residential photovoltaic technology Articles

  • Photovoltaics: Basic Design Principles and Components

    If you are thinking of generating your own electricity, you should consider a photovoltaic (PV) system—a way to generate electricity by using energy from the sun. These systems have several advantages: they are cost-effective alternatives in areas where extending a utility power line is very expensive; they have no moving parts and require little maintenance; and they produce electricity ...

  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Market Growth Research 2013-2019

    Building Integrated Solar photovoltaic (BIPV) systems utilize building integrated solar panels to generate electricity, by transforming solar radiations into electrical energy. The energy generated has wide applications in several sectors including residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The major advantage of the BIPV is decentralization from grid power. View Full ...


  • Thin film technologies changing the solar PV business

    The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is clearly in a rapid growth phase. The worldwide industry size was recently estimated at US$50 billion. Over the past few years, production capacity is thought to have grown at an average of 48% each year and cumulative global production is now at 12.4 Giga Watts (GW). It is also an industry on the brink of change. New technologies are emerging that seem ...


  • Enhancing Markets for Climate Friendly Technologies: Leadership Through Government Purchasing Strategies

    Scope of the study This study is one part of an effort which the member countries (see list below) of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) are undertaking on Enhancing Markets for Climate Friendly Technologies. This study focusses on the technologies which governments’ purchase for use in their own facilities, and identifies opportunities for purchasing climate friendly technologies. The ...


  • Forecasting US renewables in the national energy modelling system

    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy (DOE) forecasts US renewable energy supply and demand in the context of overall energy markets using the National Energy Modelling System (NEMS). Renewables compete with other supply and demand options within the residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, and electricity sectors of the US economy. NEMS forecasts ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Alternative Energy Meets Business: How Creative Business Models are Bringing Solar to the Average Joe

    As the solar industry matures, particularly photovoltaic (PV) technology, the cost of solar panels has plummeted. PV module prices have dropped from $1.78/W in Q1 2011 to $0.94/W in Q1 2012, spurring a record amount of PV installations for Q1 2012 at 506 MW.  This ...


    By Connexion

  • Women Who Run with Tools

    Last February, a group of dedicated and enthusiastic women descended on Tucson, Arizona to learn how to incorporate solar energy into their lives. Though it hasn’t always been this way, women wielding power tools and installing solar electric equipment is becoming more common. For the past three years, Solar Energy International (SEI), an educational non-profit based in Carbondale, Colorado, has ...


    By Solar Energy International

  • How to grow a solar energy garden

    Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses. This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in 2004.  The engineer and serial entrepreneur wondered how he could replicate his ...

  • The bottom line on renewable electricity standards

    What is a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES)? A RES requires that a minimum percentage or amount of electric power generation come from eligible renewable energy sources by a specified date. Retail electric power suppliers (also known as load-serving entities) must purchase power directly from renewable electricity generators, or in some cases, are allowed to purchase renewable energy credits ...

  • Automotive Manufacturers Conquer the Storage Market

    At least since the end of April, when Tesla introduced its Powerwall, everyone seems to be talking about the market for stationary battery-storage systems. At any rate, it was the dominant topic at Intersolar. I asked Volker Wachenfeld, an SMA expert in storage technology, about his assessment of the market and SMA’s plans for battery-storage systems going forward. - See more at: ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • A Cleaner Energy Future

    As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition for fossil fuels. These escalating energy ...


    By ASTM International

  • Hydro power myths Explains why various schemes such as a pool pumps or rain gutters or pumping water to a tank will not work

    Making electricity from falling water can seem like magic, and that’s led to lots of misconceptions. Here, we’ll separate fact from fiction when it comes to what microhydro systems can and cannot do. Residential-scale microhydro-electric systems have the reputation of being the holy grail of home renewableenergy (RE) systems. While they lack some of the hype, magic, and bling of ...

  • “Back on Track”

    Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of positive news to report from SMA—including the fact that the Managing Board has twice raised the forecast for 2015. Three questions for Pierre-Pascal Urbon, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Pierre, the figures for the current fiscal year have been extremely positive so far. Has SMA achieved a sustainable turnaround? ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • 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

  • Welcome to Net-Zero

    For most people (and for most homes) the likelihood of going through a whole year spending next to nothing on energy is a goal that seems far out of reach. In fact, it is only relatively recently that insulation technologies, coupled with cutting-edge renewable energy tools, have made the concept of a net-zero energy use home anything more than a pipe dream. However, thanks to a program at the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) - Case Studies

    Case Study: “GHP schools used approximately 26% less source energy per square foot of floor area,” according to an evaluation of Lincoln, Nebraska schools by the Department of Energy. The report concludes that the schools using GHP technology “outperform others in the school district.” Case Study: Annual electrical consumption in Fort Polk ...

  • Go Solar Successfully With These Tips

    Installing solar systems in residential areas on a domestic level is a common sight nowadays. All solar power generation units basically work by converting sunlight in to electricity using photovoltaic cells. Over time, there have been considerable leaps in the technology levels of this invention. This environment free power source with minimal maintenance or everyday cost is now being rapidly ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Starting your own home-based solar energy business

    To be a solar energy, you do not need to be a college graduate or a seasoned sales executive. All you need to be is someone with the desire to make a difference in the World, and someone who shares the belief that home solar power will make that difference. That's it. There has never been a better time than now to create a solar energy business. The cost of energy, across all industry sectors ...


    By Solargies

  • Solar Cell Production Jumps 50 Percent in 2007

    Production of photovoltaics (PV) jumped to 3,800 megawatts worldwide in 2007, up an estimated 50 percent over 2006. At the end of the year, according to preliminary data, cumulative global production stood at 12,400 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million U.S. homes. Growing by an impressive average of 48 percent each year since 2002, PV production has been doubling every two years, making it the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • A brighter future for solar in Texas

    I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931 According to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Texas has the greatest solar energy potential of any state in the country. “If photovoltaic (PV) systems operating ...

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