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New Record Low Solar Price in Abu Dhabi – Costs Plunging Faster Than Expected

New Record Low Solar Price in Abu Dhabi – Costs Plunging Faster Than Expected | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The latest record is an incredibly low bid of 2.42 cents / kwh solar electricity in Abu Dhabi. That is an unsubsidized price.

Let me put that in perspective. The cost of electricity from a new natural gas powerplant in the US is now estimated at 5.6 cents / kwh.  (pdf link) That is with historically low natural gas prices in the US, which are far lower than the price of natural gas in the rest of the world.

This new bid in Abu Dhabi is less than half the price of electricity from a new natural gas plant.

What’s more, it’s less than the cost of the fuel burned in a natural gas plant to make electricity – without even considering the cost of building the plant in the first place.

The solar bid in Abu Dhabi is not just the cheapest solar power contract ever signed – it’s the cheapest contract for electricity ever signed, anywhere on planet earth, using any technology.

 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Looks like solar energy is really following an exponential path similar to tech's Moore's Law. The shift in once oil addicted Middle East is indeed impressive.

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The world’s first Perpetual Power reserve by TagHeuer + SunPartner

The world’s first Perpetual Power reserve by TagHeuer + SunPartner | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The world’s first Perpetual Power reserveExtended power reserve is a major priority for horology connoisseurs as well as a quest for watchmakers.
The MERIDIIST INFINITE provides perpetual stand-by time through an invisible component built into the main screen and thanks to the exclusive partnership with the very innovative French company Sunpartner Technologies, creator of the Wysips® technology.
Behind the sapphire screen lies a lens substrate with electric conductors and, behind this, another layer of completely transparent photovoltaic cells and then comes the LCD screen – all together acting invisibly and automatically. A hybrid charging capacity allows automatic charging under certain natural or artificial light sources, even when the battery is empty.
TAG Heuer stands for “Technologie d’Avant-Garde”, and the MERIDIIST INFINITE perpetuates a great tradition that came before it.
This revolutionary communication instrument will be launched worldwide in July 2014, in Limited Edition of 1911 pieces made with titanium grade 5 and carbon, in selected TAG Heuer boutiques and Watch & Jewellery retailers. 

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This is French Tech.

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Inside the test flight of Facebook’s first internet drone

Inside the test flight of Facebook’s first internet drone | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
At 2AM, in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. He was traveling to an aviation testing facility in Yuma, AZ, where a small Facebook team had been working on a secret project. Their mission: to design, build, and launch a high-altitude solar-powered plane, in the hopes that one day a fleet of the aircraft would deliver internet access around the world.Zuckerberg arrived at the Yuma Proving Ground before dawn. “A lot of the team was really nervous about me coming,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with The Verge. A core group of roughly two dozen people work on the drone, named Aquila (uh-KEY-luh), in locations from Southern California to the United Kingdom. For months, they had been working in rotations in Yuma, a small desert city in southwestern Arizona known primarily for its brutal summer temperatures.On this day, Aquila would have its first functional test flight: the goal consisted of taking off safely, stabilizing in the air, and flying for at least 30 minutes before landing. “I just felt this is such an important milestone for the company, and for connecting the world, that I have to be there,” Zuckerberg says.
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141 Feet wingspan, 900kg, 2000 Watts, 2 years only : #hardwareisnotdead ...
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