Tag Archive | Solar power

“Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think”

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Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast.

“World’s first solar panel road opens in Normandy village”

Solar panel road in Tourouvre-au-Perche

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France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.

“World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind”

Disclosed capex for onshore wind and PV projects in 58 non-OECD countries

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/world-energy-hits-a-turning-point-solar-that-s-cheaper-than-wind

There’s a transformation happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity.

“Solar Powered Clothing You Can Plug Your Phone Into”

Clockwise from left: ScotteVest Solar Jacket, Sunlinq Solar Power Panel, Freeplay Summit Radio, iSun Portable Solar Charger and Mosquito Guard Key Ring.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/your-jacket-may-soon-recharge-your-iphone-using-the-sun

On Wednesday, a team of researchers said they developed a fabric that’s made from cotton and two advanced electronic fibers. One fiber generates power from sunlight, and the other, called a “fiber supercapacitor,” stores the electrons and provides current, like a battery. The scientists say their fiber can withstand the bending, twisting, and wrapping normal to industrial weaving, a critical area in smart-fabrics research. Fixing rips in the fabric isn’t as easy as ironing on a new patch—connecting a new swatch into a garment represents a “delicate sewing process,” according to the new study, published in the journal ACS Nano.

“Rainy U.K. Gets More Power From Solar Than Coal For The First Time In Over A Century”

 

Shares of total U.K. electricity generation met by solar and coal during January to May 2016 (%). Sources: Sheffield Solar and Gridwatch.

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In May, for the first time ever, solar produced more electricity than coal in the United Kingdom.

“Italy, Spain, & Germany Hit Commercial Solar Grid Parity In 2013”

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http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/24/italy-spain-germany-hit-commercial-solar-grid-parity-2013/?utm_source=Cleantechnica+News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=649ffe57a1-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b9b83ee7eb-649ffe57a1-331987441

The days when solar power was more expensive than other power sources are quickly passing us by. News out of Europe is that commercial solar power is now at grid parity in some major European countries.

A new study, the PV Grid Parity Monitor, conducted by consulting firm Eclareon, has found that commercial solar power hit grid parity in Italy, Germany, and Spain in 2013. Based on levelized cost of energy (LCOE) calculations, commercial solar now competes with retail electricity in these European countries.

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The interesting thing is that parity has been achieved, once support tariffs have been deducted. Solar is therefore competing on level terms on price, and holding its own.

“Experts develop low-cost solar panels by recycling rare metals”

http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/international-news/124237-experts-develop-low-cost-solar-panels-by-recycling-rare-metals.html

Swedish firm Midsummer, a leading supplier of production lines for cost effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS solar cells, has developed a unique process to recover leftover rare metals such as indium and gallium when manufacturing thin film CIGS solar cells.

The Future is Brighter for SolarCoin

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http://solarcoin.org/

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Bitcoin had a dark side ,which was its carbon footprint.

SolarCoin is a currency backed by the solar power industry (which is backed globally by the United Nations).

SolarCoin is an alternative digital currency for better life.  Spend it, trade it, exchange it.

Each SolarCoin represents one MWh of solar energy generated.  SolarCoin rewards solar energy generators both large and small.

Use Solarcoin. Join the solar power movement. SolarCoin holders help produce 97,500 TWh.

SolarCoin wallet software is open source.  SolarCoin circulation is community governed by the SolarCoin Foundation.

99% of SolarCoins will go to solar energy generators over the next 40 years.

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Let’s see what the central bankers and politicians think about this one.

“England’s Clouds Part for Solar as Panels Carpet Fields”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-14/england-s-clouds-part-for-solar-as-panels-carpet-fields.html

Cloudy Britain is emerging as Europe’s hottest market to build solar parks.

Cheaper equipment costs and steady subsidies are attracting developers of large-scale, ground-mounted projects….

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The cheaper technology costs mean that Britain has benefited from being a late adopter. Unfortunately costs have not fallen enough to make the system viable without taxpayer-funded subsidies though.

“How Wall Street suddenly fell in love with solar”

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http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/wall-street-suddenly-loves-solar-just-time-new-solar-cell-efficiency-breakthrough-99116

Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that the solar power “craze” is partly responsible for Wall Street’s recent good times. The Times used the example of solar giant SolarCity, which has seen a sevenfold increase in its share price to $59.27 since it went public, but this could just be starters for the US solar industry. An international research team based at North Carolina State University has come up with a simple way to increase the efficiency of organic solar cells by more than 30 percent, leading to lower costs and a much bigger market.

Deutsche Bank predicts second solar “gold-rush”

Leading investment house Deutsche Bank has dramatically lifted its demand forecasts for the global solar industry – predicting that 46 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV will be installed across the world in 2014, before jumping by another 25 per cent to 56GW in 2015.

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/deutsche-bank-predicts-second-solar-gold-rush-40084

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As we have seen in other financial bubbles, speculation leads to the creation of overcapacity and then the bursting of the bubble.