Biomass Power Generation - A solution to Aggressive Green Power Strategies

A confluence of industry drivers such as regulatory framework and government support, long-term supply of low cost feedstock, and FITs and tax incentives for biomass energy use are anticipated to propel the use of biomass for energy generation.

This cloudy-day black silicon solar cell can hit a record 22.1% efficiency

Researchers at Finland’s Aalto University have achieved a record-breaking 22.1% efficiency for a nanostructured silicon, or black, solar cell. They accomplished this by overlaying a thin, passivating film on the nanostructures by a process known as atomic layer deposition, and by integrating all of the metal contacts on the cell’s back side.
Perhaps the best part: Black solar cells work really well on cloudy days. “This is an advantage particularly in the north, where the sun shines from a low angle for a large part of the year,” said professor Hele Savin from Aalto University, who coordinated the study, in a statement. “We have demonstrated that in winter Helsinki, black cells generate considerably more electricity than traditional cells, even though both cells have identical efficiency values.”
Using the aforementioned process, the team managed to beat their previous record by almost 4%, which is a stunning achievement. The new cells have a certified external quantum efficiency of 96% at 300nm wavelengths, which the team said shows that charged carrier surface recombination is no longer a problem — and that for the first time, the black silicon isn’t limiting energy conversion efficiency. And thanks to the inherent properties of black solar cells, they can capture solar radiation at low angles, generating more electricity over the full duration of a day as compared with traditional cells.


The array built by Affordable Solar will produce 1.8 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity right at the site and cover 1/3 of the distribution center's energy usage.

SEIA Launches Spanish-Language Section on Website

The new Spanish-language section will include a Solar 101 tutorial, information about the solar industry's diversity efforts and how solar has become one of the fastest-growing industries in America.

Alta Energy Announces Completion of 504.7kW Solar Installation at Los Angeles Shopping Center

The system is forecasted to generate over 730,000 kilowatt-hours of power annually.

Enphase Energy Partners With Swiss Solar Technics SA to Bring Smart Solar to Switzerland

Partnership exemplifies local demand for uncompromising quality and reliability in solar systems

Eaton Helps Kentucky Power State's Largest Solar Installation at Fort Campbell to Advance Sustainability and Energy Security

The project is the first phase of a planned 5 MW solar array that will help the U.S. Army installation reduce operating costs while contributing to the renewable energy goals and energy independence.

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine

CEO And Professor Invents Off-Grid Solar Thermal Personal Energy


Trend for smart and more cost-effective components identified from this year's submissions

SolarWindow Announces Easy Power Connection System for Installation of its Transparent Electricity-Generating Windows

A single installation of SolarWindow products on all four sides of tall towers could generate 50-times greater power than traditional rooftop systems and 15-times their environmental benefits.

GE Launches the Next Evolution of Wind Energy Making Renewables More Efficient, Economic: the Digital Wind Farm

Industrial Brawn Meets Software Brains as GE Harnesses the Industrial Internet to Build the World's Most Efficient Wind Farm---- Use of Sensors, Data Networks and Analytics Create Turbines that Are Customized for Peak Efficiency of up to 20 Percent More in Annual Energy Production---- Combined Technology Could Deliver up to an Estimated $50 Billion in Value Across the Wind Industry1 if Applied to All 50 Gigawatts of Wind Being Installed this Year

SunEdison Awarded 33 Megawatt Deal To Modernize The Grid In Southern California With Solar

The solar systems will be built on rooftops throughout the Orange County and Inland Empire industrial corridors.

E.ON Energy Services and Liftra Team Up to Lower Costs of Major Wind Turbine Repairs

Liftra has developed a new technology, the Liftra Crane, which will dramatically lower the total costs to change out gearboxes and generators for certain turbines.

EnergySage Secures $1.5 Million in Series-A Financing to Fuel Expansion of Online Solar Energy Marketplace

Industry-First Comparison-Shopping Platform Primed to Be the Destination Site For Solar Power Systems

Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil solar battery project

100-kilowatt solar installation powers university's parking garage --- Excess solar energy stored in an industrial-size battery system --- Project enabled by $1 million grant from Duke Energy Florida

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