After years of slow progress, the global market for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems is entering a phase of explosive growth, with worldwide installations set to boom by 750 percent from 2013 to the end of 2020. CPV installations are projected to rise to 1,362 megawatts in 2020, up from 160 megawatts in 2013, according to the new report entitled "Concentrated PV (CPV) Report - 2013" from IHS. Installations will expand
Dubai, the second-largest sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates, will spend about $100 million to add 50 megawatts of solar-power capacity by the time it hosts the World Expo 2020 exhibition, consultant Access Advisory said. The new capacity will help meet Dubai’s own target of generating half the additional power needed to run the Expo from renewable resources, Stephane Bontemps, managing director of the Dubai-based business, told reporters yesterday. Dubai, which teetered on
Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands. This novel battery development, which could usher in a new era of "wearable electronics," is the topic of a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters. Current wearable electronics, such as smartwatches and Google Glass, still require a charger with a
Utility Company Rebates & Incentives Your utility company may offer local residential rebates and incentives on energy-saving purchases and home improvements. Typically, you can combine these with other incentives for even more savings, depending on your area’s program.The Department of Energy offers a Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). View DSIRE list of local incentives for Texas.
According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, biomass, and wind "units" provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity last month or 99.3% of all new generation placed in-service (the balance of 5 MW was provided by oil.) Twelve new solar units accounted for 504 MW or 72.1% of all new electrical generating capacity in October 2013 followed
China's increase in renewable energy is on course to surpass the European Union, the United States and Japan combined, says the International Energy Agency. In its annual World Energy Outlook released Tuesday, the IEA said China will be the strongest driver in the worldwide trend in which renewable energy is expected to account for almost half of the increase in global power generation by 2035, China Daily reports. Read more
For many years scientists and engineers have been trying to provide low-cost solar energy by developing a cheap solar cell that is both highly efficient and at the same time simple to build, enabling it to be mass produced. Now, the team led by Empa researcher Ayodhya N. Tiwari has made a major leap forward: the researchers are presenting a new manufacturing technique for CIGS solar cells, in which tiny
The use of solar panels to produce hot water is standard practice, but researchers at the Madrid Universities Carlos III and Politecnica suggest that they may also be used to provide large offices with heating in the winter and AC in the summer. Their proposal involves the incorporation of solar collectors into a gas-based cogeneration system with an absorption machine, which would reduce both energy expenditure and carbon dioxide emissions.
Solar farms are a no-brainer in warm and sunny places, but what about in northern climes where snow can cover and even shut down the panels? Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) is now part of a 2-year study that will help answer that question. The aims are to gauge how snow affects solar panels' power generation and determine the best ways to overcome any losses. The international engineering
To conserve the usage of natural Texas resources, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD) recently installed 18 solar photovoltaic panel array systems across Texas. They range from a 5kW array thru 92kW array on the Austin Headquarters (Texas Solar Power Parks). The energy generated by these arrays typically supplies about 20% of facility power needs and supplements the Texas grid, but the department is unable to determine the efficiency