By Julius Smith

Supersola plug&play PV

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.

By Alexander Swatek

Smartflower POP Solar Power Panel

Smartflower POP Solar Power PanelSmartflower POP – the world’s first all-in-one solar system

Simple like a normal home appliance – the world’s first all-in-one solar system

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us could produce all clean energy we need right in our backyards? And wouldn’t it be a cherry on the top if the same photovoltaic system could simply be plug-&-play like any other normal home appliance?

At smartflower, we have stopped asking such questions. Instead, we have answered them – with smartflower POP, the world’s first all-in-one solar system.

Construction: power for an entire household

Thanks to its extraordinary construction and the perfectly synchronised components, the system delivers, on an average, approx. 4,000 kWh per year, thus fulfilling the complete average electricity requirement of a household in the central European region.




  • All-in-One solar solution without extensive installation (Plug & Play)
  • Efficient energy production: up to 40% more output due to innovative smart tracking, on demand exactly when you need it
  • Thanks to smart cooling and smart cleaning, common losses in output due to heat and contamination are prevented by up to 15%
  • Ideal if your roof is not an option (installation, aesthetics, rental property): smartflower POP can be set up in the garden and can be taken along when you move
  • Highest quality made in Austria and best support from local dealers
  • And it’s that easy; simply setup, connect and use
  • Smartflower POP from EUR 13.890.-

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By Ridgeblade The Power Collective Ltd

Winning Rooftop Ridgeblade Windturbine

Winning Rooftop Ridgeblade Windturbine

Winning Rooftop Ridgeblade Windturbine

The RidgeBlade wind turbine is a unique and innovative design. The specially developed and patented design provides a simple and affordable solution to generate electricity by wind at any location for business and households.

The unique designed wind turbine achieves a energy production at relatively low wind speeds.

2 models

  1. RB2, a larger generator suitable for an industrial environment
  2. RB1, a smaller version (lower level) developed primarily for use in homes

Award-winning design

The design of the RidgeBlade is based on the lift-effect which arises when wind is moved up along the inclined roof surface towards the cam.

After all, the wind speed at the ridge of the roof, may be three times faster than the speed measured in the open field.

A wind turbine on the roof thereby delivers up to nine times more energy compared with a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine.

Ridgeblade Advantages

  • Highly efficient at all wind speeds
  • Effectively silent and vibration free in operation
  • Low cost
  • Robust and reliable o Protected from over speed running through patent pending aerodynamic features
  • Easy to install
  • Planning friendly & suitable for most roof types (flat and pitched roofs)

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By Studio Roosegaarde

Glow-in-the-dark trees streetlights

BioGlow, Glow in the dark trees, Daan RoosegaardeDutch designer Daan Roosegaarde about his plans to genetically engineer glow-in-the-dark trees to replace streetlights.

Roosegaarde had just got hold of his first sample of a bioluminescent house plant, which he was unable to get delivered to his Rotterdam studio because of strict EU regulations around the use of genetically modified plants.

In this movie filmed at SXSW in Austin, Roosegaarde explains how:

“In the last year I really became fond of biomimicry. “What can we learn from nature and apply to the built environment, to roads, to public spaces, to our urban landscape?”

Biomimicry is the method of imitating models and systems found in nature to solve complex design issues. One of the biological phenomena that fascinated Roosegaarde was how animals like jellyfish and fireflies generate their own light.

“When a jellyfish is deep, deep underwater it creates its own light,” he says. “It does not have a battery or a solar panel or an energy bill. It does it completely autonomously. What can we learn from that?”

Roosegaarde’s interest in biomimicry led him to collaborate with the State University of New York and Alexander Krichevsky, whose technology firm Bioglow unveiled genetically modified glow-in-the-dark plants.

Krichevsky creates the glowing plants by splicing DNA from luminescent marine bacteria to the chloroplast genome of a common houseplant, so the stem and leaves emit a faint light similar to that produced by fireflies and jellyfish.

Roosegaarde is now working on a proposal to use a collection of these plants for a large-scale installation designed to look like a light-emitting tree.

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By Smart Grids

Flywheel could ‘revolutionise’ renewables

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The energy in a flywheel can quickly be converted to electrical energy by which these systems often have a high power in relation to their capacity

This Flywheel Renewable Energy Storage plant being built in Ireland could solve the problem of clean energy supply shortfalls when there is insufficient sun or wind. The storage will be unlimited.

The plant will use a motor-generated flywheel to harness kinetic energy from the grid at times of over-supply. This will then be released from submerged turbines at times of supply shortfalls.

The project in Rhode, County Offaly, is expected to launch commercially in 2017, with an operating capacity of 20MW.

Unlike conventional coal and gas generators which have an efficiency ratio of 35-40%, the flywheel operates at upwards of 85-90% efficiency.


In flywheel plants, advanced carbon fibre tubes up to 3m high and 1m wide are floated on magnets inside a vacuum, and spun by electricity in a near frictionless environment, until power is needed back in the grid.

Co-designers, professor Noel Buckley of the University of Limerick said that it would be able to match variable renewable energy supplies to consumer demand, whenever it arose.

The grid is designed to run at 50 hertz and when there is an imbalance between supply and demand, the frequency starts to change. By using back-up flow batteries which store electricity in tanks in a liquid form, you can scale up your power and storage capacities separately so that, in principle, the storage can be unlimited.

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By Smart Grids

Smart Grids will revolutionize the future

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Smart grid solutions ensure a sustainable future with renewable energy

The utilities industry, with its smart grids, is becoming one of the world’s most connected industries. Managing all that data is challenging.

It’s time for Controlled Connectivity. With Controlled Connectivity, utilities can centralize the planning, management and assurance of their smart grid communications networks.

Denmark is one of the world leaders when it comes to developing tomorrow’s green, flexible and intelligent power system. A power system where the generation, transport and consumption of power is linked intelligently. The so called Smart Grid. This film tells you the story.

Check out this promising Smart Grid Energy Storage Systems:



By support

SolaRoad Solar Bikers Lane

SolaRoad produces 70 kWh/m2

SolaRoad produces 70 kWh/m2

Dutch cycle nation the Netherlands gets it’s first solar power generating bicycle path called ‘SolaRoad’. It’s the first Dutch road surface integrated with solar cells.

Bikers can use the lane, while the solar cells are generating green energy for lightning and extra electric power.

The cycle lane in the Netherlands, is a pilot is successful and promising for thousand kilometers of lanes, paths and roads can be transformed to renewable energy power roads. It’s wonderful if we can transform roads to generators of renewable energy and create climate-neutral mobility.

Strong glass

SolaRoads uses tempered glass that is particularly strong and that is mounted in a concrete housing. The strength of the glass in the housing is being mechanically tested in different ways. For example, extreme traffic loads are simulated in a bench press, pressing different tyre types on the surface with great force.

Also, they have dropped steel balls and bags with marbles of different sizes and from different heights on the SolaRoad surface, in order to test the resistance to impact loads, based on internationally recognized standards..

SolaRoad produces 70 kWh/m2

Already half a year after the cycle lane was inaugurated, SolaRoad sent out a press release stating that, with 3000 kWh generated, the solar panels were outperforming the 70 kWh annual per square meter expected threshold set in the lab. In its first year, the SolaRoad produced 9,800 kWh, roughly equivalent to the annual average consumption of three Dutch households.


Another interesting development is the announcement of a cooperation with Californian road authority Caltrans and the Dutch province North-Holland to develop a second pilot project in Lebec, Kern County. Since the announcement last March, however, no details on what the project might look like have been revealed.

SolaRoad is not the only consortium in the world working on this type of project. In the US, ‘Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways‘ is working on high-tech roads that produce electricity and can, among other things, de-ice themselves. Unfortunately, their prototype in Idaho has suffered from severe technical issues, recently even requiring intervention by firefighters as smoke started to come out of an electricity box on the test site.


Another example is located in France, where a one-kilometer stretch of roadway has been covered by solar panels by construction company Colas. This “Wattway” is the start of a controversial plan to convert a staggering 1,000 kilometers of French streets into solar roads.

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By Tocardo International BV

Tocardo Tidal Turbines

Tocardo Tidal Turbines

Tocardo Tidal Turbines

Tocardo is one of the world’s leading producers of tidal turbines. We are fully aware of the huge challenge our world is facing in replacing the need for fossil fuels in the coming decades.

Tidal and river energy are among the key sources of renewable energy available on our planet. We are harvesting this energy and working to provide clean and sustainable energy for future generations.

Tocardo for rivers and oceans

Tocardo’s range of water turbines provides cost-competitive, reliable and predictable electricity. Our strong focus on simplicity, minimized maintenance requirements and maximized power generation has resulted in a scalable, proven technology that has been grid connected for more than four years.

The turbines consist of a permanent magnet direct drive generator and a patented bi-directional reversible rotor blades design, developed, manufactured and installed in close cooperation with major industry partners.


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By Tocardo International BV

Wave Power in Action

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Tocardo tidal power station Netherlands

Tidal and river energy are among the key sources of renewable energy available on our planet. Tocardo is harvesting this energy and working to provide clean and sustainable energy for future generations.

Green power

Believe it or not, waters from the seas and oceans could provide more than the needed power for our developments

They are cheap, sustainable and mostly available. The only slack is in man, because man seldom focus. If only man has realized its usefulness in the early stages, then we would not be burdened now.

For rivers and oceans

Tocardo’s range of water turbines provides cost-competitive, reliable and predictable electricity. Our strong focus on simplicity, minimized maintenance requirements and maximized power generation has resulted in a scalable, proven technology that has been grid connected for more than four years.

The turbines consist of a permanent magnet direct drive generator and a patented bi-directional reversible rotor blades design, developed, manufactured and installed in close cooperation with major industry partners.




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By Electricite France

The Rance Tidal Power Station Saint Malo

The Rance Tidal Power Station Saint Malo

The Rance Tidal Power Station Saint Malo

In the bay of St Malo the tide is one of the highest int the World about 10m peak in to 13m at the equinoxes of March or September.

The French has tackled this clean free cosmic energy by the construction a tide operated power station at the mouth of the tide River La Rance – the first in the world!


Opened in 1966 as the world’s first tidal power station end over 45 years, the largest tidal power station in the world until the South Korean Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station surpassed in 2011.

  • Its 24 turbines reach peak output at 240 megawatts and average 62 megawatts, a capacity factor of approximately 26%. At an annual output of approximately 540 GWh, it supplies 0.012% of the power demand of France.
  • The barrage is 750 m (2,461 ft) long, from Brebis point in the west to Briantais point in the east. The power plant portion of the dam is 332.5 m (1,091 ft) long and the tidal basin measures 22.5 km2 (9 sq mi).

New Turbines

In 2012, the French utility company, EDF, deployed the first of four underwater turbines in the Bay of St Malo (watch this video). If initial tests are successful, the site at Paimpol-Bréha  will become the world’s first tidal ‘power station’, feeding up to six Megawatts of renewable energy into the French electricity grid. The oldest Tidal Power Station and again this €40 Million project, clearly demonstrates France’s commitment to renewable energy.


Tidal power is produced by building a dam across the opening of a tidal basin. The sluice gate opens to allow the tide to flow into the basin. When closed, the sea level drops and standard hydropower techniques generate electricity from the water elevated in the basin. The Rance power station, situated south of St Malo (France) is the unique tidal power station in the world providing electricity for commercial use.

It can generate 240 megawatts of power, with minimal environmental impact, and provide electricity for 223,000 inhabitants. The tide fills and empties the Rance estuary twice a day and the amplitude can reach the record height of 13.5 meters. This infoclip shows: – Rance power station and estuary – Pylons – St Malo at night.

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By Dutch Delta Works

Wave Power source is unlimited

Wave Power source is unlimited

energy of waves

Why Wave Power?

Unlike solar and wind energy which, due to their intermittent nature, are primarily suited to peak power supply, a number of factors favor wave energy as part of an energy portfolio including:

  • the inherent high availability, reliability and predictability of wave activity
  • the fact that any variability in wave activity happens gradually and with significant warning, making issues of grid interfacing manageable
  • the proximity of favourable wave energy sites to ultimate end users, thereby minimising transmission issues. Notably, approximately 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 kilometres of a coast; and
  • the energy density of the wave resource (water is 800 times more dense than air).

Ocean Power

In addition, this can operate efficiently in swell in the 1 to 2 meter wave height range, greatly increasing the number of potential base-load sites globally. For example, much of Australia receives significant wave heights in excess of 1 meter 100% of the time.

Ocean Energy – Wave Power Station


The worldwide resource of this kind of energy has been estimated to be greater than 2 TW. Locations with the most potential for wave power include the western seaboard of Europe, the northern coast of the UK, and the Pacific coastlines of North and South America, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The north and south temperate zones have the best sites for capturing the power of the oceans. The prevailing wester lies in these zones blow strongest in winter.



By Paques

BIOPAQ® IC bioreactor for biogas production

In the BIOPAQ®IC bioreactor, organic compounds are converted to biogas by bacteria in the absence of air. In this way, effluent discharge costs are reduced and at the same time green energy is produced.

With the development of high rate Internal Circulation (IC) bioreactors, Paques made a break-through in anaerobic wastewater treatment. The internal circulation provides excellent mixing of the biomass with the influent is self-regulating with the incoming COD-load.
It can therefore deal with high loading rates in a very compact reactor. In addition, both noise and odour issues have been addressed.
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Process scheme

1 – distribution system
2 – expanded bed compartment
3 – 1st separator
4 – riser
5 – degassing tank
6 – downer
7 – polishing compartment
8 – 2nd separator






BIOPAQ®IC bioreactors have become a proven technology, with hundreds of examples worldwide in various industrial sectors. A complete range of BIOPAQ®IC models is available through a worldwide network of licensees.

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By Dutch Delta Works

Blue Energy from Holland

Blue Energy from seawater

Green power plant Blue Energy generates continually, contrary to solar and wind energy, which are both dependent on availability and the weather.

Blue Energy will succeed in generating energy for 8 cents per kilowatt-hour for half a million households in the Netherlands.

In this test plant at the Afsluitdijk the joining of river and sea water is used to generate green power. This is because by using cleverly designed membranes (special filters), you can generate electricity directly from the difference in salt concentration. Researchers from the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute supplied the knowledge for the membranes and the technology for this power station.

In the future it will be possible to generate ten percent of the Dutch energy consumption via this technology. With its large rivers such as the Rhine and the Meuse, the Netherlands has great potential in this area. The University of Twente makes an important contribution to the research and the further development of the plant.

Cheap clean blue energy

The expectation is that Blue Energy will succeed in generating energy for 8 cents per kilowatt-hour (without subsidies). Solar and wind energy are currently a lot more expensive, energy from petroleum is still cheaper at the moment.

In addition, Blue Energy can be generated continually, contrary to solar and wind energy, which are both dependent on availability and the weather. The total quantity of electricity that could be generated on the Afsluitdijk is equal to 1200 billion AA batteries a year, or, in other words, sufficient for the energy requirements of 500,000 households. It is potentially possible to generate the entire electricity consumption worldwide with Blue Energy.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander put the world’s first blue-energy RED power plant to use on November 26, 2014. The plant is located on the closure dam Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands, and produces electricity directly from the difference in salt concentration in the surface water on each side of the dam.


Energy from seawater

Red power plant Blue Energy

Technical feasibility

Theoretically, with 1m3/s river water and an equal amount of sea water approximately 1 MW of renewable electricity can be recovered.

The pilot plant on the Afsluitdijk is to produce 50 kW blue-energy per hour and will show the technical feasibility in real life conditions using fresh IJsselmeer water and salt water from the Wadden Sea.

Big potential energy source

At the current location on the closure dam Afsluitdijk, the potential production of blue-energy can be sufficient for the energy requirements of 500,000 households.

An exploration of suitable rivers in the world shows that there is a potential electricity production of 1,600 TWh annually.

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