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Brazil’s Minas Gerais state to hold PV auction in Nov – report

Brazil’s Minas Gerais state plans to launch in November a tender for the construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, Bloomberg said yesterday, citing a government official. The state is currently working to finalise the rules for the auction, aimed at supporting local solar panel manufacturing, Guilherme Augusto Duarte de Faria, superintendent of the state’s Economic […]

| September 18, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Chile plans 75.6% of new power capacity by 2030 to be renewable

The Chilean government projects that renewables will account for 75.6% of the 4,979 MW of power capacity to be added to the Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC) grid in 2018-2030, daily La Tercera said yesterday. Overall, the bulk of the new capacity is seen to come from solar and wind power, while the remaining 24.4% will […]

| September 18, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Tata Power Solar to supply modules for 10 MW project in Rajasthan, India

Tata Power Solar (TPS), one of the pioneering solar manufacturers in the world, announced that it has won a significant DCR order under JNNSM phase-2 batch-1. The company will supply the entire module requirement for the 10 MW project to be built by Palimarwar Solar Project Private Limited in Rajasthan which belongs to the L […]

| September 18, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Market Forecasts for Energy Harvesting And Storage Sectors

The report on the energy harvesting market and energy storage market throws light on the quantitative and qualitative aspects that will help market players plan their growth strategies, financial models, and marketing initiatives. The energy harvesting and energy storage market is composed of numerous types of technologies and their applications, all of which are studied […]

| September 18, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Mexico: A New Frontier for Solar

August 11 was an auspicious day for Mexico. Some seventy-six years after the government nationalized the country’s oil industry, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law an energy reform package that many are saying will have a transformative impact on the economy of Mexico. The landmark legislation, which will open Mexico’s oil and natural gas […]

| September 18, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Duke Energy Commits $500M For New Solar Capacity In N.C.

Following its February request for proposals (RFP) for new solar capacity in North Carolina, Duke Energy is committing $500 million to a major expansion of solar power in the state. The expansion will help diversify the company’s energy portfolio and meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), Duke Energy says. It […]

| September 15, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Research News

ultra-narrow graphene nanoribbons show potential for solar technology

Graphene possesses many outstanding properties: it conducts heat and electricity, it is transparent, harder than diamond and extremely strong. But in order to use it to construct electronic switches, a material must not only be an outstanding conductor, it should also be switchable between ”on” and ”off” states. This requires the presence of a so-called […]

| September 18, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Technique enables research into safer, higher-capacity battery materials

Using a neutron beam, chemists and engineers at The Ohio State University were able to track the flow of lithium atoms into and out of an electrode in real time as a battery charged and discharged. The study, published in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, suggests that neutron depth […]

| September 15, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Future solar panels: Cheaper, more efficient

Conventional photovoltaic technology uses large, heavy, opaque, dark silicon panels, but this could soon change. The IK4-Ikerlan research centre is working within the X10D European project with new materials to produce solar panels in order to come up with alternatives to the current panels. What is needed to improve the functioning of cells with a […]

| September 15, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Researchers observe the phenomenon of “lithium plating” during the charging process: solution for energy storage

Lithium-ion batteries are seen as a solution for energy storage of the future and have become indispensible, especially in electromobility. Their key advantage is that they are able to store large amounts of energy but are still comparatively light and compact. However, when metallic lithium forms and deposits during charging it can lead to a […]

| September 11, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Competition for Graphene: Ultrafast Charge Transfer in New Family of 2D Semiconductors

A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials. An international collaboration of researchers led by a scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory […]

| September 9, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria

Researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E.coli to generate renewable propane. The development is a step towards commercial production of a source of fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels. Propane is an appealing source of cleaner fuel because it has an existing global market. It is already produced as […]

| September 9, 2014 | Leave Comment
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