Solar Photovoltaics Articles

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems

    Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines. For example, general purpose SLA batteries should not be deep cycled, as ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Case study - 6 Panel Solar PV Greenhouse

    Cambridge System kWp: 0.54 Area: 12.48 m2 Inverter: Soladin 600 Modules Used: PS-C ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Case study - Future Business Centre - Cambridge

    System kWp: 4.6 Area: 57 m sq Inverter: Aurora Modules Used: PS-A opaque, PS-C transparent Double Glazed Unit (DGU) Polysolar was requested to provide the PV glazing for the stairwell curtain walling and the decorative rainscreen cladding. This saw the first truly transparent curtain wall elements employed in the UK and a BREEAM rating of Excellent. ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Study: 100% Renewable Electricity System is the Cheapest Option for South America

    Transitioning to a fully renewable electricity system is possible for South America by 2030. A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. also shows that a 100 percent renewable system (100% RE) is the cheapest electricity production option and can be achieved with very little energy storage. "South America has a unique renewable energy ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Geli Keeps the Lights On When Utilities Can’t - Case Study

    Challenge Imagine you’ve found the perfect plot of land and construction has started on your dream home, but in order to turn the lights on it will cost an additional $250,000. That’s exactly what happened to one couple in Marin county in Northern California. When local utility Pacific Gas & Electric quoted an exorbitant price to extend grid power to their new home, the ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • 5 Reasons to Go Solar Today

    Homeowners everywhere are enjoying the cost savings and environmental benefits of solar power.  Going solar has never been easier, and never more popular. So why should you go solar today? Save Money Many homeowners don’t realize the savings they can reap by installing solar panels on their roof.   ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • SURE HOUSE: Students Design Storm-Ready Shore Home

    Every other year, collegiate teams from across the country partake in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon with the challenge of designing a fully solar-powered home that fuses style, efficiency and affordability. For more than 30 students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, though, those requirements were just a starting point. Entering the national ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • How do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

    Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? The short answer is that, through a solar panel, photons (light particles) are able to knock electrons off atoms and this causes a flow of electricity. The long ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • Want to improve wind and solar power? Bring them together

    By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is ...


    By Ensia

  • Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between?

    South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy. A 310-megawatt wind farm sprouting up in a remote, barren landscape near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya has the clean energy world buzzing — and for good reason. Africa’s largest wind farm, with 365 towering turbines, is creating more than 500 stable jobs in an ...


    By Ensia

  • Solar PV For An Estate In Oxfordshire

    Better Planet was selected to design, supply, install and commission a 56 kWp solar PV system for this estate in Oxfordshire. Better Planet assisted with the DNO (District Network Operator) application required for grid connection for an installation of this size. As the system is ground mounted and there are listed buildings on the site, a planning ...


  • 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 ...

  • Experimental evaluation of a low pressure desalination system (NF-PV), without battery support, for application in sustainable agriculture in rural areas

    Desalination driven by solar energy represents an appealing solution for agricultural irrigation in remote areas. In this work, a desalination system based on a photovoltaic-powered nanofiltration (NF-PV) membrane is studied. The experimental work explored the effect of the influent concentration and solar radiation on permeate production, energy consumption, recovery rate and quality of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Combining plasma profiling TOFMS with TOF-SIMS depth profiling for microelectronic applications

    Read our recent article showing the comparison of TOF-SIMS and Plasma Profiling TOFMS (PP-TOFMS) depth profiles of SiGe, metal silicides,  photovoltaics complex metal/oxide stacks, and PZT, published in Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B. And discover the unique capabilities of PP-TOFMS as a fast depth profiling tool providing reference free semi-quantification and spontaneous ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • New documentary showcases the promise of solar energy

    What do an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist and a Chinese entrepreneur have in common? They’re all part of a new documentary film highlighting the growth of solar energy around the world. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya and featuring stories from the U.S. ...


    By Ensia

  • 7 Theses on Storage Systems in Commercial Applications

    Solar storage systems are now the focus of attention more than ever before. The application areas are as different as the requirements. While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage ...


    By SMA Solar

  • Helplessly exposed to nature? How lightning storms can be measured

    Each day, there occur about 1,000 thunderstorms with 4-10 million lightning bolts worldwide. In average, 700 people per year are hit by such light discharges, of which 75% of the hits result in long-term damages. Between three and seven cases end fatal. The risk is particularly high in the open field and is fortunately decreasing. The reason for this is that we stay more often inside in cars and ...

  • Breakthrough curves of oil adsorption on novel amorphous carbon thin film

    A novel amorphous carbon thin film (ACTF) was prepared by hydrolyzing wood sawdust and delignificating the residue to obtain cellulose mass that was subjected to react with cobalt silicate nanoparticle as a catalyst under the influence of sudden concentrated sulfuric acid addition at 23 °C. The novel ACTF was obtained in the form of thin films like graphene sheets having winding surface. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

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