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energyReusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy will make highly cost competitive space based solar power

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Space based solar power expert John Mankins, the author of the book The Case for Space Solar Power, estimates that if the launch price came down to about $400 per kilogram then space-based solar power would be cost-competitive with terrestrial …

energyCommercial Perovskite solar cells at 10 cents per watt could soon bring lower cost energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an environmentally stable, high-efficiency perovskite solar cell, bringing the emerging technology a step closer to commercial deployment. Lower cost There are estimates that perovskite solar panels could cost …

energyNew Space based solar power designs can get to less than 2 cents per kwh

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John C. Mankins ( Mankins Space Technology) has thoroughly updated his space-based solar power design. The SPS-ALPHA Mark-II design using new technologies improves technical feasibility and economic viability of space solar power. Additional details of the “SPS-ALPHA Mk-II” will be …

chinaStandard Energy projections til about 2025 then self driving ridesharing disrupts the world

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The International Energy Association has its energy projection out to 2040. They project strong growth and transition to electric cars and renewables but they do not forecast an acceleration of technology. This is part of their methodology to update to …

energyUniversity of Twente boosts efficiency of sunlight conversion of hydrogen fuel using microwires

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Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. This involves the direct conversion of energy from sunlight into a usable fuel (in this case, hydrogen). Using …

economic impactKey hurdle overcome towards organic solar cells up to 1000 times cheaper than solar panels

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University of Michigan researchers have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors. An organic solar cell testing inside the …

economic impactThe 100% solar, wind and water plan is broken and costs 3 to 5 times more than alternative clean energy

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The Solutions Project is an environmental group with a claim that the world can be powered with 100% renewable energy (wind, water and sunlight) and a simultaneous phase-out of fossil and nuclear power. The all-renewables grid would have with no …

chinaChina built 2000 meter long solar highway with transparent concrete over solar panels

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Qilu Transportation Development Group, a state-owned transport firm operating in Shandong, is completing a 2000 meter solar highway in China. The road’s composition is made of three distinct layers, with transparent concrete on top protecting the solar panels beneath. The …

energyLos Alamos quantum dots will make cost effective double-pane solar windows

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Using two types of “designer” quantum dots, researchers are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation for good measure. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different …

artificial intelligenceSuper technology will transform the world of 2020 to 2050

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The history of technology adoption saw the main foundation of the modern world adopted in the United States in a transformation from 1905 to 1930. During those years, the telephone, car, electricity and radio went from 0 to 10% adoption …