SOLAR CAPACITY COULD SOAR WITH ELECTRIFIED TRANSPORT AND HEATING

SOLAR CAPACITY COULD SOAR WITH ELECTRIFIED TRANSPORT AND HEATING With wide adoption of electric vehicles and heat pumps, Colorado’s least-cost grid would reach 21 GW of solar capacity, 12 GW of wind, and 7 GW of storage by 2040, while electric rates would decline. These modeling results apply to other states as well. Electrifying most transportation and heating in Colorado would allow more low-cost renewables on the grid, thus lowering the cost per kilowatt-hour for all consumers in the state, and [...]

ENERGY STORAGE GROWTH CLUMPY BUT BROAD IN 2019, NEXT YEAR IT TRIPLES

ENERGY STORAGE GROWTH CLUMPY BUT BROAD IN 2019, NEXT YEAR IT TRIPLES For battery power, it was the fifth highest volume deployed while battery capacity was the third highest month. The research group noted 32% growth in megawatts deployed over Q2’19 in the above image, while below they show 59% growth over the prior quarter in terms of megawatt-hours deployed. The 59% was driven by longer duration in front of the meter installations by utilities. Future projects have already signed much [...]

THERE IS ROOM FOR PV OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES IN AFRICA

THERE IS ROOM FOR PV OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES IN AFRICA Offgrid solar power has emerged as a vital part of the PV business across the African continent, and is now spreading to other parts of the globe, mainly with solar home systems and microgrids. pv magazine examines the core issues of financing, business models and the quest for user data. The idea that Africa might leapfrog straight to cheap electricity by developing offgrid solar power is not new. And [...]

SUCCESS FACTORS FOR HYBRID MICROGRIDS

SUCCESS FACTORS FOR HYBRID MICROGRIDS When it comes to hybrid microgrids, writes Fabian Baretzky, senior business development and sales manager for Dhybrid Power Systems, the incorporation of various sources of energy and complex requirements for long-term stability of the energy supply require expertise and an effective energy management system. When we think of a microgrid, we typically think of an installation which relies on a few sources of energy and supplies relatively few consumers with electricity. We automatically think of isolated [...]

VERTICAL PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER STATIONS ON ALPINE DAMS

VERTICAL PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER STATIONS ON ALPINE DAMS Axpo, a utility based in baden, is building a 2-megawatt facility at the Muttsee reservoir in Glarus, Switzerland.The plant is expected to achieve high levels of power generation, particularly throughout the winter. Several studies have shown that photovoltaic systems built in mountainous areas can generate large amounts of electricity even in winter.Axpo, a Swiss firm, wants to prove this by building a two-megawatt power plant on the dam wall of the Muttsee reservoir, nearly [...]

SOLAR WILL POWER AHEAD TO OFFER 20% MORE OUTPUT FOR 25% LOWER MODULE COSTS WITHIN 15 MONTHS

SOLAR WILL POWER AHEAD TO OFFER 20% MORE OUTPUT FOR 25% LOWER MODULE COSTS WITHIN 15 MONTHS PV industry veteran Karl-Heinz Remmers recalls the trajectory of solar power this decade and predicts stronger than expected development for the ten years ahead. The following years were heavy for the solar industry in Germany and the EU. Anti-dumping tariffs introduced in 2013 massively damaged the entire supply chain as governments were no longer prepared to subsidize what they considered excessively expensive solar power. [...]

WHERE CAN SOLAR BE INSTALLED

WHERE CAN SOLAR BE INSTALLED? Where can I use solar in my life? 1 Industrial Workshop Usually, the roof area of factory building is large and flat, which is suitable for Installing solar arrays. Because of the large power load, distributed solar grid-connected system can offset some of the electricity purchased through the network, thus saving users’electricity costs. 2 Commercial Buildings Shopping malls, hotels and other commercial buildings have many electrical equipment, such as air conditioning, elevators, lighting and so on. They belong to [...]

SINGLE-AXIS SOLAR TRACKING FOR THE NEXT 30%

SINGLE-AXIS SOLAR TRACKING FOR THE NEXT 30% NEXTracker has refined its successful NX Horizon single axis tracker into the rugged two-in-portrait NX Gemini. The new design opens up land once considered too rough to be developed to generate near comparable amounts of electricity, while easing land use stresses. NEXTracker is launching a single-axis tracker, with two-in-portrait solar modules (2P) – the NX Gemini (pdf specification page). The product has been designed for developing solar power plants on sites “with challenging soils, [...]

COMMERCIAL ROOFS WILL LEAD THE GROWTH OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

COMMERCIAL ROOFS WILL LEAD THE GROWTH OF RENEWABLE ENERGY  Although the IEA’s latest renewable energy report predicts a significant increase in solar energy, it still feels a sneak peek, it has come up with conservative estimates, and it is foreseeable to share costs with grid operators. According to the International Energy Agency, rooftop solar energy has “amazing” potential. The problem that the International Energy Agency (IEA), often accused of underestimating the possible contribution of renewable energy to the global energy mix, is [...]

BIFACIAL SOLAR IS READY FOR PRIME TIME

BIFACIAL SOLAR IS READY FOR PRIME TIME Better system economics, higher energy yield, and more robust modeling and field data are driving demand for bifacial solar modules. There is no doubt that bifacial modules are ready for their breakout role in the world of solar photovoltaic projects. By the dawn of 2020, there will be a cumulative 5.4 gigawatts of bifacial solar capacity installed globally, mostly in Asia, according to Power & Renewables focused on this market. In five years, there will [...]

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