A Giant Floating Duck That Generates Solar Power—Because, Why Not?

A group of artists, scientists and engineers have proposed a novel solution to help Copenhagen's achieve its goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city: a 12-story-high solar energy farm in the shape of a duck. Energy Duck is the brainchild (brainduckling?) of the  Land Art Generator I nitiative  (LAGI), which designs public art installations that also function as utility-scale clean energy generators. So, why a duck? According to LAGI: The common eider duck resides in great numbers in Copenhagen; however, its breeding habitat is at risk from the effects of climate change. Energy Duck takes the form of the eider to act both as a solar collector and a buoyant energy storage device. Solar radiation is converted to electricity using low cost, off-the-shelf PV panels. Some of the solar electricity is stored by virtue of the difference in water levels inside and outside the duck. When stored energy needs to be delivered, the duck is flooded through one or more hydro turbines to generate electricity, which is transmitted to the national grid by the same route as the PV panel-generated electricity. Solar energy is later used to pump the water back out of the duck, and buoyancy brings it to the surface. The floating height of the duck indicates the relative cost of electricity as a function of citywide use: as demand peaks the duck sinks.  

PVinsights :Significant cell price downtrend in Aug due to dramatic price cut from Taiwanese cells.

Overall cell price decreases significantly this week as a result of the US preliminary antidumping ruling. Under the 2014 US antidumping ruling, Chinese solar companies can no longer circumvent the antidumping duty as they did through the loophole of the 2012 US antidumping case.

Clenergy wins bid for a 40MW PV installation in Pakistan

The project utilizes Clenergy's tailor-made C-steel ground mounting system.

Ballard and Anglo American Launch Field Trial of Fuel Cell Home Generator in Rural South Africa

Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum today announced the launch of a field trial of a methanol-fuelled home generator system in an off-grid residential application.

Ming Yang Wind Power Obtaining Type Certificate of DNV-GL under GL 2010 Worldwide for 1.5MW-89 Wind Turbine

"This is a milestone in meeting international quality standards and is an important step towards internationalization"

Sparq to offer residential solar solutions in the US Southwest

Sparq's new Residential Solar Service will make it possible for homeowners across the Southwest to save thousands on their utility bills.

Epuron Chooses SunPower to Expand Uterne Solar Power Plant Located in Alice Springs, Australia

3.1-megawatt Addition Financed by Clean Energy Finance Corporation

8minutenergy Renewables and Silver Ridge Power to Build Two Solar Projects Totaling 406 MW to Provide Power to Southern California Edison

PPAs for Mount Signal Solar II and Mount Signal Solar V in Imperial Valley

U.S. solar projects may be threatened by tariffs

Duties on Chinese-based panel makers dampen project pipeline

Iowa's Largest Solar Farm Opens

Project Makes Farmers Electric Cooperative #1 in US for Per Capita Solar Generation---- Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Retired Air Force General and---- Manager of World Bank's Global Agriculture Practice Participate in Grand Opening

STA welcomes Gov move to remove planning permission for roof-top solar PV up to 1MW

New DCLG consultation could tackle an important barrier to deployment ----- Broader action needed urgently to tackle failure of large roof-top market & sector uncertainty

Ethanol Safety Seminars to Continue Through Alabama and Kansas

The goal of these seminars is for attendees to gain full ethanol emergency response training experience that they can put to use immediately in the field as well as pass along to other first response teams.

Massachusetts Approves Legislation Designed to Expand SHC Technologies

"This legislation will help to reduce energy costs for Massachusetts consumers as well as for utilities, spur local economic development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's a win all the way around"

Over 3 GW of US Utility Scale Solar-PV Projects at Risk from US Anti-Dumping Case, According to NPD Solarbuzz

PV project pipeline approaching 50 GW in the United States, but large-scale developments are at risk from proposed trade rulings

ENEL GREEN POWER SIGNS FIRST COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT IN THE US FOR STILLWATER HYBRID PLANT

The renewable specialist starts its collaboration with two US National Laboratories NREL and INL to use empirical data from the Stillwater Geothermal/Solar Project ----The parties will jointly explore and quantify the benefits of integrating renewable energy technologies at the same site. ----The agreement paves the way for further innovation into next-generation geothermal facilities.

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