Sandia National Laboratories: Sandia creates global archive of historical renewable energy documents

Sandia National Laboratories: Sandia creates global archive of historical renewable energy documents. “Sandia’s solar researchers and librarians have spent the past few years collecting, digitizing and cataloging a host of reports, memos, blueprints, photos and more on concentrating solar power, a kind of renewable energy produced by using large mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on a tower to generate electricity. These historical research documents are now in a publicly accessible digital archive for other concentrating solar power researchers, historians, corporations and citizens to view.”

UC Santa Barbara: Expanding Renewable Energy Planning

UC Santa Barbara: Expanding Renewable Energy Planning. “The tool uses geographic and meteorological models, calibrated with real-world data, that simulate wind speed and solar radiation across the Earth’s surface. REZoning uses the Global Wind Atlas and Global Solar Atlas, two World Bank-funded projects that are free and publicly available. Other constraints include protected areas, forest cover, cropland, nature reserves and more. By combining all these factors, the software can determine the most suitable sites for wind and solar development in a given region”

Tech Xplore: An interactive map for solar panel deployment across the US

Tech Xplore: An interactive map for solar panel deployment across the US. “A paper in Solar Energy, published this month… offers a detailed analysis of where (and how much) solar PV needs to be applied to firmly meet at least 50 percent of the energy demands for every state. Readers can use an interactive map to modify the numbers on a state-specific basis, based on the total percentage of load needed to be met by PV power, ground efficiency of PV panels, and various land controls to account for areas covered by open water, forested areas, etc.”

Solar Energy Industries Association: Solar Industry Launches Diverse Suppliers Database

Solar Energy Industries Association: Solar Industry Launches Diverse Suppliers Database. “Today the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is releasing the Diverse Suppliers Database, a free platform that will highlight and elevate minority, women, disabled, veteran, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses operating in the solar and storage industries. More than 120 diverse companies are listed in the database, and the platform will remain open for submissions.”

Berkeley Lab Electricity Markets & Policy: New data tool explores trends in wholesale power prices and renewable energy supply

Berkeley Lab Electricity Markets & Policy: New data tool explores trends in wholesale power prices and renewable energy supply. “Variable renewable generation can have important impacts to pricing patterns at the local level, but those patterns are often obscured when looking at regional average annual pricing trends. The Renewables and Wholesale Electricity Prices (ReWEP) tool allows users to compare pricing trends across locations, regions, and a number of different timeframes, down to the nodal level. These comparisons illustrate the ongoing interactions between wind and solar generation and wholesale energy prices.”

Interlochen Public Radio: Misleading social media ads bash a rooftop solar bill. They’re backed by big utility companies.

Interlochen Public Radio: Misleading social media ads bash a rooftop solar bill. They’re backed by big utility companies.. “Anyone scrolling Facebook in Michigan over the past week may have noticed ads attacking a new energy bill in the statehouse. The proposed legislation would allow more people to put solar panels on their homes or businesses. It gets rid of a cap limiting how many solar installations can connect to the grid. Social media ads say the proposal caters to out-of-state energy developers and threatens a reliable power grid. One of the ads reads, ‘Don’t let out-of-state special interests do to Michigan what they did to Texas.’ Clean energy advocates say the ads are misleading.

The Engineer: AI tool locates and classifies defects in wind turbine blades

The Engineer: AI tool locates and classifies defects in wind turbine blades. “Computer scientists at Loughborough University have developed a new tool that uses AI to analyse images of wind turbine blades to locate and highlight defects. The system has been ‘trained’ to classify defects by type – such as crack, erosion, void, and ‘other’ – which could lead to faster and more targeted responses.”

Department of Energy Solar Decathlon: Visit Solar Decathlon’s First Virtual Village To Tour One-of-a-Kind, High-Performance Homes Online!

Department of Energy Solar Decathalon: Visit Solar Decathlon’s First Virtual Village To Tour One-of-a-Kind, High-Performance Homes Online!. “The U.S. Department of Energy is excited to announce the opening of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Virtual Village on Monday, April 12. The Virtual Village will showcase zero energy homes designed and constructed around the world by Solar Decathlon 2020 Build Challenge teams. Industry partners, schools, future collegiate teams, and the interested public are invited to participate in no-cost, virtual tours of the homes, hosted by participating teams.”

PV Magazine: Politicians talk a green game, but do they have solar on their home rooftops?

PV Magazine: Politicians talk a green game, but do they have solar on their home rooftops?. “A Google Maps view of [Governor Gavin] Newsom’s panel-less roof can be seen on a new website… which is out to name names on the politicians who are — or aren’t — backing up their public support for solar with rooftop installations at home. The project is the brainchild of solar sales consultant Nick Thorsch, who recently launched the website, looking first at the rooftops of all 50 state governors’ official mansions and their personal homes.”

Solar Power World: UL launches database of thermal runaway-tested battery brands and models

Solar Power World: UL launches database of thermal runaway-tested battery brands and models. “UL has launched a free online database recognizing manufacturers that have completed testing under the ANSI/CAN/UL 9540A Standard for Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). The database allows manufacturers that have had their cell, module, unit or installation evaluated for thermal runaway fire propagation by UL to share the data in three ways: the model number with contact information to obtain more test details, the UL 9540A report summary or the full test report.”

World Resources Institute: How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy

World Resources Institute: How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy. “A new tool from the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker, showcases renewable energy deals made by U.S. cities, counties, tribal governments, municipal utilities and community choice aggregations since 2015. Cataloguing over 300 deals, the tool equips local governments with the resources to understand what other cities have accomplished, which can help as they develop their own renewable energy strategies and determine how to collaborate effectively.”

The Westerly Sun: New website offers expert answers to renewable energy questions

The Westerly Sun: New website offers expert answers to renewable energy questions. “Have a question about renewable energy? You can now ask it on a new, free website called Ask the Experts. Created by the Coastal Resources Center of the University of Rhode Island, the site is a source for the latest information about offshore wind energy. Merry Ellen Hawkins, a 2020 Energy Fellow at URI’s Coastal Resources Center, has been working on the project since January.” Not much here yet, but the answers that are here are substantive.