Oct 262016
 
A group of companies is announcing the launch of the global Bright Minds Challenge to identify and help accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy – focusing on solar and energy storage. The challenge is initiated by DSM, together with Accenture, Greentown Labs, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University's Saïd Business Schook, SolarAid, 
Oct 262016
 
The International Energy Agency is significantly increasing its five-year growth forecast for renewables thanks to strong policy support in key countries and sharp cost reductions. Renewables have surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world. The latest edition of the IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Market Report now sees renewables growing 13% more between 2015 and 2021 than it did in last year’s forecast, due mostly to...
Oct 262016
 
Sungrow, a PV inverter manufacturer, announced that the world’s largest PV & energy storage microgrid power plant with 13MW of PV inverters and 7MW of energy storage inverters, was successfully installed in Shuanghu, China, the highest region in the world located in China’s Tibet province. The 20MW microgrid power plant aims to provide electricity to over 14,000 people living in the vicinity, with average elevations reaching heights of over 5000 meters. With temperatures often...
Oct 252016
 
Tigo released the Selective Deployment feature, where Tigo’s TS4 optimizers are only placed on the needed panels, rather than on all of the array, thus dramatically cutting costs while still enabling highest energy yield. The energy benefits of the smart modules using Selective deployment can now be fully calculated and compared using Aurora Solar’s cloud-based solar sales and design software. Aurora is the first modeling tool to simulate Selective Deployment of...
Oct 252016
 
Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a specialist in solar tracking solutions and services, announced today it has shipped 6GW of solar trackers globally. The news comes on the heels of GTM Research’s recent report The Global PV Tracker Landscape 2016: Prices, Forecasts, Market Shares and Vendor Profiles, which reported that ATI is the nation’s market share leader in solar tracker manufacturing based on MW volume of tracker shipments. The Global PV Tracker Landscape...
Oct 252016
 
Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter of 2016. Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Efficiency companies raised $102 million in venture capital funding (including private equity and corporate venture capital) in Q3 2016. The top funded company was an Efficiency company, ecobee, a...
Oct 252016
 
 Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter of 2016. Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Efficiency companies raised $102 million in venture capital funding (including private equity and corporate venture capital) in Q3 2016. The top funded company was an Efficiency company, ecobee, a...
Oct 252016
 
Adhesives and sealants have an important yet understated impact on solar installations. But despite their importance in creating successful installations, the role they play in installing modules is often not fully understood. To help ensure long-lasting installations, installers must understand how these materials affect the process. Here’s an overview of what installers should know about PV/solar adhesives and sealants before diving into their next project. A push to lower costs...
Oct 242016
 
Scientists at Columbia University in New York City (US) have developed hybrid organic solar cells using hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs). The research revealed that this new kind of material with “mysterious” properties can achieve theoretical conversion efficiencies much higher than traditional silicon solar cells and far beyond the expected theoretical limit of 33%. Inherently imperfect and defect-tolerant “These materials are semiconductors that can be made...