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Bifacial solar modules shine in snowy environments

Researchers at Western University in Canada found that by using bifacial solar modules instead of monofacial, snow losses could be cut from double digits to just 2% on an annual basis.

Sunrise brief: Members of House of Representatives join growing opposition to solar anti-circumvention investigation

Also on the rise: Electrify America EV charging network now 100% powered by renewable energy. Trina launches grid-scale storage solution. Energy sector should be better prepared for cyber attacks. Common Energy’s invests $16.5 million on vision for the future of community solar. And more.

Perovskite solar cell technology on the road to commercialization

Efforts are underway to overcome technical barriers and other challenges in commercializing perovskite technology for the solar energy sector.

Sunrise brief: Sandia turns to solar to power the Moon

Also on the rise: LG new battery storage solution. New Belgium brewing beer with the sun. What you need to know about solar and affordable housing. Is solar worth it–compared to paying the utility? Part II of an American at Intersolar. And more.

Sandia turns to solar to power the Moon

Researchers from Sandia National Labs are partnering with NASA and the University of Puerto Rico to design microgrid controls for powering habitation and mining operations at NASA’s planned Artemis lunar base.

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Sunrise brief: PV Reliability Scorecard results in record number of Top Performers in every test

Also on the rise: An American at Intersolar. Why a long-term maintenance plan is essential. Solar that works in the shade. Scout Clean Energy buys nearly 400 MW of First Solar modules. Pine Gate purchases 2.4 GWh of EnerVenue batteries. And more.

‘Pulsed Joule heating’ tech to remove snow, frost, ice from solar modules

University of Illinois scientists have developed a way to remove snow and ice from solar panels at a much faster rate than conventional approaches. It is based on a glass coating on a film with high optical transparency and superhydrophobicity.

Sunrise brief: California solar policy misaligned with clean air board’s rooftop priority

Also on the rise: 1 TW of solar annually by 2030. Piloting solar for low- and moderate-income customers. Energy storage adds resiliency to Army garisson. 30 patents for lithium-ion battery alternatives. And more.

Argonne National Lab achieves battery patents for redox flow, solid-state, multivalent-ion and more

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research is developing alternative chemistries for batteries that may provide safer and longer lasting alternatives to the commonly used lithium-ion. The group has over 30 license-ready patents.

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DOE seeks input on $508 million long-duration energy storage initiative

The Long Duration Energy Storage for Everyone, Everywhere Initiative, created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will advance energy storage systems toward widespread commercial deployment by lowering the costs and increasing the duration of energy storage resources.

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