Insurance for your Solar Panels

pv insuranceLearn about the common insurance risks associated with Solar PV projects and how to protect assets against costly set-backs in this insightful presentation given by Sam Walsh, Senior Vice President, Senior Underwriter at GCube Insurance Services. Read More

Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry Netherlands

Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry Netherlands

SDR partners in an overview. Click to increase the picture

A roadmap was developed to ensure a climate neutral industry. International companies in the Netherlands and Belgium will collaborate in order to achieve the Paris targets of 80 to 95% CO2 reduction by 2050.

Therefore, eleven multinationals signed the Smart Delta Resources (SDR) partnership.

They 11 will develop business cases for the exchange of residual and material flows and through industrial transition. The focus of the partnership is reducing CO2 emissions and creating a circular economy, without losing sight of the original objectives.

The measures are included in the ‘Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry in the Delta region’, written by CE Delft.

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CSP molten salt towers scaled up

csp molton salt tower

Molten Salts CSP Plant

Wide-scale deployment of CSP molten salt towers will start soon. The CSP industry says to be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020.

Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP tower plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada and 20 MW Gemasolar plant in southern Spain are the only commercial tower plants to use molten salt as a heat transfer fluid (HTF) as well as for storage. Read More

Katanes wind-wave project in Scotland

Katanes Wind/Ocean Power Scotland

Katanes Wind/Ocean Power Scotland. The projects could be up and running by 2020.

DP Energy and Floating Power Plant push forward with plans for Katanes wind-wave project in Scotland.
Environmental organizations are enthusiastic about floating wind technology because it allows turbines to be placed far offshore – away from seabird nesting sites.

De Pietro about Katanes

Simon De Pietro, CEO DP Energy:

’We have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland and, having completed EIA screening, have decided to proceed to the next stage of this development.

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Within 15 years, MIT expects to produce energy from fusion

MIT Fusion SPAEC Tokamak experiment

Visualization of the proposed SPARC tokamak experiment. Using high-field magnets built with newly available high-temperature superconductors, this experiment would be the first controlled fusion plasma to produce net energy output. Visualization by Ken Filar, PSFC research affiliate

Within 15 years, MIT expects to produce energy from fusion. MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) collaborate in a new US initiative and decided to take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion fram an exensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source.

The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s first fusion reactor that produces more energy than needs to be put in to get the fusion reaction going. Read More

Multipurpose solar power system Sunflower

Sunflower All in One Power System

Sunflower All in One Power System, the system for rural area.

This sunflower doesn’t just produce electricity from solar energy — it also purifies and desalinates water, produces heat, and can even be used to cool a home.

Researchers from IBM and Airlight Energy developed the Sunflower. This research project borrows its design cues from the human body’s blood supply system, as well as the way young sunflowers move in the direction of the sun. So, what happens when you combine engineering minds and Mother Nature? An ultra-efficient, multipurpose solar power system that may be a game changer for off-grid locations. Read More

CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

Vancouver, Canada sources all its electricity from renewables. And it’s done so without increasing household energy bills.

CDP published a new report concluding how much progress cities are making towards a more renewable future:

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Hydrogen to store green electricity

Hydrogen plant 'Hybalance' Denmark

Hydrogen plant ‘Hybalance’ Denmark

In windy regions like the north of Europe, the challenge is to store all the green windmill electricity.

Of course the large amounts of electricity can be stored in batteries but Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany are investing in hydrogen to store the energy.

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Floating solar park North Sea

Floating solar park North Sea

Floating solar park North Sea

A consortium of six Dutch organizations parties is developing an unique project: the world’s first floating solar park at sea. The ‘solar ísland’ should be a solution for locations where land surface is scarce, such as islands.

Utrecht University will investigate the energy production of the floating solar park. The park is located about 15 kilometers off the coast of The Hague on the North Sea.

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Saudi Arabia invests in CSP

Saudi Arabia invests in CSP

Renewable Energy Policy Design in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has big plans for Renewable Energy with a target of 9.5GW by 2023. The government intends to invest between $30 billion and $50 billion across 60 projects, with 1 GW of capacity earmarked for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), according to the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), established in February 2017 to implement the country’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).

Saudi Arabia aims to exceed its target to generate 9.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy, to highlight its long-term commitment to green energy and to give investors a sense of comfort that the Kingdom has a long-term vision for renewable energy.

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Revolutionary Bluerise technology: energy from the ocean

Revolutionary Bluerise technology: energy from ocean

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Bluerise has developed new technology to produce energy from the ocean in the tropics.

This can provide renewable energy to large areas.

And where wind and solar power always depend on whether the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, Bluerise will soon produce clean energy day and night.

 

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FLOATGEN Floating Offshore Wind Turbines in France

FLOATGEN Floating Offshore Wind Turbines in France

Floatgen: creation and local impact of the first floating wind turbine in France – EMR en Pays de la Loire

Floatgen, France first floating wind park near Saint Nazaire, was completed in October. Offshore floating wind farms has been increasing this year.

Commercial floating wind projects are to be commissioned in UK, Ireland, France and Portugal in the coming years and developers expect wider deployment to drive down costs as projects benefit from installation experience, economies of series and rising investor confidence.

Scotland have been grabbing most of the floating wind turbine headlines.

However, it looks like France gets a turn in the spotlight now. Read More

Watch this: Hybrid Solar / Wind Energy Tower

renewable energy, hybrid energy tower Mexico

This revolutionary wind/solar energy tower is 2,235 ft high and 1,200 ft width.

Mexico is making history with this hybrid solar & wind energy tower. Have you ever seen this?

The simplicity of solar/wind energy’s revolutionary solution lies in its ability to harness the natural power of a downdraft created when water is introduced to hot dry air within the confines of the Company’s patented tower structure.

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Graphene for super cheap Perovskite solar cell

graphene improves perovskite solar cells

graphene improves perovskite solar cells

Graphene is used to create a more durable, efficient — and super cheap — Perovskite solar cell. It will still take a while but the new development does keep the promise of perovskites alive.

Graphene is an atom-thin layer of graphite that has unique and powerful electrical properties. Perovskite refers to any synthetic version of the naturally occurring mineral perovskite, which has amazing solar conversion potential. Read More

Scotland Floating Park produces Wind Power

Scotland Floating Park produces Wind Power

Proponents say floating turbines could eclipse fixed-bottom ones in the long run.

The floating wind park in Scotland is producing it’s first energy.
October 18, the windpark called Hywind Scotland has officially been opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Fixed-bottom turbines can only be installed at water depths down to 40 meters, making them little use for the steeply shelved coastlines of the US west coast or Japan.

If you look at coastlines around the world, there’s few that have sufficient area at depths down to 40 meters so if they want to deploy offshore wind, they need to introduce floating wind. Floating windfarms could be placed farther out to sea to avoid the sort of aesthetic objections that scuppered a £3.5b windfarm off the Dorset coast.

 

 

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Solar facades with a print

Solar facades with a print

The power design wall generates 80% electricity compared with traditional solar panes.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful to generate electricity with solar facades designed with a print?

Through a combination of graphical techniques with solar cell technology, Dutch Solar Design succeeded in generating all facets of energy.

The yield of the aesthetic facade elements is about 80 percent of normal solar panels.

 

 

 

 

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Bacteria from Siberian soda lake makes gas without CO2

Bacteria from Siberian soda lake makes gas without CO2

Sorokin at work in Siberia. ‘The white stuff is not snow – it is called trona, a mineral consisting from two forms of soda – NaHCO3 and Na2CO3.

Researchers from Delft and Moscow have discovered a new class of micro organisms in Siberian soda. These organisms grow in saturated soda and convert organic materials into methane gas.

Together with colleagues from US, UK, Germany and Spain, they have published their findings in Nature Microbiology. Read More

Turbines driven by ocean waves

Turbines driven by ocean waves

Prototype Turbine

Professor Tsumoru Shintake of the Okinawa University in Japan intents to develop small turbines that generate electricity from the power of the flowing water.

Professor Shintake: “Using just 1% of the seashore of mainland Japan can [generate] about 10 gigawatts [of energy], which is equivalent to 10 nuclear power plants. That’s huge. It is especially huge in Japan, where nuclear power has a somewhat mixed track record.”

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Thorium Reactor Tests

Dutch Thorium Reactor TestedSince this month, the Nuclear Research and Consulting Group (NRG) has been testing a Thorium Molton Salt Reactor (TMSR) in Petten, the Netherlands. It is the start of the first of several experiments in a test reactor with the goal to produce data that will support the TMSR development.

Since the early seventies, the NRG researchers have been the first to investigate the possibilities of a molten salt reactor with Thorium instead of Uranium.

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India transforms waste into energy

India transforms waste into energy

There are large number of options and technologies available today—bio fuels like bio-ethanol-diesels, etc. and waste to energy like gobar gas and commercial bio gas

India intends to transform its waste into energy.

Therefore, NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generation company, has invited interested domestic and international developers to construct 100 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the country under the Swatch Bharat Mission of the government of India. Read More

New Solar Collector for CSP

New Solar Collector for CSP

Skysun’s ganged heliostats can achieve an average price point around $80/m2. That’s 33% lower than the lowest average cost for today’s conventional heliostats

A new solar collector could be a promising opting for concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.

Startup Skysun developed the “ganged heliostats” that could help cut the cost of a CSP systems by – at least – 30%. Read More

Lightyear Builds Sun Powered Car

Lightyear Builds Sun Powered Car

Stella completed and won a six-day, 3,000-kilometer race across the Australian outback in 2017. The Stella was Lightyears first solar powered car.

LightYear introduces the sun powered car that charges itself while driving.

Students of the Technical University Eindhoven – collaborating in the startup Lightyear – believe the real end game is to have a solar electric car that’s charged by nothing more than the rays of the sun.

“Energy independent electric vehicles (EIVs) are propelled entirely by electricity produced on-board from ambient energy,” says a conference spokesman.

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Supersola plug&play PV for St Maarten

Supersola for sint maarten

Supersola plug and play solar panels crowdfunding action for the Island of St. Maarten

Supersola launched a crowdfunding action for power supply on Sint Maarten via plug-and-play solar panels.

Sint Maarten is heavily damaged because of the hurricane Irma earlier this month.

The Solar Panel company intents to ship 50 Supersola plug-and-play solar panels for the citizens of the island of St. Maarten. Read More

Hydrogen can be stored as a powder

Hydrogen as a powderIf the heavy industry can use hydrogen as an energy source, it’s a giant step in the fight against the warming from the earth. 

The Dutch inventor Gerard Luchtigheid is about to produce efficient hydrogen which can be stored as powder.

When he succeeds, this technology will be an important game changer for the International energy transition.

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CSP Heathens North Europe

CSP Heathens North Europe

Brønderslev, a Danish municipality with a population of 12,500, is setting up a multi-purpose renewable heat plant for their district heating network

It’s not gas, nor oil, its CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) that will heathen a small village in Denmark, North Europe, during the cold winters.

Denmark is a frontier for renewable energies and smart energy systems. Let’s have a look at the advantages of CSP for the region because normally we expect CSP in Southern parts of the world. Don’t we?

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