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We've been in the business a long time, but we're still amazed at the rapidly changing photovoltaic industry - PV installation, equipment, incentives, market growth, new state initiatives, etc.

This section rounds up news from several sources available to us all. Come back often to check the constantly updated news headline.

Renewable Energy News

Quantum world without queues could lead to better solar cells

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:40:33 EST

Scientists have used new technology to study extremely fast processes in solar cells. The research results form a concrete step towards more efficient solar cells.

Glimpsing pathway of sunlight to electricity

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:45:48 EST

Four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells in a spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity. The work, which potentially could inspire devices with improved efficiency in solar energy conversion, was performed on photocells that used lead-sulfide quantum dots as photoactive semiconductor material.

China Criticizes Steep U.S. Tariffs on Solar Panels

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Beijing stopped short of threatening specific retaliation over the penalties, the latest round in a long-running battle.

U.S. Imposes Steep Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The Commerce Department approved a collection of tariffs on imports from China and Taiwan.

Comparing state solar policies to determine equation for solar market success

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:30:29 EST

Scientists have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar photovoltaic installations in any state.

Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:41:55 EST

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

At Climate Talks in Lima, Not 'Same as it Ever Was'?

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:47:38 -0500

An environmental journalist says the Lima summit mainly shows how climate diplomacy is racing to catch up with energy progress on the ground.

Solar Rises in Malaysia During Trade Wars Over Panels

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500

As Chinese companies have been hit by American tariffs and European quotas, Malaysia has attracted multinationals.

Stacking two-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:55:16 EST

A team of researchers has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched -- lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.

New technique could harvest more of the sun's energy

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:18:55 EST

As solar panels become less expensive and capable of generating more power, solar energy is becoming a more commercially viable alternative source of electricity. However, the photovoltaic cells now used to turn sunlight into electricity can only absorb and use a small fraction of that light, and that means a significant amount of solar energy goes untapped. A new technology represents a first step toward harnessing that lost energy.

Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:57:10 EST

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage rates are very low and the new power plants are very efficient.

In world first, researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:16:48 EST

Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40 percent of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. A key part of the prototype's design is the use of a custom optical bandpass filter to capture sunlight that is normally wasted by commercial solar cells on towers and convert it to electricity at a higher efficiency than the solar cells themselves ever could.

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