Apr 242018
 
Standard Solar, Inc., a US-based solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, has completed a 2 megawatt (MW) solar array at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Horn Point Laboratory. Standard Solar and UMCES partnered to develop a solar project designed to significantly reduce UMCES’ environmental footprint. Standard
Apr 242018
 
Until recently, microgrids have relied on power from diesel generators. But by integrating solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, operators can reduce the cost of diesel consumption, delivery and storage. In addition, integrating PV will also improve environmental performance and save maintenance costs by reducing the running hours and load on the gensets. However, the intermittent nature of PV means that its penetration so far has been limited – but by adopting a lithium-ion (Li-ion) Energy...
Apr 232018
 
In an advance that makes a more flexible, inexpensive type of solar cell commercially viable, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated organic solar cells that can achieve 15% efficiency. This level of efficiency is in the range of many solar panels, or photovoltaics, currently on the market. "Organic photovoltaics can potentially cut way down on the total solar energy system cost, making solar a truly ubiquitous clean energy source," said Stephen Forrest, the Peter A....
Apr 232018
 
An international team of scientists has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy. The team, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrated how coating tiny particles with organic dyes greatly enhances their ability to capture near-infrared light and to reemit the light in...
Apr 232018
 
Though the layout of these efficient thin-film solar cells is relatively simple, the material properties are very complex and, despite their success, not yet entirely understood. For two decades, scientists have believed that adding sodium to the core of these devices makes it more difficult for the indium and the gallium to homogenize.  A new study led by the University of Luxembourg shows, however, that this long-held assumption is only true if the film is composed of many crystals. The...
Apr 202018
 
Walt Disney World Resort announced that it is planning a 270-acre, 50MW solar facility that will generate enough energy to power two of its four theme parks in Florida Project developer Origis Energy USA will construct the solar powr plant, which will include half a million solar panels and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 9300 cars from the roads. Disney also has numerous other efforts under way that, when combined, are...
Apr 192018
 
Physicists at the University of Warwick have today, Thursday 19th April 2018, published new research in the Journal Science today 19th April 2018 (via the Journal’s First Release pages) that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells by physically deforming each of the crystals in the semiconductors used by photovoltaic cells. The paper entitled the “Flexo-Photovoltaic Effect” was written by Professor Marin...
Apr 192018
 
Leading renewable energy developer and consultancy Dulas has completed the installation of a 120kWp solar array at BBC Wales’ new broadcast centre utilising a new inverter technology in the development. The project builds on Dulas’ strong track record in the delivery of rooftop-mounted PV arrays, which has seen it deliver over 11MW of projects across the UK. As part of their commitment to the new premises being built to BREEAM standards, the BBC sought to incorporate the...
Apr 192018
 
America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year’s report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects. “To leading companies across America, deploying solar is...