Perovskite Solar Cell Record 23.9% Efficiency

perovskite breakthrough

Perovskite breakthrough may fast-track new solar PV technology

The Belgium IMEC research center developed a new Perovskite solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 23.9%.

According to IMEC this is even more than the conventional silicon solar cells.

This new step is promissing. Even without Perovskites, the cost of solar power is already competitive with fossil fuels in some markets.

If and when this new innovation breaks through commercially, costs will drop even further.

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Floating wind farm Scotland

Floating wind farm Scotland

Thick mooring lines will tether the towers to the sea base. The turbines can operate in water up to a kilometre deep

World’s first floating wind farm emerges off the north-east coast of Scotland (UK). Over there, the waters are too deep for conventional bottom-standing turbines. That’s why manufacturer Statoil has chosen this floating technology. It’s a pilot for more deep ocean regions in the world like the west coast of the US en coasts of Japan.

“It’s a game-changer for floating wind power and we are sure it will help bring costs down,” said Leif Delp, project director for Hywind.

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Promising step in nuclear fusion research

Promising step in nuclear fusion research

The new wall of liquid metal appeared to remain cooler and is capable of repairing itself constantly

A layer of liquid metal may be the anwer to the temperature problem of nuclear fusion. An important obstacle which had to be solved is that the reactor wall is resistant to extremely high temperatures released during power generation.
In Nature Communications, Dutch scientists published a breakthrough for this problem. They discovered that the wall of a reactor can be protected with a thin layer of liquid metal.
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Californian Desert supplies lots of energy

CSP Plant Mojave Desert by night

CSP Plant Mojave Desert by night (photo: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Have a look at this Solar Thermal Plant, located in the Mojave Desert at the California/Nevada border.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System uses 347,000 garage-door-sized mirrors to heat water that powers steam generators.

This CSP-plant is one of the clean energy facilities that helps produce 10% of California state’s electricity.

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PowerWindow Breakthrough

PowerWindow Breakthrough

PowerWindows can be integrated with SmartWindows. With SmartWindow we integrate smart sensors in the window that sense the outside environment. SmartWindows control inside systems, such as Airconditioning and sun blinds, based on information about the outside conditions around the building.

This is a real PowerWindow Breakthrough. A new generation transparent solar energy generating windows will provide enough power to make buildings energy neutral. The founders: startup Physee settled in Delft (the Netherlands).

The powerwindows have solar cells installed in the edges at a specific angle that allows the incoming solar light to be efficiently transformed into electricity.

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Montpellier solar food farm

Montpellier solar food farm

Montpellier solar food farm

This Solar Food Farm in Montpellier (France) is a successfull research project.

It took a while to find the balance between maximizing the amount of electricity produced by the solar panels and maintaining the productive capacity of the farm.

But after three growing seasons they had their answer: yes, balance was possible. But not quite for the reason they expected.

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10 Amazing Wind Turbines

10 WIND TURBINE DESIGNS

The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is the next generation of wind turbines with cost and performance advantages over existing systems. Follow this link for details.

This Top 10 amazing Wind Turbines is for shore where ‘Art meets Technology’.

These wind turbines are beautiful and practical works of art that pay back daily. For households, offices, industrie.

Placed at free windy places it’s a great contribution to the urban smart grid. Read More

Formic Acid as car fuel

Formic Acid as car fuel

In 2018 VoltaChem will demonstrate that the process can also be applied on an industrial scale.

Experiments have already been experimented with the conversion of CO2 into formic acid. The VoltaChem innovation program wants to scale the process to an industrial application.

Professor Dr. Wim Turkenburg is convinced that a “false mistake” is being made.

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Promising 2D Perovskite photovoltaics

Promising 2D Perovskite photovoltaics

These results address a long-standing problem not just for the perovskite family, but relevant to a large group of materials

The 2D Perovskite Solar Cell exceeds expectations for solar cell efficiency.

A 2D, layered form of the crystalline material perovskite has become the focus of much excitement in the solar cell research field at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA).

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ArcelorMittal converts CO2 into bio-ethanol

ArcelorMittal

The CO2 recycling process should allow ArcelorMittal Belgium to produce 60 million liters of biofuel and reduce its carbon emissions. Annually!

ArcelorMittal, a major steel plant in Belgium, will capture CO2 and convert it into bio-ethanol.

Within two years, the new technology should be able to start.

The investment for the Steel Factory is about 80 million euro’s. Read More

Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More

Floating Power Plant

Floating power plant

The platform rotation is secured via the high wave absorption of 60-80% of the inherent energy in the waves.

This Floating Power Plant is targeting 
20GW, corresponding to €50bn potential revenue. The Power Plant is offshore proof and grid connected.

Denmark is convinced that this wind- and water energy plant is a significant step forward in world challenge to change into renewables. Read More

First SolarRoad Normandy

First SolarRoad NormandyIn Normandy (France) the first electric road has been build. In 2016, Colas announced four SolarRoad pilots which would be built in 2017.

Just a few weeks ago, the first solar roadway for cars opened in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy.

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Invelox wind turbine, does it work?

Invelox wind turbine

In April, three generators will be placed in the narrowest part of the funnel: the place where the wind blows six times as hard, according to inventor Daryoush Allaei.

The Invelox wind turbine on the roof looks like a Vuvuzela, popular and hated at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Michael Dubelaar hopes that it will be an alternative to the classical wind turbines. Recently, NedPowerSWH has installed a prototype.  Read More

China launches 200MW solar plant

China launches 200MW solar plantSince January 11, 2017, a giant solar plant supplies China with green energy.

China ’s largest photovoltaic power station built on a fish farm covers an area of 300 hectares, with a total installed capacity of 200MW.

Its average annual production capacity is expected to reach 220 million kilowatt-hours. Read More

Startup explores commercial opportunities SolarCar

SolarCar might be introduced on the market

SolarCar Stella completed and won a six-day, 3,000-kilometer race from Darwin to Adelaide across the Australian outback, with an average speed of 67 km/h and with three people on board.
The car also achieved a top speed of 120 km/h with a full load of four people, demonstrating the horsepower of this solar-powered vehicle.

Atlas Technologies – the startup of former students of the Technical University Eindhoven – explores whether the family car powered by solar energy, could be a commercial success.

During their study, the former students designed the solar family cars Stella and Stella Lux.

These solar-powered cars won in 2013 and 2015, the World Solar Challenge, a race for solar cars. Read More

SolarWind Bridge

SolarWind Bridge

Solar cells coated in clear plastic, are able to produce 11.2 million kilowatt hours

This SolarWind Bridge could power 15,000 homes. And even better, the bridge could be a vegetables garden. 

Designed by Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino as part of an Italian design contest to re-imagine a decommissioned bridge (for which it placed second), this so-called SolarWind concept would have solar cells embedded in the roadway and an array of 26 wind turbines underneath, which the designers say could produce enough energy combined to power 15,000 homes. Read More

Building integrated photovoltaics

Building integrated photovoltaics

Thanks to its lightweight, unbreakable and flexible properties the solar cell foil can be easily applied to or integrated into countless products. The foil will supply clean energy for dozen of years.

Flexible building integrated photovoltaics layers are ready to be scaled up.

With new materials like the flexible photovoltaics, developed by the Dutch company HyET Solar, solar may perhaps be much more widely applicable and gain a greater share of the energy mix.

CTO Edward Hammers: “Our solar cell film is quite unique, it is light and flexible and therefore easy to use. We are able to make all kinds of custom applications and for example cover all kind of roofs. Our solution is aesthetically and functionally better integrated for the built environment.”

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Tesla Solar Roof Tiles

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles

Tesla/SolarCity launches multiple styled solar roof tiles replicating original tile aesthetics

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn’t kidding when he said that the new Tesla solar roof product was better looking than an ordinary roof: the roofing replacement with solar energy gathering powers does indeed look great. Read More

First hydrogen passenger train

First hydrogen passenger train

Alstom presented the Coradia iLint, the first fuel cell propulsion train

The first hydrogen passenger train will be launched in Germany next year.

This Coradia iLint is green alternative for old diesel trains. It’s CO2 emission free and is also called the Hydrail.  Read More

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

100 outdoor test sites in early 2018

Wattway, part of the France Colas constructions company, announced that four SolarRoad pilots will be built around the world in 2017.

Bloomberg December 4th:

(…) Colas SA, a French engineering firm, has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018. (…/) Read More

Shell invests in KitePower

Shell invests in KitePowerShell is investing 5 million pounds in UK startup KitePower Systems, which develops pilots to produce wind energy.

The kites can be a game changer for renewable energy, according to a spokesman from Shell in the Financial Times.

Other investing partners are EON and Schlumberger. Read More

Spinning SolarPV 20 Times More Power

Spinning SolarPV 20 Times More Power

V3Solar hopes, that due to reduced physical footprint of the solar cones, the total cost of ownership of solar farms might be also reduced, thus making more projects economically profitable.

They are spinning, beautiful and highly efficient. These spinning solar cells are generating 20 times more green electricity compared with traditional Panels.   

These fancy-looking spinning solar cells are actually more efficient than flat cells. Photovoltaic cells (PVs) are arranged in an angular array to form a conical shape.

This allows maximum exposure to sunlight at any angle during any time of the year. Read More

Solar modules automated test-measurement system

Solar modules automated test-measurement system

The research team intends to lower the integral costs of PV-modules, by developing a worldwide unique AAA-class In-Line steady state solar simulator (ILSS) prototype for the PV-industry that is validated on criteria for test speed (5 modules/minute), test accuracy, heat development, maintenance and lamp replacement costs.

Why do we need an automated test-measurement system for Solar modules? PV-module manufacturers require automated inline testing equipment that provide accurate information about PV-module performance with industrial robustness and low testing cost per module. 

Several factors affect a cell’s conversion efficiency value, including its reflectance efficiency:

  • thermodynamic efficiency
  • charge carrier separation efficiency
  • and conduction efficiency values

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SeaFarm – sustainable food production

SeaFarm - sustainable food production

The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!

Let’s introduce to you the SeaFarm: It’s one of the solutions to secure food, feed, green chemistry and energy in the near future.

As per United Nations:

“The world population is predicted to grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.”

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