The company Solarwatt, from Dresden, Germany, developed its storage system “MyReserve” completely on its own and makes the battery modules itself. In an S&WE interview at the technology centre “Solarwatt Innovation”, the centre’s head Andreas Gutsch explained his take on battery technology and its future perspectives. Here we have put together his arguments, background information and forecasts.
A large number of farms depend on power supplied by diesel generators. An example from Spain now shows that these fossil fuel-powered systems can be almost completely replaced with PV systems.
High operational availability of the wind turbines is a basic requirement for the economic operation of a wind farm - offshore even more so than onshore. Every day that a wind turbine at sea cannot operate is expensive. OWI talked to Berthold Hahn, Head of the Department of Wind Farm Planning and Operation at the Fraunhofer IWES, about the compatibility of data, the cost of compilation and fading memory.
Ground-mounted photovoltaics and agricultural use do not have to be mutually exclusive. Scientists from the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) now want to run a research project to develop a market-ready PV system which enables the harvesting of both energy and food from the same area.
The growth rate of solar thermal energy has been declining for years. Is there hope for the coming years?
S&WE spoke to Pedro Dias, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF). He spoke about his expectations for the year 2017 and thinks the solar thermal industry and politics have to do to revival the market.
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