From solar panels a decade ago to energy storage today, the history of clean tech is littered with capital-intensive concepts poised to radically alter the relationship between industrialized society and the environment. But why do these widely heralded breakthroughs always seem to limp along so slowly when it comes to actually hitting the market? The dreaded "valley of death" between conception and commercialization is one increasingly recognized explanation, dooming novel technologies to relegation in never-ending pilot projects as follow-on investment lags.
Many countries now understand how important it is to have energy storage and India is one of these countries that take their step to energy storage. “We will soon release tenders for solar photovoltaic (PV) project developers to install energy storage solutions along with their projects,” the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) announced. According …
A new renewable energy record has come to light. Thanks to a heat wave, California was able to shatter a state solar record. On July 12 at 1:06 p.m., several large solar plants dotted throughout the state produced 8,030 megawatts of electricity, according to the California Independent System Operator — and it would know. The organization runs most of the state’s power grid. According to San Francisco Gate, that’s enough energy to power more than 6 million households.
Bengaluru: Last year, Bengaluru saw a surge in citizens trying to switch over to solar power. And, many are not just using the environment-friendly mode of power but also giving the excess back to the grid and making money. Though the state government's solar policy hasn't made much difference to the electricity supply companies (Escoms) financially, scientists feel the trend will change in the coming days.
Solar power is undergoing what futurists and tech speculators like to call the Law of Accelerated Returns—a fancy way of explaining why an iPhone costs less and works better six months after a new release. The longer a new technology is available, the cheaper and more efficient it gets, which ultimately leads to a rising in adoption numbers. It’s the same thing that happened with microchips and cloud computing. And just as the rise of the cloud helped grow businesses, solar power will create new opportunities for existing industries and may buoy some burgeoning fields as well, building a super-powered economy around it. Here’s a couple of predictions for how solar may help other industries.
Australia's only solar panel recycling company is looking to scale up production as the number of broken and end of life systems mounts. Adelaide-based Reclaim PV has teamed up with major solar panel manufacturers who distribute in Australia and is refining its processes as well as lobbying for panels to be included in recycling regulations.
A major player in U.S. renewable energy happens to be a five-sided building in Virginia usually associated with deployment of power rather than consumption of it. The U.S. Department of Defense is the second-largest buyer of renewable electricity through deals meant to lock in long- term supply and provide incentives to developers of wind and solar projects, according to a database of more than 600 corporate power-purchase agreements (PPA) tracked by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
The Latin American region is seen by many as a 'natural market' for solar PV. Until now, however, the real boom has yet to take place. So far Chile leads the way with an installed solar capacity of roughly 1.5GW. This is however still relatively small compared to a market like the US (roughly 20GW installed), but enough to start learning lessons on how to deal with operational PV assets.
Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy—a feat driven more by economics than green mandates. The cost of electricity from large-scale solar installations now is comparable to and sometimes cheaper than natural gas-fired power, even without incentives aimed at promoting environmentally friendly power, according to industry players and outside cost studies.
Under a bright June sky in 1979, at the height of the nation’s energy crisis, President Jimmy Carter stood on the roof of the White House to dedicate solar panels installed there to heat water for the staff kitchen. That powerful gesture, which gave America a taste of its clean-energy future, was as symbolic as it was historic: At the time, converting a typical American house to solar power was extremely rare and cost roughly half as much as the house itself.
High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles north-west of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panes, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which stands like a twinkling needle in the featureless landscape around it. Resembling a fabulous alien metropolis, Crescent Dunes is in fact a highly sophisticated, mile-and-a-half-wide solar power plant – “the next generation in solar energy”, according to Kevin Smith, one of the project’s founders.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) provided $9.9m grant for its first wind and solar farm hybrid that will be built near Canberra. The money would go towards the $26m cost of building a 10MW solar photovoltaic plant alongside the existing Gullen Range windfarm. “The solar farm was expected to generate about 22,000 MWh of …
After more than a year of development, Facebook unveiled a video showing the first flight of its full-scale Aquila drone, which is designed to stay aloft for months and potentially connect billions of users to the internet.
A one-fifth-scale version of the pilotless plane has been undergoing flight tests for months, but the full-scale Aquila – with a wingspan wider than that of a Boeing 737 jet – had its first outing over the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona on June 28. The details came out today in a posting by Jay Parikh, Facebook’s global head of engineering and infrastructure, and in an inside report from The Verge.
SAN FRANCISCO — It has been said that renewable energy is the energy of the future and always will be. But the tipping point is nigh, thanks to Germany’s leadership, China’s pollution catastrophe and technological advances in battery storage, materials science and software. At this year’s giant solar show – Solar 2016 – a future with abundant, clean and cheap energy was discussed and on display.
A humming laboratory is birthing tiny solar cells -- the first such devices created on campus -- as Kennesaw State researchers strive to develop better photovoltaic technologies.
The future of solar power generation is in these flexible solar cells, Das said. He and his research team are investigating various nano-materials to fabricate the third-generation solar cells. The researchers hope to develop a superior photovoltaic technology that produces cheaper and more efficient solar cells.
In mid-May, The Dow Chemical Company said that it was raising its 2025 corporate clean energy target from 400 MW to 750 MW. Launched in 2015, Dow's original 2025 sustainability goals included using 400 MW of clean power but after meeting the target in just one year, Dow reset the goal to 750 MW. The company said it is the first company in the U.S. to power manufacturing sites with renewable energy at this scale.
There would probably a bit of commotion on September when residents in Adelaide and South Australia residents will get their bill for September starts arriving. For South Australia, Group 4 where the kilowatt rate is 16c per kilowatt will then be switched to the standard feed-in rate, which is currently 6.8c per kilowatt hour, after …
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Utility companies all across the country are looking to maintain profit margins amid an influx of homeowners benefiting from solar power savings. One Arizona utility has applied demand-charge rates for solar customers. A demand-charge rate is an additional fee that cannot be offset by the credits earned for the extra power homeowners generate and gift to the grid.
Adding to its solar energy generation capacity, Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) has announced the commissioning of additional solar power of 410 kWp inside the airport premises. The solar panels, spread across five locations at the T2 and Cargo terminals, have been positioned on rooftops for optimum utilisation of space. Until now, the airport was generating 650 kWp of solar power. With the additional installation, the capacity has now increased to a total output of 1,060 kWp.
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