Technology

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

“Skinny Budget” nukes renewable energy research

President Trump’s Department of Energy hit list includes advanced energy research, loan guarantees and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

SunPower signs supply deal for 125 MW of P-Series modules

The supply deal with NextEra Energy Resources signals a radical shift in strategy for the struggling manufacturer and is the first major test of its novel module design.

Intevac reports massive ion implant tool order

The company’s ENERGi systems will be used to enable more than 1 GW expansion of high-efficiency n-type mono cell capacity for an un-named customer in China, a big boost for the technology.

EV growth gives lithium-ion batteries cost edge in storage

The growing demand for affordable electric vehicle batteries is driving cost reductions in lithium-ion battery technology, which is beneficial for affordable stationary storage, according to a new Lux Research report.

Kaua’i to meet 1/4 of power needs with solar thanks to Tesla system (with video)

The island is a view into what a future with high penetrations of renewable energy will look like.

1366 reaches 19.9% cell efficiency with PERC

The company has simultaneously announced its the first deployment of cells made from its Direct Wafer products in a 500 kW commercial solar array in Japan.

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Tesla to finally close the door on Silevo

It’s been a long time coming, but Tesla’s annual report confirms that the SolarCity-Silevo romance has come to an end.

Solar reached 1.4% of U.S. electricity in 2016

The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show that all renewables together made up 15.3% of generation.

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Hydronium-ion battery developed by Oregon State University

Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) have developed the world’s first battery using Hydronium ions to carry its charge. OSU says that the development provides new options for the development of stationary batteries to store power generated from solar PV.

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