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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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Scientists, industry players reveal plans for new LETID testing standard

An international research group has published the details of a two-year project to develop reliable ways to assess light-elevated temperature-induced degradation in operational PV modules.

Emissions-free battery recycling facility will use electricity rather than smelting

ACE Green Recycling announced plans to build a 400,000 square foot Texas plant to recycle both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.

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Sunrise brief: DOC clarifies scope of anti-circumvention investigation, but what’s actually new?

Also on the rise: A look at Massachusetts solar incentives–a wellspring of technological and policy innovation. US researchers have investigated how grid-forming inverters could help to resolve network synchronization issues. Perovskites studied as potential material for producing hydrogen in a renewable way. Amazon signs with AES for 450 MW solar, 225 MW four-hour storage

Perovskites studied as potential material for producing hydrogen in a renewable way

NREL researchers look at perovskite materials for solar-fuel platform that supports DOE’s HydroGEN project.

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