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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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: