Today, despite recent progress, solar power accounts for about one percent of the world’s energy mix. Yet the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that solar energy, most of it generated by decentralized “rooftop” photovoltaic systems, could well become the world’s single biggest source of electricity by mid-century. So how do we get from here to there? The answer, according to scientists and engineers, lies in a new generation of super-efficient, low-cost sunlight harvesters that take up where the recent flood of cheap silicon panels leaves off. New designs and novel solar materials have recently been setting new efficiency records seemingly every week. Although research and development of solar power still falls far short of where scientists and engineers say it needs to be, innovators are making steady progress in creating a new generation of materials that can harvest the sun’s energy far more efficiently than traditional silicon photovoltaic cells. Among the most promising technologies are multi-junction cells with layers of light-harvesters that each gather energy from a separate slice of the solar spectrum, super-efficient semiconductor materials like perovskite and gallium-arsenide, and cells made with tiny but powerful solar-absorbing “quantum dots.” Technical hurdles, such as making new materials able to withstand the elements, remain. Nonetheless, researchers say, efforts now underway could begin to dramatically increase solar power generation within a decade or two. Cont'd...
Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the solar photovoltaic (PV) market, has announced that the number of systems under Locus management has surpassed 50,000 installations and is quickly approaching 1GW in capacity.
Ashley Arant, marketing manager of Baker Electric Solar received an honorable mention at the San Diego Business Journal's 2nd Annual Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20's awards presentation.
Solar Technology Leader Takes Top Spot among Inverter Manufacturers
Based on dealer feedback, the 2015 YANMAR America CHP training sessions are new and improved, and will continue to be free for not only YANMAR dealers, but also those interested in learning about the product.
In the US and EU, because of the holiday, solar demand falls notably. Moreover, the module vendors and distributors are doing price promotion to decrease their stocks. Furthermore, the strong US dollar appreciation raises the extra module price pressure in Japan and Europe.
TÜV awards Spider9 certification to UL 1741 standard for its TriRack family of modular energy storage solutions
Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year. The numbers come from the latest edition of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after a group of prominent U.S. Senators came out in strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
Japan's regulatory policies and feed-in tariff attract investments in solar power, which support the country's efforts towards achieving a diversified power mix.
Deal Highlights Shifting Economics to Bring Affordable Solar Power to a Broader Market
Suntech looks to quadruple its market share in Benelux by 2015
Sol Systems, National Cooperative Bank, and Strata Solar Add Another 18MW of Solar
Offshore Wind Installation Vessels Will See Global Market Value Soar to $2.93 Billion by 2020, says GlobalData
Global market value for offshore wind turbine and foundation installation vessels will rise from $0.56 billion in 2014 to $2.93 billion by 2020 ---- ‘Future vessels will allow developers to shorten installation times with increased vessel crane capacity and additional deck space,' says analyst
In the vicinity of the lowest city in the world one of the largest solar power stations in the Middle East is producing clean electricity – with inverters by KACO new energy.
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