School of Mines receives $ 200,000 for solar energy project | Local

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Tanya Manus newspaper staff

The Rapid City School of Mines received $ 200,000 from the US Department of Energy for one of 40 projects that are part of an initiative to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035.

The project will create a tool to help manage the disposal, recycling and recovery of materials from solar modules.

The funding Mines received is part of nearly $ 40 million the Department of Energy provided on Tuesday to advance the next generation of solar, storage and industrial technologies. The 40 funded projects will focus on the concentration of solar-thermal and photovoltaic energy. Photovoltaic technologies convert sunlight directly into electricity, while the concentration of solar thermal energy captures heat from sunlight and uses that thermal energy.

“We are laser focused on deploying more solar power and developing more cost effective technologies to decarbonize our power system,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “Research to develop stronger and more sustainable solar panels is essential to tackle the climate crisis. “

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