Feb 282015
 
Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

3d-printed-solar-trees

How would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees”. The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy and can be used to […]

Feb 272015
 
The launch of Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane, has been delayed due to sand storms in Abu Dubai. Solar Impulse intends to complete the world's first solar-powered flight around the world. Solar Impulse will fly day and night in a real-world demonstration of the application of solar energy. The brainchild of pilots and founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. This revolutionary single-seater aircraft is made of carbon fiber, with the wingspan of a Boeing...
Feb 272015
 
Despite sinking oil prices, worldwide demand for power generated from photovoltaics (PV) is rising. Around the globe, plummeting system prices are promoting the construction of PV power plants. At the same time, business models in the industry are changing due to cuts in state funding, calling for new financing and profit models and positioning solar energy as a promising investment opportunity. The international solar industry is meeting at Intersolar Europe in Munich from 10 to 12 June, 2015...
Feb 262015
 
Solar-Log -  Export restriction Feed-in Management is one function of the Solar-Log Energy Management System. This function allows the amount of PV energy that is fed into the grid to be limited from 0 to 100% of the module output, making it possible to set up a fixed reduction. If the plant operator cannot use the PV energy for self-consumption – for example, an industrial plant on the weekend – the Solar-Log ensures that only the amount of energy allowed is fed into the...
Feb 262015
 
Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and Demansys Energy, Inc., a smart grid technology company with offices in Connecticut and Troy, New York (US), announced today that they have completed construction and commissioning of a 1MW Lithium Ion energy storage facility utilizing Hitachi’s “CrystEna*” compact container-type energy storage system and have started a demonstration project in Somerdale, New Jersey (US).  Energy storage is an emerging...
Feb 262015
 
BASF and TODA KOGYO Corp. established “BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC”. The new company will provide cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in Japan. BASF TODA Battery Materials was established with 66% equity from BASF Japan Ltd. and 34% from TODA KOGYO Corp. The joint venture will conduct research and development, production, marketing and sales for a broad range of cathode materials, particularly NCA (Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide), LMO (Lithium Manganese...
Feb 262015
 
Florida Gulf Cost University (FGCU) officials recently held groundbreaking ceremonies  for the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. The majority of the 6.5-acre campus will be devoted to outdoor research development fields, where private and public researchers will develop and test new wind, solar, and agricultural technologies. Anchoring the site is a...
Feb 262015
 
Nationally recognized engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Swinerton Renewable Energy has contracted with Albuquerque-based Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) to procure 104MW of its DuraTrack HZ single-axis tracking system for the 630-acre Utah Red Hills Renewable Park. Scatec Solar, the project’s developer and a long-term owner, hired Swinerton Renewable Energy to construct the plant and procure the appropriate technologies. Once construction completes, the trackers are...
Feb 262015
 
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands found the reason why adding extra solvent during the production of organic solar cells can double or even triple device efficiency.  “Adding the extra solvent was already a known procedure to improve the efficiency, but it was not really known what the underlying mechanisms were,” says Professor René Janssen, Molecular Materials and Nanosystems, Departments of Applied Physics and Chemical Engineering...
Feb 252015
 
NRG Home Solar, one of the country’s leading residential solar companies, announced it has expanded its US operations into North Carolina. The company is offering fully integrated solar solutions in the state, providing homeowners with the opportunity to install solar through financing options that require zero-money down. NRG Home Solar expects to fill numerous new positions in a variety of different levels within the first year as it formally opens its Charlotte, North Carolina office...