Nov 302018
 
As energy storage becomes increasingly important, SMA is continuing to invest in its offerings and is now delivering the Sunny Boy Storage-US inverter and Automatic Backup Unit. While other manufacturers offer a simple transfer switch and a number of separate components that must be purchased, SMA provides a complete solution with all parts integrated into one fully automated backup solution. The highly integrated Automatic Backup Unit consists of several components. The first is a...
Nov 302018
 
The Coalition for Community Solar Access, a national coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand community solar, today has launched a new Community Solar Job Portal. The portal features a wide variety of job openings from companies across the country and provides job seekers a single destination to find job opportunities in the fastest growing sector within the solar industry. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers who...
Nov 292018
 
Scatec Solar together with partners Equinor and Apodi Par completed 162 MW Apodi Solar plant, which is now grid connected and in commercial operation. Scatec Solar is located in Oslo, Norway. The Apodi Solar project was awarded in the auction process held by ANEEL, the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency, in November 2015. Apodi Solar holds a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CCEE, the Brazilian Power Commercialization Chamber. The plant is located in the state of...
Nov 292018
 
DERs—such as residential photovoltaic (PV) systems, battery storage, and electric vehicles—have seen significant growth in recent years. When aggregated and coordinated, DERs may provide the distribution grid with ancillary and other services. If emerging U.S. utility-led DER aggregation projects prove successful, new value streams could open for PV and other developing DERs, expanding the market for DERs. A new NREL report surveys existing DER aggregation projects across the...
Nov 282018
 
Sunnova Energy Corporation announced today the launch of its Sunnova Protect services. Sunnova Protect, a service-only offer, provides solar owners the opportunity to purchase multi-decade coverage from Sunnova, inclusive of monitoring, maintenance and repair services for their solar systems. Sunnova’s nearly 60,000 customers already enjoy peace of mind with the company’s best-in-class service warranty, and now with the launch of Sunnova Protect™ service plans, that...
Nov 282018
 
Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the University of Wuppertal, both in Germany, have developed a new atomic layer deposition (ALD) process for transparent ultra-thin silver films that overcomes the challenges of traditional chemical methods for producing ultra-thin and pure silver films and promises to boost the efficiency of solar cells and light-emitting diodes. The new fabrication process The new method for synthesizing transparent ultra-thin silver films is based on a...
Nov 272018
 
Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) has by far achieved the highest efficiency for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The basis for this latest achievement lies in the special multi-junction solar cells as well as the perfect interplay between the cell and the module optics. In the EU-funded project CPVMatch, a consortium of research institutions and companies has demonstrated how to optimize both of these aspects and thus better exploit the potential of this technology. The achieved...
Nov 272018
 
It’s no secret that new technologies are up-ending many industries and solar energy is no exception. Cost reductions have enabled the rapid deployment of solar energy across the US and the globe resulting in a large and ever-growing installed base of solar energy systems. With this critical mass of installed systems, we look to a new area for cost efficiencies: solar operations and maintenance (O&M). Whether you are a dedicated solar developer or a property owner with a new system,...
Nov 262018
 
Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH returned as a member of the Board of the German Solar Association (“BSW” or Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft), following the appointment of Oliver Beckel as BSW Executive Committee Member.  The 800 members of the BSW comprise a patchwork of solar companies ranging from installers and developers, to manufacturers and EPC firms. The BSW work as an intermediary between the relevant business, political and public sectors that cover Germany’s mature solar...
Nov 262018
 
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan have developed a solar-powered, ultraflexible organic sensor that can act as an autonomously powered heart monitor taped to the skin. The technology could also catalyze high-performance ultraflexible organic photovoltaics (OPVs). The team had previously developed a flexible photovoltaic cell that could be incorporated into textiles. Now, they have directly integrated a sensory device into a flexible organic solar cell. The...