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A Deep Dive Into Improving The ROI For Commercial PV Solar Systems

As with any investment, the two main ways to improve the ROI of a commercial PV system is to increase energy production (and therefore annual revenue) and decrease lifetime costs. Let’s take a deeper look at how this can be done in commercial PV installations.

Evaluating the Potential of Green Aviation in 2022

The need for green aviation becomes increasingly critical as climate concerns grow more severe. Where does the industry fall today with this technology, and what does it need to improve?

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.

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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.

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.

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Solar FlexRack Selected by Tucson Electric Power for 15 MW Community Solar Project in Arizona

Solar FlexRack system supports new clean energy resource for local community

Energy Dome Closes $11M Convertible Round to Accelerate Commercial Deployment of CO2 Battery

Provider of long-duration energy storage completes convertible funding round co-led by CDP Venture Capital Sgr and Barclays and joined by Novum Capital Partners, ahead of planned Series B round.

Leclanche achieves significant breakthrough in safety of its lithium-ion battery technology with no compromise to cell performance

• Company achieves close to 80% reduction of risk of fire with no impact on cell performance • Independent nail penetration tests confirm significantly lowered risk of thermal events with fire • Non-flammable electrolyte additive provides enhanced cell safety option for rail, truck and bus markets

Qcells Awarded EuPD Research 'Top Brand PV 2022' Seals in Multiple Leading Solar Markets

Qcells triumphs as a nine-time and seven-time Top Brand PV winner in Europe and Australia, respectively. On top of receiving the honor multiple years in succession for those regions, Qcells was awarded the same seal in the US for the first time, further solidifying Qcells' brand leadership globally.

Highview Power Welcomes New Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Dominic Walters, a marketing and communications expert, has joined the Highview Power team as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

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CLEAN ENERGY ASSOCIATES (www.cleanenergyassociates.com) provides technical due diligence and engineering services for solar PV and energy storage clients around the globe who are financial institutions, project developers, EPCs, IPPs, and PV power plant owners. From our Corporate headquarters in Denver and other US locations, our engineering (IE/OE) team provides system design, energy modeling and forecasting, product benchmarking, technical due diligence, and supply chain services. Downstream, we audit projects through the full cycle, including technology selection, system design, construction, commissioning, project performance, re-power and upgrade analysis, and warranty support. From our Asian base in Shanghai, our team of engineers travel to upstream factories around the globe to conduct in-factory quality assurance via factory audits, production monitoring and pre-shipment product inspection. Clean Energy Associates serves the solar PV and energy storage industries through our expertise in PV modules, mounting structures (rackers) and trackers, inverters, and batteries and energy storage systems. Since 2008, CEA has reduced Buyers' risks and improved returns on investments via technical assurance, supply chain management, market intelligence, and engineering services