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Solar energy electronic and plastic material advances
By Don Rosato
A variety of films and plastic coatings have been developed to allow more flexible and mobile power systems to be built. Most solar cells are commonly designed to operate outdoors for 25-plus years, and these barrier layers protect against oxygen and water and are highly resistant to damaging ultraviolet light. Key components for both crystalline silicon and thin-film modules include glass, pastes/screens, junction boxes and cables, encapsulants, frames, backsheets, frontsheets, adhesives, ribbons and thin-film feedstock. Now, plastics are finding other photovoltaic applications beyond sheets and films.
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Many newer power plants have cooling systems that reuse water
EDC Magazine
U.S. electric generating plants have moved toward cooling systems that reuse water, mainly because of environmental standards that seek to limit excess heat from the water that can damage fish and other wildlife (thermal discharge) and to limit damage to organisms trapped when water is withdrawn from a source (called impingement).
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Energy Department announces 2015 Solar Decathalon teams
EDC Magazine
The Energy Department announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. It also announced that the competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.
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FAQs on window film
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Arizona bill on energy-efficiency laws stirs debate
The Associated Press via The State
An Arizona proposal to prohibit local government mandates for energy-efficiency standards or green-energy use in new buildings is stirring debate. State Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, said his bill is an attempt to hold down construction costs and let builders choose what features to include in new construction. Some astronomers say the bill could hamper efforts to protect dark skies if it is read as barring local governments from requiring low-intensity outside lighting.
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California solar plant greeted with fanfare, doubts about future
Reuters
One of the world's largest solar projects, which uses heat from the sun to generate power in California, opened recently but may be the last of its kind in The Golden State.
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Saudi Arabia eyes major solar power advancement
United Press International
SunEdison Inc. of California said it signed an agreement to help establish a solar power facility complex in Saudi Arabia. SunEdison's deal with the Saudi government and the Saudi Arabian Investment Co. calls for the drafting of a feasibility study for a solar photovoltaic, or PV, manufacturing complex in the country.
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