Next-generation perovskite solar cells pass strict international tests

Next-generation perovskite solar cells pass strict international tests

Credit: UNSW Australian scientists have for the first time produced a new generation of experimental solar energy cells that pass strict International Electrotechnical Commission testing standards for heat and humidity.

Federal support for businesses in keeping with climate goals

Federal support for businesses in keeping with climate goals

The goal of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures is to help companies understand how climate change impacts them and share this information with the outside worldAs of February 2020, support for the TCFD has grown to more than 1,027 companies, representing a market capitalization of over $12 trillion.

3-D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

3-D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

Credit: Adam Surmiak, Xiongfeng Lin Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in hours instead of days thanks to a new system built by scientists at Australia's Monash University, incorporating 3-D-printed key components.

5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

France’s EDF started out in the wind business in the 1980s, entering the U.S. market in 2002 through the acquisition of enXco. But for more than a decade, the company has been watching closely as the cost of solar energy fell, said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of grid-scale power at California-based EDF Renewables North America.

Biofuel for ships: Diesel and gasoline sourced from renewables

Biofuel for ships: Diesel and gasoline sourced from renewables

Dr. Andreas Menne, a mechanical engineer, and his colleagues at Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen want to mitigate marine diesel's adverse impact on the climate with a new technology.Menne, who heads up the Biorefinery and Biofuels department, and his team are producing synthetic diesel and gasoline made from renewable resources.

SolarEdge and Enphase See Growth Slowing as COVID-19 Hits Inverter Market

SolarEdge and Enphase See Growth Slowing as COVID-19 Hits Inverter Market

In the U.S., where SolarEdge held roughly three-fifths of the residential inverter market through the first nine months of 2019 according to Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. PV Leaderboard, installations fell 33 percent in April but have stabilized in the past two weeks, Lando said.

Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency

Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency

A problem with the current generation of silicon solar cells is their relatively low efficiency at converting solar energy into electricity, said Vikram Dalal, an Iowa State University Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Thomas M.

Release the Kraken! Origin strikes $500m deal to smarten customer systems in digital, distributed world

Release the Kraken! Origin strikes $500m deal to smarten customer systems in digital, distributed world

Calabria expects that the company will be able to use the Kraken platform to provide new offerings to consumers to support the deployment of distributed energy systems like rooftop solar and storage.“As we go into a future world, we’ll be actually having a far more connected world, there’ll be more devices connected, there will be more storage units, there’ll be more rooftop solar,” Calabria said in response to a question from RenewEconomy.

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

“Our offshore development projects in the U.S. are moving forward, although at a slower pace than originally expected due to a combination of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) prolonged analysis of the cumulative impacts from the build-out of U.S. offshore wind projects, and now also COVID-19 effects,” Ørsted said in a statement.

Taylor, department refuse to release findings of ‘expert panel’ into emissions reductions

Taylor, department refuse to release findings of ‘expert panel’ into emissions reductions

Separate freedom of information requests, submitted to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and to the office of federal energy minister Angus Taylor by RenewEconomy to access the findings were both refused, with each stating that the expert panel’s findings were subject to an exemption, as documents destined for cabinet consideration.

GTM Podcasts Live: From Our Homes to Yours

GTM Podcasts Live: From Our Homes to Yours

In this episode, we take listener questions about how to use the current crisis as an opportunity.The Interchange is sponsored by Viking Cold Solutions, a leader in thermal storage for refrigerated warehouses, grocery store freezers and restaurants around the globe.

Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why

Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why

Even US ZIP codes with considerably higher average population densities than European nations have higher household carbon footprints.And because home cooling runs on cleaner energy than heating in California, the net effect of climate change has reduced the average footprint a bit.).

Government urged to bring cash to help Aberdeen’s energy transition

Government urged to bring cash to help Aberdeen’s energy transition

Last night Mr Lumsden said: “To avoid the worst of the impending financial hardship and significant job losses, we’re calling on the UK Government and Holyrood to prepare a resilience support package for the energy industry.

System strength issues take toll on renewable plants in Queensland, NSW and Victoria

System strength issues take toll on renewable plants in Queensland, NSW and Victoria

Constraints imposed on large scale renewable energy plants are taking an increasing toll on wind and solar farms in three states, with nearly affected facilities in north Queensland suffering cut-backs around one quarter of the time.

Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector

Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector

Federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor announced on Wednesday that fuel standards under the Fuel Quality Standards Act will be amended to free up stockpiles of unneeded jet fuel for use in other sectors and that the government will spend almost $100 million to purchase oil from the United States.“The temporary change provides Australian refineries with flexibility and can assist them to shore up their viability by helping them resolve some storage and supply issues,” Taylor said.

Austria shuts down last coal-fired power plant

Austria shuts down last coal-fired power plant

BERLIN (AP) — Austria has shut down its last coal-fired power plant as part of a plan to end the use of fossil fuels for energy production by 2030.Utility company Verbund said the plant in the southeastern town of Mellach was powered down Friday.

CO2 valorization through direct methanation of flue gas and renewable hydrogen: A technical and economic assessment

CO2 valorization through direct methanation of flue gas and renewable hydrogen: A technical and economic assessment

The configuration is based on a methanation process, directly applied on flue gas stream thus acting both as a CO2 capture and sequestration technology and as renewable energy storage mechanism.

Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”

Australian rooftop solar continues to weather Covid-19 storm – at “very healthy levels”

According to the latest weekly insights data from SunWiz, small-scale solar installations have kept up the pace in terms of new capacity registered nationally, with only Good Friday and Easter Monday dampening figures over the past two weeks.

WoodMac: NEXTracker Tops Global Solar Tracker Rankings for 2019

WoodMac: NEXTracker Tops Global Solar Tracker Rankings for 2019

However, even excluding safe-harboring, the U.S. saw tracker market shipments double in 2019.The ITC safe-harboring provision pulled tracker shipments into 2019 and accounted for between 35 and 40 percent of total shipments in the U.S.NEXTracker and Array Technologies maintained their respective first- and second-place rankings in the U.S., while PV Hardware took third place.

Energy Insiders Podcast: Why green hydrogen beats coal hydrogen

Energy Insiders Podcast: Why green hydrogen beats coal hydrogen

BloombergNEF’s Kobad Bhavnagri joins the Energy Insiders podcast to discuss his in-deptch report on the hydrogen economy, and in particular the opportunities for Australia.

Why Big Oil is paying top dollar to dump its fossil fuel – and what that means for renewables

Why Big Oil is paying top dollar to dump its fossil fuel – and what that means for renewables

“It’s like trying to explain something that is unprecedented and seemingly unreal!,” said Rystad Energy oil markets analyst Louise Dickson in comments on Tuesday.“The most simple explanation for negative oil prices is that midstream players are now paying ‘buyers’ to take oil volumes away as the physical storage limit will be reached.

Coronavirus Halts Emergence of Subsidy-Free Solar in Italy

Coronavirus Halts Emergence of Subsidy-Free Solar in Italy

This February, Andrews had predicted a “thriving” subsidy-free solar market in Italy after the country’s first contracts for difference auction saw just one 5-megawatt plant winning government support, against 495 megawatts of wind generation.

Vestas Cuts 400 Jobs as Coronavirus Slams Global Renewables Sector

Vestas Cuts 400 Jobs as Coronavirus Slams Global Renewables Sector

The facility closures follow Vestas' recent decision to suspend its 2020 financial guidance .“We’re in a period of high uncertainty and by making a strategic decision on our product portfolio and reduce complexity, we sustain our competitiveness in the future and ensure we can adjust quickly to COVID-19 challenges,” said Henrik Andersen, president and CEO of Vestas, in a statement.

Simec Atlantis Energy furloughs workers due to Covid-19 pandemic

Simec Atlantis Energy furloughs workers due to Covid-19 pandemic

The firm said in a statement: “Outside of the staffing requirements described above, management has this week placed 27 employees, who are currently unable to work, on furlough and it will seek to make an application to cover the cost of these furloughed employees through the UK Governments’ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Aligning oil and gas relief with environmental cleanup a smart approach

Aligning oil and gas relief with environmental cleanup a smart approach

It sends an important signal that the federal government doesn’t intend to back away from its climate plan, but rather is inclined to orient relief, and we hope, subsequent stimulus efforts, towards activities that are aligned with their climate commitments and will reduce pollution.“The first priority is helping and protecting workers who have lost their jobs.

“Performance issues” hobble output at ground-breaking solar farm

“Performance issues” hobble output at ground-breaking solar farm

The Queensland-based zinc refiner Sun Metals has cited unspecified “performance issues” for a significant reduction in output at what was a ground-breaking solar farm near Townsville.

In New York, a New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy

In New York, a New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy

GridRewards is one of the first demand response programs in the state to take advantage of newly installed smart meters from utility Con Edison, which allow it to track residential and small-commercial customers’ energy use in 15-minute increments, a prerequisite for participating.

Southern sector success setting a new standard

Southern sector success setting a new standard

Tony Quinn, test and validation director for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, believes the region has a new story to tell, one that harks back to its subsea engineering past and could see it become an onshore base for the world’s next mammoth wind farm.

India seeks to woo renewable energy firms shifting from China, plans manufacturing hubs at ports

India seeks to woo renewable energy firms shifting from China, plans manufacturing hubs at ports

The Centre has asked state governments and port authorities to identify land for creating new hubs for manufacturing renewable energy equipment as part of India’s efforts to attract firms shifting base from China amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Offshore wind growth key to future of basin

Offshore wind growth key to future of basin

Danielle Lane, Vattenfall’s UK country manager, believes that with so much activity in the basin it is important that the Swedish firm – and all offshore wind developers – works collaboratively with all organisations and groups to “get the right sites in the right locations”.