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 Heatens 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 heaten 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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Build Solar with SunBlocks

Build Solar with SunBlocks

Building integrated Solar Cells with SunBlocks

Scientists at the British University of Exeter developed a new way of generating solar energy: SolarBlocks.

These glass blocks can seamlessly be integrated into a building’s architecture and increase the efficiency of the solar cells that are incorporated into it. Read More

Dutch Airports shifting to Wind Power

Dutch Airports shifting to wind power

art of the deal between Royal Schiphol Group and Eneco is that all electricity should come from newly built wind farms on Dutch dominions.

From the 1st of 2018, all major Dutch airports will significantly improve sustainability of their operations by completely shifting to wind power for the supply of their electricity.

All airports part of Royal Schiphol Group are participating:

  1. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  2. Rotterdam The Hague Airport
  3. Eindhoven Airport
  4. Lelystad Airport

Together, these handle almost all civil aviation flights arriving or departing in the Netherlands, transporting 70 million passengers and almost 1.7 million tonnes of cargo in 2016. Read More

SolarPlane enters Space

SolarPlane enters Space

The entire round trip is expected to take five hours.

In 2018, the first SolarPlane will be launched into Space. Founder Raphaël Domjan has been supported for this amazing project through crowdfunding, and they have a host of partners on board, including Ciel Électricité, Zvezda and Fischer Connectors.

Dormjan: “It seems to me that it is necessary to go even further and overtake what has been achieved with fossil fuels.”

The project is called ‘Mission SolarStratos’. The aim of this so-called eco-adventure is to send an 8.5m long and 24.9m wide solar-powered plane, 15 minutes into space and back. Read More

HEROES project removes barriers PV-Grid Integration

HEROES project tackles PV-Grid Integration

The EU HEROES project removes barriers PV-Grid Integration in various countries

The European HEROES project in which seven European countries participate intents to remove barriers to the integration of solar power into the grid.

The kick-off will take place in The Hague on 19 and 20 September.

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72 Hours Solar Power Forecast

solar forecasting UK

72 hours Solar Forecasting will stabilize the UK grid and save money

Sheffield Solar worked with the National Grid for two years to develop real-time generation estimates from solar photovoltaic systems in the UK. This new data driven system can now forecast up to 72 hours in advance. 

The tool is very useful for electricity grid operators. It helps them to stabilize the grid (supply & demand). Energy generators and traders can use the forecast tool taken optimum advantages of the green energy generation. Read More

Audi innovates with solar roofs

Audi innovates with solar roofsAudi intents to equip a few car models with solar cells integrated in the roofs to provide additional primary power. Therefore, the company collaborates with Hanergy Thin Film Power Group.

Hanergy is a Chinese developer of solar cells and panels. The American branch of the company is Alta Devices. Read More

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. 

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.

and its Smart:

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.

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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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