Environment, Solar

Jinergy Shares Plans for its HJT Solar in CellTech 2018

Speaking yesterday at PV CellTech 2018 in Penang, Malaysia, GM of PV manufacturer Jinergy, said that this year the company will focus on cost reduction. For high-cost materials, such as Ag paste, N-type wafer, and TCO target, the company has cost-reduction plans including developing a new conductive Ag paste and constantly optimizing the use of consumables, he added.

Jinergy is the first PV manufacturer to mass produce HJT solar modules in mainland China. Currently, their average cell mass production efficiency is over 23.27%. The bifacial design of the HJT modules leaves room for a 10% to 30% increase in power generation in different applications, such as concrete floor, grassland, and reflective cloth. The overall generating capacity of these modules is 44% higher than that of regular ones. The power output of HJT 72-cell bifacial modules has exceeded 400W.

Environment, Water

New Research Examines Impact of Hydropower Development on The Amazon

Hydropower projects are rapidly altering the Andean-Amazon region, according to new research by FIU Institute of Water and Environment, published this week in Science Advances.

The research team studied 302 dams, including 160 proposed dams for rivers draining Andean headwaters of the Amazon. They have compiled a comprehensive database that can show the overall impact of hydropower development on the region. The possible impacts of news dams include loss in river connectivity, impact on fish populations, and permanent alteration of channels and floodplains.

rainforestCommenting on the project, research team leader, professor Elizabeth Anderson from FIU, said, “I hope that by showing the regional trends and that there is widespread river alteration happening, this research can lead to more coordinated development and help to highlight the importance of keeping some rivers free-flowing in the region.”

The research involved 15 institutions from eight countries, conservation organizations, and local governments. The international collaboration for the project has resulted in a new initiative, Rios Vivos Andinos, the purpose of which is to facilitate further examination of freshwater biodiversity, river flows, and human well-being.


Qantas Uses Honeywell’s Mustard Seed-Based Fuel for Trans-Pacific Flight

Honeywell announced yesterday that Qantas Airlines has used its mustard seed-based jet fuel for a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. This is the first time such a fuel has been used for a flight between the two countries.

canola-fields-1911392_1280According to Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business, “Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, and still meet ASTM specifications.”

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ is manufactured from Carinata seeds, a non-edible industrial mustard seed. “Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent versus petroleum jet fuel,” Dave added.

The seeds for the flight were engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences. Qantas has partnered with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a commercial aviation fuel crop in Australia. The first harvest of this crop is expected in 2020.


WINDExchange: U.S. Installed and Potential Wind Power Capacity and Generation

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‘Green Bullets’ vs. Renewable Energy: WHY isn’t there a level subsidy playing field? — JBS News Renewable Energy

Why should Oil

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