Oct 032018
 
Pika Energy has announced new capabilities that will enable any PV system owner to couple Pika Energy storage to their existing solar array. Pika’s Harbor smart battery is one of the most powerful and efficient smart batteries on the market, storing up to 17.1kWh of energy and supplying up to 10kW of output thanks to the Panasonic Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) battery modules. The category-leading power and capacity of the Pika Harbor smart battery has until now been reserved for owners of a Pika...
Oct 032018
 
A research group from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has made great, rapid strides towards the development of a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use. These advances have been presented in four scientific articles this year, with the most recent being published in the highly ranked journal Energy & Environmental Science. Around a year ago, the research team presented a molecule that was capable of storing solar energy. The molecule, made...
Oct 012018
 
The 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC) ended after 5 days of intensive scientific debates on the further development of solar power with a strong message. “While solar is already the lowest cost power generation source in many places in the world, it is now about speeding up the efforts to quickly utilizing this unique clean and distributed power technology to combat climate change,” said Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Conference General Chairman, at the closing...
Oct 012018
 
Photonic nanostructures can be used for many applications, not just in solar cells, but also in optical sensors for cancer markers or other biomolecules, for example. A team at HZB in Berlin (Germany) using computer simulations and machine learning has now shown how the design of such nanostructures can be selectively optimized. The results are published in Communications Physics. Nanostructures can increase the sensitivity of optical sensors enormously – provided that the geometry...
Sep 282018
 
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. has been voted as the winner of the Solar+Power Awards 2018 in the Solar PV BOS category for its Q.FLAT-G5 solar mounting system for flat rooftops. The Q.FLAT-G5 helps to deliver lower LCOE and improved power density by boosting the long-term stability and safety of the modules. When combined with Hanwha Q CELLS’ award-winning Q.PEAK DUO-G5 half-cell modules – which won the Solar+Power Award 2017 in the category of Silicon Module, and also claimed the...
Sep 282018
 
Energy Storage North America (ESNA) announced the finalists for its 2018 Innovation Awards. The awards recognize projects that demonstrate innovation, excellence and impact in energy storage. The nine ESNA Innovation Award finalists have executed projects of outstanding achievement across three categories: Front-of-Meter, Behind-the-Meter and Mobile Storage. Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the annual Energy Storage North America co
Sep 282018
 
A photoelectrode developed by researchers at Hokkaido University, Japan, can harvest more than a surprising 85% of visible light across a wide spectral range by using a 30-nanometer titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin-film semiconductor sandwiched between a 100-nanometer gold film and loaded with gold nanoparticles to enhance light absorption. At first, the team had studied the decomposition of water by visible light irradiation with a plasmon-induced water-splitting system based on the localized...
Sep 272018
 
Enphase Energy, Inc., a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced that Sunpro Solar, a provider of rooftop solar for the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions, has chosen Enphase to be its exclusive inverter supplier.  The Enphase IQ Microinverter System dramatically simplifies solar installations and provides a complete AC solution that produces no high-voltage DC, providing a safe solar solution for homeowners. Sunpro...