There is mounting evidence than West-facing solar panels produce more electricity during peak demand, and thus solve solar’s main problem.
This week I am starting a ten-month series based on articles I wrote for my Operations classes for my MBA at Presidio Graduate School. Hope you will like this series !
We have seen that in Japan, farmers cover some of their crops with solar panels. India covers its rivers with them. The State of Gujarat is thinking of covering its 19,000 kilometers of canals with solar panels.
What if solar panels were completely transparent ? They could be placed over windows and could enable us to have self charging smartphones. Now that’s something great.
As you might perhaps have read in an earlier blog post, I am giving part of my computer calculation capacities to scientific projects close to my heart such as cancers, AIDS and of course, solar energy via the World Community Grid. As I was wondering if all this energy – and thus money – had… Continue reading How I helped make better solar panels, and how you can
When people talk about solar energy, most of them just think about solar photovoltaic (PV) that generates electricity from sun rays. While this is a great energy source, there is a much simpler one : solar thermal. This is why my interest was brought to an IEA report on how this heat source is growing… Continue reading A look at the solar thermal market
Solar energy may already cheaper than coal, at least for New Mexico, USA. To Bloomberg : ” First Solar, the world’s largest maker of thin-film solar panels, may sell electricity at a lower rate than new coal plants earn. “ ” El Paso Electric Co. agreed to buy power from First Solar’s the 50-megawatt Macho… Continue reading Solar is already cheaper than coal
If you think that solar energy is just fad dedicated to rich nations, read on : Morocco has a ” goal of increasing installed renewable energy capacity to 42 per cent by 2020 and becoming a renewable energy industry leader. “ The African Development Bank Group has been demonstrating its support to scaling up renewable… Continue reading Morocco wants 42 percent renewables by 2020
This is a guest post from Mathias Aarre Maehlum, an environmentalist who studies energy engineering. In his spare time he works as a freelance writer. Read more of his stuff at Energy Informative. V3Solar ( a USA company with its Head Office in Los Angeles, California and its R & D laboratory in Ashland, Oregon. ) is taking a… Continue reading V3Solar`s Spin Cell : 20 times the efficiency of flat solar panels?
These are excellent news : Greenhouse gases emissions of the United States of America – the world’s second largest emitter after China – has seen its emissions decrease by 7.7 percent since 2006. If the downward trend was to keep on going, at the end of the year, the country would emit as much greenhouse… Continue reading Good news : US emissions are decreasing fast
The recent launch of a 600 MW solar park in the state of Gujarat – the largest in Asia – was the occasion for The Economist to publish an interesting article on the huge potential of solar energy in India. The British weekly notes : ” solar power would appear to be an obvious winner… Continue reading A bright future for solar in India
To EcoGeek : ” Semprius, a startup company manufacturing tiny concentrated solar cells that forgo any cooling systems has achieved a truly amazing leap in solar cell efficiency. “ This is truly exciting as ” The company was able to hit 33.9 percent efficiency with their solar panel, the first time a commercially-viable solar technology… Continue reading A new efficiency record for solar panels