Apple leftovers key for future energy storage

By Tereza Pultarova for E&T:  German researchers have developed a new carbon-based active material that can be manufactured from apple leftovers and used to build better energy storage systems.

The apple-based material can be used as the negative electrode in sodium-ion batteries, which are currently being researched as a more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Instead of energy-intensive lithium mining, which frequently damages the environment, battery manufacturers in future could be using organic waste to make batteries.

In tests, the new material discovered by researchers from the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, has demonstrated ‘excellent electrochemical properties’, allowing the researchers to carry out 1000 charge and discharge cycles during which the apple-based battery demonstrated high stability as well as capacity.  Cont'd...

U.S. Solar Market Sets New Record, Installing 7.3 GW of Solar PV in 2015

In yet another record-breaking year, the solar industry in the United States installed 7,286 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2015. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced the historic figures today ahead of the March 9 release of the U.S. Solar Market Insight report.

The oil industry has invented an ironic new use for solar power

Cassie Werber for Quartz:  There’s a huge project taking shape in the deserts of Oman. It will extract crude oil from the ground by pumping vast quantities of steam into it. To produce the steam, water will be brought to a boil using as much as a gigawatt of energy. The source of that energy: the sun.

Using solar power to get fossil fuels out of the ground will strike some as ironic—especially since, if that method weren’t available, the high cost of extracting the oil might lead to more pressure to use cleaner energy sources, such as solar, instead.

But GlassPoint, the American company behind the new technology, says that the project and others like it will help fossil-fuel drillers limit carbon emissions. The process of “enhanced oil recovery,” where steam is used to loosen thick oil and make it easier to pump, usually involves burning natural gas to heat water. GlassPoint says its technology can cut that gas consumption, and the consequent carbon emissions, by   up to 80%.  Cont'd...

WINAICO recognised as a genuine solar producer by the European Commission

WINAICO has been recognised as a genuine solar producer exporting Taiwanese-made modules to the European market, and will not be affected by European Commission's extended measures into anti-dumping duties on imports of solar products originated from China

Penton's The Energy Times to Host "The California Renewables Rush" Conference in San Francisco, CA in April

Penton's The California Renewables Rush conference will explore the nation-leading transformation of the utility and energy industry in California. California's utilities must procure 1,325,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2020.

Solar Energy Legislation Passes Washington State House of Representatives; Three-Year Deadlock Ended

Rep. Jeff Morris comments on the passage of his Solar Legislation

Employment Opportunities In The Energy & Sustainability Industry

For those seeking employment in the Energy & Sustainability Industry, I would recommend the LEED certification as well as the Certified Energy Manager certification (CEM). Both of these on a resume make a candidate within the industry considerably more attractive.

Greentech Media Expands Ecosystem to Include Large Energy Customers

Founding Grid Edge Customer Network members represent more than 350 million square feet of building space across 3,000 sites worldwide.

Trina Solar Named as World's Most Bankable PV Module Manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

The report (available through BNEF subscription) details the findings of a survey conducted by BNEF to identify which module manufacturers are most likely to obtain non-recourse debt financing by commercial banks.

Utilities Risk Backlash by Imposing Fees on Solar, Attorney Writes

LeClairRyan energy advisor Roy Palk encourages utilities to 'get ahead' of the solar trend by leasing customers' rooftops to install utility-owned solar panels.

Key Equipment Finance Partners With Entropy Solar Integrators on $602,000 Solar Installation for Allied Old English, Inc.

Bottled food manufacturer benefits from commercial financing solution that reduces lease payments

Six innovation areas could drive renewable energy future

Targeting of existing funds could cement UK's world-leading position Paper highlights benefits research spending would bring Scottish Renewables calls for UK Government to develop Energy Innovation Strategy

OPDE completes the construction of three new solar farms in United Kingdom with a total capacity of 15 MW

The projects built by the multinational are located in Kent, Nottinghamshire and Somerset and have a capacity of 5 MW each.

Berlin winds up for world's leading coil winding and electrical manufacturing expo

For one week in May, Berlin will become the centre of the global coil winding, insulation and electrical manufacturing community as hundreds of component suppliers, service providers, OEMs, and energy companies gather to buy and sell and keep up-to-date with all the latest industry trends.

Report: New Skilled Workforce, Training Needed for India's Ambitious Renewable Energy and Climate Goals

India's goal to dramatically expand solar energy could trigger a green jobs boom adding one million new engineers, technicians, solar installers, maintenance workers and performance data monitors to its workforce, according to a new report released in connection with a "Make in India" conference in Mumbai.

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