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XPRIZE launches $100 million carbon removal challenge, backed by Musk Foundation

The four-year global competition invites innovators and teams to demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans.

RPI launches energy institute with backing from Siemens and Lutron Electronics

The New York City-based institute will link architectural design and engineering to create infrastructure that is both net-zero in energy use and climate resilient.

A geospatial approach to evaluating potential solar sites

High-resolution data let the study group drill down to individual parcels in order to figure out how much land is available for solar in both optimal and preferred sites.

Sunrise brief: GOP bill aims to ban federal funds to buy solar equipment made in China

Also on the rise: Concentric Power builds a microgrid, research pegs smoke’s impact on 2020 solar output, SolRiver buys a Carolinas development portfolio, jobs growth could signal good times for solar installations, and Plug Power plans another green hydrogen plant.

EPRI nets $2m to study why people choose solar energy

EPRI will look into how residential and commercial utility customers make decisions related to adopting solar power along with other technologies, such as energy storage and electric vehicles.

Commercial trucks are ripe for electrification, if policies back EV adoption

A Berkeley Lab report says that a lack of policies is blocking wider adoption of electric trucks. Even so, ventures are under way to shift the diesel-to-electric transition into high gear.

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Sunrise brief: Clouds and storms are impacted by lingering wildfire particles, researchers say

Also on the rise: Coal is down but not out as nukes and gas are forecast to decline in 2021, solar for an airport enters service, and landfill gas flows for SoCalGas from a facility slated to add a battery energy storage system.

New optical coating could extend lifetime of solar PV cells

The research project is a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and the University of Rochester in New York.

University of Wyoming, 9H partner on a 3 MW solar research facility for students

The solar installation will use First Solar Series 6 modules and the research facility will return up to $10 million to the university through energy savings and services.

Sunrise brief: A Texas-sized ‘oops’ for grid operator ERCOT

Also on the rise: Researchers use AI to model how grid failures cascade in a disaster, VEIR raises capital for its novel transmission line technology, NV Energy issues a community solar RFP, Freedom Solar gains two new partners, and Daqo New Energy signs a polysilicon supply deal.

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