Solar Power Turns Water and Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

Seeker:  Finish researchers are building a demonstration power plant that would use solar-generated electricity, water and carbon dioxide extracted from the atmosphere to create gas and liquid fuels. The Lappeenranta University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre are working together on the SOLETAIR project, which is being built on the university campus and is scheduled for completion in 2017. Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology also is a player in the project.  The project involves several different innovations. VTT will design equipment that will capture CO2 from the air and store it, while Lappeenranta researchers will build a device to produce hydrogen from water via electrolysis. Karlsruhe has developed a a microstructured, chemical reactor to convert the hydrogen produced from solar power together with carbon dioxide into liquid fuels, according to a press release. The reactor will be built by INERATEC, a spinoff company created by Karlsruhe.   Cont'd...

NARUC Approves Final Distributed Energy Resources Manual

After the formal adoption of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) manual, Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation, the solar industry and advocates released the following responses:

SMA Extends Helping Hand to Customers in Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Customers who saw inverters damaged during hurricane eligible for free inspection

Totem Unveils Design for the Future of Smart Power

Totem Unifies Design and Modern Technology to Provide Pioneering Energy and Communications Platform for Smart Cities

Using Nanotechnology to Improve the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Nanostructure-based coating technology provides increased energy efficiency while minimizing costs.

PPE count on Lufft weather sensors for PV Monitoring

The number of metrics measured by the Lufft's weather stations in combination with the high accuracy of the sensors gives our customers the ability to forecast short-term and long-term generation capabilities of their site with a high degree of confidence.

Pure Power Solutions Completes Containerized Solar Microgrid with SimpliPhi Power Energy Storage for Off-Grid Ranch

Pre-built, transportable solar+storage system inside shipping containers saves family enterprise over half a million as alternative to utility grid upgrade

Green Charge and REC Solar Announce Sonoma County's Largest Commercial Solar-Plus-Energy Storage Project

SOMO Village mixed-use development announces landmark one megawatt solar-plus-energy storage installation

CIA Veteran Takes Solar Underground with Sun Bandit

Decorated CIA Veteran, Survival Specialist Deploys Solar PV with Battery Back-up -- and Sun Bandit's PV-Powered Water Heating System -- to Drive Energy Independence and Off-Grid Survival Capabilities for Suburban Subterranean Home

Iron Edison Powers Western Canada's Largest Off-Grid Pure Solar Project

Lithium Iron battery provides cost savings, remote monitoring capability, long life at telecom sites

INTERSOLAR EUROPE EXHIBITION SPACE 80% BOOKED

Topics surrounding the new energy world open up new market opportunities

NEXTracker Achieves #1 Solar Tracker Global Market Share, According to GTM Research

NEXTracker is Deployed in More Than 150 Solar Power Systems Worldwide

Ice Energy Introduces the Ice Cub: First Consumer Cooling and Heating Solution with Integrated Energy Storage for the Home

New residential ice storage system delivers clean, cost-effective and energy-efficient cooling and heating while optimizing solar PV usage

SEPA Members Glimpse Possible Energy Future in Australia

Country's booming solar-plus-storage market grows without federal incentives

Solar Power Meets Electric Vehicle Atop a VW Microbus

Brett Belan, Apparent Energy for MotherEarth News:  The time is here for solar power to make its way to our vehicles. The state-of-the-art panels pose no weight limitation. At 6 pounds per 150 watts, thin flexible solar panels will weigh 600 pounds but give you 15 kilowatts! This is enough to directly drive from the sun. However, the surface area is a limitation, because that much solar would require 10 feet around the vehicle on all sides. The solution, ironically, is a mechanical engineering question of how to accordion-style fold these panels to conveniently open them for charging while the vehicle is at a standstill.  Cont'd...

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