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User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-National
Category: Renewable Energy :: Solar
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Can big data, AI and chemical footprinting help the renewable energy sector avoid a toxic waste legacy? 1.12.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Can big data, AI and chemical footprinting help the renewable energy sector avoid a toxic waste legacy? Krishna Rajan Tue, 12/01/2020 - 01:00 The launch of the digital economy has brought with it an expansion of disruptive technologies such as predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics that are readily being used to transform the marketplace. But can we also use these breakthrough technologies to accelerate the development of safer, more sustainable materials for the renewable energy sector?  Starting with one of the fastest-growing clean energy sectors, solar technology, this is the fundamental question that a unique collaboratory is asking itself. Three years ago, the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at the University at Buffalo, Clean Production Action (CPA) and Niagara Share created the Collaboratory for a Regenerative Economy (CoRE). CoRE recognizes the critical societal importance of scaling clean energy technologies such as solar to address the climate crisis. But ...
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Rooftop fire damages solar panels at Ikea in Schaumburg; store reopens after evacuation 25.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A rooftop fire at the IKEA store in Schaumburg Tuesday afternoon that damaged more than 20 solar energy panels was likely sparked by a faulty electrical system, authorities said.
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Solar Companies Ask Biden to Reverse Trump’s Biggest Blow to the Industry 24.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In January 2018, President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on imported solar panels despite protests from much of the industry, sending jobs in one of the nation’s fastest-growing employment engines tumbling for the following two years.  Now the solar […]
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You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility 24.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility Lincoln Bleveans Tue, 11/24/2020 - 01:30 Relics. Environmental hotspots. Or maybe reminders of a simpler time. Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference.  In their day, they were reliable, cost-effective backbones of America’s economy, driving some of the most spectacular growth the world has seen. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity but economic ecosystems that stretched far beyond the plants themselves and often served as the mainstay for thriving middle-class communities.  But then the environmental realities came into sharper focus: air, soil, and water pollution and greenhouse gases at the smokestack. At the same time, advances in natural gas production such as fracking (controversial in their own right) have made natural gas-fired power a better economic choice than coal-generated power. Recognition of those externalities, especially GHG emssions, further erodes ...
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Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy? 19.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published on Yale Environment 360 . Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? Not oil. The Saudis are going big on something called green hydrogen — a carbon-free fuel made from water by using renewably produced electricity to split hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules. This summer, a large U.S. gas company, Air Products & Chemicals, announced that as part of Neom it has been building a green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. The plant is powered by 4 gigawatts from wind and solar projects that sprawl across the desert. It claims to be the world’s largest green hydrogen project — and more Saudi plants are on the drawing board. Green hydrogen? The Saudis aren’t alone in believing ...
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From design to recycling, opportunities abound to make solar more circular 6.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
From design to recycling, opportunities abound to make solar more circular Myisha Majumder Fri, 11/06/2020 - 02:00 Solar has become a staple of the U.S. power generation mix in the last decade. Now that the industry is maturing, it’s time to have a tough conversation: The solar industry needs to improve its circular practices. Like any industry, the solar industry has unique machinery and equipment; specifically, its photovoltaic (PV) cells have silicon, metal, glass and plastic components that are melded together in order to create a functioning solar panel. But these cells have a limited lifespan of about 25-30 years. Most of the component materials retain their value, however, and can be reused to participate in the circular economy, the economic system that aims to keep resources in use and eliminate waste. At GreenBiz Group’s virtual clean economy conference, VERGE 20 , last week, industry experts discussed the complexities of circularity in solar. The solar industry is still growing — the ...
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From oil and fracking to clean energy: ‘The transition is well underway’ in Texas 4.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Texas has long been the nation’s largest producer of oil and gas, but many companies are drawn to the state because it generates so much clean energy.
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How to value solar plus storage 3.11.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How to value solar plus storage Adam Aston Tue, 11/03/2020 - 01:00 In the wake of California’s summer of wildfires, blackouts and planned outages, many consumers and businesses are clamoring for more resilient options. The crisis has turbocharged interest in systems that deliver power even when the grid is down. Solar plus storage is fast emerging as a top choice, both at scale on the grid and also "behind the meter," installed in a home, apartment or commercial building.  "Solar plus battery storage can provide value in two ways: first, energy reliability for customers during emergency power outages, and second, during non-emergencies, to help the grid balance demand and generation," said Dawn Weisz, chief executive of California utility MCE, during a breakout session at last week’s virtual VERGE 20 event.  Founded in 2008 as California’s first not-for-profit, community choice aggregation program, MCE today serves over 1 million residents and businesses in four San Francisco Bay area counties: Contra ...
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These Obscure Races May Decide the Future of Climate Change 3.11.2020 Mother Jones
This election cycle, environmental advocates have realized that if they want strong action on climate change, they can’t just look to the president and Congress. They need the states. Specifically, they need to win big in offices few people have heard of: the powerful commissions that make the rules for utilities and implement statewide clean […]
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Frederick auto dealership adds canopies, solar panels to guard against hail and produce electricity 31.10.2020 Denver Post: Business
To avoid the fallout from one aspect of Colorado weather and take advantage of another, an auto dealership in Frederick has combined protective canopies with doubled-sided solar panels.
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'What the Future Can Look Like': Study Shows Us Switch To 100% Renewables Would Save Hundreds of Billions Each Year 27.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While President Donald Trump has baselessly attacked plans to eradicate fossil fuel-based sources of energy from the United States' power grid on the grounds that doing so would be expensive and economically destructive, a new analysis reveals the opposite to be true—aggressively transitioning to 100% renewables would save Americans up to $321 billion per year while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet.

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Clean Energy Can Help Southeast Asia Recover After COVID-19 19.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print This farming couple in Thailand rents out some of their land for a wind turbine. Photo by Asian Development Bank. Prior to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, Southeast Asia was becoming an economic powerhouse. Manufacturing, industry and services expanded across the region in recent decades. Energy demand also grew an average of 6% per year, one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But despite the global decline in renewable energy prices, Southeast Asian countries have largely embraced fossil fuels to meet their growing energy needs. Close to 60% of Indonesia's electricity supply comes from its 29 gigawatt (GW) coal fleet. An additional 24.7 GW is in the works, making the country's coal pipeline the fifth largest in the world. The latest Philippine Energy Plan proposed expanding the share of coal in the energy mix from an already high 52.1% in 2018 to 55.3% by 2040 to support industrialization. The share of renewables in the Philippines' generation mix dropped to 21% in 2019, from more than ...
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Letters to the Editor: How will California power all those electric vehicles? With the sun 30.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A reader who drives electric vehicles says her home solar system provides more than enough energy to power her cars and her home.

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California grants western Joshua trees temporary endangered species protections 23.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

California officials have taken the unusual step of granting temporary endangered species status to the western Joshua tree.

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She's building Los Angeles' first solar community fridge. Will it help extinguish hunger? 18.9.2020 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Bee Burlingame is building Los Angeles' first solar community fridge

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Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes 16.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes Myisha Majumder Wed, 09/16/2020 - 01:30 Skyven Technologies, founded in 2013, is a company with a unique proposition for companies in the industrial sector — a way to save money through decarbonizing. Skyven CEO Arun Gupta said the idea came when he applied the thinking behind his Ph.D. dissertation in microelectronics to an entirely different field: climate change. "I was able to figure out how to apply the technological concepts of the work that I was doing for Texas Instruments for a partial solution for climate change, and that inspired me to start working on is basically a technology that captures heat from the sun and uses that heat to reduce fuel consumption," he said. The component of the industry sector emissions Skyven seeks to decarbonize is process heat — such as the creation of steam — which accounts for a large component of the emissions from the industry sector. In order to manufacture products, companies in the industry sector must ...
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Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 10.9.2020 WRI Stories
Powering China with Clean Energy After COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintRooftop solar panels in Kunming, China. Photo by Matthijs Koster/Flickr Following the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), and its serious social and economic impact, China has started to stimulate its economy in an effort to recover. Provinces have announced their investment plans, in which new infrastructure plays an extremely important role. This infrastructure will also profoundly affect the development of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Why does California's power grid keep flirting with disaster? We've got answers 9.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Labor Day Weekend had state officials pleading for energy conservation to avoid blackouts. The power grid operator's CEO talks challenges and the future.

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TrinaSolar 5.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
TrinaSolar taylor flores Fri, 09/04/2020 - 20:08 Trina Solar is a solar pioneer with deep technology roots. Founded in 1997, the company rapidly expanded beyond its origins in China to become a global leader in the renewable energy industry. Through global growth, Trina achieved its first major milestone of 1GW of quarterly shipped capacity in 2015. It also received the best-in-class “fully bankable” rating from Bloomberg NEF for the fifth consecutive year in 2020 – the only manufacturer to do so. It maintains a major commitment to innovative energy applications within the IoT as well as smart PV solution segments. Via TrinaPro, which Trina Solar introduced in 2018, the company became the first module manufacturer to bundle a module, inverter, and single axis-tracker paired solution. TrinaPro is a one-stop shop for utility solar and commercial & industrial (C&I) solar, capable of delivering value efficiency with powerful, reliable, and scalable ...
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Solar Panels Are Starting to Die. What Will We Do With the Megatons of Toxic Trash? 24.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of […]
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