Scaled perovskite solar modules pass three critical tests

Scaled perovskite solar modules pass three critical tests

Solliance and its partners – TNO, imec, and the Eindhoven University of Technology – revealed this week that it had conducted three lifetime tests on encapsulated perovskite solar modules fabricated using industrial processes – a light soak test, a damp-heat test, and a thermal cycling test.

Bernard McNamee Plans to Leave FERC, but Not Without a Quorum

Bernard McNamee Plans to Leave FERC, but Not Without a Quorum

Bernard McNamee, the Trump administration-appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission commissioner who has voted to restrict clean energy in key grid regulatory decisions, has announced he will leave after his term ends in June — unless his departure leaves FERC without a quorum.

Arizona Utility APS Commits to Carbon-Free Power by 2050

Arizona Utility APS Commits to Carbon-Free Power by 2050

Arizona Public Service, the largest utility in the sunny Southwestern state, committed itself Wednesday to 100 percent carbon-free power by 2050.In 30 years, technologies such as green hydrogen, natural gas with carbon capture, or seasonal energy storage could be ready to go, Guldner said.

South Africa’s energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrong

South Africa’s energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrong

The need for what’s called loadshedding – planned power outages – led to the recent resignation of Eskom’s chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply.

The lessons from historic preservation councils blocking solar panels

The lessons from historic preservation councils blocking solar panels

Here is a revealing quote from Sara Green, a resident of the Takoma historic district in DC, on the subject of allowing visible solar panels: “The impact on the polar bears or on climate change is extremely minor.

Desert solar farms can improve tortoise habitat

Desert solar farms can improve tortoise habitat

Juvenile tortoises depend on plant cover to hide from predators and animals of all ages may use them for shade, said Jennifer Wilkening, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who oversees the project’s habitat protection plan.

How Germany helped make renewable energy cheap for the rest of the world

How Germany helped make renewable energy cheap for the rest of the world

His law allowed Germans to sell the renewable energy they create to the grid at a high fixed price — a price that would more than cover the cost of installing a solar panel, or investing in a wind turbine.

SPE Aberdeen to host energy transition debate

SPE Aberdeen to host energy transition debate

The talk, which will encourage lively debate around the topic of energy transition, will examine what the oil and gas industry is doing to achieve net zero, including a review of alternative energy sources, and the impact that net zero is likely to make on our lifestyles.

The story of Trump solar tariffs: layoffs and liquidations

The story of Trump solar tariffs: layoffs and liquidations

The move, based on a so-called 201 case requiring proof of serious harm from unfair global competition, put tariffs on $8.5 billion in solar modules and cells starting at 30% in year one and scaling down to 15% by year four.

Woodmac exploration outlook: Move from ‘Big Oil to Big Energy’ under way

Woodmac exploration outlook: Move from ‘Big Oil to Big Energy’ under way

Companies are expected to drill in hope of finding better resources than those already in their portfolios, going after lower cost barrels with a higher margin.Globally, Woodmac expects 500-600 wildcats to be completed during 2020, adding around 15 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources, in line with industry performance since 2014.

Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm is connected to the grid

Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm is connected to the grid

“We are very pleased that we have achieved this milestone by working closely with network providers and anticipate having a fully operational solar facility in a few months, supplying green power the Darling Downs area.” said Lee. Yarranlea Solar Farm.

Pilot agrovoltaic project with mobile PV modules launched in France

Pilot agrovoltaic project with mobile PV modules launched in France

The other half will be used to assess performance.“The aim of the experiment is to demonstrate that the management of a micro climate generated by the mobile solar panels deployed above the crop areas makes it possible to protect [crops], to increase their productivity [and] to reduce water consumption while … meeting the essential needs of the plant,” added CNR.

Wind energy powerhouse Vestas announces plans for 'zero-waste' turbines

Wind energy powerhouse Vestas announces plans for 'zero-waste' turbines

Danish firm Vestas said Monday that it was aiming to produce "zero-waste" wind turbines by the year 2040.The wind turbine manufacturer explained that its goal would mean operating a value chain that produced no waste materials.

Researchers find a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight

Researchers find a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight

Credit: David Monje on Unsplash Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles.

Polysilicon Industry Awaits Certainty on US-China Trade Deal

Polysilicon Industry Awaits Certainty on US-China Trade Deal

The trade deal signed between the United States and China this week brought a jolt of positivity to U.S. polysilicon manufacturers, which have for years struggled to stay competitive while tariffs hampered access to the Chinese market that accounts for more than 90 percent of polysilicon demand.

Spain declares climate emergency, gets climate plan ready

Spain declares climate emergency, gets climate plan ready

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to fight climate change.The declaration approved by the Cabinet says the left-of-center Socialist government will send to parliament within 100 days its proposed climate legislation.

British government halts support of overseas coal plant development

British government halts support of overseas coal plant development

The UK-Africa Investment Summit also outlined a package of new initiatives, funding, commercial deals, and partnerships in an effort to increase trade between the UK and Africa, support the development of African countries and their economies – including by creating opportunities to empower women and young people – and mobilise sustainable financing for the continent.

Can Renewables Restart the Grid? The UK Investigates

Can Renewables Restart the Grid? The UK Investigates

If successful, the U.K. National Grid’s Distributed ReStart project should prove that assets such as wind, solar and battery plants can work alongside synchronous generators to restore power following a countrywide blackout.

Trump Administration Lowers Import Tariffs on Chinese Batteries

Trump Administration Lowers Import Tariffs on Chinese Batteries

The White House halved import tariffs on batteries manufactured in China as part of the larger trade deal signed this week.Now, about 40 percent of U.S. lithium-ion battery projects for grid storage import from China, Speakes-Backman said.

Creating an Energy-Efficient Home – A Checklist

Creating an Energy-Efficient Home – A Checklist

One of the best places to start saving money in your home is to make sure that your heating and cooling system is working correctly and efficiently.

Oil and Gas Sector Told to Step Up Climate Game or Lose Investment

Oil and Gas Sector Told to Step Up Climate Game or Lose Investment

Tim Eggar, the chairman of the sector’s U.K. watchdog, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), said the industry had to move quickly to provide tangible solutions — or face the consequences.

Climate change, my daughter and me

Climate change, my daughter and me

Yes, we need to continue to discuss ideas and potential solutions to help drive the energy transition.Those are just three areas the oil and gas industry could focus on to help advance the energy transition.

America’s Concentrated Solar Power Companies Have All but Disappeared

America’s Concentrated Solar Power Companies Have All but Disappeared

SolarReserve, which developed the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada, is thought to have halted operations after losing its only income-generating U.S. contract and selling foreign projects including Aurora in Australia and Likana in Chile last year.

IEA: Energy Transition Possible, But More Expensive, Without Oil and Gas Buy-In

IEA: Energy Transition Possible, But More Expensive, Without Oil and Gas Buy-In

For all the talk of the energy transition, leading global oil and gas companies invested just $2.1 billion into solar, wind, biofuels and carbon-capture projects last year, amounting to a mere 0.8 percent of their overall capital expenditures, according to the IEA.

Microsoft to invest $1bn in carbon-reduction technology

Microsoft to invest $1bn in carbon-reduction technology

unveiled plans to invest $1 billion to back companies and organizations working on technologies to remove or reduce carbon from the earth’s atmosphere, saying efforts to merely emit less carbon aren’t enough to prevent catastrophic climate change.

MPower starts work on two more 5MW solar farms for South Australia

MPower starts work on two more 5MW solar farms for South Australia

Renewable microgrid specialist MPower has begun early works on two new 5MW solar farms in South Australia, as the Tag Pacific subsidiary continues its focus on smaller grid-connected PV projects.

BlackRock to sell $500 million in coal investments in climate change push

BlackRock to sell $500 million in coal investments in climate change push

BlackRock said its actively managed funds will exit stocks or bonds of companies that produce thermal coal, which is burnt for the purposed of creating electricity, and largely believed to be among the worst contributors to climate change among fossil fuels.

Progress as 800MW Clarke Creek wind farm nears construction in Queensland

Progress as 800MW Clarke Creek wind farm nears construction in Queensland

Construction looks set to begin on Lacour Energy’s 800MW Clarke Creek wind farm in central Queensland anytime soon, after the first community consultative committee meeting for the project was held last week.

A Checklist for Designing Energy-Efficient Homes

A Checklist for Designing Energy-Efficient Homes

In addition to insulation and ventilation of your windows, lighter colours reflect solar heat and darker shades attract it.You should consider changing the colour to reflect the surface on the back, which could help you reduce the energy used to cool your home.

Work starts on world's 'largest offshore wind farm' that could power 4.5 million homes

Work starts on world's 'largest offshore wind farm' that could power 4.5 million homes

In an announcement Friday, energy firm SSE said that onshore work for the 3.6 gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank Wind Farms project had begun near Ulrome, a coastal village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.