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New Additives to Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells Boost Efficiency, Stability

Scientists at NREL have demonstrated a tin-lead perovskite cell that overcomes problems with stability and improves efficiency. The new cell, a tandem design with two layers of perovskites, measured a 25.5% efficiency.

Monetize That Runway!

Public airports across the U.S. face a similar challenge: a fixed revenue model with limited opportunity for growth. Fortunately, many have an untapped resource that they can turn into a source of predictable, long-term income – the open space around their runways.

How Keeping It Simple Can Lower O&M Costs

To mitigate the increasing cost of running a utility-scale solar project, many owners and operators have switched their focus from CapEx to operations and maintenance (O&M).

Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future To Be Taller and More Economical

In the most-likely scenario, the experts predicted that hub height for newly installed onshore wind turbines will reach 130 meters in 2035, rather than the 115-meter forecast offered in a 2015 survey.

SMA Storage Solution turns the lights back on in Taiwan

On March 3, 2022, a serious power outage in Taiwan, happened. More than five million households and 500 industrial businesses were affected. Thanks to the SMA battery inverter, however, they were quickly back on the grid and supplied with power.

Operating Principles for Lead Acid Batteries

GEL, AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat), and Flooded batteries are all lead-acid batteries. The primary difference is how the electrolyte is handled. Each type of battery has its own optimal charging characteristics.

Solar Training Courses for 2022

SEI is scaling the organization on several fronts to give people more access to hands on, more classes online, and more services for employers to help bridge the gap between training and employment.

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Is the Future of Residential Solar Shingle Roofing?

Solar shingles look nearly identical to traditional asphalt shingles. They have rectangular shapes that lay across a roofing structure, covering it with the same cornered edges that people can recognize from the street.

Sustainable roads of the future--Canada is home to world's first sound absorptive solar highway noise barrier

Mitrex is the world's largest designer and manufacturer of integrated solar products that produce sustainable and renewable electricity to transform any exterior surface into an energy-generating power plant.

New Breakthrough Could Give Hydrogen Fuel Vehicles More Traction in the Market

Scientists are assessing hydrogen fuel cells’ compatibility with personal and public transportation processes. New technological breakthroughs in hydrogen production could expand the sector and make the Earth a bit cleaner.

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Electriq Power Becomes Sole Supplier for Barrio Elctrico to Provide Puerto Rican Homes with Energy Storage

Electriq's PowerPod 2 battery systems will help households weather the island's frequent electrical outages, as well as help residents manage the electricity costs.

QuickBOLT receives Miami-Dade NOA for QB2 Solar Mount

QuickBOLT's QB2 with 3" Microflashing® has officially received Miami-Dade County Acceptance meaning easier permitting processes, greater permit approval coverage, and savings on solar installation projects.

LG TO INTEGRATE ITS ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS WITH FRACTAL EMS CONTROLS PLATFORM

LG Electronics Investment Expected to Accelerate Fractal's Growth

Battery energy storage projects supported by Natural Power go online in California

Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has served as Independent Engineer of Record on behalf of leading U.S. wholesale energy provider, Southern Power, for its battery-based energy storage projects at the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities in California, which are now fully operational.

Natural Power supports acquisition of 65MW French wind portfolio

Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has delivered technical due diligence on behalf of Greencoat Renewables PLC to support its acquisition of a 65-MW portfolio of four operating wind farms in France from Swiss renewable energy producer Axpo. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

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MORNINGSTAR - TriStar MPPT 600V

MORNINGSTAR - TriStar MPPT 600V

Morningstar's TriStar MPPT 600V charge controller leverages Morningstar's innovative TrakStar™ MPPT technology and our more than twenty-five years of power electronics engineering excellence, to enable the widest input operating voltage range available from a solar array, wind turbine or hydro input. This controller's standard and DB versions are for off-grid applications, and the TR versions were developed to enable retrofitting grid-tied systems with battery backup.

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S-5!

S-5!

In 1992, S-5! invented the very market space of manufactured roof attachment solutions. S-5!'s clamps and brackets are engineered for a variety of applications, including residential and commercial solar installations on exposed-fastened and standing seam metal roofing. The company has a portfolio of more than 5+ GigaWatts of rooftop solar arrays, including many Fed-Ex and Walmart buildings; 700 Costco stores in eight countries; international airports; and corporate headquarters for Google, IBM, NATO, NREL and Apple. S-5! Technologies are also affordable for domestic applications with more than 15,000 such solar installations in 50 countries.