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Solar Panels Might Get More Efficient Thanks to a Butterfly

Avery Thompson for Popular Mechanics: By imitating the microscopic structure of a butterfly wing, a group of researchers designed a more efficient solar cell.

Is It Possible for the World to Run on 100% Renewable Energy?

Not only is transitioning to 100% renewable energy possible, but the benefits far outweigh the costs and obstacles.

What did You Miss When You Bought Your Solar System? How to Assure You Save For Your Systems Life Time

Though there is a perception that maintenance costs money and a solar system should run on its own, preventative maintenance can increase your ROI by 25% and reduce your cost significantly.

Yingli Solar’s PANDA Bifacial Solar Module

The Panda bifacial modules are 1500Vdc capable and when compared to the traditional 1000Vdc systems the balance of systems (BOS) cost can be reduced from system design adjustments by 3%, which translates to almost 2 mil savings for a 10MW system

Interview with Richard Reno of GE Power Conversion’s Renewables Segment

Our strategy is to look at complete system and plant design – so everything to do with electrification, grid integration and connection, exceptionally also extends to the panels themselves – to provide one integrated package to customers to optimize overall plant desig

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Industrializing Offshore Wind Energy Development

University of Delaware: UD-led research team determines that constructing offshore wind turbines in port is the most cost effective method

Solar farm in a box - 500 homes worth of solar power in a standardized kit

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: Their goal in designing the Solar Block is to lower the cost and speed the deployment of utility-scale solar power. The units can be daisy chained into larger plants.

The U.S. solar industry's new growth region: Trump country

Nichola Groom for Reuters: The 10 fastest-growing U.S. solar markets between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017 were Western, Midwestern or Southern states that voted for Trump.

Offshore wind farms have powerful advantage over land-based turbines, study finds

Eli Kintisch for Science: Floating wind turbines at sea could create up to three times as much electricity as turbines on land, increasing the energy potential for a technology that has yet to be proven at scale.

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Energy Industry Associations File Comments with FERC Opposing Rule Proposed by Energy Secretary Perry to Subsidize Coal, Nuclear Power Plants

-Joint filing says DOE proposal would "prop up uneconomic generation that is unable to compete and not otherwise needed for reliability" -Association officials will hold press availability Tues., Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. ET

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise Over $1.2 Billion in VC Funding in 9M 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom found that, in the first nine months (9M) of 2017, $1.23 billion was raised by Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency companies, up from $910 million raised in 9M 2016. Battery Storage, Smart Grid and Efficiency VC Funding 9M 2016 - 9M 2017

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AT ALL-ENERGY 2018: CALL FOR PAPERS PUBLISHED

All forms of on- and offshore renewable energy generation and other related topics will once again come under the conference spotlight at All-Energy 2018. Next May's show is the 18th in the annual series. The UK's largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference will be held at Glasgow's SEC on Wednesday 2 - Thursday 3 May 2018.

41st GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ Attracts International Geothermal Industry

Nearly 1,000 attendees from 35 different countries gather for the largest annual meeting of the global geothermal energy community

Creating impacts to the society with Surya Utama Nuansa (SUN)

Surya Utama Nuansa (SUN) is a one of the leading start-up renewable energy company focusing on solar energy. We are experienced as the industry frontrunner in power and automated solutions, providing innovative technologies that bring convenience to human kind and the most powerful impact can be achieved through the provision of electrical infrastructure.

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