Dec 252015
 
Researchers involved in a €10.6 million European research project claim to have demonstrated a cost-effective way to make graphene on an industrial scale. According to the GRAFOL project co-ordinator John Robertson, from the University of Cambridge, the key result of the four-year effort is the development of a roll-to-roll production tool capable of making large sheets of the single-layer carbon material. In a post on the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 web...
Dec 242015
 
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has added 7 PV photovoltaic ground plants in a total of 31MW of new third party O&M contracts to its portfolio in Spain. The plants are located in the Centre and South East of Spain and are being supervised and provided O&M Services for the companies Eland Private Equity and European Energy. With these new contracts, Martifer Solar has achieved a track record of more than 100 MW in O&M Service in Spain. Operating in more than 20...
Dec 232015
 
The camera as we know it is changing: We are already seeing elements of computational photography, which relies on the idea that if you can capture visual data instead of a true image, the picture can be reconstructed with software.
Dec 232015
 
Enphase Energy, Inc., announced that its advanced S-Series microinverter systems comply with the new solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-supply and self-supply tariffs issued by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Enphase’s smart inverters are qualified by the Hawaiian Electric Companies under the terms of the new rooftop solar requirements, which take effect 1 January, 2016. For Hawaii to meet its goal of getting 100% of its energy from renewable
Dec 232015
 
SolarTown Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (SolarTown), a specialist in India’s solar industry specializing in the sale, lease and installation of solar rooftop systems for residential, commercial and industrial customers, announced that its off-grid solar systems in Chennai remained online, providing critical support to its customers and surrounding communities following the State Electricity Board’s decision to suspend the power supply in the city of Chennai following the devastating...
Dec 222015
 
For quite some time now we have seen many of the same trends continuing in the solar industry. These include falling prices, increased efficiencies, growing numbers of installations. In 2015, however, technologies, costs and applications shifted in three key areas. The three key trends that we see as shaping the solar industry in 2016 are energy storage, asset management and smart technologies. Energy storage Affordable energy storage solutions is what the solar industry has been awaiting for...
Dec 222015
 
LG Electronics (LG) and Enphase Energy, Inc., have agreed to integrate Enphase’s microinverter technology into LG Electronics’ new generation of AC solar modules (ACM) for the global solar market.  The LG high-performance backsheet-integrated ACM will incorporate Enphase’s next-generation S-series microinverter with LG’s high-efficiency NeON 2 photovoltaic (PV) panels. Initial shipments of the LG-Enphase ACMs are expected to begin in the second half...
Dec 182015
 
Today is a landmark day in the US solar industry as both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the omnibus bill that includes extension of the Investment Tax Credit. For the past year the fate of the ITC has been debated in the industry. Some said the industry would survive without it, although most felt that not only is it needed, but fair, in light of the decades of tax breaks given to the fossil fuel industry. Now with the ITC remaining at 30% through 2020, the solar...
Dec 182015
 
Today the US House of Representatives passed the omnibus appropriations bill that includes a long-term extension of the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). In just a short time, the US Senate will vote on the bill. Watch the live Senate floor proceedings here. The Senate vote is the the last hurdle before President Obama signs it into law. A statement from the Solar Energy Industries Association, said that "all across the country, more than 200,000 hard-working Americans in the...
Dec 182015
 
Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont (US) will further its use of renewable energy and help reduce its operating costs while providing the institution new educational opportunities with the installation of a 500kW solar farm. This month, the 500kW project was awarded its Certificate of Public Good by the Vermont Public Service Board, green-lighting the project to begin construction immediately.  It is scheduled to be complete by February. The project on Vermont...