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How California is incentivizing solar to solve the Duck Curve; South-facing systems produce more solar, but west-facing panels may produce more valuable solar to the grid. Herman K. Trabish | October 13, 2014 (Utility Dive) UD-West-Facing2-10-5-2014...Show More Summary

Astronomers have detected five rocky planets around an ancient, metal-poor star.

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Astronomers have detected five rocky planets around an ancient, metal-poor star. At more than twice the age of our solar system, it is potential confirmation that terrestrial Earth-like planets have formed throughout our galaxy's history — which, in theory, means some intelligent civilizations may have had as much as a 4.6 billion year head start. Read more...


What net metering will do to the utility business; A close look at rooftop solar's impact on utility earnings and rates Herman K. Trabish, October 3, 2014 (Utility Dive) Customer-sited solar photovoltaic systems have very real impacts on utility rates and returns, according to a major new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Show More Summary

Antarctica Meteorite Reveals Earliest Oxygen-Water Atmosphere in the Solar System

"We now have a much deeper and specific insight into the earliest oxygen-water system in the solar system," said Mark Thiemens, a professor of chemistry at UC San Diego. "The question that remains is when did planets, Earth and Mars...

Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays

For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken its first picture of the sun, producing the most sensitive solar portrait ever taken in high-energy X-rays.

All the planets would fit between the earth and the moon

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

And what a view that would be. At low tide. I pulled my numbers from NASA’s Solar System Fact Sheets, and they’re a little different from the original infographic, but close enough that the comparison is still valid. Planet Average Diameter...Show More Summary

MAVEN uncovers secrets of Martian atmosphere loss

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Mars is regarded as the most Earth-like of the planets in the Solar System, but its atmosphere is only 0.6 percent as dense as Earth's and is constantly leaking what little air it has into space. NASA'S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution...Show More Summary

Sunflower Floating Solar Power Plant In Korea

South Korean PV module manufacturer SolarPark Korea has supplied modules to the first floating solar PV power plant in the country, the prototype Sunflower Solar Power Plant, which uses a tracking and rotating system. According to SolarPark...Show More Summary

Solar PV Sector In Croatia Limited To Rooftop Systems

The solar PV sector in Croatia is comprised almost entirely of small-scale rooftop systems, owing to a lack of industry/investor interest in the development of larger solar projects (as opposed to wind energy projects), according to recent reports. Show More Summary

IBM India To Cut Data Center Emissions 40% With Solar Power

An IBM data center in India plans to cut is greenhouse gas emissions by 40% using solar power and water cooling for air conditioning. The Bengaluru-based data center uses a 50 kW solar photovoltaic system that provides electricity to the data servers. Show More Summary

Calyxo To Launch New Thin Film Modules With Efficiencies Of Over 14%

Calyxo is one of the leading German manufacturers of CdTe based thin-film solar modules. The company also undertakes turnkey photovoltaic systems Calyxo To Launch New Thin Film Modules With Efficiencies Of Over 14% was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Weirdest Stuff We've Launched Into Space

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

From the minute we started sending humans into space, authorized and unauthorized paraphernalia have gone with them. Even unmanned spacecraft hauled oddities to the far reaches of our solar system. Here are a few items that have reached where most of us will never go. Read more...

Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole

SAN FRANCISCO—Saturn’s moon Titan is a wet world, the only other place in the solar system that we know has flowing liquid on its surface. The colorful geomorphic map (above left) combines radar and topographic data of Titan’s north pole to show different features around a large sea called Ligeia Mare. Show More Summary

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete. read more

An Alien Water World --"Could It be Habitable?" Asks MIT Team

Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether any of these exoplanets are hospitable to life depends on a number of criteria. Among these, scientists have thought, is a planet's obliquity the angle of its...

NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft rides interstellar tsunami wave

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is currently riding the wave of an interstellar tsunami, as it continues its historic march out of our solar system. The tsunami emanated from our Sun, and was the third such phenomenon of its type to be detected...Show More Summary

Some Exoplanets May Be Too Stiff To Support Life

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A solar system's habitable zone is the region of space that is warm enough to allow water to exist in a liquid state on a planet. But new geological research suggests that, even if an exoplanet has water, it is doomed to be a dying world unless its rocky mantle is soft enough to allow the flow of heat. Read more...

Small-scale solar desalination system aims for affordable water independence

By combining solar PV, solar thermal, and a heat exchanger, Desolenator has developed a low-cost portable water purifier and desalination device powered by renewable energy.

Solar Heating Just Got Stylish: Innovative Glass Roof Tiles for Energy-Efficient Homes

Looking for an “elegant” alternative to the existing household heating systems? The glass roof tiles by SolTech System mark a revolutionary and award winning method of integrating solar energy into any building. Instead of traditional...Show More Summary

Science Goals for a Mission to Titan and Enceladus

Science goals and mission concept for the future exploration of Titan and EnceladusAuthors:Tobie et alAbstract:Saturn?s moons, Titan and Enceladus, are two of the Solar System?s most enigmatic bodies and are prime targets for future space exploration. Show More Summary

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