Sep 282017
 
Mission Solar Energy, US manufacturer of high-power solar modules, and PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, the nation’s largest privately held solar and roofing company, have joined forces. Together, the companies will offer homeowners an affordable path to solar ownership using American-built materials installed by US workers. Mission Solar Energy will supply high-performance solar panels assembled at the company’s headquarters factory in San Antonio, Texas for PetersenDean...
Sep 272017
 
The US Department of Energy today announced new funding to develop revolutionary solar desalination technologies that will help create freshwater from otherwise unusable waters. Desalination treats seawater, brackish water, and contaminated water for use in municipal and industrial water supplies, or to reclaim contaminated water. The Solar Energy Technologies Office expects to make $15 million available for 7 to 10 projects that explore early-stage technologies with the prospect of...
Sep 272017
 
For a consecutive year, Solar Power International opened their doors to a record-breaking crowd. The four-day event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada welcomed 20,000 attendees from September 10 to 13 and showcased an expanded show floor and an even more robust educational program, bolstered by the co-location of Energy Storage International (ESI), Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, and The Technical Symposium. “This...
Sep 272017
 
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have designed sunglasses with colored, semitransparent organic solar cells fitted onto the lenses to power sensors, a microprocessor and two displays in the temples. This emerging photovoltaic technology comprising organic semiconducting materials, such as polymers, offer unique properties like transparency, tunability in color and shape, and light weight, making them adaptable to solar designs previously not feasible....
Sep 272017
 
Claire Perry MP, the UK Minister for Climate Change & Industry, will today officially open Anesco's Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility, located near Flitwick in Bedfordshire. Clayhill is the first solar farm in the UK to operate without a government subsidy. The 10MW solar farm will generate enough electricity for around 2,500 homes and save 4,452 tonnes of carbon. Steve Shine OBE, Anesco's Executive Chairman said: "For the solar industry, Clayhill is a...
Sep 262017
 
Collegiate teams involving hundreds of students from the United States and Europe have arrived at the new site of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017, which is being held for the first time in Denver, Colorado. These motivated students began assembling their highly energy-efficient, solar houses this morning at 8 a.m.
Sep 252017
 
SolarWorld Americas Inc., a US crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, today announced that with the prospect of what ic is calling "meaningful import relief close at hand", the company will begin ramping up production immediately and hiring up to 200 workers by May. On Friday, the bipartisan US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of a trade-case determination that a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel...
Sep 252017
 
Research and industry worldwide are working to further reduce the costs of solar electricity and German research is playing a leading role. With its newest solar cell, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has now exceeded its own world record for multicrystalline solar cells. The record cell converts 22.3%of the incident sunlight into electricity. Multicrystalline silicon, the work horse of the photovoltaic industry, dominates the PV module production worldwide with a...