Lithuanian researchers advance solar cell technology
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Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2024 Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania, who previously developed high-efficiency solar cells, have expanded their invention. The self-assembled monolayers can now be applied in both inverted and regular structure perovskite solar cells. Self-assembling molecules form a single-molecule-thick layer, acting as an electron-transporting layer in solar cells. "Th ..read more
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Solar power heats materials over 1,000 degrees Celsius
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Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2024 Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a method to generate heat exceeding 1,000 degrees Celsius using solar power. This innovation could replace fossil fuels in energy-intensive industries like steel and cement production. The study, published in the journal Device on May 15, utilizes synthetic quartz to capture solar energy, demonstrating the potential for clean energy in these industries ..read more
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Improved polymer additive enhances perovskite solar cells
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Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 16, 2024 Perovskite solar cells, known for their lightweight and flexible nature, are inexpensive and easy to manufacture. They are seen as a promising technology that can be attached to various surfaces. However, these solar cells currently lack durability and efficiency. New research highlights how adding a polymerized ionic liquid to the metal halide perovskite material can improve their performance ..read more
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Using solar energy to generate heat at high temperatures
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Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2024 The production of cement, metals, and many chemical commodities requires extremely high temperatures of over a thousand degrees Celsius. Currently, this heat is usually obtained by burning fossil fuels like coal or natural gas, which emit large amounts of greenhouse gases. Heating with renewable electricity is not an efficient alternative at these high temperatures. Although much of our economy ..read more
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Eco-friendly battery developed for low-income countries
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London, UK (SPX) May 16, 2024 Researchers at Linkoping University, Sweden, have developed a zinc and lignin battery that can be used over 8000 times. This innovation aims to provide an affordable and sustainable battery solution for countries with limited access to electricity. The study was published in the journal Energy and Environmental Materials. "Solar panels have become relatively inexpensive, and many people in ..read more
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Chinese firms exit Romania solar tender after EU probe
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Brussels, Belgium (AFP) May 13, 2024 Two Chinese-owned solar panel manufacturers have withdrawn from a public procurement tender in Romania after the EU launched a foreign subsidies probe, Brussels said Monday. Brussels is both seeking to ramp up Europe's renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while simultaneously moving away from excessive reliance on cheaper Chinese wind and solar technology. More broadly, t ..read more
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Today at the CPUC: Approval of the California Energy Commission's Gas R and D Program for FY 2023-2024
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 14, 2024 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has officially adopted Resolution G-3603, approving the California Energy Commission's Gas Research and Development Program for the fiscal year 2023-2024. This approval facilitates continued research and development in the natural gas sector, aiming to enhance safety, efficiency, and technological advancements within the industry. The adopt ..read more
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Today at the CPUC: SCE Proposes Modifications to Compliance Standards
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 13, 2024 Southern California Edison (SCE) has submitted a significant advice letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), seeking to adjust its Schedule FC-NEM to align with current California Air Resource Board standards. This move is pursuant to the recent Decision 23-11-068, marking a pivotal moment in California's relentless pursuit of environmental compliance and enhanced renewable e ..read more
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Extension Sought for Net Energy Metering Fuel Cell Compliance
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 15, 2024 Major utilities in California, including Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG and E), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), have formally requested an eight-month extension from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for implementing the new greenhouse gas emissions standards for net energy metering fuel cells (NEMFC). This extension pertains ..read more
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Push for new US lithium mine leaves some Americans wary
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Lincolnton, United States (AFP) May 15, 2024 When Kristal Lee and her husband bought a house in Gaston County, North Carolina two years ago, they envisioned a "forever home". But a planned lithium mine is bringing Lee sleepless nights. Nearby is an area earmarked for a $1.2 billion project to produce battery grade lithium for US electric vehicle (EV) supply chains - one of only a few such sites in the country. "You get very anxiou ..read more
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