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#Intersolar2020: Day 2 — Solar Innovations Abound At The San Diego Show

February 4th, 2020 | by Charles W. Thurston

New solar energy innovations are being unveiled at Intersolar 2020 in San Diego this week, including the California launch of a concrete solar shingle, a unique under-the-panel battery storage configuration, and a single-axis tracker that can accommodate a 10% grade on undulating sites. And one forward-looking company is now buying up broken solar panels in expectation of mining the components for recycling


Dolphin Boat Goes Hybrid With BMW i3 Batteries + Sunflare Panels

January 31st, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

An operator of a custom dolphin observation boat has combined Sunflare solar panels with lithium-ion batteries for what may be the first charter vessel of it kind, says the Key West owner. Dubbed “The Squid,” the vessel was designed for tour operator Honest Eco by David Walworth, an MIT-educated boat designer and builder


NASA Tests Record-Setting Alta Devices Solar Cell On Space Station

December 18th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

Alta Devices’ record-setting solar cell has just begun a one-year test by NASA in the latest Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-X) flight investigation, launched in November on board the NG CRS-10 mission. NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the Space Station in order to evaluate the technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats, a trending, small, inexpensive satellite design


EVs, Aerospace, & Wearable Solar Foster Power-to-Weight Advances

November 30th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

Advances in thin-film and other new solar technologies are expected to be driven by the demand for lightweight, high-power solutions in the EV, aerospace and wearable solar markets, reckons Matthew Reese, the author of a new study on the evolution of the technology


Tampa Electric Solar Plan Blazes With Another 260 Megawatts

November 2nd, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

Tampa Electric won state approval this week to add 260 more megawatts (MW) of solar to its generation fleet by January and to recover the cost. The five separate projects in this endeavor comprise the second phase of the utility’s blazing solar program, which will involve an $850 million investment that will add 600 MW of solar across 10 installations by


Sunflare Brings New Solar Shingle Into The Light — #CleanTechnica at #SPI2018

September 30th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

There may be a growing number of solar application ideas that die off before going mainstream, never having tapped enough technology, financial backing, and market savvy to last. But it seems solar roof shingles is not one of those. Dow withdrew from the market, but Exasun and Tesla moved in. Now, there's also a smart new set of patent-pending thin-film CIGs solar shingles being offered by Sunflare Solar, based in La Verne, California. The company refers to the cell technology as Capture



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