Research

California electric car culture to cheaply cook the duck curve

Analysis by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that California’s electric car mandate could relieve “duck curve” stress at much better pricing than new standalone energy storage, if properly utilized.

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Senate proposes business-as-usual energy budget

The U.S. Senate has called for stable funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2019, with an emphasis on EVs, as well as increasing the budget for ARPA-E by 6.5%.

100 hours and longer: ARPA-E seeks 5¢/kWh energy storage

The U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy is offering up to $30 million in funding to build innovative technologies to enable long-duration energy storage, with the aim to provide reliable electricity from 10 to roughly 100 hours, and longer.

Solar power tax incentives fall almost 50% as installations increase 300%

An analysis by the Department of Energy shows electricity generation from solar growing 32% annually since 2000. Meanwhile, the tax benefits claimed for solar fell from just over $2 billion in 2013 to just over $1 billion in 2016.

DOE lashes out at 1366 Technologies

1366 Technologies, “recipient” of an undisbursed $150 million manufacturing loan guarantee, has received an aggressively-worded letter from the U.S. Department of Energy as it seeks a Section 201 exemption.

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Getting solar power in Illinois beyond FEJA

Illinois’s solar market under the Future Energy Jobs Act is just getting started, but a business group is calling for the next governor and state legislature to provide less restriction and more action in community and distributed solar programs.

Microlink Devices hits 37.75% efficiency for triple junction cell

Microlink Devices has achieved a record efficiency of 37.75% on its triple junction thin film cells, as confirmed by NREL. The lightweight cell achieves a power density of more than 3000 W/kg, and is designed for use in satellites and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

Solar power electronics get $20 million from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $20 million in funding for nine projects to advance early-stage solar power electronics technologies.

Trump Administration opens up $105 million in funding for solar research

The DOE has issued a call for projects to apply for funding in the areas of grid integration, PV, CSP and workforce diversity.

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SolarWindow awarded advanced manufacturing grant to build factory

SolarWindow Technologies, with the support of a Department of Energy grant, aims to bring semi-transparent solar glass to the market.

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