Vanderbilt Proposes Building Energy Storage Into Solar Cells

VANDERBILT PROPOSES BUILDING ENERGY STORAGE INTO SOLAR CELLS

Imagine a photovoltaic cell or module that actually stores as well as produces energy, acting as a battery and producing power even after dark. New research into silicon-based supercapacitors at Vanderbilt University shows that it’s possible. Supercapacitors have long been looked at as a potential alternative to batteries for energy storage, but they remain bulky and expensive More Info »

Dual-fuel gas station at Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alcohol (ethanol) and G gasoline -Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz, courtesy wikipedia

INNOVATIONS THAT COULD MAKE US GREENER DRIVERS

With rising prices in a changeable economy, today’s eco-conscious drivers want to save money while lowering their carbon footprint. They look for alternatives to expensive and unsustainable gasoline-fueled transportation. The auto industry is in the process of making that happen. What’s New or on the Horizon? There’s a variety of interesting news for eco-conscious drivers More Info »

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GWU INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR SIDEWALK

Sidewalks aren’t usually thought of as revolutionary but the latest sidewalk at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus is. At 100 square feet it isn’t the longest sidewalk in history, but it’s certainly one of the most exotic. It’s the world’s first sidewalk made of photovoltaic (PV) panels. “This project has proven to More Info »

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KEY LAWMAKERS SUPPORT EFFORTS TO END U.S.-CHINA SOLAR DISPUTE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An industry proposal aimed at ending a long-running solar trade dispute between the United States and China continues to gain support among key lawmakers at both the state and federal levels, including the chairmen of the U.S. Senate Finance and Budget committees. For months, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has been working behind the More Info »

Soitec sets new efficiency record

SOITEC SETS CPV COMMERCIAL MODULE EFFICIENCY RECORD — 31.8%

Originally published on Solar Love. Soitec, a consistent leader in concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) efficiency and commercial development, this month announced that it had set a 31.8% CPV commercial module efficiency record. “Soitec’s new module, which is already in industrial volume production, has the highest efficiency of any commercial product available for multi-megawatt installations,” the company noted in More Info »

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CHINA ESCALATES TRADE WAR WITH US, UPPING TARIFS ON POLYSILICON TO 63.5%

A week ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce imposed preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs on polysilicon imports for photovoltaics from select manufacturers in the U.S.: REC Silicon and Dow Corning’s Hemlock Semiconductor. The anti-subsidy tariffs are on top of the anti-dumping duties that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce imposed on the same manufacturers in July, bringing the combined More Info »