Giant wave-riding platform design puts solar power out to sea

David Szondy for GizMag:  Sea-based wind farms are becoming a common sight in many parts of the world, but why not floating solar power stations? Engineers at the Vienna University of Technology foresee a future where platforms 100 m (330 ft) long and covered with solar panels float on even heavy seas thanks to a new floatation system called Heliofloat. Still under development, Heliofloat uses flexible, open-bottom floats that are capable of standing up to rough seas that would destroy such a platform sitting on conventional tanks.

Solar energy has a great potential for helping solve the world's energy problems, but among the factors hindering its general application is that suitable land is not always available. Relocating panels offshore could make for installations of incredible size and generating potential, but the seas isn't always a placid place. Even relatively calm areas can suddenly become tempests with waves that can pound a floating platform to kindling in a matter of minutes.  Cont'd...

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH REVEALS LOW CARBON BREAKTHROUGH IN PRODUCING HIGH PURITY HYDROGEN FROM COAL-LIKE MATERIALS

Research finds way of improving ultrapure hydrogen production yield and reducing energy consumption for carbon capture and compression Hydrogen production yields will increase greatly thanks to CO2 removal step, whilst auxiliary power consumption costs reduce

The Birth of Thermodynamics

Here is an account of something I stumbled upon on a visit to Munich last year which I hope will be of interest. The four laws without which nothing whatsoever throughout the universe that happens, happens.

Grupo Clavijo Innovations at Mirec Week 2016

THE SP 160 AND A NEW KEY PIECE WHICH WILL DRASTICALLY CHANGE ASSEMBLY RATIOS, THE MAIN NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR GRUPO CLAVIJO AT THE MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY CONGRESS (MIREC WEEK 2016).

Industry Leaders in Solar Renewable Energy Launch CenterStar Energy

The CenterStar Energy brand emphasizes its commitment to sustainable energy and mission to provide a full spectrum of renewable energy services and unparalleled customer service. A culture of team effort and engagement is promoted within.

OATI Energy Industry Leader to Discuss Renewable Power at Annual California Energy Summit

Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) is proud to support the evolution of California energy markets to a 50% renewable energy power fuel mix at the 4th Annual California Energy Summit.

groSolar Announces Project Milestones Following EDF Renewable Energy Acquisition

groSolar, a Vermont-founded development, engineering, procurement, and construction firm, announces project milestones following acquisition by EDF Renewable Energy.

OPDE gets approval for the construction of a new PV plant in England

The positive outcome on the solar farm contributes to reinforce the presence of the international company in the UK, where it has already developed and built over 70 MW.

Ballard's Protonex Subsidiary Demonstrates UAV Propulsion System with Boeing Insitu

Ballard Power Systems announced that the company's subsidiary, Protonex, has delivered prototype PEM (proton exchange membrane) fuel cell propulsion modules to Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, for use in its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

PlugVolt to Host a Webinar with PATHION on Preventing Thermal Runaway in Energy Storage Systems

Presentation will discuss some recent failure investigations by NTSB and FAA, innovations in raw materials, process tracking in battery manufacturing, and advanced battery management systems

SunLink VERTEX Project Intelligence Platform now Available in the App Store

Platform reduces solar O&M costs, improves long-term energy plant profitability and enhances grid security

EDF Renewable Energy Acquires groSolar

Companies leverage depth of experience to meet needs of growing solar distributed generation market

This Solar Power Plant Can Run All Night

Justin Worland for Time:  Crescent Dunes looks and sounds a bit like an invention lifted from a science fiction novel. Deep in the Nevada desert more than 10,000 mirrors—each the size of a highway billboard—neatly encircle a giant 640-foot tower. It looks like it might be used to communicate with aliens in deep space.

But the engineers and financiers behind the facility, located in the desert about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, say the power plant’s promise is anything but fiction. The solar power facility built and operated by the company SolarReserve can power 75,000 homes. What sets it apart from other big solar projects is that this plant can store power for use when it is most needed, including cloudy days and after dark—a major advance for renewable energy technology.  Cont'd...

Ballard Powers Road Demonstration of New Flyer's XHE60 Heavy Duty Articulated Fuel Cell Transit Bus

Ballard's FCveloCity®-HD fuel cell power module has successfully powered a new 60-foot (18 meter) articulated bus manufactured by New Flyer Industries Canada ULC.

First Solar Flight Around the World Continues From Hawaii

Schindler and Solar Impulse Partner to Power Sustainable Mobility - Solar Plane Resumes 'Round The World' Mission

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