Ag + solar solutions in fields and smart solar greenhouse

November 26th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Putting solar panels on a roof is a good idea. Growing food in a greenhouse is also a good idea. But putting those ideas together usually doesn’t work because the solar panels block out the sunlight the plants inside need to flourish. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have created new solar …

Best practice opportunities for DOTs renewable energy in the rights-of-way

Renewable energy generation in the DOT ROW, 2017 The FHWA and U.S. DOT/Volpe Center (2010) have estimated that the National Highway System encompasses approximately 5 million acres of land and nearly 550,000 lane miles.  With over 8 million lane miles of public roadways under state DOT supervision, the properties that DOTs manage are presumably locations with the potential to generate significant amounts of …

sonnen is creating “virtual power stations” by connecting energy storage systems, renewable energy power plants, and consumers to allow prosumers to buy and sell electricity among each other

August 5th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Highly regarded battery storage firm sonnen was one of the big winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, winning in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) category. I interviewed sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann in January just after the company won the prize. It was a fun interview because of how futuristic sonnen’s vision is and …

Solar cells can be an extremely beautiful and colorful building component and can go not only on the roof, but also all over the sides of a building

EPFL has developed a special glass filter that allows the solar panel to take on one single color. The filter determines which wavelengths of light will be reflected as a visible color,” Mandrup said. The rest of the sunlight is absorbed by the solar panel and converted into energy.” After 12 years of research, they have figured out a way …

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy. Fast Company, Oct 2017.  “The end goal is to produce a true peer to peer energy platform, where people would sell renewable energy and also be able to get energy back from the grid.” [Photo: Sebastian Kanczok] BY BEN SCHILLER Residential solar customers are …

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: ‘It’s a matter of life and death’

By Tucker Higgins 13 Oct 2017 CNBC.com @tuckerhiggins  An American solar company installs solar-powered microgrids at a San Juan fire station that had been relying on a diesel generator. The 4 kilowatt solar array with battery storage will provide electricity to the communications system, which has been down since Hurricane Maria struck the island. Only 17 percent of residents on the island …

‘This is the future’: solar-powered family car seats five, averaged 69 kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid

As the annual solar race across Australia wraps up, a Dutch entry averaged 69kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid.  “Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date – clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume.  “This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …

Materials markets for PV and wind turbines

Over $37 Billion Worth Of Wind Turbine Blade Materials Expected Over Next Decade September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica More than $37 billion worth of wind turbine blade materials is expected to be produced and purchased over the next ten years, according to new figures published this week by Navigant Research, highlighting the growing strength of the global wind energy …

Solar Technical Assistance for States

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. Text version In general, the expert assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, and their staff members in order to develop the market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The STAT Network …