Jul 312018
 
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc., a specialist in smart energy, announced today that it has extended its lawsuit pending in the Mannheim District Court, Germany, against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei, by asserting two additional patents related to its power optimizer technology. Also with regard to these two additional patents, SolarEdge asserts unauthorized use...
Jul 312018
 
New solar energy research from Arizona State University demonstrates that silicon-based, tandem photovoltaic modules, which convert sunlight to electricity with higher efficiency than present modules, will become increasingly attractive in the U.S. A paper that explores the costs vs. enhanced efficiency of a new solar technology, titled "Techno-economic viability of silicon-based, tandem photovoltaic modules in the United States," appears in Nature Energy this week. The...
Jul 312018
 
Combining autonomous soaring and onboard solar power, new technology developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) allows unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly for more than 12 hours.  The solar-soaring technology uses both thermal energy in the atmosphere and solar energy. “NRL is pioneering two new aspects,” says Dr Dan Edwards, senior aerospace engineer in the NRL’s Tactical Electronic Warfare Division. “First, the solar arrays are co-molded into...
Jul 302018
 
Lithium metal batteries hold tremendous promise for next-generation energy storage because the lithium metal negative electrode has 10 times more theoretical specific capacity than the graphite electrode used in commercial Li-ion batteries. It also has the most negative electrode potential among materials for lithium batteries, making it a perfect negative electrode. However, lithium is one of the most difficult materials to manipulate, due to its internal dendrite growth mechanism. This...
Jul 272018
 
In Ankara, Turkey one of the world's largest amusement parks is about to open its doors. The PV system in the car park also echoes the scale of the Ankapark: with a capacity of 10.2 megawatts, the world's largest solar carport is installed there. The inverters come from Germany-based manufacturer, KACO new energy. In the heart of Turkey, in the capital city of Ankara, over six years of construction work has resulted in one of the largest amusement parks in the world. With a total area...
Jul 262018
 
TÜV SÜD’s experts have developed a new comprehensive test and certification program to certify solar kits and PV power generating units. This new scheme will allow solar kit manufacturers to verify their products, and comply with international standards. The TÜV SÜD certification scheme represents a milestone in the solar industry, since it is specifically designed and aimed to address a variety of quality as well as safety related issues associated to PV...
Jul 262018
 
AlsoEnergy, a specialist in renewable energy software solutions, and skytron energy, one of Europe’s leading solar software and hardware companies, announced a merger that will create a global leader for renewable energy monitoring, controls, and asset management solutions. In addition, AlsoEnergy announced the acquisition of Draker Corporation, a pioneer in the solar monitoring industry. Th
Jul 262018
 
An international team of materials scientists from France, Russia and Kazakhstan found a way to boost the efficiency of organic solar cells several times. The new study, published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, has shown that ordered structures based on organic molecules can be used to produce solar power. Solar panels, or batteries, are one of the most promising ways to generate electrical power. As of 2017, the combined power of solar panels installed worldwide amounted to 400...
Jul 262018
 
A new study from GTM Research found that the U.S. community solar market could grow up to 50-80 times its current size by 2030 to 57-84 GW. This equates to serving nearly nine million new solar customers, including four million low-to-moderate income households, and amounting to $120 billion in capital investments. The Vision for U.S. Community Solar: A Roadmap to 2030, which was produced for the non-profit group Vote Solar in partnership with GRID Alternatives and the Coalition for Community...