Solar Photovoltaics Articles

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Sunny Boy Storage is affordable and also flexible applicable

    Independent and affordable electricity supply for your home – until now that was not feasible from a technical perspective. But that’s exactly what the new SMA battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage offers. In March, the inverter has been honored with the Innovation Prize at the PV symposium Bad Staffelstein. Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the SMA Offgrid ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • 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

  • 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 Technology AG

  • 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

  • Technical and economic evaluation of an off-grid solar desalination system in Myanmar

    Myanmar is a unique country where the majority of the people live in rural areas, away from grid electricity and reliable water supplies. The penetration of grid electricity in rural areas is minimal and even then it is often erratic. This paper focuses on the challenges of transitioning from an electricity-poor country to a renewable energy based-economy augmented with photovoltaics (PV). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Solar power is booming in India. Will it reach the people who need it most?

    As renewable energy ramps up, entrepreneurs work to bring its benefits to the 300 million citizens who lack electricity. The sun is shining on India, and India is poised to take advantage of it, with massive investments in solar energy facilities to help meet the needs of a population that is expected to grow to make it the planet’s most populous nation by 2022. But will ...


    By Ensia

  • Bioaugmentation treatment of PV wafer manufacturing wastewater by microbial culture

    The wastewater of silicon photovoltaic (PV) battery manufacturing contained polyethylene glycol (PEG) and detergents, which possessed the characteristics of high content of organics and low bioavailability, and then resulted in high treatment costs. To address the difficulties of existing treatment facilities in stably meeting discharge standards, eight tons of microbial culture (consisting of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How Much Does A Solar Panel System Cost To Generate Home Electricity Consumption?

    The how much money does solar panels cost information will guide customers to mitigate their home energy bills? The research on solar panel system to generate solar energy in the form of electricity has been long and arduous. It is only recently that contemporary designs and materials coupled with innovative grid sharing concepts make it possible for everyone. The consumers across ...


    By Solarpanelsxpert

  • The search for sustainable plastics

    As petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials. The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria turn corn syrup into a churning mass of polymers that can be ...


    By Ensia

  • Trending strategies for PV O&M - White Paper

    EPCs and developers placing more emphasis on operational assets in the wake of damaging cuts to FiT schemes, non-O&M companies developing new business lines to services the O&M markets, and the secondary market of new owners keen to achieve optimum performance, are driving a competitive O&M market. Energy output has never been more essential: “If you do energy trading and you ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Success Story: 1 Million Sunny Boy TL Inverters Sold Worldwide

    SMA has been making and selling PV inverters for over 30 years. But no product has been installed as often as the Sunny Boy TL: launched in 2008, the one-millionth unit from this product family was sold in June 2015. As a result, the Sunny Boy is the bestselling inverter of its class worldwide. Its total installed output – more than four gigawatts – is enough to replace four typical ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • Intelligent Storing

    Intelligent management of battery-storage systems can save money and, at the same time, be beneficial for the utility grid. Read this article and discover what is behind all this. - See more at: http://en.sma-sunny.com/2015/07/10/intelligent-storing/#sthash.s81hF5k7.dpuf Intelligent management of battery-storage systems can save money and, at the same time, be beneficial for the utility grid. ...


    By SMA Solar

  • Micropower system modeling with Homer

    The HOMER Micropower Optimization Model is a computer model developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assist in the design of micropower systems and to facilitate the comparison of power generation technologies across a wide range of applications. HOMER models a power system's physical behavior and its life-cycle cost, which is the total cost of installing and operating ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • 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

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