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The share of electricity generated by #solar #PV could be as much as 13% globally in just 14 years says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
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After a rocky start, the US solar market is taking off. What will it take to make it go truly mainstream?
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Without a single drop of fuel, Solar Impulse 2—the experimental, sponsor-funded airplane wide as a Boeing 747 but only as heavy as an SUV—made history Thursday morning by completing its crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on solar energy alone. Pilot/adventurer/physician Bertrand Piccard flew in the spiritual tracks of Charles A. Lindbergh, the American aviator who made the first
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Amazing. Brilliant. Gift to our human value and the world we reside. God Bless. 
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Moth eyes were last year's big thing in solar cell biomimicry, and now it looks like a new challenger has stepped into the ring. A research team from Germany's Karlsruher Institut für Technologie has zeroed in on the nanoscale structure of rose petals -- specifically, the El Toro variety -- to improve thin-film solar cell
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2 min video about world's tallest solar tower being built in Israel by American firm General Electric. This will provide 1% of Israel's electricity needs. Most nations don't have 1% of solar electricity, but the leaders in solar percentage have 7-8%. With 4% of Negev desert, Israel could produce all electricity from solar. :) This concentrated solar is the most expensive type of solar power, but still attracting interest.
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SOLAR POWER MAP

The United States has 722 solar power plants that generate 1% of the nation’s electricity. 39 states have no solar plants.
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+Carolyn Luce As you say, I am guessing the graphic is referring to only installations above a certain size (utility scale). Obviously, they are far far more solar "power plants" in the US than 722.
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Even if this didn't get vandalized (it's a bench in a public space) it would never produce enough electricity in its lifetime to make up the cost of the solar panel, regulator and USB port. And who carries a charging cable for their phone with them when they are walking around? So do they have a selection of charging cables (micro USB, USB-C, and all those Apple cables), how long are those going to last on a public bench? Come to think of it, this solar bench would never even generate enough electricity to cover the cost of a single high quality charging cable.
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Each cone is optimally shaped to capture sunlight that would otherwise pass through the thin #solarcell
Nanocone structures are optimally shaped to capture sunlight that would otherwise pass through the thin solar cell, Stanford University research lab.
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Transformative new product developed by NEXT Energy Technologies Inc.™ enables windows to harvest #SolarEnergy

NEXT Energy Tech's transparent solar coatings, which can be easily applied to windows of all types during production, are the result of breakthrough organic photovoltaic materials that are printed in a high-speed, low-cost process. The printing technique is readily scalable for widespread use by large commercial window firms.

NEXT Energy Tech's coatings provide an unmatched combination of transparency, efficiency, durability and cost. NEXT Energy Tech recently debuted its technology at Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany and is currently in discussions with several window manufacturers about launching this game-changing technology into the market.

Check more at https://adalidda.net/posts/mC9FoeEHRnb4vmNaR/transformative-new-product-developed-by-next-energy
Breakthrough will fundamentally alter how commercial buildings are designed well into the future. SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A transformative new product developed by NEXT Energy Technologies Inc.™ enables windows to harvest solar energy, a breakthrough that promises to yield significant environmental benefits and revolutionize commercial building design for decades to come. NEXT Energy Tech's transparent solar coatings,...
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#SolarEnergy Could Meet up to 13% of #GlobalPower Needs by 2030 #IRENA Report

The share of global electricity generated by solar photovoltaics (PV) could increase from 2 per cent today to as much as 13 per cent by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Released today at InterSolar Europe, Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System finds the solar industry is poised for massive expansion, driven primarily by cost reductions. It estimates that solar PV capacity could reach between 1,760 and 2,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, up from 227 GW today.
“Recent analysis from IRENA finds that cost reductions for solar and wind will continue into the future, with further declines of up to 59 per cent possible for solar PV in the next ten years,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “This comprehensive overview of the solar industry finds that these cost reductions, in combination with other enabling factors, can create a dramatic expansion of solar power globally. The renewable energy transition is well underway, with solar playing a central role.”

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News in the Solar Power Industry
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The Adaptive Solar Facade: From concept to prototypes #SolarEnergy

Authors: Zoltan Nagy, Bratislav Svetozarevic, Prageeth Jayathissa, Moritz Begle, Johannes Hofer, Gearoid Lydon, Anja Willmann, Arno Schlueter

The Adaptive Solar Facade (ASF) is a modular, highly integrated dynamic building facade.The energetic behavior as well as the architectural expression of the facade can be controlled with high spatio-temporal resolution through individually addressable modules. We present the general design process, the current mechanical design, and simulation results on photovoltaic power production and building energy consumption. We introduce the controller concept and show results on solar tracking as well as user interaction. Lastly, we present our current and planned prototypes.

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#Tesla Motors said it would bid $2.8 billion to buy #SolarCity, the announcement sent the #solarenergy company’s shares soaring
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#SolarPower boosts #FoodProduction and Fight #Poverty #IRENA Report #solarpowered water pump #irrigation

Solar-pumps and other solar technologies are proven to positively affect the lives of both men and women. For example, the installation of three solar-powered drip-irrigation systems in the Kalale district of northern Benin helped a co-operative of 35-45 women free themselves from four hours of labor a day. The increased time and more reliable income from the irrigation system, helps the women to feed, educate, and provide medical care for their families.

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#solar co-op opens in vancover #canada . #greentech #renewableenergy
Solshare Energy celebrates their first solar co-op project in the province that allows people to buy shares in their own renewable energy options.
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#CSIRO unveiled #SolarPowered #airconditioning system to Cool Commercial Buildings, achieving greater #EnergyEfficiency #SolarEnergy

Operating at Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre in Ballarat, Victoria, the system uses concentrating solar thermal technology to produce heat energy used to power the air conditioning system.

The system addresses the high energy consumption of large commercial spaces such as shopping centres and hotels due to their heating and cooling energy requirements – around 60 per cent of total energy use.

The closed-loop system uses two ‘desiccant’ wheels to remove moisture from the air, acting as a dehumidifier.

A high-temperature wheel uses solar heat for regeneration while a low temperature wheel functions without any external heat to deliver greater efficiency on a commercial scale.

Check more at https://adalidda.net/posts/W76TcRy2TBAKiZhxW/csiro-unveiled-solar-powered-air-conditioning-system-to-cool
17 June 2016 - Operating at Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre in Ballarat, Victoria, the system uses concentrating solar thermal technology to produce heat energy used to power the air conditioning system. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) provided $520,000 to support the $1.2 million project, jointly managed by CSIRO with Stockland Group and NEP Solar. The system addresses the high energy consumption of large commercial spaces suc...
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News in the Solar Power Industry.
SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes Project in Tonopah, Nevada is quietly providing clean, green solar energy to 75,000 homes. The concentrated solar plant is
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El primer avión propulsado únicamente por energía solar cruzó con éxito el océano Atlántico
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Junio 23, 2016. Lo hizo hoy en la ciudad española de Sevilla tras 70 horas de vuelo. Había partido desde el aeropuerto de Nueva York. El avión "Solar Impulse", propulsado por energía solar, aterrizo hoy en la ciudad española de Sevilla después de 70 horas de vuelo, informaron hoy los ...
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