Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Of the 315 million people who are expected to gain access to electricity in Africa’s rural areas by 2040, it is predicted that only 30% will gain access to national grid-connected electricity

A new report from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel has called for a “significant boost” in investment to help African governments and their partners to “bridge the continent’s huge energy gap.”

The new report, Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africawas launched Monday at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan by the Africa Progress Panel, the brainchild of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Read More

Solar Mobile Generator

solar mobile generator

One hour setup time

This Mobile Generator for Solar Distributors Designed has been designed as a solar mobile generator system for places without power.

The system includes solar panels, a MPPT solar charge controller, an inverter, mobile air conditioned structure, and a system monitoring unit that can be accessed through your mobile phone. Read More

Glittering Silver Pipe Desalinates Water

Glittering Silver Pipe Desalinates Water

The Pipe artist location: Vancouver, Canada

This glittering silver Pipe desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water per year.

This beautiful tube is called “the Pipe” and composed of solar panels that provide 10,000 MWh of power each year to pump seawater through an electromagnetic filtration process. Read More

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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California tests battery sites

California tests battery sites

One of many battery-system components that, it is hoped, will help California bolster its power grid.

Utilities have been studying batteries nationwide. But none have moved ahead with the gusto of those in Southern California.

After the giant gas leak in Oct. 2016, Californian engineers decided to turn to another technology, batteries. 

They freed up the utilities to start installing batteries – huge battery sites.

And, as a result: it’s the worlds first battery side test of this size.  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

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles

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 starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

100 outdoor test sites in early 2018

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

Spinning SolarPV 20 Times More Power

Spinning SolarPV 20 Times More Power

V3Solar hopes, that due to reduced physical footprint of the solar cones, the total cost of ownership of solar farms might be also reduced, thus making more projects economically profitable.

They are spinning, beautiful and highly efficient. These spinning solar cells are generating 20 times more green electricity compared with traditional Panels.   

These fancy-looking spinning solar cells are actually more efficient than flat cells. Photovoltaic cells (PVs) are arranged in an angular array to form a conical shape.

This allows maximum exposure to sunlight at any angle during any time of the year. Read More

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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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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5 trends battery technology

5 trends battery technologyThese home battery trends can make our energy future green.

We need battery technology to transform fully into a solar economy.

The good news is that battery technology and energy storage are also hitting an inflection point.

Here are 5 trends shaping the future of battery technology and energy storage.

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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

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

LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.

LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.com follows:

“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”

Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!

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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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US Energy Storage Update

US energy storage plants

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW.
When it opened, in September 2014, it was credited with being the largest battery storage project in the North of the US, with 604,832 Li-ion cells housed in 10,872 modules.

This blog focuses on the Borrego Springs, Tehachapiand and Notrees energy storage projects and examines the long-term impact that they will have on the future project pipeline in the US.

According to the Energy Storage Association’s US Energy Storage Monitor, 60.3 MW of storage was deployed in the third quarter of 2015, a twofold year-on-year increase.

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PowerWindow saves up to 50%

PowerWindow generates energy

PowerWindows work in direct and indirect light; under any angle towards the sun

The PowerWindow is a fully transparent and colorless electricity-generating window.

Imagine: You are looking out of your window knowing that the same window is recharging your electric car in the garage at the same time. How perfect should that be? 

It’s already possible.
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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

All-weather PV

all-weather pv

The double layer provides electrical power and provides a voltage, similar to how a battery works.

Clumsy, that solar panels do not generate energy while its raining. Chinese scientists have just figured out that solar panels even generate electricity for all-weather: even when it is raining.

Rainy weather

Solar modules are most effective when they are exposed to direct sunlight, but what happens when it rains? 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