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2017 Vision Electric Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet World Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

In Pebble Beach prior to last year’s Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes-Benz introduced the stunning Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept vehicle. At the time it seemed like the stunning car would be tough to top, but Mercedes achieved that by removing said top. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet wowed the invited crowd at its world debut during a […]

Argentina launches 1.2GW RenovAr Ronda 2 renewable tender (450 MW for Solar)

Argentina launched the RenovAr Ronda 2 national auction for the supply of 1,200MW of renewable energy capacity. Through the tender, announced via a resolution in the official gazette, authorities will seek to award 550MW wind, 450MW solar, 100MW biomass, 35MW biogas, 15MW biogas from landfills (waste-to-energy) and 50MW small hydropower capacity. Maximum PPA prices for […]

Solar in South Africa: Abengoa’s Xina Solar One, the third solar thermal plant in the country is practically completed

Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environmental sectors, has achieved practical completion for Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in SA. Xina Solar One is a 100 MW plant that uses parabolic through technology to generate renewable and sustainable and dispatchable power from the […]

Solar Innovation: Fullerene Device Acts as Both Solar Cell and a Current Inverter

An international team of researchers has developed a photovoltaic cell based on a combination of magnetic electrodes and C60 fullerenes— sometimes referred to as Buckyballs—that increases the photovoltaic efficiency of their device by 14 percent over photovoltaics using ordinary materials and architecture. In research described in the journal Science, scientists from China, Germany, and Spain […]

Solar Trade War: Solar Developers and Panel Makers Clash Over Tariff Request

Dozens of solar industry executives, government officials and foreign diplomats gathered here on Tuesday to urge federal trade commissioners to reject a petition from two troubled domestic solar equipment manufacturers to impose steep tariffs and minimum price guarantees on similar imports. At risk, they argued, is the future of the solar industry itself. “They seek […]

Solar in India: With no auctions in sight, solar power price may fall below all-timelowof ₹2.44 a unit

The dearth of new solar auctions could drive the prices of solar power further down, below the all-time low of ₹2.44, with developers backed by private equity funds trying hard to build their assets, even if it means sacrificing returns. Bidding at IRRs “Many developers have built their companies anticipating huge auctions to reach the […]

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology (by ENEL)

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid by also improving grid capability to handle renewable power and will make renewable sources even more diffused and affordable. During the the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, Enel and Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid […]

US Solar Industry Hits Out At “Preposterous” Claims By Suniva & SolarWorld In Section 201 Trade Case

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

IMEC Reports Record Conversion Efficiency of 23.9 % on a 4 cm2 Perovskite/Silicon Solar Module

Belgian Imec announced an improvement of its 4 cm2perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9 percent. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell. Perovskite solar cells have many desirable properties, as they can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, […]

Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.  The research lab, which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential […]

Intersolar North America: Mounting to the Top – Matthias Altieri, CSO at Mounting Systems & Holger Giebel, CEO at Mounting Systems inc.

During Intersolar North America 2017, held recently in San Francisco, California, we spoke to Matthias Altieri, CSO at Mounting Systems & Holger Giebel, CEO at Mounting Systems inc. Matthias updated us on the global strategy of the company and their new tracking systems, while Holger focused on the company activities in the United States & the current […]

Clean Disruption News: For the 1st time since 1984, renewables surpass nuclear as a percentage of US energy generation

This year, for the first time in the modern nuclear era, renewable energy has surpassed nuclear power as a percentage of U.S. energy generation. Nuclear power generation has been facing hurdles for a while: it’s expensive to expand, often politically unsavory, and not as competitive as the cheap natural gas that has flooded the market in recent […]