaper option.

The UK already uses a lot of biomass for electricity generation, with the report concluding that “biomass supplies the lion’s share” of the country’s renewable electricity generation. However, as the authors of the report note:

“…recent science shows that many forms of biomass produce more carbon emissions than fossil fuels like coal and natural gas—especially biomass from forests—increasing carbon pollution precisely when the United Kingdom aims to rapidly decarbonise its electricity sector.”  Cont'd...

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CESA to Work with States and DOE to Improve Solar Access for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

Three-year Project to Develop New State Solar Plans and Programs

AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER, 25-26 October, Warwick, Rhode Island

As the first US wind farm connects to the grid, Natural Power will be attending AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER conference from 25th to 26th October in the Crown Plaza Hotel Providence-Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island.

Centre for Incubation, Innovation, Research & Consultancy - (CIIRC), Jyothy Institute of Technology & ALTA Energy Technologies Private Ltd has signed a strategic partnership agreement to strengthen their collaboration around existing R&D projects.

"CIIRC" is actively engaged in research in the domains of autonomous systems, water, energy & environment, micro & nanotechnology, affordable biomedical devices, biopolymers, ancient Indian sciences, biosensors, biofuels, energy materials, big data analytics, VLSI, Embedded Systems, etc


Zen HQ delivers unprecedented cost reductions and simplicity, rolls out with National Stores

Ideal Power Announces Fabrication of First Double-Sided B-TRAN™ Power Semiconductor Devices

Ideal Power announces that their B-TRAN™ device has been successfully fabricated

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