Technology and R&D

No climate debate at the DNC, NREL/First Solar improve thin-film cells: pvMB 8/23/19

Happy Friday one and all and welcome to today’s pvMB. Today we’ve got the Detroit Zoo going renewable, LONGi achieves AA bankability and community solar coming to Maryland. Let’s ride!

Sanders dreams of electric sheep, Sungrow considered 100% bankable: pvMB 8/20/19

Hello one and all and welcome to your Tuesday edition of the pvMB. Today we’ve got on our plates NEC installing over 20 MW of energy storage in Maine and Massachusetts, Biomethanation, Neo Volta’s N14 simultaneously operating DC and AC and more!

California approves solar+school buses

California regulators have approved an SDG&E proposal to install 3,000 to 6,000 medium and heavy vehicle charging stations, as well as a vehicle-to-grid pilot where 10 school buses will be tested for use as grid assets.

Pennsylvania’s largest solar project, SolarEdge’s new co-chair: pvMB 08/19

Welcome back to the workweek and to the pvMB. Today we’ll be taking a look at an award-winning solar home cooking system, GivePower donating solar desalinators and more!

‘New and strange properties’ provide a boost to energy storage

MIT scientists have developed a class of liquid electrolyte with properties they say could open up new possibilities for improving the performance and stability of lithium batteries and supercapacitors.

Stitching together the grid of the future

A vision of a decentralized, renewable-powered electricity grid is being brought a step closer by scientists at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Their project, Autonomous Energy Grids, aims to take an overarching look at the solutions that will power this grid of the future, and to fill any gaps that appear between them.

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Using machine learning and cheap satellite data to design rooftop solar power

Researchers have built a tool to use cheap satellite imagery – like Google Maps – to automatically create solar designs with a 91% accuracy rate.

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Trina cells on a championship solar car, LONGi achieves highest bankability rating: pvMB 8/12/19

Happy Monday and welcome to this edition of the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Engie’s storage installation for a school district, Virginia’s Fairfax County seeking solar and more!

Solar and pollinators: a photo essay

All the solar installations shown in this photo essay by Rob Davis of Fresh Energy have a mix of flowering species in sufficient diversity or covering a sufficient portion of the project, to meet pollinator-friendly standards created by entomologists.

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Enphase wants to be your home energy butler

During the second quarter Enphase shipped over 1.2 million microinverters totaling 416 MW, which upped revenue 77% year on year, and swung net income from a loss of almost $3.7 million to a profit of $11 million.

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