Celebrate Earth Day 2020 with interviews and resources focused on chemical engineers' efforts to improve the environment.
A new and inexpensive catalyst makes it possible to generate hydrogen through water splitting, providing an effective means of storage for renewable energy.
Transparent solar panels that are efficient enough to be practical have been elusive, but no longer.
Inspired by insects’ compound eyes, researchers at Stanford University have developed a new solar cell that could open the doors to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics.
Is selling excess electricity back to the grid a backwards solution when sharing energy with neighbors is a possibility?
A newly developed solar cell prototype is capable of capturing nearly all energy from the solar spectrum and could potentially be the world’s most solar cell, operating at 44.5% efficiency.
This month features a special section on solar energy, with a look at concentrating solar thermal (CST), solar thermochemical energy storage (CSP), and more.
Battery storage is starting to replace traditional gas peaker plants by replacing diesel powered generation on small islands.
California is the only state in the country coping with too much solar power, and it's a problem that's still getting worse as each new utility-scale solar farm is built
Last year a record-breaking 500,000 solar panels were installed every day as renewables edged out coal to become the world’s largest source of installed power capacity.
The Paris climate agreement is the world’s best effort yet to ward off the existential threat of climate change.
Michael Liebreich, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, has tracked surging global renewable energy investments for over a decade.
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
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.
Last January a documentary crew in Abu Dhabi watched the global energy system reach a tipping point and shift decisively toward renewable energy.
Apple and a select group of US companies are starting to sell renewable power to the electricity grid, a domain traditionally controlled by monopoly utilities and third party power plants.
Lately, solar industry records have been falling every week. And American solar panel maker SunPower can take credit for most of the mayhem.
Sitting on a scenic bluff overlooking the central California coast, Diablo Canyon, the state’s only remaining nuclear power plant, could close in 2025 after an agreement was br
In what could be a major turning point in the effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels, researchers at Harvard made the stunning announcement this week that they have perfected artificial photosynt
French oil and gas behemoth Total just bought a battery storage innovator and prepares for a century it sees as dominated by electricity.
When SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith points out the innovation that makes the Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power plant (CSP) so unique, he highlights the 12-hour storage capacity — its kill
Last month First Solar announced that it set a new record in its research lab for cadmium-telluride cell efficiency, at 22.1 percent.
Just one week after Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's new Model 3, it's obvious the world liked what it saw.
Elon Musk's live-stream from the Tesla Design Center in Hawthrone, California, is about to start. The stage is dark, but the noisy acoustics don't lie.
With 24 airlines, 1,000 flights a week and 7 million passengers a year, Cochin International Airport in India’s Kerala state is the third busiest in India.
Many utilities think that wind and solar PV can only provide a small percentage of power without undermining grid stability.
In Tanzania, like many African countries, the rapid spread of mobile phones has outpaced the slow creep of grid-connected electricity, where 85% of the population still lives off-grid and relies on
A new generation of microgrids is beginning to win funding from investors as a profitable way to bring power to the 620 million Africans who lack access to electricity.
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
By loading warehouse rooftops with with solar panels and selling electricity back to the grid, Prologis is a global model of profitability and sustainability.
Anyone worried that the low prices hobbling oil explorers may have clobbered renewables too — especially wind and solar — can relax.
It's always nice when a business gamble turns into a sure thing. That former gamble — SolarCity's massive solar module giga-factory — is taking shape in Buffalo, New York.
President Obama's speech may have grabbed most of the headlines on the opening day of the Paris climate talks, but speaking in a press conference that felt more like a Davos flashback, Bill Gat
Elon Musk thinks a lithium-ion battery is the best buy for stationary storage on a micro-grid, but SunEdison execs don't buy it.
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
One of the world's great remaining mysteries is the actual size of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves. But whatever the answer — what is non-peak, Alex?
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 efficie
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power.
Residential solar installers are desperately waiting for photovoltaic (PV) efficiency upgrades so they can pump out more juice per square foot for price-sensitive consumers.
Traditional desalination burns a lot of energy, leaves a big carbon footprint, and discharges an annoying byproduct — an unusable brine cocktail.
With each new press release that pops up on internet energy sites, it's becoming obvious that innovation in the energy business is accelerating.
Inkjet printing shows potential for producing solar cells, but one barrier has been the need for a an ink with the proper viscosity and stability for compact and homogeneous films.
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 sol
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 a
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.
Elon Musk is a huge believer in the future of solar energy. But for Musk, it's not speculative. Every new press conference reveals the enormity his vision.