Photovoltaic Agriculture: a Perfect Combination of modern agriculture and photovoltaic power generation

There is no denying that at present solar energy is the safest, most reliable and cleanest natural energy in the world. Photovotaic agriculture, a new agriculture industry, can convert solar energy photovoltaic into electricity and apply to agricultural activities, such as planting, breeding, irrigation and plant diseases. Generally speaking, photovoltaic agriculture plays a significant role in wide applications of modern agriculture and has high ecological and economic benefits.

China's Countryside to Embrace an Explosion of Distributed PV Generation

On May 25th, Zhang Gaoli, a member of Central Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party and Vice Premier of the State Council attends and speaks at the TV conference concerning a new wave of upgrading and transformation of rural power grid.

PVinsights:The depreciation of RMB enhances solar slump

After a roaring start to the year, the excitement over polysilicon has dissipated this week due to the weakened sentiment and the RMB depreciation. In China, although Chinese polysilicon manufactures still intend to increase the price quote, the attempts are limited in success as buyers are reluctant to accept any further price hike. As the result, polysilicon price in China this week stays clam in RMB term, but convert into a slight drop in dollar term due to the depreciation of RMB. As for the polysilicon outside of China, the price tumbles more obviously than China, with spot price falling closer to $15/kg this week.

Ballard Subsidiary Protonex Receives $5.8M Follow-On Product Order For U.S. Army

Ballard Power Systems today announced that the company's subsidiary, Protonex, has received a $5.8 million purchase order for the supply of Squad Power Manager (SPM-622) Special Operations Kits for end customer U.S. Special Operations Command.

GE's Gas Engine and Biosolids Technology Selected for New UK 'Eco Park' Waste-to-Biogas Project

GE's Authorized Distributor Clarke Energy Supplying Two Low-NOx Jenbacher J416 Gas Engines and Monsal* Anaerobic Digestion System to SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK for the Eco Park Surrey Project Digester Plant to Annually Process 40,000 Tonnes of Food Waste for Surrey County Council Biogas Created by the Digester System Will Generate Renewable Electricity and Heat by the Gas Engines

Excitement for New York Energy Week 2016 Builds With New Energy Industry CEOs and Other Private and Public Sector Leaders Added As Speakers

Energy industry's groundbreaking event series will be featured on Toshiba Vision Screens in Times Square from June 4 - June 17. Jigar Shah and Audrey Zibelman top list of more than 40+ confirmed speakers.

Offshore Wind Arrives in U.S. Waters

By Daniel Cusick, ClimateWire for Scientific American:  The first offshore wind farm in the United States is set to begin delivering power to Rhode Island’s electricity grid by year’s end, a milestone that could help reshape energy markets from New England to South Florida, experts say.

But for U.S. offshore wind power to achieve its full potential, as much as 4 gigawatts of capacity, it will need a major influx of capital and know-how, much of which will come from Europe, where the technology has a 25-year performance record and now accounts for 11 GW of generation capacity on the continent.

Representatives of top U.S. and European wind firms—including executives of Deepwater Wind, the firm building the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island—told industry peers gathered on the Gulf Coast last week that the industry should act now to establish the technical, logistical and policy frameworks to build more offshore wind farms in the United States.  Cont'd...

Ballard Closes Sale of Methanol Telecom Backup Power Business to CHEM for up to $6.1 million

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced the closing of its sale of certain of the Company's methanol Telecom Backup Power business assets to Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery Manufacturing Corporation, a major Taiwanese power equipment company ("CHEM"; http://www.chem.com.tw).

PJM's New Rules Skew Against Clean Energy; Silver Lining in a Lower Forecast

At a time when countries around the world have committed to cutting climate-warming pollution, our nation's largest electric grid operator is increasing reliance on fossil-fueled power to meet future electricity demand.

Expansion of Solar Business to South-East Asia: BayWa r.e. at the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week for the First Time

BayWa r.e. targets the South-East Asian market: from its offices in Singapore and Bangkok, the company will manage solar projects in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries. BayWa r.e. will also tap into the market potential of this region for the benefit of its photovoltaic trade business and look to strengthen existing contacts.

Energy Storage: It's About the Software

Carl Weinschenk for EnergyManagerToday:  Renewable initiatives rely on the ability to save the generated energy for a rainy – or windless – day. It follows that the software driving the pivotal task of managing the energy storage system is of paramount importance, says Gabe Schwartz, the Director of Marketing for Stem, which describes itself as an intelligent storage company that combines hardware and software storage platforms.

The core storage technology itself is important, of course. But the linchpin – the secret sauce – is the way in which that energy is handled once it is generated. “It is not a solar panel…where if the sun is shining you are in good shape,” Schwartz said. “It must shift use from one time to another knowing exactly when most valuable time to do that is and have the ability to act quickly when those opportunities present themselves both to the customer and the grid.”

The market for storage – and the software that drives it — is growing.  Cont'd...

WINAICO receives 2015 Top Solar Panel Products award from Solar Power World

Solar Power World honours WINAICO's WSP-310M6 PERC monocrystalline module with the 2015 Top Solar Panel Products award. The award recognises WINAICO's 310W module as the highest power 60-cell monocrystalline PERC module in the world.

INTRODUCING AQUANTA: A "LEARNING" WATER HEATER CONTROLLER THAT ENABLES REMOTE & CONVENIENT CONTROL

Retrofittable Device Converts The Water Heater Into A Smart, Networked And Energy-Efficient Appliance

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

Devin Coldewey for TechCrunch:  An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”

The Shockley-Queisser limit, which is definitely not made up, is the theoretical maximum efficiency of a solar cell, and it’s somewhere around 32 percent for the most common silicon-based ones.

You can get around this by various tricks like stacking cells, but the better option, according to David Bierman, a doctoral student on the team (and who is quoted above), will be thermophotovoltaics — whereby sunlight is turned into heat and then re-emitted as light better suited for the cell to absorb.  Cont'd...

Is Kinetic Energy the Future?

Kinetic energy is power that is gained from motion, and this motion can involve vehicles, individuals, and any other object.

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