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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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

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

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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World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you are in the neighboorhood of a solar farm with architectural beauty.

That’s why we give you a list of the most beautiful solar farms which are not only worth visiting but also are  creating jobs and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities.

With thanks to Livegat.com.

 

 

 

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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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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