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Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells improved with light management

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells improved with light management

Tandem solar cells made of silicon and metal halide perovskite compounds can convert a particularly large portion of the solar spectrum into electrical energy. However, part of the light is reflected and is thus lost for purposes of energy conversion. Using nanostructures, the reflection can be reduced significantly ensuring that the solar cell captures more light.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 16, 2018
Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 15, 2018
Rooftop device makes solar power and cools buildings

Rooftop device makes solar power and cools buildings

Rooftop arrays do one thing - they turn sunlight into electricity. But researchers have built a device that could have a dual purpose - generating electricity and cooling buildings.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 15, 2018
IDTechEx TVStretchy solar cells a step closer

Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications like clothing that also require them to be flexible.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 14, 2018
New ultracapacitor-system on the Isle of Eigg

New ultracapacitor-system on the Isle of Eigg

Skeleton Technologies provides rapid-response power using ultracapacitors. A world first in the 100% renewable energy Scottish independent microgrid.
Press Release
Unity Bank, Daystar Power move branch network to solar power

Unity Bank, Daystar Power move branch network to solar power

Unity Bank has agreed to work together with Daystar Power in moving the power supply of Unity Bank's branches across Nigeria from diesel generation to cleaner and more efficient solar powered solutions.
Press Release
Voting on the EU Renewable Energy Directive

Voting on the EU Renewable Energy Directive

The European Parliament voted on 13 November 2018 on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 13, 2018
EU to energize 100k off grid households in Mindanao

EU to energize 100k off grid households in Mindanao

The Department of Energy, Philippines, and the European Union are pushing ahead with the energization of off-grid communities that would benefit close to 100,000 households, especially in the Bangsamoro region.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 12, 2018
Energy-management tech uses EV as storage batteries

Energy-management tech uses EV as storage batteries

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a technology for efficiently managing photovoltaic and other power-generation systems and also the charging/discharging of electric vehicles parked on company campuses.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 9, 2018
Solar installations built for Facebook

Solar installations built for Facebook

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced an agreement with two solar developers to build the largest solar installations in Tennessee and Alabama at 150 and 227 megawatts, respectively. The 377 megawatt output from these facilities is part of a historic agreement to support Facebook's data center in Huntsville, Ala., with 100 percent renewable energy.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
A report from IOREC 2018

A report from IOREC 2018

Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) is the leading global event for off-grid renewable energy, technology analyst Dr Iain Meager attended.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 8, 2018
Largest industrial energy storage station in Europe

Largest industrial energy storage station in Europe

With a conviction that the major challenge for the renewable energy market lies in being able to store energy, CMI has opened the largest pilot installation for the storage of green energy in Europe.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 8, 2018
Dancing atoms in perovskite materials

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials

A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized "hot" technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today's solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 8, 2018
ABB and SINTEF test fuel cells for main propulsion potential

ABB and SINTEF test fuel cells for main propulsion potential

ABB and SINTEF Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 7, 2018
China's biggest flow battery project underway

China's biggest flow battery project underway

Commissioning of a 3-megawatt 12-megawatt-hour vanadium-redox-battery energy-storage-system in China is currently underway, with the first battery module of 250-kilowatt 1MWh successfully commissioned.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 7, 2018
The Holy Grail of baseload tidal power

The Holy Grail of baseload tidal power

Nova Innovation announces the integration of its tidal energy array with Tesla battery storage. The Tesla Powerpack was successfully integrated with Nova's existing tidal array, delivering the world's first grid-connected 'baseload' tidal power station.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 6, 2018
Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom

Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom

Queensland turned on the sun for the official launch of Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom - The Hivve at Bracken Ridge State High School in Brisbane.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 6, 2018
New vision for the future of augmented reality

New vision for the future of augmented reality

Battery-free eye-tracking glasses could create an even more realistic experience for augmented reality enthusiasts. The new technology improves player controls for gaming and allows for more accurate image displays.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 5, 2018
East Africa's largest airport solar PV plant for Kenya

East Africa's largest airport solar PV plant for Kenya

Kenya's Moi International Airport, Mombasa will install a ground-mounted 500kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will generate 820,000 kWh per year and offset 1,300 tonnes of CO₂ annually. The system will be interconnected to the airport terminal grid, and will prioritise consumption of the solar power over the grid.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 2, 2018
A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun's energy through "water splitting," an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have yet to live up to their potential because there still isn't a design for materials with the right mix of optical, electronic, and chemical properties needed for them to work efficiently.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 1, 2018
UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid

UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid

Faraday Grid has announced an agreement with the UK's leading distribution network operator, UK Power Networks, for it to trial the world's first Faraday Grid, a ground-breaking technology that could redefine how the electricity grid works.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 16, 2018
Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 15, 2018
IDTechEx TVStretchy solar cells a step closer

Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications like clothing that also require them to be flexible.
Press Release
Unity Bank, Daystar Power move branch network to solar power

Unity Bank, Daystar Power move branch network to solar power

Unity Bank has agreed to work together with Daystar Power in moving the power supply of Unity Bank's branches across Nigeria from diesel generation to cleaner and more efficient solar powered solutions.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 13, 2018
EU to energize 100k off grid households in Mindanao

EU to energize 100k off grid households in Mindanao

The Department of Energy, Philippines, and the European Union are pushing ahead with the energization of off-grid communities that would benefit close to 100,000 households, especially in the Bangsamoro region.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 9, 2018
Solar installations built for Facebook

Solar installations built for Facebook

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced an agreement with two solar developers to build the largest solar installations in Tennessee and Alabama at 150 and 227 megawatts, respectively. The 377 megawatt output from these facilities is part of a historic agreement to support Facebook's data center in Huntsville, Ala., with 100 percent renewable energy.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 8, 2018
Largest industrial energy storage station in Europe

Largest industrial energy storage station in Europe

With a conviction that the major challenge for the renewable energy market lies in being able to store energy, CMI has opened the largest pilot installation for the storage of green energy in Europe.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 8, 2018
ABB and SINTEF test fuel cells for main propulsion potential

ABB and SINTEF test fuel cells for main propulsion potential

ABB and SINTEF Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 7, 2018
The Holy Grail of baseload tidal power

The Holy Grail of baseload tidal power

Nova Innovation announces the integration of its tidal energy array with Tesla battery storage. The Tesla Powerpack was successfully integrated with Nova's existing tidal array, delivering the world's first grid-connected 'baseload' tidal power station.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 6, 2018
New vision for the future of augmented reality

New vision for the future of augmented reality

Battery-free eye-tracking glasses could create an even more realistic experience for augmented reality enthusiasts. The new technology improves player controls for gaming and allows for more accurate image displays.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 2, 2018
A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun's energy through "water splitting," an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have yet to live up to their potential because there still isn't a design for materials with the right mix of optical, electronic, and chemical properties needed for them to work efficiently.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 15, 2018
Rooftop device makes solar power and cools buildings

Rooftop device makes solar power and cools buildings

Rooftop arrays do one thing - they turn sunlight into electricity. But researchers have built a device that could have a dual purpose - generating electricity and cooling buildings.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 14, 2018
New ultracapacitor-system on the Isle of Eigg

New ultracapacitor-system on the Isle of Eigg

Skeleton Technologies provides rapid-response power using ultracapacitors. A world first in the 100% renewable energy Scottish independent microgrid.
Press Release
Voting on the EU Renewable Energy Directive

Voting on the EU Renewable Energy Directive

The European Parliament voted on 13 November 2018 on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 12, 2018
Energy-management tech uses EV as storage batteries

Energy-management tech uses EV as storage batteries

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a technology for efficiently managing photovoltaic and other power-generation systems and also the charging/discharging of electric vehicles parked on company campuses.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
A report from IOREC 2018

A report from IOREC 2018

Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) is the leading global event for off-grid renewable energy, technology analyst Dr Iain Meager attended.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 8, 2018
Dancing atoms in perovskite materials

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials

A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized "hot" technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today's solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 7, 2018
China's biggest flow battery project underway

China's biggest flow battery project underway

Commissioning of a 3-megawatt 12-megawatt-hour vanadium-redox-battery energy-storage-system in China is currently underway, with the first battery module of 250-kilowatt 1MWh successfully commissioned.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 6, 2018
Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom

Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom

Queensland turned on the sun for the official launch of Australia's first off-grid, solar and battery powered classroom - The Hivve at Bracken Ridge State High School in Brisbane.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 5, 2018
East Africa's largest airport solar PV plant for Kenya

East Africa's largest airport solar PV plant for Kenya

Kenya's Moi International Airport, Mombasa will install a ground-mounted 500kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will generate 820,000 kWh per year and offset 1,300 tonnes of CO₂ annually. The system will be interconnected to the airport terminal grid, and will prioritise consumption of the solar power over the grid.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 1, 2018
UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid

UK Power Networks to trial Faraday Grid

Faraday Grid has announced an agreement with the UK's leading distribution network operator, UK Power Networks, for it to trial the world's first Faraday Grid, a ground-breaking technology that could redefine how the electricity grid works.