Perovskite Solar Cell Record 23.9% Efficiency

perovskite breakthrough

Perovskite breakthrough may fast-track new solar PV technology

The Belgium IMEC research center developed a new Perovskite solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 23.9%.

According to IMEC this is even more than the conventional silicon solar cells.

This new step is promissing. Even without Perovskites, the cost of solar power is already competitive with fossil fuels in some markets.

If and when this new innovation breaks through commercially, costs will drop even further.

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World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you are in the neighboorhood of a solar farm with architectural beauty.

That’s why we give you a list of the most beautiful solar farms which are not only worth visiting but also are  creating jobs and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities.

With thanks to Livegat.com.

 

 

 

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Abu Dhabi is building a green metropolis in the desert

The Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a role model for a sustainable future

The Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a role model for a sustainable future

Abu Dhabi has started an attempt to create the world’s first car-free, zero-carbon-dioxide-emissions, zero-waste ‘Masdar’ city.

The city is the centerpiece of the Masdar Initiative, a $15 billion investment by the government of Abu Dhabi. Read More

10 Amazing Wind Turbines

10 WIND TURBINE DESIGNS

The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is the next generation of wind turbines with cost and performance advantages over existing systems. Follow this link for details.

This Top 10 amazing Wind Turbines is for shore where ‘Art meets Technology’.

These wind turbines are beautiful and practical works of art that pay back daily. For households, offices, industrie.

Placed at free windy places it’s a great contribution to the urban smart grid. Read More

Floating Power Plant

Floating power plant

The platform rotation is secured via the high wave absorption of 60-80% of the inherent energy in the waves.

This Floating Power Plant is targeting 
20GW, corresponding to €50bn potential revenue. The Power Plant is offshore proof and grid connected.

Denmark is convinced that this wind- and water energy plant is a significant step forward in world challenge to change into renewables. Read More

GreenBattery replaces dirty generators

GreenBattery replaces diesel generator

Per battery system we decrease the consumption of 62,000 liters of diesel and 159,000 kg of CO2-emissions per year!

Is the GreenBattery of replacing the polluting and noisy (diesel) generators at festivals and construction sites?

Nuon and StartUp GreenBattery think the battery capacity should be sufficient.

They are going to let the Green Battery to festival organizations and local governments.

The batteries are half a large shipping container and will be charged with solar and wind power.

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87 multinationals RE100 member

87 multinationals RE100-member

“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.

Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More

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

Dubai sets for renewables

Dubai sets for renewables

Just over $27.2 billion in investments has been earmarked for a Green Fund, while $13.6 billion will be invested to further expand the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Dubai sees the green light! The country announced ambitious plans in which renewable energy dominates the countries energy mix by 2050.  Read More

100% renewables for South America

100% renewables for South America

The researchers compared the results with former studies of North America, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Russia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. shows that a 100% renewables is the cheapest electricity production option.

The transition can be achieved with very few energy storages and could be realized by 2030.  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

Shell invests in KitePower

Shell invests in KitePowerShell is investing 5 million pounds in UK startup KitePower Systems, which develops pilots to produce wind energy.

The kites can be a game changer for renewable energy, according to a spokesman from Shell in the Financial Times.

Other investing partners are EON and Schlumberger. Read More

COP climate resilience insights

COP climate pledges global warming

COP climate pledges global warming

COP 21 report overview

The historic Paris Agreement on climate change sets the course for a fundamental transformation of the global economy over the next decades.
The Agreement’s overarching goal of limiting global average temperature rise to “well below 2°C” will entail profound changes in the global energy system.

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Investing in renewables interesting

Investing in renewables interesting

Smart Grid projects Europe including investments 2014

Investing in renewables is increasingly interesting. The rise of renewable energy seems unstoppable.

In 2015, 50% of all energy was already renewable energy. Worldwide! And figures are growing. investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy.

Even the Rockefeller family sells out of fossil fuels and invests in clean energy. Read More

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

Trump may disrupt the transition towards renewables, but he can not reverse it. The revolution to clean energy is irreversible.

With Trump as the new president, the world is worrying about the climate damage, he will cause.

Still we hear an increasingly interviews with relativizations.

Jan Rotmans, professor transition science and international authority in the field of transition and sustainability, gave his reaction. Read More

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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Can Hydrogen compete E-cars?

Can Hydrogen Cars compete with E-cars?

In the body of the study it becomes clear that FCVs do not beat internal combustion engines (ICEs) by much in equivalent fuel economy, And they are not much better in greenhouse gas emissions either, particularly in the liquid hydrogen versions, because of the energy required to transport and compress the hydrogen.

Hydrogen fuel cell cars appear to be making a comeback. But is this real? The comparison in question includes discussion of:

  • the wider process behind producing hydrogen fuel
  • the production itself
  • the compression/storage
  • the transportation of the fuel
  • associated factors

The future is a bit cloudy for hydrogen fuel cells (HFC), as electric vehicles have developed quickly and taken significant market share. Read More

SheerWind Invelox windtube

SheerWind Invelox windtube

This system of capturing, concentrating, accelerating, and harvesting wind power in a funnel is a patented system we call INVELOX™

The SheerWind technology seems to be a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology. Look at this trending new wind turbine. 

According to Dr. Daryoush Allaei, founder of SheerWind, the industry is looking at the problem the wrong way.

Current wind turbines are really only an optimized step beyond the old sail based windmills of Europe, passively waiting for the appropriate wind. Read More

A complete circular building

Thomas Rau created a real circular building

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular.

Energy Company Liander did it.

We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building. Read More

LEGO Invests 212 Million euro’s in Britisch Windpark

wind mill park at the North Sea

Wind Park at the North Sea

Together with the Danish pension fund PKA, toy manufacturer LEGO invests 212 Million euro’s in a British wind park.

The wind park will be built with a capacity of 258 megawatts. Read More

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW Tehachapi Wind Resource Area, although in actual fact the plant was conceived as a two-year test bed for a wide range of potential grid applications.
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.

Everyone knows California and New York do have behind-the-meter energy storage at a large scale. But there are some sleeper states where the economics already work. 

A new report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage in the U.S, outlines the states where demand charges at the largest utility in each state would create a favorable rate of return for commercial batteries. Read More

Kite Power reality by Roosegaarde

Kite Power reality by Roosegaarde

During reel-out, the kite is flying figure-eight maneuvers at high speed (70 to 90 km/h). This creates a high traction force (3.1 kN at 7 m/s wind speed) which is converted into electricity by the drum and the connected 20 kW generator.

Kite Power by harnessing high altitude wind next step in Dutch Icon project ‘Afsluitdijk’. 

Even NASA has started to work on airborne wind energy. This field is very new and has much room for innovation.

Flight testing with actual consistent measured power production is the next step.

That’s why art-innovator Daan Roosegaarde is going to install and light the kites at the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands. Read More