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Can thermoelectric energy harvesting succeed in a new form?

Can thermoelectric energy harvesting succeed in a new form?

Oct 17, 2018 Worldwide
Thermoelectric energy harvesting is a failure when set against the publicity of participants over the last 30 years. "The roaring mountain gave forth a mouse". Current versions do not scale above kW and are rarely used above mW - serious because the market for energy harvesting above 1W is about 100 times the value market below.
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Webinar Tuesday 23 October - Next step for polymer composites

Webinar Tuesday 23 October - Next step for polymer composites

Oct 17, 2018 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 23 October titled Multifunctionality is the key next step for polymer composites.
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Microgrid trial

Microgrid trial

Oct 16, 2018 Australia
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced it was partnering with Monash University and technology partner Indra Australia to trial a microgrid on Monash's Clayton campus that will see the campus powered by renewable energy.
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Peer-to-peer solar electricity trading platform

Peer-to-peer solar electricity trading platform

Oct 15, 2018 India
SOLshare has developed the world's first peer-to-peer solar electricity trading platform that leverages existing solar home systems in an off-grid context to create a bottom-up smart grid.
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Off grid hydrogen fuel cell for the construction industry

Off grid hydrogen fuel cell for the construction industry

Oct 15, 2018 United Kingdom
This new technology will be used to provide silent, zero emission power.
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HOMER Conference Report part 3

HOMER Conference Report part 3

Oct 13, 2018
There were more presentations of the big picture.
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HOMER Conference Report Part 2

HOMER Conference Report Part 2

Oct 12, 2018
Here is more on the HOMER microgrid conference in San Diego October 2018.
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Results support improvement in survivability of wave energy

Results support improvement in survivability of wave energy

Oct 12, 2018 United Kingdom
After 18 months of combined dry and ocean testing of the C3 Wave Energy Converter, CorPower and project partners have taken important steps towards proving commercial viability of wave energy.
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HOMER Microgrid conference 9-10 Oct 2018: Report

HOMER Microgrid conference 9-10 Oct 2018: Report

Oct 11, 2018
We attended the second day of this excellent two day conference staged in the luxurious paradise Resort in San Diego by HOMER a 20 person microgrid software company doing simulation, economics and design.
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IDTechEx TVInnovative smart textiles and HAPTIC 3D coating technology

Innovative smart textiles and HAPTIC 3D coating technology

Oct 11, 2018
Integration of sensors and electronics into smart textile applications for the sport industry.
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Thin films for more efficient solar cells

Thin films for more efficient solar cells

Oct 11, 2018 Korea
The efficiency of solar cells can be increased by thin-film contacts. Improving the performance of solar cells requires scrutinizing every aspect of their design. First, this means improving the crystalline quality of the absorbing material to maximize the conversion of photons to negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes. Next, the device's architecture must be optimized to ensure these charge carriers can move efficiently…
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IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

Oct 11, 2018 United States
IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad, the New Technologies Initiative will showcase innovations from 10 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Santa Clara, USA on November 14-15, 2018 (www.IDTechEx.com/USA). All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
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Rolls-Royce expands its position in the microgrid market

Rolls-Royce expands its position in the microgrid market

Oct 10, 2018 Germany
Rolls-Royce is investing in Qinous GmbH, a global provider of innovative energy storage and control systems, and adding turnkey microgrids to the portfolio.
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Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

Oct 9, 2018 Sweden
​A research group has made great, rapid strides towards the development of a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use.
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IDTechEx TVPainting solar cells provides new path to market

Painting solar cells provides new path to market

Oct 8, 2018 United States
A scientist wields a cheap paintbrush, the kind you'd buy at a hobby shop for less than a buck. With a steady, purple-gloved hand, he paints a yellowish liquid onto a specially prepared piece of glass about the size of a half-dollar. And as simple as that, a perovskite solar cell is born.
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Australian peninsula goes off grid thanks to big battery

Australian peninsula goes off grid thanks to big battery

Oct 5, 2018 Australia
ElectraNet's ESCRI-SA grid connected 30 MW / 8 MWh Battery Energy Storage System is located seven kilometres south-east of Stansbury adjacent to ElectraNet's existing Dalrymple substation and will demonstrate how energy storage can strengthen the grid and improve reliability for the lower Yorke Peninsula.
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Perovskite solar cells leap towards commercialization

Perovskite solar cells leap towards commercialization

Oct 5, 2018 Japan
Scientists believe they've found a winning formula in a new method to fabricate low-cost high-efficiency solar cells.
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Diesel generator future developments and alternative technologies

Diesel generator future developments and alternative technologies

Oct 4, 2018
IDTechEx research has recently published the new report 'Diesel Generator Set Future Developments and Alternative Technologies 2019-2029'.
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Hydropower from drinking water

Hydropower from drinking water

Oct 4, 2018 United States
The system generates environmentally-friendly hydropower with no impact on water delivery. Unique, spherical turbines are installed inside large-diameter gravity-fed water transmission pipelines. The turbines spin as water passes through them, converting excess head pressure into electricity.
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First solar panels installed on Solar Highways noise barrier

First solar panels installed on Solar Highways noise barrier

Oct 3, 2018 Netherlands
With the installation and mounting of the first sound-resistant solar panels for Solar Highways, an important milestone has been reached. The innovative solar noise barrier is now starting to take shape. By mid-October, all of the 136 glass solar panels, each measuring 6 m wide x 2 m high, will have been installed, forming a 400 metre-long solar noise barrier on the eastern side of the A50 motorway in Uden.
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Supersizing solar cells: researchers print module six times bigger

Supersizing solar cells: researchers print module six times bigger

Oct 3, 2018 United Kingdom
A perovskite solar module the size of an A4 sheet of paper, which is nearly six times bigger than 10x10 cm2 modules of that type reported before, has been developed by researchers, by using simple and low-cost printing techniques.