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New UK focused solar developer Climate ER has secured funding for £250 million worth of utility scale projects. It is targeting a pipeline within the next two years of 500MW, thanks to the backing from a solar investor "of global repute" the company said. Following this point, the company has access to further funding tranches to help grow further. Early funds are already being deployed to commence the immediate development of 80MW of grid secured projects, and more are expected to follow in Q4 of 2020. "Our team has worked diligently over the past 18 months to forge strong relationships with...

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Researchers have achieved an efficiency record for transparent solar cells, paving the way for skyscraper windows to serve as power sources. A team from the University of Michigan used an organic, carbon-based design to transform sunlight into electricity with an efficiency rate of 8.1 per cent. Commercial solar cells, which are typically made using silicon rather than carbon, tend to have an efficiency rate of between 14 and 19 per cent. "Windows, which are on the face of every building, are an ideal location for organic solar cells because they offer something silicon can't, which is a combination of very high...

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Japanese engineers are hoping to build wind turbines that can withstand the world’s worst typhoons, generating power even in the midst of a natural disaster. Mariel Robedizo Engranes was 15 when Typhoon Haiyan hit. She was living in her hometown of Dolores, Eastern Samar, in eastern Philippines. The country regularly experiences typhoons but Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, was extraordinary. It arrived on 8 November 2013, and it was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. “Before 6am, I heard my mum shouting and screaming,” Engranes remembers of the morning that Yolanda struck. “I noticed...

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New solar and onshore wind energy facilities have now reached parity with average wholesale prices in many places around the world.That’s according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which says the renewable energy sources can now generate electricity at a cost equal to or lower than wholesale prices in California and parts of Europe.It also notes their levelised costs are now below the average regulated coal power price in China and highlights its own global benchmark levelised cost figures for onshore wind and solar projects financed in the last six months totalled $47/MWh (£36.5) and $51/MWh (£39.6) respectively.   This...

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