Thomas Burton for Energy Technology Matters: A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables solar cells to break through a theoretically predicted ceiling on how much sunlight they can convert into electricity. With this revolutionary new technology, the researchers show the potential of how solar panels can generate even more energy than theoretically determined by harnessing some of the panels’ waste. To learn more about the STPV technology, read on! Since 1961, the Shockley-Queisser Limit established an absolute theoretical limit on traditional solar cell efficiency regarding energy conversion. A single-layer of silicon cells—the type of cells most widely used in today’s solar panels—has an upper limit of 32 percent. But currently, researchers are studying ways to increase this overall efficiency by using multiple layers of cells or converting the sunlight first to heat before generating electrical power. This latter method uses devices called STPVs, which the MIT team used in their study. Cont'd...
Ainslie Chandler for Bloomberg: The U.S. energy sector accounts for 83.6 percent of the country’s carbon emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, so tackling climate change effectively requires their participation. Some experts worry the lack of diversity in their leadership is hindering that shift. Energy-sector boards are the least diverse of any industry globally, with 8.2 percent of seats occupied by women, compared with an average of 10.5 percent for all businesses, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That translates to an average of just 0.7 women on the board of each of the 650 energy companies in Bloomberg’s review. More than 170 countries signed the Paris Agreement in April, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius. If this target is going to be met and the transition to a “de-carbonized” economy made, companies will need to fundamentally change, so leadership teams also have to change, said Rachel Kyte, chief executive and special representative of the UN Secretary-General at Sustainable Energy for All. “It’s like this bus is coming toward us,” Kyte said of climate change and the transition to renewable energy. “If you keep asking the same people and they keep coming up with the same answer, we’re not going to manage this transition very well.” Cont'd...
The 13th five-year National Development Plan initiated by the National Energy Administration (NEA) for the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) set the goal to install Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants with a total capacity of 10 Gigawatt by 2020 in China.
Ricardo will offer a behind-the-scenes look into its automotive battery, hybrid and electric vehicle analysis workshop to attendees of the July 2016 PlugVolt Battery Seminar in Detroit
Nuclear Power is Clean, Safe, and Reliable… But Can It Be Competitive? StrategyDriven Identifies 29 Cost Reductions To Financially Strengthen Nuclear Plants
In the past 3 years, twelve reactors have been slated for early retirement and another dozen are at risk for economic reasons. StrategyDriven Enterprises releases Four Overlooked Controllable Costs to financially strengthen nuclear power plants.
Friends of Science Report "Why Renewable Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050" Will Shock Green Investors and Challenges the Grantham Climate Change Risk Scenario
Friends of Science Society's new report "Why Renewable Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050" demonstrates that moving to a 'low-carbon' society is nigh impossible without the vast use of fossil fuels, bringing into question the climate change risk claims of the Grantham "Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures." New research of the social cost of carbon suggest the net costs may even be net beneficial when properly calculated.
Further opportunity for sustainable energy innovators to apply for business support and funding before 11th October 2016
POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe has announced its industry-leading line-up of speakers, ahead of the conference in Milan, 21st-23rd June 2016.
America's Leading Energy Provider Invests in Qnovo's Lithium-ion Battery Innovation
Hydropower experts convene for the 8th year in the Exhibition Center Salzburg from November 24th-25th, 2016.
George Dvorsky for Gizmodo: They like to do things big in Dubai, including a newly-approved concentrated solar power project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2020—and a whopping 5,000 megawatts by 2030. The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced the launch of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project. Located on a single site within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the plant will consist of five facilities. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed either in late 2020 or 2021, at which time it’s expected to generate 1,000 MW of power. By 2030, this plant could be churning out five times that amount—enough to raise the emirate’s total power output by 25 percent. By comparison the Ivanpah CSP in California (which is currently the world’s largest) generates about 392 MW of power. Morocco’s Ouarzazate solar power plant will provide about 580 MW of power once it’s complete in 2020. Cont'd...
Baker Electric Solar designed and installed a 49.725 kW rooftop solar system for La Mesa-based Del Cerro Baptist Church. The system is projected to save the church $21,000 annually on electricity.
UK Marine Energy Conference is less than a month away. On Tuesday 5th July, the conference in Glasgow will bring together those at the forefront of wave & tidal technology within the UK and Ireland.
Launched in 2014, the 51st State aims to provide a constructive platform where energy industry stakeholders can work together to create practical solutions to facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources -- solar, storage, demand response and others -- in ways that benefit all.
Advanced Energy Economy Applauds FERC Inquiry on Barriers to Energy Storage, Calls for Electricity Market Participation of All Advanced Energy Technologies
AEE urges Commission to conduct a separate review of similar barriers affecting other technologies in wholesale electric markets
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