A guide to keeping solar panels clean and functional

One of the outcomes of 2015's COP21 summit was the push for a unified uptake of renewable energy to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. Solar power is one of the most reliable renewable sources, with a number of government schemes and initiatives in place across Europe to encourage more businesses to install panels. However, in order to ensure longevity of the panels themselves they must be kept clean and functional. Mark Burnett, VP of the Lubricants and Fuel Additives Innovation Platform at global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe, explains how effective solar panel cleaning is key to truly sustainable power.

400 European Companies Call for the End of Trade Measures on Solar Products

Today, over 400 European companies covering all EU Member States sent a letter to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, asking her to end the trade measures in place since 2012 on Chinese solar modules and cells.

Intersolar - Ecolibrium Solar® and Aactio GmbH bring EcoFoot2 to India

Aactio GmbH is now searching for licensing partners for EcoFoot2, Ecolibrium Solars ballast mounting solution, which can be installed quickly and has a low-parts count, comes with integrated grounding, wire management, and increased durability to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Prysmian Secures Contract for Offshore Wind Farm Inter-Array Submarine Cables Supply in Belgium

Milan, 14 October 2016. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a contract - worth up to 13 M euro - by Tideway B.V. for the Rentel offshore wind farm project.

Suntech Partners with Munich Re in the US to Further Validate Module Bankability

The insurance provides back up coverage of all Suntech modules produced in 2016 and 2017 based on an upfront lump sum premium payment.

SEIA Forms Working Groups to Better Serve All Sectors of the Industry

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has officially launched two working groups that will be open to the entire associations membership.

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch:  The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind once built. SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the $5 billion endeavor would generate between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of power, enough to power about 1 million homes. That amount of power is as much as a nuclear power plant, or the 2,000-megawatt Hoover Dam and far bigger than any other existing solar facility on Earth, the Review-Journal pointed out. "It's a big project," Smith told the publication. "It's an ambitious project."   Cont'd...

PVinsights: Solar prices except modules rebound as demand recover

Polysilicon prices rebound mildly in this week. All major Chinese polysilicon makers have successfully digested excess inventories in September, as the demand in the downstream has seen an obvious recovery, so as to follow the price uptrend of the downstream to raise their prices accordingly. On the other hand, non-Chinese polysilicon makers are still adjusting their price quotes lower as to trim the price gap with the Chinese makers. Hence, although Chinese polysilicon makers have obviously pushed prices higher, the average polysilicon prices this week grow mildly as offset by the descending overseas polysilicon prices.

Roof Tech helps EFS Energy generate new customer confidence.

With 10 people on staff, everyone at EFS Energy wears a few different hats. Project Manager Kevin Glines not only serves as crew foreman, he also oversees inventory and warehouse management. Colette Conovers job title is Energy Consultant, but she also manages the office and assists with internal sales processes. "Im our first contact with customers," she explained. "I find out what they need, put it into our system, and forward it to our designer to bid the job."

U.S. Navy Selects UET to Provide Energy Storage-Based Resiliency for Naval Base Ventura County

Advanced Storage + Solar project to provide extended, durable energy security to U.S. Navy Base.

Fluidic Energy Unveils its First Residential Energy Storage Unit, Hosts Commissioner on Tour of Facility as Arizona Continues Solar Leadership Efforts

The unit is the first to be deployed in North America amid the company's continued global expansion of its game-changing rechargeable, long duration Zinc-air energy storage technology.

GCUBE UNDERWRITES 33% OF ALL CANADIAN WIND ENERGY

Leading renewable energy underwriter accounts for 4 GW of Canadas total installed wind capacity

World's First Farm to Use Solar Power and Seawater Opens in Australia

Kristin Falzon for EcoWatch:  Sundrop Farms, a tomato production facility that is the first agricultural system of its kind in the world, celebrated its grand opening in Port Augusta, South Australia, Thursday. Instead of soil, pesticides, fossil fuels and groundwater, Sundrop Farms uses only solar power and desalinated seawater to grow tomatoes across 49 acres. The water is pumped into the facility from the Spencer Gulf about 1.2 miles away where it is desalinated to water the farm's 180,000 tomato plants.   Cont'd...  

my-PV integrates electric water heating system into the SMA photovoltaic battery system

As part of a reference project in Borken, Germany, my-PV GmbH has integrated their electric hot water preparation system into an existing photovoltaic battery system created by SMA Solar Technology AG.

Fact or Fiction: 3 Biggest Myths About NEXTracker Technology

There still seems to be some confusion in the marketplace surrounding specific types of tracking applications, especially when it comes to independent row, self-powered trackers (SPTs)

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Parker KleenVent provides closed-loop solution for wind turbine cooling systems

Parker KleenVent provides closed-loop solution for wind turbine cooling systems

Many 1.5 MW wind turbines use traditional open-loop water/glycol cooling systems. Regular water evaporation in the reservoir elevates the mixture's viscosity, prohibiting cooling of the IGBT and associated critical controls, causing the wind turbine to overheat unless serviced, which in turn means turbine downtime and high maintenance costs. Parker's KleenVent Coolant Evaporation Inhibitor (KV-CEI) is a simple add-on to the legacy cooling system, that eliminates water evaporation in the coolant solution and stops the ingress of airborne contaminants, by enclosing the cooling loop. The KVCEI also removes the need for continuous coolant monitoring during the warm season. Traditional maintenance calls to replenish or rebalance the fluids, take the wind turbine and transformer offline, resulting in significant downtime and revenue loss. Parker's cooling system solution optimizes wind turbine uptime and revenue, reduces maintenance costs and increases overall efficiencies.