Patrick Pinhero, an associate professor in the MU Chemical Engineering Department, is developing a flexible solar sheet that captures more than 90 percent of available light. Today's solar panels only collect 20 percent of available light.
Founder of MNB Resources, LLC, Norma Ballas is excited to announce the launch of her new website, SolarAndPowerCenter.com; the website features electronic products such as 12-volt items, GPS systems, back-up cameras for cars, charge controllers,...
US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new funding opportunity (FOA). The “Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)“ program will award $20 million to up to 24 projects to research and develop thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems to be applied to Concentrated Solar Power technology.
Projects awarded under this FOA will focus on development and validation of integrated TCES systems with a minimum of six hours of thermal storage to be used in utility-scale CSP plants. Furthermore, TCES system must validate a cost below $15 per kWh-thermal and will operate at temperatures above 650 ºC.
Supply of solar water heaters far outweighs current demand. Since the inception of the Eskom solar water heater rebate programme in 2008, there has been a phenomenal growth in supply of solar water heaters (SWHs) to the market.
Between 2006 and 2010, the number of SWH suppliers in the industry increased from 45 to 700. There are currently approximately 300 active suppliers within the industry. However, a recent study conducted by Frost & Sullivan indicates that the uptake of the product by consumers has not yet been as successful as expected.
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SolarReserve has achieved a new milestone in itsCrescent Dunes CSP plant at Nevada. The molten salt receiver has been completely assembled atop the 540 ft tower
Crescent Dunes is a 110 MW tower plant under construction near the town of Tonopah that will be the first US commercial plant to use molten salt as Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF). Thanks to a couple of storage tanks, the molten salt --potassium and sodium nitrate-- heated at the receiver can be stored to be used when there's no sunlight. The plant is designed to operate for up to 10 hours with the stored heat.