Feb 222018
 
With speed as a top priority for solar professionals in today’s market, SMA has revealed an improved Power+ Solution, which builds on SMA’s MLPE solution. The UL-listed Power+ Solution is currently available through the company’s Authorized Distributor network. One of the most significant improvements to the Power+ Solution is a major reduction in system components within a new Rooftop Communication Kit. This means faster installation, fewer potential points of...
Feb 212018
 
The costs of solar thermal power plants are falling, as with the other renewable technologies of photovoltaics and wind. As a result, new power plants are very promising especially in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Within the framework of the World Bank Middle East & North Africa Concentrating Solar Power Knowledge & Innovation Program (MENA CSP KIP), the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems ISE is laying the groundwork for the market development of...
Feb 202018
 
Blueplanet gridsave 50.0 TL3-S is the new battery inverter from KACO new energy. The device serves as a motor for charging and discharging batteries in energy storage systems. The Germany-based manufacturer attached great importance to versatility in the development process: With the battery inverter, system integrators have great freedom in the choice of battery technology, the connection to the higher-level energy management system and the size of the battery storage.  Open for all...
Feb 202018
 
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, lightweight and flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, announces that the company has been selected by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) for further testing to develop custom PV products designed specifically for DLR’s upcoming solar array deployment system.  DLR’s new GOSOLAR project is aimed at testing the deployment technology needed...
Feb 162018
 
GE Power was chosen by Scatec Solar to supply solar photovoltaic (PV) skids for a 162-megawatt (MW) solar project located in Quixeré, State of Ceará, Brazil. Brazil is Latin America’s largest renewable energy market. Today, nearly 76% of its electricity is generated from renewable sources. Its renewable energy ambition doesn’t stop there, as the country forecasts to bring up to 7 gigawatts of solar generation capacity online by 2024. Compared to the...
Feb 152018
 
Quick Mount PV announced QRail, an innovative new rooftop racking system featuring patented QClick and QSplice technologies that simplify and speed installation. QRail combines with Quick Mount PV’s industry-leading waterproof mounts to create a complete, fully-integrated racking and mounting solution for installing solar PV modules on any roof.  The patented QClick technology enables module clamps to easily click into the rail channel and remain in an upright position, ready to...
Feb 152018
 
The well-known blueplanet inverters from KACO new energy in Neckarsulm (Germany) are now available with an output power starting at 3 kilowatts. So far, the blueplanet 5.0 TL3 opened the entry into the world of three-phase devices: Now, it is the blueplanet 3.0 TL3 and blueplanet 4.0 TL3. Good news for installers operating in markets where photovoltaic systems of this performance class and above have to be connected in three phases, for example in Switzerland or Austria.  Single-phase or...
Feb 152018
 
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the leading exploration and production company in the Sultanate of Oman, and GlassPoint Solar, the leading supplier of solar energy to the oil industry, have inaugurated the Miraah solar plant. Miraah, located at the Amal oilfield in the south of the Sultanate, will be among the world’s largest solar projects when completed. Four blocks of the plant have now been constructed safely, on time and on budget with steam production integrated with the Amal...
Feb 142018
 
SolarReviews.com, a specialist in customer reviews for the solar industry, has analyzed consumer data from more than 3,500 solar installations and has identified the top 3 characteristics that define the most successful residential solar installers as expressed by the customers themselves. SolarReviews.com found the most successful residential solar installers, based on information provided to the site by consumers themselves, are either family or privately owned, limited in...
Feb 142018
 
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California (US) have discovered an inorganic halide perovskite that is ideal for smart solar windows. What is more, the new photovoltaic glass is also thermochromic — it produces electricity when the window is darkened at night or in cool conditions.  An inorganic halide perovskite with remarkable phase transition chemistry “We found a good way to control the phase...