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Workers install First Solar thin-film panels in a desert setting.

First Solar selects Louisiana for growth

Announces $1.1B solar plant in the Bayou State; adds more demand for critical tellurium. In a boost for American-made tellurium-based solar technology, First Solar Inc. has selected Louisiana as the locati... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Dozens of solar panels lined out in a snowy field.

Sunshine to power Diavik's sunset years

Rio Tinto to build largest solar plant in Canada's North at diamond mine. Signaling its commitment to clean renewable energy, mining powerhouse Rio Tinto announced its intention to construct the largest so... — Updated 8/22/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A white-gloved hand holding uranium fuel pellets.

The resurgence of nuclear energy in 2022

In possibly one of the most significant years for nuclear since its advent, several nuclear energy milestones were achieved in 2022. Kicking off the year with a corollary incentive program to attract... — Updated 8/13/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A close up angled shot of hydrogen fuel tanks.

DOE sees nuclear as key to green hydrogen

Nuclear-powered clean hydrogen production has the potential to be a gamechanger. As one of the most viable options to stabilize the energy demands of the future with clean renewable sources, the... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California helps power roughly 15% of the state.

CA plant first choice for nuclear program

Hoping to promote clean, renewable energy through nuclear power, the Biden administration Nov. 21 announced the conditional selection of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near Avila Beach, California, to recei... — Updated 11/30/2022

Solar powered mineral exploration camp in the Andes of Chile

Vale commits $2B to lower carbon output

Brazil-based global miner Vale has committed to investing at least US$2 billion toward reducing its carbon emissions in the coming years. The goals of this initiative are to reduce its direct and indirect... — Updated 7/10/2022

CdTe thin film photovoltaic PV solar panel installation Kern County California

SoCal communities buy First Solar power

Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. April 21 announced the signing of 15-year power purchase agreements with Monterey Bay Community Power and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Under the agreements, both... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Solar photovoltaic PV 40% of United States electricity installation 2019

Solar future looks bright for society

Solar energy accounted for nearly 40% of all new electricity generation added in the U.S. in 2019, the largest annual share in the industry's history. According to the most recent quarterly report, the... — Updated 7/10/2022

Graphene research for artificial photosynthesis sunlight hydrogen fuel

DOE investing $100M in energy Holy Grail

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to provide up to $100 million over five years for research into artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight. "Sunlight is our most basic... — Updated 7/2/2022

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Renewables dominate new US electricity

More than three quarters of new electrical generation in the United States this year will come from renewable sources, according to a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. New solar... — Updated 7/1/2022

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Solar to see strong growth again in 2020

Global solar installations will continue double-digit growth rates into the new decade, according to the 2020 Global Photovoltaic Demand Forecast by IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information and a... — Updated 7/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
gallium solar panel patent expiration Australia University New South Wales

Gallium solar panels can finally progress

Coming from a country where more than two million rooftops have solar panels, the Australian University of New South Wales has been exploring methods to reduce costs to the already cheapest form of... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story


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