Solar Energy

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...

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 global scale, to transition to wind, solar thermal, solar electric, biomass, hydroelectric and...

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.

Apple to Bring SunPower's C7 Solar Technology to China

October 27, 2015

Last April Apple announced that all of its US facilities, and 87 percent of its worldwide operations, were completely powered by renewable energy, which showed that Apple was finally getting seriou

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 company to i

New Lithium Battery Poised to Change Grid Storage

February 24, 2015
A stealth, 10-year-old startup has emerged as a serious rival to Tesla in the race to achieve grid battery manufacturing by spending $1 billion to turn an old North Carolina Philip Morris cigarette factory into a manufacturing hub capable of pumping out "several gigawatts" of capacity a year.

The Tesla Powerwall's Serious Growing Pains

May 12, 2015

Earlier this month Elon Musk created a technology miracle: he made battery storage sexy enough during his product rollout that he had his audience whooping, cheering and clapping, which isn't an ea

Floating Solar Power Online from Japan to California

May 15, 2015

As the camera drone glides over solar panels floating on the waters of the Higashihira and Nishihira reservoirs in Kato City, west of Osaka, it slowly reveals one of Japan's most innovative solar p

Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015

SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceedi

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