PVinsights:A warning on oversupply

Both multi- and mono-crystalline module prices plummet obviously this week. Ongoing supply growth and falling demand continues to weigh on the solar panel prices, as the fierce price competition has extended globally. In China, the price correction of multi-crystalline module has declined obviously in July, as Chinese module makers leverage strategic pricing in attempts to win the limited solar projects. Due to the entry limitation by trade barriers in EU and the US, the 2nd tier Chinese producers suffer the most with accumulated stockpiles and have to enhance fierce price competition in China, India, Japan, and the emerging countries, where no punitive tariff enforced, to dump their excessive inventories. Meanwhile, in the US, solar panel prices are also being pressured with some quotes lower than $0.50/watt as 1st tier Chinese module makers seek to increase the shipments via its overseas capacities to compensate the worse-than-anticipated sales in China.

Panasonic Activates Online Simulator for Dutch Homeowners to Visualize Benefits of Installing Solar

Panasonic, a world-renowned leader in consumer electronics across a wide array of industries, today launched a new, online solar simulation platform for Dutch homeowners. Building upon Panasonic's UK launch earlier in 2016, the free and interactive "Simulate your Solar System" platform now enables homeowners residing in the Netherlands to input their address, roof characteristicsand yearly electricity consumption to provide a personalised estimate of their home's solar potential and showing them how close they can get to a 100% reduction of their current yearly electricity costs using Panasonic HIT®'s high-performance solar modules.

Local Girls Use STEM to Turn Recycled Refrigerators into Solar-Powered Racecars

ComEd's Icebox Derby brings 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland together to shine the sun on STEM in annual summer competition

SolarWindow Reveals First-Ever 'Invisible System' for Transporting Electricity on its Electricity-Generating Window

The company's SolarWindow™ generates electricity when its transparent organic coatings are applied in thin layers on to glass surfaces. The SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System, announced today, moves electricity within these electricity-generating coatings to the company's previously developed 'invisible wires'. In turn, these 'invisible wires' transport electricity across the surface to the edge of the glass, where it's connected to building electrical systems.

Rock-It Systems from EcoFasten Solar Receive UL 2703 First Edition Certification

Phoenix, AZ / Morrisville, VT: EcoFasten Solar's Rock-It System and the newly launched Rock-It System 2.0, rail-free solar roof mount solutions, are now certified to UL 2703 First Edition.

Belgian scientists make novel water-from-urine machine

Reuters:  A team of scientists at a Belgian university say they have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer using solar energy, a technique which could be applied in rural areas and developing countries.

While there are other options for treating waste water, the system applied at the University of Ghent uses a special membrane, is said to be energy-efficient and to be applicable in areas off the electricity grid.

"We're able to recover fertilizer and drinking water from urine using just a simple process and solar energy," said University of Ghent researcher Sebastiaan Derese.

The urine is collected in a big tank, heated in a solar-powered boiler before passing through the membrane where the water is recovered and nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus are separated.  Cont'd...

Ballard Announces Strategic Collaboration and Equity Investment Deal With Broad-Ocean

Ballard Power Systems today announced that Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. has entered into a strategic collaboration with Ballard which includes a $28.3 million equity investment in Ballard, representing 9.9% of the company following the transaction.

Solar Impulse proves innovation, technology and pioneering mindset can address global challenges

ABB alliance partner Solar Impulse completes round-the-world flight with zero fuel, showing we can run the world without consuming the earth. As a pioneering technology leader, ABB is putting this message into practice

EROEI or IOU?

Energy Returned Over Energy Invested - a concept introduced in a paper by Dr John Morgan, which I found in Principia Scientific under the heading The Catch-22 of Energy Storage.

Sun Bandit® Celebrates Certification of World's First PV-Powered, Solar Water Heating Solution

Home builders, property owners and contractors are all fired up about Sun Bandit's new breed of off-grid, PV-powered solar hybrid water heating. It's the first major industry innovation in over a century.

Natural Power to showcase water well drilling in Dumfries and Galloway

Helping farmers, landowners and households to plan and install private water supplies.

Coal as Renewable Clean Energy. 'By turning coal to graphite, which can collect and store heat from the sun, one can produce electricity.' M - Power Corp.

CVMR® has been able to convert natural coal to graphite flakes, powders and graphite blocks at much lower cost than the current methods in use. They have simultaneously managed to produce graphene from methane gas.

Turbines for First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

The Maritime Executive:  Preparations for the groundbreaking Block Island Wind Farm – America's first – are well under way, with the regulatory permits obtained, the funding procured and the jacket installation complete. Now the actual equipment for the farm, towers, blades and five massive turbines have been shipped, ready for assembly. 

The blades arrrived in Providence, RI from Denmark on the general cargo shipSuomigracht late last month, and the turbines are on board the Fred Olsen jackup construction vessel Brave Tern, currently under way across the North Atlantic. When theTern arrives, it will begin the process of installing the towers; that work is expected to begin in August. 

The 20-mile cable connecting Block Island with the mainland was completed on June 28 – providing the island with its first electrical and fiber optic connection ever. Deepwater Wind, the developer and operator of the farm, has completed a separate cable linking the facility with Block Island, and expects to finish cable linkages between the five wind towers this month.   Cont'd...

Why flying a kite could be the future of clean energy

Antony Michels for Yahoo Finance:  David Schaefer wants to sell $50,000 kites to farmers to help them generate electricity by harnessing the power of the wind.

Schaefer, 54, is the CEO of eWind Solutions, a Beaverton, Oregon, company he founded in 2013 after quitting his job as director of mechanical engineering at Xerox.

“Imagine when you were a kid in a field flying the kite,” Schaefer says. “When the wind picks up you remember feeling that pull on the string. Well that pull is really energy. That’s what we’re doing. We’re harnessing that energy.”  Cont'd...

Australia Solar Photovoltaic Market is likely to witness significant gains in this region owing to the surge in demand from residential and commercial sectors

"Australia Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Landscape & Forecast, 2016 - 2023"

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