There May Be Two Dozen Superhabitable Planets Outside the Solar System, According to Scientists

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Looking for a safe place to travel on vacation with your family? Instead of an island getaway or road trip across the country, how about any of the 24 recently discovered superhabitable planets in outer space? Astronauts have discovered two dozen planets that are capable of sustaining human life, according to a report published in the journal Astrobiology. The study, which was led by Washington State University geobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch, found that these “super-habitable” worlds are older, larger, warmer, and moister than Earth.

“With the next space telescopes coming up, we will get more information, so it is important to select some targets,” said Schulze-Makuch in a statement. “We have to focus on certain planets that have the most promising conditions for complex life. However, we have to be careful to not get stuck looking for a second Earth, because there could be planets that

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Blocking vibrations that remove heat could boost efficiency of next-gen solar cells — ScienceDaily

Led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a study of a solar-energy material with a bright future revealed a way to slow phonons, the waves that transport heat. The discovery could improve novel hot-carrier solar cells, which convert sunlight to electricity more efficiently than conventional solar cells by harnessing photogenerated charge carriers before they lose energy to heat.

“We showed that the thermal transport and charge-carrier cooling time can be manipulated by changing the mass of hydrogen atoms in a photovoltaic material,” said ORNL’s Michael Manley. “This route for extending the lifetime of charge carriers bares new strategies for achieving record solar-to-electric conversion efficiency in novel hot-carrier solar cells.”

UT’s Mahshid Ahmadi noted, “Tuning the organic-molecule dynamics can enable control of phonons important to thermal conductivity in organometallic perovskites.” These semiconducting materials are promising for photovoltaic applications.

Manley and Ahmadi designed

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Enphase Energy and 603 Solar to Offset 100% of Energy for Shelburne, NH Town Hall

Shelburne, NH Town Hall with Enphase Microinverters

Enphase Energy and 603 Solar to Offset 100% of Energy for Shelburne, NH Town Hall
Enphase Energy and 603 Solar to Offset 100% of Energy for Shelburne, NH Town Hall
Enphase Energy and 603 Solar to Offset 100% of Energy for Shelburne, NH Town Hall

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced that 603 Solar deployed a 16.8 kW DC solar array on the town hall building for the community of Shelburne, New Hampshire. After other recent energy efficiency upgrades to the town hall building, the solar system from 603 Solar is expected to offset 100% of the building’s energy needs.

The team at 603 Solar specified 42 Enphase IQ 7A™ microinverters for the Shelburne town hall, and the system was locally installed by Roger Adams, owner at Adams Energy LLC. The Shelburne Energy Committee, started by

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Groundbreaking research into solar energy technology develops through new EU-project

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IMAGE: The specially designed molecule and energy system by the researchers from Chalmers has demonstrated unique abilities to catch and store solar energy. The image to the right shows a tube…
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Over the last few years, a specially designed molecule and an energy system with unique abilities for capturing and storing solar power have been developed by a group of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Now, an EU project led by Chalmers will develop prototypes of the new technology for larger scale applications, such as heating systems in residential houses. The project has been granted 4.3 million Euros from the EU.

In order to make full use of solar energy, we need to be able to store and release it on demand. In several scientific articles over the last few years, a group of researchers from Chalmers University

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When Is The Next Solar And Lunar Eclipse? They’re Sooner Than You Think

Eclipses are perhaps the most spectacular celestial events of all.

During a lunar eclipse the full moon contain a luscious copper colour for a few hours, while solar eclipses—which can last just a few minutes—often leave onlookers scarred for life. In a good way! In fact, if you’ve ever witnessed a brief totality during a total solar eclipse when the world around you turns into twilight while you get to gawp at the Sun’s precious outer atmosphere—its bright white corona—you’ll know why there are thousands of dedicated eclipse chases who try to see as many as they can.

Trouble is, solar and lunar eclipse is don’t come around very often.

However, there are now a few coming up fast.

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China’s Carbon-Neutral Pledge Boosts Solar Rally

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Investors can generally ignore goals that world leaders promise the U.N. General Assembly they will achieve 40 years from now. Chinese President
Xi Jinping
’s recent pledge to make his country carbon neutral by 2060 is an exception. 

The scope of Xi’s ambition, in a country that still gets two-thirds of its power from coal, is breathtaking. Follow-up documents from a Tsinghua University think tank estimate China will have to spend $15 trillion on green transformation, increasing solar power six times and wind more than three times. 

But these aims are underpinned by achievements. From a standing start 10 years ago, China has created seven of the world’s top 10 solar module manufacturers, says Xiaojing Sun, who follows the sector for consultant Wood Mackenzie.

These upstarts have largely wiped out European competitors on price, while high U.S. import tariffs have failed to stimulate

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SwitchDin’s Technology Selected for World-First Project to Increase Solar Hosting Capacity for Electricity Distribution Networks

SwitchDin, an Australian energy management software company, has been retained by distribution networks, SA Power Networks and AusNet Services, to provide a global-first solution that will allow networks to create flexible solar export limits to accommodate the growth of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are connected to the grid.

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SwitchDin CEO Dr Andrew Mears with SwitchDin Droplet controller (Photo: Business Wire)

The installation of PV systems is growing at a rate of more than 200,000 each year in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM), and distribution networks are reaching the limit of their ability to host rooftop solar in some areas. This flexible export capability will allow SA Power Networks and AusNet Services to offer an alternative to the strict export limits currently required to address these challenges, increasing the penetration of renewable energy, creating more value for customers

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Tesla Drops Solar Roof Pricing

Tesla has updated their Solar Roof webpage and dropped prices for the product on the final day of the company’s third quarter.

The webpage redesign highlights a new durability comparison video of a Solar Roof tile compared to traditional roof tiles. While not the most scientific of tests, the Solar Roof tile survives the striking blow of a hammer while the other two tiles crack and shatter. The Solar Roof tile seems to have a little more flexibility when struck which could be beneficial for situations such as hail storms.

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Tesla also outlines the installation process for prospective customers, from design to powering on the system. “Our in-house team of energy professionals has installed more than 3.6 GW of clean solar energy across 400,000 roofs—the equivalent of 10 million traditional solar panels. From roof removal to installation, we take care of everything,” writes Tesla.

As for the price reduction, Teslarati

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2012 Solar Storm Could Have Been More Extreme: Here’s How

KEY POINTS

  • In 2012, an extreme solar storm nearly hit the Earth
  • Researchers studying the event said it could have been more extreme if paired with another event
  • Researchers demonstrated how two solar storms could interact with each other

Solar storms could become more powerful if they happen quite close to each other, researchers studying the 2012 solar storm have found. 

On July 23, 2012, a solar storm, which NASA describes as the most powerful one in about 150 years, nearly hit the Earth. Had it hit the Earth, it would have caused an economic impact of over $2 trillion and the damages could take years to repair.

The 2012 near-miss has been likened to the 1859 Carrington Event, one of the biggest solar storms on record, that caused auroras as far south as Cuba and Honolulu.

Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) are outbursts of plasma from the sun that

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Untapped potential exists for blending hydropower, floating solar panels — ScienceDaily

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to an analysis by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The researchers estimate that adding floating solar panels to bodies of water that are already home to hydropower stations could produce as much as 7.6 terawatts of potential power a year from the solar PV systems alone, or about 10,600 terawatt-hours of potential annual generation. Those figures do not include the amount generated from hydropower.

For comparison, global final electricity consumption was just over 22,300 terawatt-hours in 2018, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the International Energy Agency.

“This is really optimistic,” said Nathan Lee, a researcher with NREL’s Integrated Decision Support group and lead author of a new paper published

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