72 hours Solar Forecasting will stabilize the UK grid and save money
Sheffield Solar worked with the National Grid for two years to develop real-time generation estimates from solar photovoltaic systems in the UK. This new data driven system can now forecast up to 72 hours in advance.
The tool is very useful for electricity grid operators. It helps them to stabilize the grid (supply & demand). Energy generators and traders can use the forecast tool taken optimum advantages of the green energy generation. Read More
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?
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TenneT’s thinking is based on an island with a modular structure, with each module covering approximately 6 km². This is big enough to provide space for connecting roughly 30 GW of offshore wind capacity. The island will be expandable by adding one or two modules of 6 km² each
An Energy Hub in the middle of the North Sea? Tennet launched a vision building an island as a hub, for wind power in the middle of the North Sea which will provide all neighboring countries green energy.
By connecting wind farms with a total capacity of over 30 gigawatts, the efficiency and costs will benefit the participating countries.
This plan was presented by TenneT last week. TenneT is the national high-voltage grid operator in the Netherlands and in a part of Germany. Read More
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