Small-scale solar becomes second biggest player in Australia’s renewable energy mix, as CEC reveals slate of overhauled records

2021-03-31T09:30:29+00:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 31 March 2021 Small-scale solar becomes second biggest player in Australia’s renewable energy mix, as CEC reveals slate of overhauled records The Clean Energy Council has released its annual Clean Energy Australia report, revealing a string of smashed records, as states, territories and businesses continue to ramp up renewable ambitions. Image: Sustainability Victoria From [...]

Biden launches major push to expand offshore wind

2021-03-30T10:18:07+00:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 30 March 2021 Biden launches major push to expand offshore wind The Block Island Wind Farm, pictured here off the coast of Rhode Island, is the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The White House today laid out its strategy to boost the still-nascent industry in this country. Image: Gary Norton/NREL From E&E [...]

Untangling the Crossed Wires of China’s ‘Super Grid’

2021-03-30T10:19:10+00:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 30 March 2021 Untangling the Crossed Wires of China’s ‘Super Grid’ Ultra-high voltage power lines are crucial to a greener future, but world leader China’s growing network has hit its fair share of snags. SHANGHAI — With few coal reserves to call its own and winter rains too erratic to rely on hydropower, central [...]

Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds

2021-03-29T10:10:21+00:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 29 March 2021 Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds Australia Institute calls for rule change to allow renewables to replace fossil fuels in underpinning grid reliability. Tesla Powerpacks and inverters in an energy storage system facility in California. The Australia Institute has commissioned research that found that [...]

New pathways in flexible thin film PV

2021-03-29T10:05:23+00:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 29 March 2021 New pathways in flexible thin film PV Having picked up GBP 5.8 million ($8 million) in a series of investments, U.K.-based Power Roll is pushing ahead with pilot production of an innovative new thin film with which it can manufacture both solar modules and capacitors. In the future, the design could [...]

Cooling PV panels with HVAC system exhaust

2021-03-26T09:16:10+00:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 26 March 2021 Cooling PV panels with HVAC system exhaust A French-Lebanese research group has proposed a way to cool down PV modules by using air exhausted from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They showed that array performance improves when the cooling load rises. Image: Wikimedia Commons From pv magazine Global. Researchers [...]

Location-dependent performance model for bifacial installations

2021-03-26T09:12:48+00:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 26 March 2021 Location-dependent performance model for bifacial installations Bifacial PV modules and single-axis trackers go well together, but a global research team has now noted that a comprehensive location-dependent performance analysis still has yet to be done. Their findings could help to determine the right plant setups in different locations throughout the world. [...]

Australia’s first locally assembled electric truck fleet launched by Melbourne company

2021-03-25T16:48:59+00:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 25 March 2021 Australia’s first locally assembled electric truck fleet launched by Melbourne company Melbourne-based company SEA Electric has launched Australia’s first locally-assembled electric truck range, offering a range of emissions-free transport configurations. SEA Electric's regional director, Glen Walker, says the truck meets a need in the marketplace, with the company already receiving almost [...]

Queensland to deploy five large-scale batteries across state

2021-03-25T16:39:01+00:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Media, News, Uncategorized|

Media. 25 March 2021 Queensland to deploy five large-scale batteries across state Rooftop solar panels on commercial building in Australia. Image: Terrenus Energy Queensland — The state announced the installment of five large-scale, network-connected batteries at different regional substations as part of its community battery trial programme. The batteries, to be installed at substations in [...]

Holographic film to protect solar panels from overheating

2021-03-24T13:43:05+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|

Media. 24 March 2021 Holographic film to protect solar panels from overheating Russian scientists have developed a holographic film based on prismatic concentrators that reduces the operating temperature of solar panels, including thermal-photovoltaic devices. They claim the patented, low-cost technique can even improve PV module efficiency in cloudy weather. Solar panels at sunset. Image: foto-westphal, Pixabay [...]

Solar canals: A win-win for renewable energy and water conservation

2021-03-26T09:45:59+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Media, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Media. 24 March 2021 Solar canals: A win-win for renewable energy and water conservation Government's 100 MW canal-top solar power generation project in Gujarat, India. Image: Ministry of Gujarat CALIFORNIA — Researchers discovered that covering California's water canals with solar panels could save a lot of water and money while also producing renewable energy. This would generate between 20% to [...]