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.
A Polysilicon shortage probably is causing problems for the solar panel industry. Producers of solar panels expect high costs and lower margins due to an unexpected shortage of raw materials.
Last months, the price of pure metallurgical silicon, the most important raw material for solar cells, rose by 35%. According to news agency Bloomberg, the price rose after officials in China closed several factories. Read More
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
This is a real PowerWindow Breakthrough. A new generation transparent solar energy generating windows will provide enough power to make buildings energy neutral. The founders: startup Physee settled in Delft (the Netherlands).
The powerwindows have solar cells installed in the edges at a specific angle that allows the incoming solar light to be efficiently transformed into electricity.
and its Smart:
With SmartWindow we integrate smart sensors in the window that sense the outside environment. SmartWindows control inside systems, such as Airconditioning and sun blinds, based on information about the outside conditions around the building.
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: