Posts Tagged ‘solar electricity’

User-friendly Solar Technology Unfurled!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

SoloPower Inc. in California is set to actually unroll its interesting product in Portland. The company has ventured out to set up a factory in Portland to manufacture flexible solar panels!

According to the company, the flexible solar panels are designed to blanket rooftops like carpet and so, its target audience is buildings with big-box roofs that can’t support the weight of conventional solar panels. Initially, the company was little worried about the response from the potential buyers in the market. But, all thanks to prospective customers’ interest, response and willingness to pay a premium for much user-friendly product, the anxiety was transformed into confidence of being able to satisfy future customers’ demands for company’s world-class product, said the officials of SoloPower Inc. And so, company’s first commercial-size plant relies on industrial customers. (more…)

Solar Products: Best Option to Beat Electricity Cuts and Shortage

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Opting for non-conventional energy projects such as solar products is the best way to overcome the shortage of electricity. Utilizing solar energy to its best has proven to be a better option and an alternative for electrical energy. (more…)

Sales of PV Cells and Modules Decreased in the US and Increased in Germany: Hanwha SolarOne

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Hanwha SolarOne Company Ltd. a leading global manufacturer of PV cells and modules in Shanghai, China declared that it faced losses during its first quarter of year the 2012. (more…)

New Low-Cost Solar Cells Devised by US Chemical Engineers

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Purdue researcher Rakesh Agrawal is leading work to develop solar cells that might be manufactured using special ink printed onto sheets of a supporting material. The approach could lead to new low-cost solar cells economically competitive with other energy technologies.

Researchers at Purdue University are developing an alternative solution to photovoltaic technologies by manufacturing low-cost solar cells using special ink printed on a supporting material.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the team of chemical engineers led by Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University’s Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, will strive to develop solar cells that could be mass produced at a low cost with limited availability of materials. (more…)

Solar Energy: Tulip Flower Power

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

An odd, bright yellow tulip shaped tower rises above the dry strip mountains of Andalucia in Southern Spain.  Surrounded by a sea of solar panels reflecting the sun’s light, this tower is a gas-turbine solar thermal station launched by Israeli company, AORA Solar in the Platforma Solara de Almeria solar research and development park. (more…)

Austin Chemist Proposes Significant Increase in Solar Cells Efficiency

Monday, January 16th, 2012

A professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, Xiaoyang Zhu, and his team have successfully discovered a method to increase the efficiency of conventional solar cells. Their research reveals that the number of electrons gathered from one photon of sunlight can be doubled using an organic plastic semiconductor material. (more…)

French Solar Panel Maker Opens Factory at San Diego

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Solar Panel

Solar Panel (Creative Commons / Rama)

French solar panel manufacturer Soitec opened its $150 million factory in San Diego on Friday, 16th December, 2011, hoping to meet Californian demands of sourcing one-third of its energy from renewable energy by 2020. (more…)

Dubai’s Parks to Soon Run on Solar Power

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Dubai Creek at Night (Rokaszil / Creative Commons)

Dubai’s parks will soon run on solar power in the near future if the words of Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality are to be believed. The project to cover all the parks under solar electricity has commenced with gradual completion expected. This initiative is Dubai government’s one of the first baby steps toward sustainable development where it plans to reduce the consumption of power using alternative energy like solar power. (more…)

Powering over 2000 homes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Solar panels on house rooftops. AP/ Jens Meyers

A huge solar project is on the cards by the Solar City and Hickam Communities. It will supposedly be the largest solar power infrastructure in Hawaii. In the US it will also be one of the largest solar powered communities at the Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam. (more…)

DOE offers partial guarantee to support largest rooftop project in U.S.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant (DOE photo)

The largest rooftop project in U.S. Project Amp have received one of the largest loan guarantees from US DOE to install solar panels on industrial buildings across the country. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy is ready to offer a $1.4 billion partial loan guarantee to support Prologis and NRG Energy to install rooftop solar panels on company warehouses.  The solar electricity will be distributed across the grid  in contrast to the buildings where they will be installed. The funding for the project supported from the 2009 stimulus bill will include installation of approximately 733 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels which almost equals the total solar panels installed in U.S. throughout 2010. DOE expects that the project will generate at least a thousand jobs over a four year period.