small-scale photovoltaic Articles

  • Assessment of the potential of using photovoltaic panels in a typical Mauritian household

    With the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and rise in the price of oil, it has become of utmost importance for Mauritius, which is highly dependent on those resources, to seek for alternative energy sources to meet its growing energy demand. Being a small island developing state, Mauritius is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Solar energy, which is clean, inexhaustible and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • NREL Report Shows U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Costs Continuing to Fall in 2016

    NREL U.S. PV system cost benchmarks, from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2016 The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the U.S. residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Driving the cost ...

  • Fuzzy maximum power extraction control for a photovoltaic water pumping system

    AC loads present a delicate matter for photovoltaic systems, and this is because of the photovoltaic panel's operating point, which moves randomly according to irradiance changes; in this case, almost of photovoltaic water pumping systems use a DC–DC converter to ensure either the maximum power extracted from PV panel or the load needs. For AC motor pumps, an inverter must follow this chopper. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Interactive Resources Wins National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contract for Roof Structural Assessments for Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

    Richmond CA, October 19, 2010   – Richmond architecture and engineering firm Interactive Resources was recently awarded a contract by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide solar feasibility studies for 24 California K-12 school buildings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Sequoia Foundation ...


    By Interactive Resources

  • Scale up factory

    Spire Corporation is a leading global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules and cells. With over 40 years and $100 million in R+D and PV, our years of experience and technical depth put us in a unique position to ensure the success of our customers. Applying this expertise across all product lines, Spire has a rich heritage of utilizing ...


    By Spire Corporation

  • South Africa looks to large-scale PV Installations

    The most recent round of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in South Africa saw fewer projects awarded than Round I. At first glance it did not look positive when only 9 projects, half the amount seen in Round I, were announced as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy. The number of projects in Round II had dropped from 18 to 9, in addition to the overall power allocated across ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • No Small Task: Regulating Nanotechnology To Ensure Safety, Maximize Benefits

    Nanotechnology is about engineering at the same size as large molecules like DNA, which is two nanometers wide — a nanometer is a billionth of a meter — or even smaller. Smallness has its virtues. Nanoscale zinc oxide diffracts light better, making a better sunscreen. Similarly, ultrathin nanoscale films are improving the efficiency of cell phone screens and photovoltaics. In the future, moving ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Spotlight on India: Financing Utility Scale PV Projects – Webinar

    PV Insider has announced the details of their latest complimentary webinar on Tuesday April 10th, giving a comprehensive outline of the project financing situation in the photovoltaic industry in India. Thanks to the National Solar Mission, India finds itself today on the path of becoming one of the leading nations in solar energy, and the photovoltaic industry is gaining momentum by showing ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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 ...

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