Chernobyl is to become the world's largest solar power plant

ALEXANDRU MICU for ZME Science:  The Ukranian government plans to turn Chernobyl, the site of the world’s most famous nuclear meltdown, into a sprawling solar power plant — the largest in the world. Since the meltdown on April 26, 1986, no one’s been able to find any good uses for Chernobyl. A 1,600 square mile area was drenched in radiation and deemed an “exclusion zone,” so everyone was evacuated after the clean-up efforts were concluded and the plant was sealed in its ubiquitous sarcophagus. The buildings, goods, and infrastructure in the area were abandoned so fast that the city looks like time froze there 30 years ago — albeit with a Falloutesque look. Since we left, nature took over, and for the most part, is thriving in our absence (though the microbes that decompose dead organic matter seem to be having a hard time living here.) In a recent interview, however, Ukraine’s ecology minister Ostap Semerak said that the government is negotiating with two US investment firms and four Canadian energy companies to develop Chernobyl’s solar potential. The area is uniquely suited for the purpose — the land is extremely cheap, much of the required infrastructure, such as roads are already built. Even better, the power lines that served the old 4GW reactor are still useable.   Cont'd...

Offshore wind energy market size is anticipated to exceed USD 130 billion by 2023.

Offshore wind energy market size is anticipated to exceed USD 130 billion by 2023. Rising number of wind farms is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

IRENA Conference Set to Boost Off-Grid Renewable Energy Development Worldwide

Third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference will convene key players in Nairobi to drive global off-grid agenda

CleanCapital Announces John Hancock to Lead Financing of Distributed Generation Solar Portfolio

New fintech company is a game changer for clean energy financing

ET Solar, LONGi Co-found JV to Create Global Leading Mono Brand

ET Solar announces it has signed a cooperation contract to enter into a joint venture (JV) with Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials Corp., the world's largest high-efficiency mono-crystalline products manufacturer.

New High-Temperature Device Captures a Broader Solar Wavelength Spectrum and Improves Solar Cell Efficiency

Using a heat-resistant device, made of tungsten and alumina layers, researchers from Aalborg University have found that the device can absorb the suns broad spectrum radiation and convert it to electricity

New York Should be Applauded for Setting a 50 Percent Clean Energy Standard

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the New York Public Service Commissions approval of a 50 percent Clean Energy Standard by 2030:

NREL Technique Leads to Improved Perovskite Solar Cells

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.

Intersolar South America - We've Always Believed in the Brazilian Solar Energy Market

Brazils Ministry of Mines and Energy has postponed the reserve auction scheduled for July 29. Its expected that it will involve more than 9GW of PV projects, making up 90% of the capacity registered for the auction. What does this mean for the Brazilian solar market?

Tesla Lowers Bid, Agrees to Pay $2.6 Billion for SolarCity

Chris Martin for Bloomberg Technology:  Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. reached an agreement to buy SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion, about $300 million less than an initial proposal criticized as a “bailout” for the solar company in which he’s the largest shareholder. SolarCity investors will receive $25.37 a share in stock under the agreement, according to a statement Monday. Musk initially offered $26.50 to $28.50 a share in Tesla stock. Analysts have said in the past that the bid was too low and investors have questioned the wisdom of Musk combining his electric-car maker with the clean-energy company.  The deal, which allows SolarCity to solicit competing takeover offers through Sept. 14, will now go to the shareholders of the companies for approval.   Cont'd...   

DONG Energy Praises Massachusetts for Strong Commitment to Offshore Wind

Energy bill opens door to U.S. commercial offshore wind market

DOE SunShot Initiative supports new ASU solar research projects

The SunShot Initiative is designed to accelerate the market competitiveness of solar energy by targeting production cost reductions and increased solar deployment, with a 2020 target cost for utility-scale solar technologies that is roughly equal to electricity generation from fossil fuels.

Industry gears up for Renewable Energy India 2016

Global Investments & Technological breakthroughs mark the 10th edition

Sunvapor Receives Award from U. S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative for Green Solar Collector

Cooperative award provides R&D funding to demonstrate sustainable collector designed with artificial intelligence

Giant Leap Technologies and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Receive U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Grant to Use Invisibility to Harvest Sunlight

Microfluidics will make it possible to move solar collectors into the digital age by exploiting invisibility to eliminate mechanical collectors and replace them with Digital GlassTM and non-mechanical electronic light steering.

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