New method can make cheaper solar energy storage

Storing solar energy as hydrogen is a promising way for developing comprehensive renewable energy systems. To accomplish this, traditional solar panels can be used to generate an electrical current that splits water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter being considered a form of solar fuel. However, the cost of producing efficient solar panels makes water-splitting technologies too expensive to commercialize. EPFL scientists have now developed a simple, unconventional method to fabricate high-quality, efficient solar panels for direct solar hydrogen production with low cost. The work is published in Nature Communications. Many different materials have been considered for use in direct solar-to-hydrogen conversion technologies but "2-D materials" have recently been identified as promising candidates. In general these materials—which famously include graphene—have extraordinary electronic properties. However, harvesting usable amounts of solar energy requires large areas of solar panels, and it is notoriously difficult and expensive to fabricate thin films of 2-D materials at such a scale and maintain good performance. Kevin Sivula and colleagues at EPFL addressed this problem with an innovative and cheap method that uses the boundary between two non-mixing liquids. The researchers focused on one of the best 2-D materials for solar water splitting, called "tungsten diselenide". Past studies have shown that this material has a great efficiency for converting solar energy directly into hydrogen fuel while also being highly stable.   Cont'd...

MECASOLAR supplies 4.5MW in horizontal trackers to solar PV plant in Turkey

Mecasolar is supplying solar materials to a 4.5MW solar plant in Antalya, Turkey. The project strengthens Mecasolar's position in the Balkans, where the company plans to develop 30MW by 2017.

PVinsights : Poly-silicon price is improved in China in July, but still weak outside China.

The average poly-silicon price has risen up owing to Chinese poly-silicon makers. Because of the expiration of the trade handbooks of their Chinese customers, a number of non-Chinese poly-silicon makers are seeing their sales to China being challenged by Chinese suppliers who now benefit from more price competitiveness. Chinese poly-silicon makers now have the leverage to pull up their selling price quotations within China, while non-Chinese suppliers have to adjust to the levy of import duties and AD & CVD charges on their products

Smart Energy Device for Businesses, Smappee Pro, Helps Reduce Costs and Consumption

Smappee Pro Detects Energy Guzzlers in the Workplace

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets

Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation.

Digital Inkjet Printing: An Opportunity for Further Reductions in Solar Energy Costs

With solar on the cusp of economic feasibility in many areas, incremental cost reductions such as those offered by digital inkjet printing technologies can make the difference between moving ahead with solar and sticking with electricity from the local utility

INTERSOLAR INDIA 2015: NEW SIGNALS COMING FROM THE INDIAN SOLAR MARKET

The Indian governments energy policy is raising growth expectations

Thai Solar Energy Pcl (SET:TSE) to Build Solar Power Plants in Japan

Plans to Produce 25MW in Initial Phase (COD by Early 2016), 300MW (THB300m Revenue) in Three Years

INFIGEN ANNOUNCES SALE OF ITS US SOLAR DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE

The tax gain on sale will be subject to US tax and the net after tax proceeds of the sale will be added to the cash that Infigen holds in entities outside of the Global Facility borrower group.

Applied Energy Technologies (AET) Selected by Swinerton Renewable Energy for 22.6 MW Solar Project in Utah

The planned 'Seven Sisters solar projects includes seven separate solar photovoltaic projects, four of which are to be sited in Beaver County and three to be located in Iron County, Utah.

Positive outlook for some European solar thermal market segments, despite disappointing overall results

Growth potential has been identified in some market segments, particularly in the booming decentralized large-scale heating sector in Denmark.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Statement on Environmental Protection Agency Renewable Fuel Standards Rulemaking

DuPont believes the proposed 2014 to 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) rule is misguided and is a major step backward

Emirates Insolaire Installs World's First Coloured Solar Panels in Switzerland

The building, boasting of its unique blue façade - thanks to the Emirates Insolaire glass panels.

Intersolar - SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES Inline Sputtering Systems for Photovoltaic

Modular Systems for Different Applications for CIGS & CdTe thin-film solar cell production & the manufacturing of heterojunction cells --- Systems with vertical & horizontal substrate transport available

Intersolar - RenewSys Showcases Its Innovative Eva Encapsulants And Backsheets At Intersolar San Francisco

The backsheet range includes Fluoro, non-Fluoro, Aluminium and Copper foil based backsheets in white and black colours.

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