solar power plant maintenance 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

  • Rotork valve automation at solar power plants - Case Study

    Overview Spain is now the world's largest generator of electricity from solar power plants. Spanish solar energy plants utilise parabolic trough technology combined with a thermal storage system using molten salt batteries to maximise their power generating capacity. The parabolic trough is constructed as a long parabolic mirror with a Dewar tube running its length at the focal point. ...


    By Rotork

  • Hybrid Solar/Wind plant in Madagascar

    Distinguished among the winners of the Sunidarity initiative, the World Energy Foundation announced Thursday that it had installed in the extreme south of Madagascar a concentration photovoltaic equipment (CPV) provided by Soitec, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of global CPV systems. Called Plug & Sun, this equipment allows an autonomous solar-electric generation in areas ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • French Utility EDF new solar plant in California

    French Utility, EDF Energies Nouvelles, announced this Monday the implementation of the photovoltaic plant of Catalina through its American branch, EDF Renewable Energy. The construction of the photovoltaic plant started in May 2012 and started to be operational by December 2012. The plant has a 143 MW capacity and is located in the Mojave Desert in California. The solar plant is 360 hectares ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Con Edison to pilot $15M virtual power plant project

    New York utility Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) plans to launch a pilot virtual power plant (VPP) project in June to test out the business case for integrating aggregated fleets of residential solar-plus-storage systems into the grid, Jamie Brennan, director of demonstration projects at Con Edison, told Energy Storage Update. The project will link hundreds of solar and battery storage systems ...


    By FC Business Intelligence

  • Optimizing PV Operations & Maintenance crucial to reducing LCOE in the US

    The solar PV industry in the United States is expected to install 2.86GW of photovoltaic systems by the end of 2012. As the project pipeline continues to grow, and as more plants come online, experts predict that operations and maintenance will play an increasing role in reducing the Levelized Cost of Energy for utility scale systems. Successfully operating PV plants and maximizing each ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

  • Utilizing Waste Heat For Power

    Continuous duty gen-sets provide base-load power generation in diverse applications around the globe. However, high fuel costs and engine maintenance are pain points felt by operators. A low-maintenance path to significant fuel savings and lower emissions is what the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had in mind when they approached ElectraTherm to integrate the company’s Green Machine waste ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • The flawed economics of nuclear power

    Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The reason is simple: nuclear power is uneconomical. In an excellent ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Romania expending its solar capacity

    A solar park project of 2.5 MW produced by the company Energy Day has been installed and connected to the Romanian utility, Electrica, 35 km north-west of Bucharest in just 50 days. The installation covers six hectares and provides 3.2 TWh of electricity per year to the administrative division Dâmbovita. The solar power plant has been approved by the Romanian Energy Regulator (ANRE) and got ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar`s Time to Rise and Shine.

    Photovoltaic efficiency records are being shattered, thanks to recent advances in materials science. Last month, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., loaded a postage stamp–sized solar cell onto a tray and placed it under a high-intensity pulse solar simulator. The simulator flashed a 2.5 millisecond pulse of light, and 19 mirrors reflected the ...


    By Ensia

  • Solar Energy – Proving Advantageous for Your Business

    Energy costs constitute a sizeable part of operational costs for any commercial establishment, whether it is a public or a private enterprise. If a firm invests in solar energy, it not only contributes towards decreasing carbon footprint, but also helps create a better world for forthcoming generations. Though, in the initial years, an investment in setting up a solar power plant would seem an ...


    By Vista Solar

  • Geothermal Power Approaches 12,000 Megawatts Worldwide

    In 2013, world geothermal electricity-generating capacity grew 3 percent to top 11,700 megawatts across 24 countries. Although some other renewable energy technologies are seeing much faster growth—wind power has expanded 21 percent per year since 2008, for example, while solar power has grown at a blistering 53 percent annual rate—this was geothermal’s best year since the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Green Acres, the largest solar farm in Western Canada

    Hutterite colony invests in solar for business reasons You’ve seen them before, though they don’t tend to stand out. Hutterites—women in bright coloured, identical dresses and men in somber, dark jackets and hats. They’re almost always at the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning selling fresh eggs, carrots and potatoes. ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • Biomethane production at Ontario wastewater treatment plant

    The City of Hamilton is purifying biogas and injecting it into the grid, while continuing to generate power and recover heat from its CHP system. Hamilton, Ontario, has long been a leader in producing biogas from its sewage and storm water wastes. Half a century ago, the city of 520,000 began processing sludge from its sprawling Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant through anaerobic ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

    On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity. The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown shattered public confidence in atomic energy, thus far making it politically ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Sustainable power and innovation provide clean drinking water and energy

    In many areas in Kenya, access to clean drinking water is lacking. About 88% of the population must travel long distances to get to the nearest source of clean water or is forced to drink contaminated water. Children in particular suffer from waterborne diseases. Systems Provide Energy-Independent Water Treatment To try to provide a long-lasting solution for the drinking water needs ...


    By Trunz Water Systems AG

  • Innovations in monitoring & field control pave the way for PV plant optimization

    PV Insider - hear the latest challenges and solutions for improving monitoring and field control for large scale PV plants   With large-scale PV development taking shape in the United States, maximizing the output of utility scale PV plants is vital for developers and utilities alike. The critical drivers for utility scale projects lay in the increasing size of plants, the need to export ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power

    The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025. As the sun sets on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, Danga Beru Haba begins weaving under the glow of a single incandescent lightbulb, the only one in her home. Although she is tired from working dawn to dusk in the fields surrounding her village of ...


    By Ensia

  • Morocco`s first CSP plant forges path to tech-led cost cuts

    The imminent start-up of Morocco's Noor I CSP Plant will be followed by lower cost adjacent plants thanks to technology gains such as larger trough apertures which have eclipsed the impact of higher cost dry cooling systems, Driss Berraho, Business Development Manager at ACWA Power, told CSP Today. A consortium led by ACWA Power started construction on the ...


    By FCBI Energy

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