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  Renewable Energy News

Perovskite May be an Important Aspect of Future Solar Panels

Photo: Wikipedia A new mineral is being used for solar panels that could greatly improve the efficiency of solar panels. Perovskite is a calcium titanium oxide mineral found in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1800’s. Excitement about this mineral has grown due to its efficiency, unusual properties, and its low cost. Perovskite reacts to a wider range of visible light frequencies, ultimately meaning it can convert more sunlight to energy than a typical silicon-based Photovoltaic (PV) cell. PV panels are currently seeing efficiency rates of around 19%-21% with the possible limit of around 29%. Perovskite panels could see efficiency rates as high as 35% or more. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced funding to support Research and Development for PV energy applications, including perovskite. It is currently cheaper to produce Perovskite but it is less durable than traditional silicon-based photovoltaics. Hybrid panels could allow for greater panel efficiency while still delivering a long life. Written by Justin Stanphill

By |January 21st, 2020|

60-Second Science is a Great Way to Consume Science Information on the Go

Scientific American 60-Second Science podcast is a great resource for obtaining a conversational knowledge of various scientific studies and happenings. A recent episode highlights science and technology news from around the globe from Spain’s uncovered Dolmen of Guadalperal due to the summers powerful drought to the discovery of a new species of electric eel in Brazil. Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the United States having been around for 170 years. 60-Second Science is a great way for people on the move to learn about important scientific news occurring around the world, in a way that is easy and palatable to the average non-scientist and professional researcher alike. Add this podcast to your repertoire of science information.   Written by Justin Stanphill

By |January 15th, 2020|

RENEW Wisconsin’s Ninth Annual Renewable Energy Summit Jan. 16 in Wisconsin

Non-profit RENEW Wisconsin hosts their ninth Annual Renewable Energy Summit January 16 in Madison, Wisconsin (WI), where more than 400 renewable energy sector experts and attendees will address this year’s theme for the state, “2020 Vision: The Path to 100% Clean Energy,” at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Held from 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Thursday, the summit will focus on the state’s future in renewable energy, and the steps required to make that vision a reality. Attendees—a mix of industry experts, government officials, utility professionals, advocates, and students—can participate in workshops, panels, and networking opportunities. This year’s presenting sponsors are Arch Electric, Invenergy LLC, and Zerology. The eco-friendly Monona Terrace venue is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified structure first designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This year’s keynote speaker is Katherine Hamilton, Chair of 38 North Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in business development and policy services for companies and organizations in the renewable energy industry. Hamilton’s speech will focus on the global renewable energy industry, before explaining how Wisconsin can accelerate its progression in clean energy. The summit will commence with brief “101” courses on renewable energy technologies and the electrical grid, before moving on to policy initiatives and explanations of successful renewable energy initiatives in Wisconsin. These will include presentations from Antonio Butts, Executive Director of the community development-focused Walnut Way Conservation Corp., and Scott Anderson, an engineer-turned-elementary-school-teacher who engages his students in real-life green energy projects to encourage stewardship. Other summit panels will focus on alternatives to the current petroleum-focused energy industry, such as biogas, wind, and solar energy, as well as the changes in education, energy storage, and energy distribution systems that Wisconsin will need in order to make 100% renewable energy a reality. Some of the summit’s many enlightening speakers include WI state senator Robert L. Cowles, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Lincoln Lande, the Senior Director of Business Development at EDF Renewables. A variety of forward-thinking businesses and organizations will attend the summit, including such entities as Sunrun, ENGIE North America, and SC Johnson. The full, detailed schedule can be seen here. A full list of speakers can be found here. A list of organization attendees can be found here. Registration can be found here. Written by Dilawar Naqvi

By |January 14th, 2020|
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  Climate Change News

Greta Thunberg Urges Political Action at The World Economic Forum in Davos

Greta Thunberg continues to hit world leaders along with major business establishments hard about business practices directly causing climate change and political inaction. At the world economic forum, Thunberg spoke to world economic leaders. Thunberg spoke about inaction and empty words by world leaders and about the urgency of climate change. Thunberg has been a leading voice for young people who are frustrated about the burden that climate change will put on them as a direct result of the actions of older generations who created this global problem while continuing to do little to solve. "You say children shouldn’t worry. You say: “Just leave this to us. We will fix this, we promise we won’t let you down. Don’t be so pessimistic.”And then, nothing. Silence. Or something worse than silence. Empty words and promises which give the impression that sufficient action is being taken." "Immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction.Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies. And immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021. We want this done now." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Mw-t5zmyM Written by Justin Stanphill

By |January 22nd, 2020|

Perovskite May be an Important Aspect of Future Solar Panels

Photo: Wikipedia A new mineral is being used for solar panels that could greatly improve the efficiency of solar panels. Perovskite is a calcium titanium oxide mineral found in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1800’s. Excitement about this mineral has grown due to its efficiency, unusual properties, and its low cost. Perovskite reacts to a wider range of visible light frequencies, ultimately meaning it can convert more sunlight to energy than a typical silicon-based Photovoltaic (PV) cell. PV panels are currently seeing efficiency rates of around 19%-21% with the possible limit of around 29%. Perovskite panels could see efficiency rates as high as 35% or more. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced funding to support Research and Development for PV energy applications, including perovskite. It is currently cheaper to produce Perovskite but it is less durable than traditional silicon-based photovoltaics. Hybrid panels could allow for greater panel efficiency while still delivering a long life. Written by Justin Stanphill

By |January 21st, 2020|

BEST PRACTICES: J.Crew and Sister Brand Madewell Launch Eco-Friendly Fair Trade Denim Collections

                Sister clothing retailers J.Crew and Madewell, based in the United States (US), launched their first major Fair Trade-certified, sustainable denim collections in 2019, which use 75% less water, significantly less energy, and 65% fewer chemicals. Owned by New York-based (NY) J.Crew Group, J.Crew and Madewell have partnered with eco-certification group Fair Trade USA and manufacturer Saitex, the Vietnamese company that is the foremost producer of sustainable denim. While J.Crew Group has collaborated with Saitex before, this expanded denim effort was fueled by “‘appetite from customers,’” Madewell president Libby Wadle told Women's Wear Daily (WWD). Saitex, based in Ho Chi Minh City, formulated a denim-production process that reduces water—the largest waste factor in denim production—from the usual 140 liters required to produce a single pair of jeans, to one liter. They are also a zero-waste facility. The J.Crew Group’s involvement with Fair Trade USA, based in California, is a step towards sustainable fashion, as well as improved working conditions for manufacturing employees. J.Crew Group director of corporate social responsibility Gonzalo Pertile indicated that his company has a five-year plan to bring more of their factories, located in 26 countries, into the sustainable fashion realm. With prices starting at $59.50 (USD), Madewell and J.Crew offer their Fair Trade collections that together comprise 31 pieces, including, jeans, skirts, shorts, denim jackets, and overalls. Further Madewell social responsibility information is found here: https://www.madewell.com/social-responsibility.html Further J.Crew social responsibility information is found here: https://www.jcrew.com/flatpages/social_responsibility2019.jsp Written by Nicole Foulke

By |January 20th, 2020|
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