Solar modules automated test-measurement system

Solar modules automated test-measurement system

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:

  • thermodynamic efficiency
  • charge carrier separation efficiency
  • and conduction efficiency values

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First Circular Tomato Farm

First Circular Tomato Farm

Sundrop Farms: The company that’s growing food in the desert. Complete circular and green

This tomato farm in Australia is the first agricultural facility of it’s kind, combining solar power with desalination and countering the requirement for fresh water and fossil fuels.

The firm celebrated its grand opening in Port Augusta, South Australia, last Thursday.

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Breakthrough in CPV Technology

Suncycle CPV hybrid and compact

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.

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LSP: Lunar Solar Power

LSP: Lunar solar power

Fresh look at space solar power new architectures concepts and technologies

Lunar Solar Power: Imagine

Imagine your and anybody else’s children and grandchildren not only surviving but thriving in the next 100 years and beyond.

A gift to them that would stop and reverse most of the environmental problems we have created the past 200 years.

 

Support LSP and start talking about LUNAR SOLAR POWER

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Bulbs harvest moonlight energy

Bulbs harvest moonlight energy

We’re excited to see how architects will incorporate these energy generating orbs into alternative energy agendas and future building designs!

These Bulbs even harvest solar energy from moonlight.

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have again created a spherical, sun-tracking glass bulb that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times.

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UN Spots on Dutch Solar Initiative

UN Spots on Dutch Solar Initiative

‘ZonnepanelenDelen” shows 20 solar projects and 16,000 solar panels financed to date, thanks to a total of € 3 million to thousands crowdfunding investments.

The UN rewarded the Dutch Crowdfunding Platform ‘ZonnepanelenDelen’ (Sharing PV), as one of the thirteen winners of Climate Change Award.

The price allows the company to present itself at the UN climate conference in Marrakech (7 – 18 November). Read More

Factsheet Solar Panels: How Companies Can Help Consumers

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Solar tiles

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

LSP fits global energy demands

LSP fits world energy demands

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

New solar cell 1 micrometer thick

New solar cell 1 micrometer thick

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?

If we’re ever going to unlock the true potential of solar, we need to think beyond today’s large rooftop solar panels, and examine what smaller, lightweight, and even wearable solar cells could do for us. Read More

All-in-one solution portable solar power

All-in-one solution portable solar power

1440WH Home Solar Panels Generator of Solar Power Systems Products Price 250W (125W*2) solar panel, 1440Wh (12V 120Ah) lead acid battery, 220V 600W pure sine wave off grid inverter, 12V 20A solar controller.

Do you want off-grid? The portable solar power market just keeps heating up, with new configurations of larger sizes of ‘solar panel plus battery storage system‘ starting to hit the shelves.

Especially the mobile renewable energy products which combine

  • solar,
  • battery
  • and inverter system

that offer all-in-one solution for off-grid and emergency applications. Read More

Solar Inverter Power Density +40%

abb PVS980 central inverter

This will translate into huge savings, as inverters represent one of the costliest components of the solar PV project

More solar power with less solar panels? It’s possible with the new Solar Inverter from ABB. 

ABB has started shipping its latest PVS980 central inverter, which significantly increases the incoming power from the solar panels.

According to ABB, developers will now have to use fewer panels and fewer inverters.

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Rollable Solar Panels

Rollable Solar Panels

These high-efficiency solar panels could help generate instant energy in disaster areas

Rollable and large-scale flexible Solar Panels, called Roll-Array, can be towed by any 4X4 car, like a Range Rover or Land Rover.

It was developed by Renovagen, a company formed in 2012 specifically to develop the rollable solar array. Watch the video below. Read More

Double-sided PV

Floating double-sided pv

The solar cells at the second side are are almost as efficient as the cells in the front end. As a result, the panels can also utilize the light that is reflected by the surface of the water or the ground, which normally is lost.

By applying double-sided panels – working on water – the yield of solar power can be increased by 20% on average and expand the potential to generate solar energy even more.

So why not use both sides?

Double-sided solar panel

This week, Energy Research Centre (ECN) is demonstrating ‘floating double-sided solar panels on the ‘River IJ’ in Amsterdam. By also using the back of the solar panels, the reflected light from the surface of the water, can be catched to generate electric power. Read More

MiLiCiA – IBC solar cells

MILICIA IBC solar cell

MILICIA IBC solar cell performance do have no shading loss and no trade-off between series resistance and reflectance

Aim of the new MiLiCiA research project is to develop a low-concentration PV technology that can compete with conventional power generation without subsidies or feed-in tariffs. Read More

MIT Ultrathin Solar Cell

MIT Ultrathin Solar Cell

The solar cell generates a lot of energy per weight: about 6 watts per gram which is about 400 times more than an average silicone solar cell.

MIT Researchers have developed a very thin, lightweight and flexible solar cell.

In the future, the technology allows solar cells to be used for caps, smart phones, paper and even a helium balloon. Read More

CSP micro plant: perfect system, low costs

Aora's solar tulip CSP starts shining in Ethiopia, without water!

Aora’s solar tulip CSP starts shining in Ethiopia, without water!

Most people think that CSP (Concentrating Solar thermal Power) plants are large and expensive. But what about this?

The Micro-CSP technology from Aora Tulip has a lot of advantages.

This ‘micro technology’ is modular, hybrid, uses minimal water and is ‘cheap’. Read More

Pretty small-scale plug and play CSP application

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CSP plug and play system

Electricity and heat dish with a Stirling engine

Microgen is providing Stirling engines to the Italian company Innova that the engine will use for two products:

  1. a dish that supplies 1 kWp power and 3 kWth heat, the so-called Trinum co-generator
  2. and Turbocaldo, which produces only 7.4 kWth heat at a temperature of 110 oC.

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This Solar Panel converts electricity even smarter

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The integrated electronics are easily to connect the solar hot water systems with panels that only supply electricity. Alius offers both variants.

The Dutch solar panels supplier AliusEnergy presented a solar panel that generates electricity as well as renewable heat. Smart inverters optimize the yield.

AliusEnergy supplies solar panels that will produce within the same module, both solar and renewable power. The pipes, used in the solar panel, have a module of 14 liters. Read More

Solar Panels can be recycled

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The silicon cells can be re-cycled as raw material for new solar cells

For silicon PV modules, the recycling process consists of multiple steps.

ReMedia (Milano) is an Italian consortium that handles Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as well as end-of-life batteries and accumulators. Read More

Invisible light converts to +30% electricity

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Applications of the research include more energy-efficient lighting and photodetectors with 200 percent efficiency that can be used for night vision.

Chemists at the University of California (UCR) have developed a material that uses infrared light to convert it to visible light.

This allows solar panels to generate 30 percent more electricity. Read More

8 tips using solar panels

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Now the world has a ‘Green’ Pope

In addition to the traditional use of solar panels there are more inventive ways.

Think of solar panels on heritage or on parking lots.

And even the pope loves solar power.

We hope to inspire you with these examples. Read More

Small sized Concentrating Solar Power system from Israel

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Aura distributed CSP with solar tower technology

Aora Solar is exploring distributed Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) with solar tower technology.

The small, modular power station offers a new way of solar thermal technology to be supplied at the village level. Read More

Tips for your Solar Water Pumping Project

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Isn’t it a great thing, to get 25 years worth of power for irrigation, with just 3 years of money spent on diesel / gas powered water pumps?

Using Solar Power for irrigation is a very useful way to contribute to climate change.

Traditionally diesel generators have been utilized to provide pump water from a water source below ground

Isn’t it a great thing, to get 25 years worth of power for irrigation, with just 3 years of money spent on diesel / gas powered water pumps?

The burning of diesel has very devastating effects on our environment. Solar Water Pumping is the next great thing to happen to farming after tractors. Read More

Solar Panels Work At Night

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Behold the incredible, gorgeous future of energy production.

Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory are close to the production of a super-thin solar film that would be cost-effective, imprinted on flexible materials, and would be able to harvest solar energy even after sunset! 

Behold the incredible, gorgeous future of energy production. Read More

Solar Power Pros & Cons

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At this moment, researchers are evendeveloping solar panels who can produce energy at night!

Are there any cons for Solar Power? Yes of course but households can contribute with solar panels on top of their houses and so reduce greenhouse gasses.

But… These systems tend to be small scale and are certainly not the silver bullet to solve our energy challenge. Solar Power would make a huge difference, as one aspect of a multifaceted solution. Read More