Solar Energy

Challenges for Global Energy

Archived Webinar
Apr 21, 2009
This presentation describes and evaluates the technical, political, and economic challenges involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies. It discusses what it would take, on a...

CEP: News Update

March
2019
News Update
Using Bacteria to Kill Bacteria: A Clean Water Solution In villages and cities around the world, families drink from unclean water and bathe in muddied pools. More than 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water sources, and at least 2...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Quantum Dot Windows Produce Low-Cost Renewable Energy

January
2019
Catalyzing Commercialization
Urban areas consume 70% of energy produced globally and are projected to house approximately 60% of the Earth’s population by 2030. Coupling this high demand with the high price for electricity in cities points to the need for local energy generation. However, the space required for traditional renewable technologies — such as wind or solar — is not available in urban areas. One solution is to incorporate renewable energy production into the façades of buildings, for example with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) such as solar-harvesting windows.

CEP: News Update

April
2018
News Update
Researchers Create Nanocarbons from Food Waste New rubber composites can be generated from an unusual source: food waste. Portable Test Helps Farmers Find Soil Pathogens Before It’s Too Late A new system for testing the DNA in soil lets farmers find...

Books: April 2018

April
2018
Books
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth Michio Kaku, Doubleday, New York, NY, $29.95, 368 pages, Feb. 2018, ISBN: 978-0-385-54276-0 Moving human civilization beyond Earth’s bounds is...

Solar Thermal Power Plant Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 17, 2011
A detailed model of a real solar thermal power plant has been built using a steady state power plant simulation software. The plant includes numerous...

Solar Based Sustainable Energy Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2010
The recent swings in oil prices again remind us that the world's supply of fossil fuels is finite. Roughly 85% of current energy use is being met by...

Growth Kinetic Study of Chlorella Vulgaris

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 11, 2009
Algae are simple autotrophic organisms that produce complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules such as carbon dioxide using energy...

Catalyzing Commercialization: New Coating Improves Solar Panel Efficiency by Reducing Soiling

December
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
As the worldwide price of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy decreases, a growing amount of consumers are adopting PV technologies. In 2016, the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for domestic utility-scale solar power reached $0.07/kWh, which is competitive with the cost of coal-generated power. However, the current cost of residential solar power remains at $0.18/kWh, which has prevented broader adoption of solar power.

Catalyzing Commercialization: Solar Paper Powers Internet-of-Things Devices

August
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
Today’s solar cells are mainly used for large-scale power production. However, the up-and-coming internet of things (IoT) will require many sensors and devices to transmit information wirelessly to computer networks and mobile personal electronics. Those sensors and devices could be powered with solar cells that harvest energy from either freely available sunlight or indoor lighting, provided the solar cells are small, inexpensive, lightweight, and able to conform and adhere to surfaces with any shape or texture.

July 2017 CEP Preview

July 10, 2017

This month features a special section on solar energy, with a look at concentrating solar thermal (CST), solar thermochemical energy storage (CSP), and more.

A Bright Spot for Energy Production

July
2017
Special Section
Elizabeth Pavone
Recently, I had the opportunity to view a great swath of the U.S. in less than six hours. Flying west from New York to California, I spotted major cities and snow-capped mountain ranges, but what stood out to me the most was an enormous circular arrangement of mirrors all facing one central point. From my aerial vantage, I recognized it as a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, and later learned it was likely the Crescent Dunes CSP plant in Nevada.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Overview

July
2017
Special Section
Jeff Cumpston, Alexander Mitsos
Concentrating solar thermal (CST) technology can be used to generate electricity, desalinate water, and more. Find out how CST works and the role chemical engineers can play.

Leveraging the Ammonia Industry for Solar Energy Storage

July
2017
Special Section
Keith Lovegrove, Adrienne Lavine, Hamarz Aryafar, Chen Chen
Concentrating solar power (CSP) with energy storage could help meet our zero-emission energy needs. This article explains how the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis could be used for low-cost energy storage in CSP plants.

Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage

July
2017
Special Section
Nick AuYeung, Peter Kreider
Thermochemical energy storage could be the key to widespread concentrating solar power (CSP) deployment.

Worldwide Electric-Car Charging Network Ramps Up

August 5, 2016

As new electric vehicles (EVs) begin to flood the world's roads and highways, sold by a global who's-who of traditional car makers, it's important to remember that Nissan was the first

Viatimin B2 Inspires Flow Battery Discovery

July 26, 2016

Inspired by vitamin B2, researchers at Harvard have discovered a entire new class of high-performing organic molecules that can be used in flow batteries to store electricity from solar and wind power.

King of Morocco Plans to Export Solar Power to Europe

February 19, 2016

Two weeks ago, when the King of Morocco ceremonially switched on the Noor I concentrated solar plant (CSP), he was hoping to turn his country into a renewable energy powerhouse over the next ten ye

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