large-scale solar power system Articles

  • Large-scale PV power plants : Maintenance Pays Off

    Large-scale PV power plants are an investment in the future. Careful planning and SMA technology perfectly adapted to operator needs ensure that every plant is profitable and produces high yields. Regular maintenance is necessary to guarantee all plant components run safely and optimally, long term. They prevent smaller and larger defects from being overlooked and thus exert a considerable ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • How big is the distributed energy opportunity for water and wastewater utilities?

    Energy costs for water utilities are large, and growing Energy is a significant cost for many water utilities, and costs are growing as more energy-intensive forms of water supply, including desalination, are being used. Energy is typically the second-largest utility budget item in developed countries, after labour. In many developing countries, energy can account for 70% or even more, of ...

  • Solving solar-power issues

    Certainly, no one would accept only having electricity during the day, and then only on clear days, if they have a choice. We need energy storage -- batteries. Unfortunately, batteries add a lot of cost and maintenance to the PV system. Currently, however, it's a necessity if you want to be completely independent. One way around the problem is to connect your house to the utility grid, buying ...


  • Climatic Catastrophes And The Role Of Solar Power

    The world is witnessing a drastic negative change in the climate of all regions owing to the rapid increase in the burning of fossil fuels as well as utilization of other non-renewable sources for energy production. These worst fears of increasing natural disasters, extreme weather and melting of Earth’s icecaps were confirmed by the recent release of IPCC’s climate assessment report. ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar thermal power coming to a boil

    After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in energy prices, escalating concerns about global ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Solar power plants mw or kw?

    Solar power has come as a blessing to the humanity, not only to provide energy to all but to save humanity from the evils of industrial revolution. The biggest evil of industrial revolution in last two centuries is the concentration and centralization of wealth and resources and also huge political powers in the handful of people. So huge factories, mass production, big industrial and financial ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • Solar-powered lights - Some of their advantages

    Solar-powered lighting is emerging as an environmental-friendly and cost-efficient solution in many outdoor lighting applications. Many municipalities are finding them to be the perfect solution for illuminating streets, pathways, parking lots, and signs in location not easily connected to the power-grid. Solar lights use solar panels to convert sunlight during the daytime into electricity and ...


    By ReInvent LED

  • Solar power generation by photovoltaic technology

    The various forms of solar energy, solar heat, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, and solar fuels offer a clean, climate-friendly, very abundant and in-exhaustive energy resource to mankind. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). The research has been under way since the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • In the World: Small Mexican village produces clean water with solar-powered system

    MIT-developed system runs autonomously, producing 1,000 liters per day. In a small village deep in the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula — a day’s drive from any source of clean, drinkable water — researchers from MIT are testing a system that purifies water with the help of the sun. The relatively inexpensive system consists of several modest photovoltaic panels, a large ...

  • Solar hot water system

    Solar hot water systems (e.g. residential) do not produce steam, for example. Thus, solar hot water systems cannot push a steam turbine and will not generate electrical power. Solar hot water systems are used for heating and hot water requirements, not electrical power. If this is offsetting electrical hot water or electrical heat, then these are more like 'negawatts' than Terawatts. Steam ...


    By Power Inverter Co

  • The Effectiveness of Combined heat and Power Solar Water Heating Systems

    Abstract: Solar water heating in residential and commercial buildings is often provided by integrating a large number of domestic thermosyphon solar water heaters. The economic effectiveness of solar Domestic hot water heating systems depends mainly on its types and configurations. Thereupon in this paper, simulation models have been presented for the modeling of thermal and electrical ...


  • Solar power plant plans move ahead in California

    After a long drought, large-scale solar power is getting closer to returning to the U.S. desert. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday gave the green light to power purchase agreements which two utilities have with solar power project ...


  • Solar Power 2011 - Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 megawatts of cells were made.  Newly installed PV also set a record in 2010, as 16,600 megawatts were installed in more than 100 countries.  This brought the total worldwide ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

    The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use. While PV production has become increasingly concentrated in one country—China—the number of ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Solar-powered `water ATMs` deliver at the last mile

    Starting by redefining success, machines that vend clean water at low cost can solve India's drinking water problem, says entrepreneur Anand Shah. Despite decades of success at providing clean, safe water in developed countries, we have failed to ensure that people globally can ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Solar/wind power for noise monitoring terminals

    Solar Power Solutions A noise monitoring terminal’s (NMT) low power consumption and its ability to operate fully without power hungry cooling and heating units inside its enclosure mean that it is suitable for power from solar panels. The NMT may be continuously powered by battery which in turn is kept charged via solar energy. This solution is most appropriate in areas where there ...

  • Solar thermal power plants for the Spanish electricity market

    Solar thermal power plants are at present the cheapest technology for solar electricity production. At good sites Levelised Electricity Costs (LEC) of 11 Ct/kWh have been achieved in commercially operated power plants. Economy of scale and further technical improvements will reduce the LEC for future projects. On the 27th of March 2004 in Spain the existing feed-in-law has been modified in order ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • AUS$2.4bn investment for ultra high efficiency solar power station

    Breakthrough photovoltaic concentrators producing ultra high efficiencies have been developed by Solar Systems (an Australian company) and deployed in a number of projects, on a relatively small scale in collaboration with the Australian Government. Beginning with an AUD$0.424 Billion, 154MW phase in Australia, this project aim to deploy at least 1GW of power stations technology across Australia, ...

  • Purchasing power: best practices guide to collaborative solar procurement

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a commercially proven technology and, in markets with incentives, can compete with traditional fossil fuel-based power. Wider adoption and decreases in manufacturing costs are driving down the cost of solar electricity. As the industry grows and matures, it will optimize and standardize its practices to further reduce costs and make solar energy accessible to a ...

  • Concentrating Solar Power Global Outlook 09 - Why renewable energy is hot

    What is CSP? CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) systems produce heat or electricity using hundreds of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays to a temperature typically between 400 and 1000ºC. There are a variety of mirror shapes, sun-tracking methods and ways to provide useful energy, but they all work under the same principle. Individual CSP plants are now typically between 50 and 280MW in size, ...


    By Greenpeace International

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