Thursday, June 30, 2016

Global installed solar photovoltaic capacity to exceed 756 GW by 2025, says GlobalData

Cumulative global installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is set to continue its growth from 271.4 Gigawatts (GW) in 2016 to 756.1 GW by 2025, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.1%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource

By: Mahmoud Habboush  Claudia Carpenter The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar plants using photovoltaic technology could account for 8 percent to 13 percent […]


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beamreach Solar introduces new lightweight PV panel

Beamreach Solar, formerly Solexel, has announced the introduction of Sprint™, its new lightweight photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system for flat commercial roofs.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Con Edison "virtual power plant" program combines solar and storage to improve grid resiliency

Con Edison and SunPower Corp will partner on a pilot program to offer solar power systems with battery storage to more than 300 New York homeowners.

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Ultra-thin Solar Cells Can Easily Bend Around a Pencil

The flexible photovoltaics, made by researchers in South Korea, could power wearable electronics. Scientists in South Korea have made ultra-thin photovoltaics flexible enough to wrap around the average pencil. The bendy solar cells could power wearable electronics like fitness trackers and smart glasses. The researchers report the results in the journal Applied Physics Letters, from […]


Friday, June 24, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 Completes First Ever Solar-Powered Atlantic Flight

By: James Vincent Solar Impulse 2 has successfully crossed the Atlantic — the first journey of its kind made by a solar-powered plane. The experimental aircraft set off from New York on Monday and landed this morning in Seville, Spain. The four-day crossing is one of the most difficult sections in the aircraft’s round-the-world flight. The […]


Gamesa unveils new 1,500 Vdc 2.25 MVA PV inverter

Gamesa has launched its new E-2.25 MVA PV inverter, one of the most powerful on the market, which will be one of the most powerful PV inverters in the market, according to the company.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

ZSW sets new world record for thin-film solar cells

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has achieved 22.6% efficiency with their latest advance, bringing the world record back to ZSW for the fifth time.

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Low-tech Solar Tent Boosts Malawi’s Dried Fish Industry

Fishing communities in Malawi are getting higher prices for their dried fish thanks to simple solar drying technology. By: Charles Mkoka A project to provide fishing communities around Lake Malawi with a cheap and effective way to dry their catch is boosting earnings and improving lives. Made from a polythene sheet and a simple wooden […]


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

VTT develop nanomaterial-based integrated energy storage micro-supercapacitor

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a micro-supercapacitor, a small-size energy storage which can be integrated directly inside a silicon microcircuit chip.

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Engineer Discovers Light can Stamp out Defects in Semiconductors for Better Solar Panels and LED Bulbs

University of Utah materials science and engineering associate professor Mike Scarpulla wants to shed light on semiconductors — literally. Scarpulla and senior scientist Kirstin Alberi of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, have developed a theory that adding light during the manufacturing of semiconductors — the materials that make up the essential parts […]