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Wircon and Hep announce Cooperation

2017-09-22 |

Hep Capital and Wircon confirmed cooperation for joint implementation of solar projects. Wircon and associated professional partners will engage in the project development of major solar energy projects in Canada and the USA through the recently established fund of hep “Hep-Solar Projektentwicklung VI”. Read more...

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The 420 kWp demonstration project at Butlers Chocolates will supply approximately 14 percent of the base load electricity requirement of the company. Image: Hanwha

Hanwha Q Cells modules power largest solar system on company rooftop in Ireland

2017-09-04

A 420 kW solar system powers now the chocolate production at Butlers Chocolates headquarters in Dublin. Read more...

The compound eye of a fly inspired Stanford researchers to create a compound solar cell consisting of perovskite microcells encapsulated in a hexagon-shaped scaffold. Image: pixabay

Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design by Stanford researchers

2017-09-04

A new solar cell inspired by the compound eyes of insects could help scientists overcome a major roadblock to the development of solar panels based on a promising material called perovskite. Read more...

In Patua, Nevada, photovoltaic is combined with geothermal energy. The solar modules were supplied by SolarWorld Americas. Image: SolarWorld Americas

SolarWorld Americas supplies panels for project in Nevada

2017-09-01

SolarWorld Americas Inc. announced today that it has supplied 14.2 megawatts DC of its solar panels for a project in Nevada that combines complementary solar and geothermal power generation. Read more...

Image: Mechanically stacked GaInP/GaAs/Si triple-junction solar cell with 35.4% conversion efficiency. Foto: M. Schnabel, NREL

Combined solar cell achieves efficiency of 35.4 percent

2017-08-31

A cooperation of the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reaches a certified one-sun energy conversion efficiency of 35.4% with a mechanically stacked GaInP/GaAs//Si triple-junction solar cell. Read more...

The selective solar absorber (SSA) developed by the researchers appears black, and thus absorptive, under sunlight (as shown on the photograph on the left). However, for thermal radiation, it behaves like a non-emissive metal mirror (reflecting the dark blue sky, as shown on the thermograph on the right), and prevents the absorbed solar energy from being radiated away and lost. Figure courtesy of Jyotirmoy Mandal and Yuan Yang/Columbia University

Low-Cost Method for Solar-Thermal Conversion

2017-08-30

Columbia Engineers and colleagues create a “dip-and-dry” approach for selective solar absorbers that exhibit high-performance and durability. Read more...

World map of global locations of current solar diesel and wind diesel hybrid systems for industrial applications. Credit: THEnergy

PPAs are the keys for Microgrids in Mining and Other Large-Scale Applications

2017-08-29

For traditional grid-connected applications, PPAs have been stream-lined over the years and are common practice now. Often, the main challenge is to adopt them to specific legislations, says THEnergy, Energy-Consultant from Munich. Read more...

NREL scientist Adele Tamboli, co-author of a recent article on silicon-based multijunction solar cells, stands in front of an array of solar panels. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

2017-08-29

Second collaborative effort proves silicon-based multijunction cells that reach nearly 36% efficiency. Read more...

Construction boom at the PV: The new study of the MCC shows that 2050 the share of photovoltaic plants in the global power supply could be more than three times as large as previously assumed by the IPCC. Image: IBC Solar

Importance of solar energy underestimated by a factor of three

2017-08-28

The growth of solar energy has been grossly underestimated in the results of the models of the IPCC. Costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed. Read more...

The downlodable report, titled Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Power Sector—100 percent Electricity Generation through Renewable Energy by 2050. Image: UNDP

Sri Lanka on path to 100 percent renewables

2017-08-25

Sri Lanka can meet its current and future electricity demand by judicial use of renewable energy by 2050, according to a joint study by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). Read more...

The analysis of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) represents the first publicly available survey of commercial-sector demand charges across the United States. Image: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

2017-08-25

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Read more...

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