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December 13th, 2014 at 7:16 am

Spray-On Solar

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Toronto’s Illan Kramer, Inventor of Spray-on Solar

Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to manufacture. 

“My dream is that one day you’ll have two technicians with Ghostbusters backpacks come to your house and spray your roof,” says Kramer.

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December 5th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Home energy storage market set to grow 10 times over by 2018

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Costs for home energy storage are dropping fast.

A few years ago, most people didn’t have any idea the home solar PV market would grow so fast. But it has, and there’s no stopping its momentum now. Similarly, there aren’t many people that realize how fast the home storage market is going to grow.

 

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November 29th, 2014 at 8:26 am

Aquion Energy’s battery helps solar and wind power operate in remote locations

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A battery module built at Aquion’s plant in Pennsylvania.

A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to rely heavily on intermittent, renewable energy sources.

 

 

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November 24th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Could we run the entire world on solar power?

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We all want to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible. The most viable answer to the planet’s energy needs is visible to us any time we look upward. The amount of solar energy that hits just 1 square mile of this planet over the course of a year is equal to 4 million barrels of oil, and the energy that hits the Earth in a mere 40 minutes can fuel all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. Isn’t that incredible? (Infographic)

 

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November 22nd, 2014 at 8:32 am

Stanford researchers develop a way to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night

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How electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy.

There isn’t a cost-effective way to store large-scale solar energy. But researchers at Stanford have developed a solution by using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart water into hydrogen and oxygen. Recombining these gases would generate electricity for use at night.

 

 

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November 18th, 2014 at 8:51 am

New hybrid solar cell battery could solve solar power’s energy storage problem

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Researchers at Ohio State University have created a new hybrid device that can act both as a solar cell and as a battery storing that energy.

Scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy as the world seeks out alternatives to fossil fuels.

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November 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Minnesota could soon see solar arrays lining its highways

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Minnesota to launch solar highways.

Solar arrays could soon be seen along the public rights-of-way that line the state’s highway in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a request for proposal (RFP) accepting bids to build and manage solar arrays, which would provide the state’s grid a new and reliable source of clean energy for at least 20 years.

 

 

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November 7th, 2014 at 11:15 am

How power companies will commit suicide by solar

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Installing solar panels.

Anyone with enough roof space will be leaving the grid within the decade for solar power. And in most cases they won’t be leaving just one grid, they will be leaving two. That’s because solar is going to become, to put a new spin on an old phrase, “too cheap to have a meter”. It just won’t be worth paying daily service charges to have a grid supplied meter and grid access.

 

 

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October 20th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives manager goes ‘net zero’ on his home in D.C.

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The Knox home has geothermal loops buried under the backyard.

Andrew Know, manager of Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives, decided to go “net zero” on his home in Washington, D.C. What Knox got was a true zero-energy home, done right on a budget.

 

 

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October 13th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Solar and wind prices plunge below fossil fuel prices

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Renewable energy shows an average price decline over the last 5 years of 78% for utility scale solar and 58% for wind.

Lazard, an asset management firm, has a fascinating new analysis of renewable and other energy prices out. There are a huge number of insights in this, from an outside analyst whose primary interest is financial.

 

 

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