Tidal Power Can Make the U.K. a Green Energy Leader

Mark Gilbert for Bloomberg:  The U.K. government is mulling whether to support a 1.3 billion pound  ($1.6 billion) proposal to build a tidal lagoon in South Wales. It should stop dithering and subsidize the project to help meet the country's green energy goals, produce cheaper power, and establish Britain as the world leader in technology that harnesses the power of the tides to generate electricity. The U.K. lost its energy independence in 2004, and now depends upon imports to meet about half of its energy needs. And while the contribution from renewable energy sources has climbed to a bit less than 10 percent from about 1 percent at the start of the last decade, the U.K. commitment to reduce carbon emissions to 57 percent of their 1990 levels by 2030 means even less electricity needs to come from coal-fired power plants.   Cont'd...

SolarWorld ups product workmanship warranty for solar panels to 20 years

Move sets new standard for PERC (passivated emitter rear contact) solar panels

NREL Research Pinpoints Promise of Polycrystalline Perovskites

With prior studies into perovskites focusing on bulk recombination, one area left unexamined until now concerned the surface recombination in lead iodide perovskites. NREL's scientists determined recombination in other parts of a methylammonium perovskite film isn't as important as what's happening on the surface, both the top and bottom. Matthew Beard and his colleagues within NREL's Che

Maryland Legislature Successfully Overrides Clean Energy Veto

Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today's override by the Maryland Legislature of the veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act:

Battling corrosion to keep solar panels humming

Sue Holmes for Phys.org:  People think of corrosion as rust on cars or oxidation that blackens silver, but it also harms critical electronics and connections in solar panels, lowering the amount of electricity produced. "It's challenging to predict and even more challenging to design ways to reduce it because it's highly dependent on material and environmental conditions," said Eric Schindelholz, a Sandia National Laboratories materials reliability researcher who studies corrosion and how it affects photovoltaic (PV) system performance. Sandia researchers from different departments collaborate to accelerate corrosion under controlled conditions and use what they learn to help industry develop longer-lasting PV panels and increase reliability. For example, work by Olga Lavrova of Sandia's Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Integration department demonstrated, for the first time, a link between corrosion and the risk of arc faults in PV systems' electrical connections. Research by Erik Spoerke of Sandia's Electronic, Optical and Nano Materials department focuses on developing new nanocomposite films that could dramatically increase reliability.   Cont'd...

SEIA Releases First Universal Disclosure Form for Home Solar Purchases

New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transaction, Compare Offers

New Sunverge Infinity Extends Energy Management Platform to Third-Party Energy Storage Systems

Sunverge's cloud-based software platform now allows interconnection to a broad range of batteries and inverters, making them available to be integrated into virtual power plants

OSIsoft and Sunverge Energy Launch Alliance to Streamline Data Management for Distributed Energy Resources

Delivering Sunverge data directly into the PI System reduces data management tasks and gives utilities a more unified view of available assets.

Foundations Can Help Low-income Communities Access and Finance Solar+Storage Solutions

A New Report Provides Investment Strategies on Solar, Battery Storage, and Clean Energy Equity for the Philanthropic Community

Trimark Helps Set Commissioning Speed Record for RIG and Meter at AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Facility

But speed was just one high mark for the project. According to an AltaGas statement, "At 20 megawatts of electricity storage capacity, it is currently the largest battery storage facility in operation in North America."

US Department of Energy Announces SunShot ENERGISE Selections: Smarter Grid Solutions selected with RPU Team

A SunShot ENERGISE proposal for an Integrated Distributed Energy Management System (IDEMS) from a team including Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), Riverside Public Utilities (RPU), UC Riverside, PG&E and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the next round of the SunShot initiative known as "Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy" (ENERGISE), a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption.

Department of Energy Resources Extends Solar Program

Solar Leaders Celebrate Continued Solar Growth

Massive wind turbine takes energy generation record

John Anderson for NewAtlas:  A behemoth V164 offshore wind turbine from Danish company MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has produced almost 216,000 kWh over a 24-hour period during tests at its site near Østerild, Denmark in December. In doing so, the 9 MW prototype – a reworked version of the V164-8.0 MW, which was initially developed in 2012 and launched two years later – takes the energy generation record for a commercially available offshore wind turbine. Since its launch in 2014, the Usain Bolt of wind turbines is essentially in competition with itself, largely due to its superior size over the competition. The V164 stands at 722 feet (220 m) at full height, with 38-ton blades that are 263 feet (80 m) in length for a total sweep area of 227,377 square feet (21,124 square meters) – larger than the giant London Eye Ferris wheel.   Cont'd...

Breakthrough GenCell Fuel Cell Technology Advances San Diego Gas & Electric's Clean and Reliable Energy Leadership

Space Technology Keeps Batteries Charged Up To 10 Times Longer - No Emissions

GOVT POLICY CHANGE TO CREATE BIGGER ENERGY BILLS FOR BRITAIN'S SMEs

Government capacity auction plans will extend the life of polluting coal-fired power plans and push up energy prices for businesses

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