Department of Energy News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – [Tuesday], at Solar Power International, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Daniel R Simmons, announced the winners of the first round of the American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing. As part of the prize, the winners each received $500,000 in cash for use at DOE National Laboratories.
“The American-Made Solar Prize brings together private sector entrepreneurship with expertise at DOE’s national labs to foster next-level innovation in U.S. solar manufacturing,” said Assistant Secretary Simmons. “These transformative technologies will address critical needs in the U.S. solar industry, and develop impactful solutions for industry to utilize and overcome these challenges.”
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Brattle report calls for a forward market for clean energy, American Public Power Association. A new report from the Brattle Group aims to bridge the gap between policies that aim for a future free of carbon dioxide emissions and market mechanisms to achieve those goals. The report: How States, Cities, and Customers Can Harness Competitive Markets to Meet Ambitious Carbon Goals: Through a Forward Market for Clean Energy Attributes
- 30-MW California community solar project will benefit qualified low-income customers in Imperial and Coachella, Solar Power World. It is considered to be one of the largest low-income community solar projects in the nation, and unique among community solar energy projects in its structure and implementation.
- Shining a light on solar panel recycling, Recycling Today
Industry experts weigh in on developments of end-of-life solar panel management.
- Clean energy funds key to settlement that would shut down Illinois coal plant, Midwest Energy News. The agreement to close the troubled E.D. Edwards coal plant includes $8.6 million for local clean energy projects.
- Utah company hopes to jump-start solar power storage for homes, The Salt Lake Tribune
- LG’s Award-Winning Solar Power Solutions Take Center Stage At 2019 Solar Power International, PR Newswire. Company Debuts High-Performance Solar Panel for Residential Market.
- On the floor at SPI – touchless snow removal, perovskite tandem cells, gapless solar modules, more!, PV Magazine
- Microsoft buys more solar from ENGIE, Lightsource raises $140 million in U.S. solar funding: pvMB 9/26/19, PV Magazine. Hello once again friends and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Amp reaching a GWh in large-scale solar+storage projects, SmartFlower debuting SmartFlower +, ABB debuting the Universal 10/4 Residential Storage System and more!
FEATURED SOLAR EXAMPLE
The SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar system. The petals open at morning and follow the sun on its path across the sky. They close up at night or if Nebraska winds get too gusty, reopening when the wind dies down. The system is 40% more efficient in energy production than traditional solar. The SmartFlower generates 5.5 Mwh of energy per year. The SmartFlower in the above photo is located at Timberlake Ranch Campus, a Christian family camp at 2709 North S Road, Marquette, Nebraska. A second SmartFlower was installed at the Nebraska Christian School, 1847 Inskip Avenue in Central City, Nebraska.
SmartFlower Distributor & Installer: Interconnection Systems, Inc. based in Central City
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- The slow, inexorable rise of green hydrogen, PV Magazine
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes the production of hydrogen from renewables has the potential to deliver 19 exajoules of energy in 2050. Some 16 TW of solar and wind power generation capacity – 120 exajoules – may be needed to generate green hydrogen or related products from electrolysis by that point. Today the world hosts around 7 TW of total power generation capacity, around 1 TW of which comes from solar and wind, according to IRENA’s Hydrogen: A renewable energy perspective report. An International Energy Agency report on The Future of Hydrogen stated fossil-fueled production of the fuel is responsible for “annual CO2 emissions equivalent to those of Indonesia and the United Kingdom combined”.
- Electrolysis breakthrough could solve the hydrogen conundrum, by Alexandr Simonov, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Published by Phys.Org.
Australia, with its abundant sun and wind, has the potential to become a renewable energy superpower. By using electrolysis, hydrogen gas could be created from excess electricity generated by large renewable electricity projects. This hydrogen could be used as a fuel within Australia and exported to countries hungry for fossil fuels alternatives.