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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Solar

Solar


Solar Ready Vets

Solar Foundation.
http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-ready-vets/

For Veteran's Day - "Funded by the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Ready Vets provides quality training and hands-on experience in solar energy to interested transitioning military personnel who are within six months of separation. Solar training complements the extensive skills developed during military service and prepares transitioning service members to be strong candidates for jobs in the growing solar industry."

Solar Thermal Energy: Why The Wait?

Solar Today, Oct. 2016, by William T. Guiney.
http://solartoday.org/2016/10/solar-thermal-energy-why-the-wait/

"For those of you who only know solar energy as Photovoltaics (PV) there is another solar technology that has the potential to significantly reduce GreenHouse-Gas emissions often referred to as the other solar “White Meat” basically ignored by most of the State and DOE, Federal Energy and R&D programs except Solar Thermal Electric Generation (CSP). Common uses of the other white meat or I should say the other solar technology include: swimming pool heating, boiler water preheating, domestic water and space heating, air conditioning, and high temperature heat for a wide range of commercial and industrial processes such as Industrial Process Heat (IPH)."

5 Unanswered Questions After Tesla's Big Solar Roof and Battery Announcement

Utility Dive, Oct. 31, 2016, by Gavin Bade.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/5-unanswered-questions-after-teslas-big-solar-roof-and-battery-announcemen/429393/

".... Last Friday, CEO Elon Musk unveiled a slate of integrated solar roof and battery storage offerings that mimic the design of traditional roof shingles and eliminate the external mounted panel designDetails about the panel efficiency, battery life and overall cost were left out of Musk’s presentation, leaving a number of open questions about the sleek new Tesla offering and its potential impacts on the market."

Luminous Bike Lane Opened in Poland

Next Nature Network (Amsterdam), Oct. 4, 2016, by Monika Kozub.
https://www.nextnature.net/2016/10/luminous-bike-lane-opened-poland/

"TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych in Pruszkow designed the first luminous bike lane, that opened last week near Lidzbark Warminski in the Mazury region. 'The material we used for the track gives light for over ten hours. That means the road can radiate throughout the whole night and reaccumulate light the following day' Igor Ruttmar from TPA says."

Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/09/f33/Revolutiona%CC%82%E2%82%ACNow%202016%20Report_2.pdf

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."

When Solar Goes Unmanned

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Betsy Lillian.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1609/FEAT_01_When-Solar-Goes-Unmanned.html

"Now that federal rules are finally in place for commercial drone operations, the U.S. solar industry is ready to bring the technology on board."

Advanced Inverters: The Coming Standards Bring New Opportunities

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Ryan Edge.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1609/FEAT_05_Advanced-Inverters-The-Coming-Standards-Bring-New-Opportunities.html

"Advanced inverters have built-in potential to expand solar developers' customer base -- now all we need are the UL and IEEE code updates."

Key To Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

Science Daily, Sept. 28, 2016, Columbia University.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160928151119.htm

"In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption."

The Untapped Potential of Community Energy Storage

Microgrid Knowledge, Sept. 19, 2016.
https://microgridknowledge.com/community-energy-storage/

"Robin Roy, an NRDC consultant, explains why community energy storage often falls between the gaps in federal energy policy and what can be done about the problem."

Median Installed Price of Solar in the United States Fell by 5-12% in 2015

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Aug. 24, 2016, by Jon Weiner.
http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2016/08/24/median-installed-price-solar-united-states-fell-5-12-2015/

"Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports released today by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)."

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