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Hyundai releases car with solar panel roof
Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid that has solar panels to help charge its battery.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Transport, Hyundai, Sonata Hybrid, Asia, solar panel roof, Korea, SMMT, Transport
Don’t have a node for your solar plant? Connect it to the railway!
Railway operators can now feasibly connect solar plants to traction substations, claims a consortium that is now working on a similar demonstration project in the U.K. Almost all of the 30 kW installation’s output will be used to move trains, but in the future storage could come into the picture for larger “railway-connected” solar power projects, says 10:10, the U.K.-based climate change charity that developed the pilot.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, U.K., Aldershot, railway system, Leo Murray, Riding Sunbeams, Great Britain
Economics of road transport starting to favor renewables
According to a new report by BNP Paribas Asset Management, renewables offer more advantages than simply mitigating climate change. Electricity is easier to transport than oil, and wind and solar electricity prices are much more stable than volatile oil prices. An analyst from the French bank argues that major producers will need to reduce oil prices below $20 to compete with clean energy in the transport sector.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Storage, BNP Paribas Asset Management, transport sector, Mark Lewis, oil prices
Fabric-based solar cells on the horizon
New textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.
Aug 5, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Solar, Germany, Fraunhofer, textile-based solar cells, Europe
SibFU scientists discovered material that can make solar cells more efficient
Researchers at Siberian Federal University, together with colleagues from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), discovered new properties of material based on palladium, which can increase the performance of solar cells.
Aug 5, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Solar, Solar to Fuel, Sweden, SibFU, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, solar cells, palladium, Artem Kuklin, Europe, hydrogen, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Understanding solid state degradation
Scientists at the U.K.’s Faraday Institution have been able to observe degradation mechanisms at the lithium metal anode in a solid state battery, and made several discoveries which could improve the performance and design of future solid-state lithium-ion batteries.
Aug 5, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, storage, UK, Oxford University, Tony Harper, Europe
FLIR, Raptor Maps Offer Resources on Drones in Solar
In collaboration with Raptor Maps, FLIR has created a five-part series with four videos and a webinar on the use of thermal drones for solar inspection.
Aug 1, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Commercial, Solar, Raptor Maps, FLIR, Brett Kanda, Austin Coffin, webinar, drone
Safari Energy Offers New Solar Financial Solution
New York City-based solar partner Safari Energy has launched a new solar financial solution.
Jul 30, 2019 // Technology, USA, New York, John Nordeman, Safari Energy, PPL Corp, Triox Capital, SunEdison, North America
The Solar Roof On Hyundai’s New Sonata Hybrid Adds 1,300km Of Range Per Year
Hyundai rolled out a new version of its Sonata Hybrid, which would not normally be news around these parts but for the fact that it comes from the factory with a solar roof. It actually adds some zero emission range to the otherwise petrol-powered vehicle.
Jul 24, 2019 // Technology, Hyundai, powertrains, Sonata Hybrid
DIY Solar LEAF Project Shows The Untapped Potential Of Solar EVs
After my recent article about solar electric vehicles (EVs), I came across something I didn’t expect to see so fast. Since the prices of both used EVs and solar panels have fallen so much, the price is now where DIY tinkerers are willing to break out their Dremel tools and make a go of it themselves.
Jul 24, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Sam Elliott, LEAF, AC Propulsion, Sono Motors
NASA spacecraft will 3D print solar panels... WHILE IN SPACE
NASA has issued a $73 million dollar contract to Made In Space to 3D print spacecraft parts in orbit using Archinaut One
Jul 15, 2019 // Technology, NASA, New Zealand
Toyota begins testing of solar-powered and self-charging Prius
Car manufacturing giant Toyota Motor Corp is to begin trialling later this month a new version of its Prius hybrid car, this time with up to 860 watts of thin film solar that will be able to charge its “solar battery” as it drives, and add more than 50kms to its fossil fuel-free driving range.
Jul 15, 2019 // Technology, Toyota, NEDO, Prius PHV, Sharp, solar car
Sorry, but solar cars will always remain a romantic sci-fi fantasy
Toyota is testing a new version of its solar panel topped Prius. But solar energy is unlikely to ever account for more than a fraction of the electricity required by vehicles
Jul 14, 2019 // Technology, Giangiacomo Minak, Toyota, NEDO, Sharp, solar car, Erik Mayer
This solar-powered device produces energy and cleans water at the same time
Still a prototype, the machine could one day help curb electricity and freshwater shortages
Jul 12, 2019 // Technology, Peng Wang, Jun Zhou, Saudi Arabia, Thuwal, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, George Ni, Asia
Organic solar cells will last 10 years in space
Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology, the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, and the Department of Chemistry of MSU presented solar cells based on conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives, that demonstrated record-high radiation stability and withstand gamma radiation of >6,000 Gy raising hopes for their stable operation on the near-earth orbit during 10 years or even longer. The results of the study were published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
Jul 11, 2019 // Technology, Soviet Union, Pavel Troshin, Skoltech, Ilya Martynov, Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology
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