West Virginia is second only to Wyoming in both coal production and President Trump’s winning vote percentage in the 2016 general election. So it was no surprise that Trump flew to the Mountain State Tuesday to stump for his new plan to boost coal-fired power plants by cutting regulations on planet-warming carbon emissions. “We love clean, beautiful West Virginia coal,” Trump told supporters at the Charleston Civic Center, while mocking renewable energy and natural gas, which have displaced coal in electric utilities across the US. “We love [coal]," he said. "You know, it’s indestructible stuff. In times of war, in times of conflict, you can blow up those windmills. They fall down real quick. You can blow up those pipelines real quick. You can do a lot of things to those solar panels, but you know what you can’t hurt, coal. You can do whatever you want to coal.” Trump’s new power plant proposal—released by the EPA on … [Read more...] about Trump’s New Power Plan Comes With a Deadly Price
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SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) production of solar roof tiles has been delayed by assembly-line problems at its new publicly subsidized factory and difficulties producing a product that satisfies the aesthetic demands of CEO Elon Musk, eight former and current employees of both companies told Reuters. A sign is seen outside the Tesla Inc. Gigafactory 2, which is also known as RiverBend, a joint venture with Panasonic to produce solar panels and roof tiles in Buffalo, New York, U.S., August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Repeated hold-ups since the Buffalo, New York plant opened last year have forced Tesla’s partner in the joint venture, Panasonic (6752.T), to seek other buyers for the components it had built to sell to Tesla, according to a Panasonic employee, a former Panasonic employee and a former Tesla employee. The issues have also rattled the faith of state officials in Tesla’s ability to deliver on investment and … [Read more...] about Inside Tesla’s troubled New York solar factory
A new advancement in solar cells could enable solar power in areas plagued by frequent overcast skies. Scientists from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a cheaper and sustainable method to build biogenic solar cell, using bacteria that converts light to energy and generates a current stronger than any previously recorded from a solar cell, while efficiently dimming light. The researchers believe the discovery could eventually lead to solar cells that are as efficient as the synthetic cells used in conventional solar panels. “Our solution to a uniquely B.C. problem is a significant step toward making solar energy more economical,” Vikramaditya Yadav, a professor in UBC's department of chemical and biological engineering who led the project, said. Solar cells convert light into electrical current for solar panels. Previously, scientists have attempted to build biogenic solar cells by extracting the natural dye that bacteria use for photosynthesis. … [Read more...] about Bacteria-Powered Solar Cells Prevail on Cloudy Days
A NEW £7m solar farm is now operational, producing enough electricity to power one of the north's largest water treatment plants.NI Water has today drastically reduced its carbon footprint by the launch of the new solar farm on a 33 acre site on the eastern shore of Lough Neagh. The new 24,000 panel solar farm will power the Dunore Water Treatment Works (WTW) in south Antrim. and is expected to save over half a million pounds annually in energy costs for the company.As well as meeting the energy needs of the Dunore WTW, the project will also enable the company to contribute spare capacity to the grid.NI Water is Northern Ireland's biggest user of electricity and Dunore is its third largest site in terms of energy consumption accounting for 7 per cent of the company's annual usage.Speaking at the completion of the latest project, NI Water CEO, Sara Venning said the new solar farm is another step in reducing the company's carbon footprint.“As the largest user of electricity in … [Read more...] about New £7m solar farm powering one of the north’s largest water treatment plants.
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2018--Alta Devices, the world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency, announces the launch of its fourth-generation solar cell technology (“Gen4”), which weighs significantly less than the previous generation technology (“Gen3”) and results in an improved power-to-weight ratio of 160 percent. This technology is critical for tomorrow’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), solar cars and other electric vehicles. It can be used to generate substantial power over small surfaces with minimal impact to vehicle design criteria.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180501005560/en/Alta Devices Gen4 solar cells can be used to power everything; UAVs, automobiles, sensors, and more (Photo: Business Wire)“Autonomy in the air and on the ground is becoming a reality,” said Jian Ding, Alta Devices CEO. “While there has been much … [Read more...] about Alta Devices Launches New Generation Solar Cell Designed to Empower Autonomy for UAVs and Other Vehicles