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.”
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
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
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:
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.”
its compact design means it can be used in different applications and installed in various locations including on rooftops. The Dutch Army is interested to use it at missions in the world.
This breakthrough in solar technology is the world’s first Concentrated Photovoltaic system (CPV) with a built-in tracking system. THE solar hybrid technology allows for higher system efficiency and less electricity costs.
This unique technology has great potential to help meet global energy demand.
A Promising Low-Noise Wind Turbine was launched at the WindEnergy Hamburg trade show by Siemens which was inspired by the silent flight of the owl.
A Promising Low-Noise Wind Turbine was launched at the WindEnergy Hamburg trade show by Siemens.
The low-noise wind turbine was inspired by the silent flight of the owl.
Siemens unveiled the SWT-3.3-130LN wind turbine, which operates at a reduced rotor speed and includes aerodynamic add-ons to its rotor blades which mean the turbine can be operated at a noise level of only 104.9 decibels. Read More
The magnetic motor works on the simple principle that we all already know, ‘Like poles repel each other while opposite poles attract each other’. By arranging the magnets in a fashion where only like poles face each other, one can simply set the motor into motion like in the video below.
The Hyperloop capsule will be ‘launched’ next June on the 1.6-kilometer test track. The test will start with a 4-second acceleration at 2,4 g, followed by a 10-second ride and an equally brisk braking procedure.
Students at the TU Delft, developed a futuristic tube transport system called the Hyperloop. In future we can travel at the speed of sound. Read More
Research Institute MilieuCentraal yielded a list of the six most common barriers to consumers to purchase solar panels. We translated these thresholds to tips to convince consumers in order to help you. Read More
Important additional returns for society can be that less investment is required in offshore power grid to the extent that existing gas grid can be used to get offshore wind energy onshore.
An interesting study of the Energy Delta Institute remained unnoticed for two months: it could be financially attractive to produce hydrogen at unemployed oil platforms in the North Sea with wind energy that is extracted at sea nearby.
In a report launched November 2015, EDI presented the findings of a study on a simulated wind-and-gas-energy-conversion pilot project in the North Sea. Read More
Using robots to lay down concrete made from moon soil around the entirety of the moon’s equator — 400 km wide by 11,000 km long — the power generated through the solar array would then be transferred along power cables to microwave power transmission antennas which would then beam the electricity to receiving stations located around the Pacific Rim.
LSP – Lunar Solar Power – can provide an unlimited power supply sent back to the earth in microwaves.
Why are international politicians the big holdout on this unlimited green power resource?
Could it be because the oil industry keeps paying off all the politicians? Read More
During reel-out, the kite is flying figure-eight maneuvers at high speed (70 to 90 km/h). This creates a high traction force (3.1 kN at 7 m/s wind speed) which is converted into electricity by the drum and the connected 20 kW generator.
Kite Power by harnessing high altitude wind next step in Dutch Icon project ‘Afsluitdijk’.
Even NASA has started to work on airborne wind energy. This field is very new and has much room for innovation.
Flight testing with actual consistent measured power production is the next step.
By transfer printing instead of etching, the new method developed by Lee and his colleagues may be used to make very flexible photovoltaics with a smaller amount of materials. The thin cells can be integrated onto glasses frames or fabric and might power the next wave of wearable electronics.
Scientists have developed solar cells of 1 micrometer thick. That’s 100 times thinner than a human hair. Interesting isn’t it?
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