Photovoltaic

An artifical tree to deliver solar and wind power

Tech meets art in a life-like ‘energy tree’ (graphic: Solar Botanic/S&WE)

Engineers from the Brunel University London have developed the concept of an “energy tree”’ with e-leaves that suck up sunshine and quiver in the breeze to produce solar and wind power. The 16ft solar/wind tree can generate nearly three times the electricity an average family uses in a year.

07.08.2017

39.5 MW Power Plant to be realised in Australia

A joint ventrue of WBHO and Phoenix Solar is going to build a 39.5 MW solar power plant in West Australia. The project will incorporate 1,500 Volt-technology, single axis tracking, and mono-crystalline PERC modules.

27.07.2017

SolarWorld: Significant staff reduction needed

Today, the preliminary insolvency administrator of SolarWorld AG informed employees in Freiberg (Saxony) and Arnstadt (Thuringia) about the current situation regarding preliminary insolvency proceedings. Although there has been a great deal of commitment by the staff, the insolvent company will have to reduce personnel costs significantly after July 31. At the same time interested investors have expressed the need to further anayse the situation.

17.07.2017

Intersolar Conference: New growth markets

Perspective of the host country: At the opening of the Intersolar Conference, Werner Götz, CEO of the transmission grid operator TransnetBW GmbH, provided insights into the challenges facing the energy transition in Germany. (Photo: Solar Promotion)

In 2016 China almost single-handedly catapulted the photovoltaics world market upwards by 50%, thanks to its gigantic installation volume. In 2017 growth will be considerably weaker; new dynamic markets are required. Some of the candidates for this are quite surprising.

05.07.2017

Volvo Cars to go all electric

Volvo’s whole portfolio is going to be gradually extended and replaced by models with an electric motor. (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Cars has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. This step marks the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Volvo would be the first big car manufacturer to make a step that big.

05.07.2017

SINGULUS: Chinese customer halves order

German SINGULUS AG has announced that a supply contract for CIGS production systems with a Chinese customer has been significantly reduced. The order announced in March had a volume of approx. € 20 million. Now it has been reduced to a volume of approx. € 10 million.

04.07.2017

ABB’s microgrid to power Aruba

A popular tourism destination, Aruba has a peak demand of 134 megawatts currently met by a mix of thermal, wind and solar photovoltaic generation. (Photo: ABB)

The island of Aruba plans to cover half its annual energy need using renewable energy sources and the other half using alternative fuels by 2020. To achieve this goal, they trust on an advanced microgrid solution, provided by ABB. The system will will help WEB Aruba, the islands main power utility, integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time.

28.06.2017

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