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Report: Solar Road Test Performs Poorly

A stretch of solar road, originally launched in Normandy, France, in 2016 with promises of being able to power several thousand homes, has failed to live up to expectations, according to rep...


Abu Dhabi Launches Single-Site Solar Project

Abu Dhabi recently announced that it had opened what is reportedly the world’s largest single-site solar project. Previously, a similar claim went to the $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...


New York Approves Climate Leadership Bill

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to pass Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050.


Polymer Prevents Leakage from Solar Cells

In a study by scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, research shows that a protective layer of epoxy resin applied on perovskite solar cells hel...


Tech Co. to Print Organic Solar Cells

A Swedish cleantech company Epishine, has recently expressed breakthroughs for the innovation of solar technology.


NYC Passes Green Roof Bill

Last week, the New York City council approved a package of bills and resolutions intended for radical energy efficient improvements.


$13.6B Solar Plant Grows in Dubai Desert

The $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, named for the ruler of the emirate and located in Dubai’s desert, recently hit a milestone: Construction of the fourth phase has ...


Construction Begins on Sun-Tracking Solar Farm

Construction is underway for the world’s largest sun-tracking solar farm, a venture that is part response to increasing resistance to building wind turbines and solar farms on land. The arch...


FL Company Announces Solar to Replace Gas Plants

Late last month, Florida Power and Light, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, announced that once two natural gas plants are retired, the company would be building the world's largest solar-powe...


Floating Solar Plant Approved in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has recently approved the installation of a 100-megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir.


Ultrathin Film Shows Promise for Solar

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Sydney and Australian National University have collaborated to develop an ultrathin graphene film, in hopes for fut...


FL Wastewater Plant Powered by Solar

The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (Key Largo, FL) recently installed 334 solar panels on the rooftop and over the chlorine contact basins at its main plant.


Google Announces Solar Project in Taiwan

Tech giant Google recently announced plans to move forward with a new renewable energy project: Solar panels that will be situated on top of fishing ponds in Taiwan, amounting to a 10-megawa...


100-MW Solar Project Announced for CO

Solar energy generation and transmission cooperative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, working in collaboration with juwi, the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based renewable ene...


Research: Floating Photovoltaics Show Potential

Researchers based out of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently estimated that the use of floating solar photovoltaics on more than 24,000 manmade reservoirs in the U.S. could con...


MA Coal Plant Converted to Solar Farm

With activists successfully pushing to convert the former site of former coal-and-oil plant, located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, into an area for a solar farm, the site is now a step toward t...


CA Mandates Solar Panels for New Homes

California’s Building Standards Commission gave the final approval last week that mandates the requirement for solar panels on new homes, slated to take effect in 2020, making it the first s...


CA Officials Pass Solar Panel Mandate

Last week, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a mandate that will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels, making it the first state in the nation to have such...


Solar Cell Work Requires Coating Research

Researchers based out of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb the greatest possible range of the light spectrum. ...


Solar Cell Development Requires Coating Research

In a bid to increase solar cell efficiency, researchers based out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb th...


'Solar Highway' Closes After Solar Panels Pilfered

A 6-foot solar panel was stolen earlier this month from China’s first photovoltaic highway. Those who committed the theft also damaged seven surrounding panels in the process.


Chernobyl Site Converted Into Solar Plant

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, once the site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history, will soon become something new: a solar farm.


Solar Panel Made for Flexible Installation

Solar panels have gone flexible with Sunflare, which uses a light, thin solar cell model that is only a few micrometers thick.


Tesla Taking Orders for Rooftop Solar Tiles

Seven months after electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced its plan to enter the home solar market, the Palo Alto, California-based firm opened online pre-ordering for its rooftop s...


Labeling Giant Buys Coatings Firm

Avery Dennison has announced the acquisition of Hanita Coatings, an Israel-based coatings firm that serves a range of markets including construction, energy and electronics.


Surface Prep, Solar Tech Star in New Issue

The latest issue of D+D In Depth is now available online. The November issue includes four expert-written articles covering technology advances in commercial and architectural coating...


Paint Converts Solar Heat to Electricity

A new paint technology is being touted for its ability to harness and repurpose the heat collected by large exposed surfaces like ships, buildings and cars.


Solar Panels Get Concrete, Wood Makeover

An Italian solar business has developed what it calls “Invisible Solar,” solar panels made to look like common building materials, including concrete, stone, terracotta or wood.


Follow the Glowing Road

Could roadways of the future illuminate themselves? If research proceeds the way scientists at a Mexico university plan, glow-in-the-dark cement could light the way without the need for elec...


Team Studies Glass Coating Process

Researchers in Germany are developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Advancing Anti-Reflective Coatings

A European research institute has put its efforts behind developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Nanocoating Startup Nets $746K Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded an Arkansas-based startup a six-figure grant for its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleaning and highly t...


Glass Nanocoating Work Wins $746K Grant

A Fayetteville, AR, startup has been awarded a $746,000 National Science Foundation grant in recognition of its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleani...


Coating Could Improve Solar Panels

A new nanocoating that aims to make residential solar panels generate power more efficiently in any direction has been developed.


Study Tests Nanocoating for Solar Cells

Researchers in Iran have developed a nanoparticle coating that they say helps to increase efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.


New Bank Skyscraper: World’s Greenest?

The owners of a new Pittsburgh skyscraper are billing the building as the greenest of its kind in the world.


Coating to Cool Solar Cells in Full Sun

A trio of Stanford University engineers has developed a transparent coating designed to improve the efficiency of solar cells by radiating heat into space.


Students Push the Solar Envelope

While most of the students who were accepted to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 are putting finishing touches on energy-efficient homes, one team is using the c...


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


Solar Panel Path Gets a Sunny Start

KROMMENIE, THE NETHERLANDS—A pioneering energy-harvesting road is reaping better-than-expected power yields for its Dutch developers, the team says.


Solar Road Gets a Bright Start

KROMMENIE, NORTH HOLLAND—A solar bike path has caught its creators by surprise—pleasant surprise—generating more electricity than originally expected.


Who Ya Gonna Call for Spray-On Solar?

Someday, Illan Kramer hopes, men sporting Ghostbusters backpacks will come to your facility and spray solar cells directly onto your roof.


Scientists Simplify Spray-On Solar

Canadian engineers say they have developed a new method of spray-coating solar cells.


Bike Path Gets Artist's Touch

In the Netherlands, thousands of stones topped with smart coatings are lighting up a new bike path designed to invoke Vincent van Gogh's famous painting, "The Starry Night."


Coating Technologies Mix for Solar

A new aerosol deposition technology for anti-reflective (AR) coatings for solar glass applications is in the works, according to a joint announcement by the developers.


Solar Material Shows Hot Potential

A spray-applied, solar-harvesting nanomaterial that may replicate the reflective power of 100,000 mirrors has a group of California engineers all fired up.


Solar Nanomaterial Can Take the Heat

Developers of a new nanomaterial for harnessing solar power are promising a trifecta of benefits: the ability to use over 90 percent of captured sunlight, withstand temperatures greater than...


SolarWorld Checking 1.5M Panel Parts

The largest solar manufacturer in the United States is checking more than 1.5 million solar systems throughout North America because of a potential fire hazard.


Solar Panels Paint a Better Black

Swiss researchers have created a coating for solar thermal panels that is greener than current coatings and may last as long as the panel itself.


Couple Driven to Solar Innovation

A couple from Idaho has big plans for solar. They hope to transform paved surfaces in the U.S. with smart, tough solar panels in order to curb the nation's dependence on fossil fuels.


Material Offers Solar Energy ‘On Demand’

MIT and Harvard researchers have developed a switchable material that can absorb the sun’s heat and store that energy in chemical form, ready to be released again “on demand.”


DOE Develops ‘Self-Cleaning’ Coating

A low-cost, transparent coating designed to combat soiling on solar panels is in development at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Nature Inspires Slippery Glass Coating

An ultra-slick new bio-inspired coating could make windows, solar panels and other glass surfaces more durable and self-cleaning, without diminishing clarity, Harvard University researchers ...


Sour Grapes and Solar Panels

Trade wars, like politics, make strange bedfellows. And so it is that a fine and costly whine has erupted between the European Union and China over—sacré bleu!—solar panels and bottles of bu...


Paint to Power Tomorrow’s Homes

Paper-thin layers of graphene, sandwiched with other one-atom slices of materials, could provide the next solar coating for building exteriors, researchers say.


Researchers Power Up Solar Spray

New spray coating technology could hold the key to creating inexpensive, mass-produced solar cells on everything from car roofs to building facades, UK researchers say.


Scientists Spray Paint Solar Power

UK researchers have developed a method of spray coating for solar cells that could reduce the cost significantly, accelerating the technology's spread to developing countries.


 
 
   

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