Solar in Dubai reaches record low price ReCREMA

Auctions » 27.11.2014

Solar in Dubai reaches record low price

Last week, the results of an auction held by Dubai’s state utility were published, and the winner came in at a price of 5.98 cents/kWh. But is this outcome really surprising given the country’s solar conditions? read more »

On the trail of toxic substances TÜV Rheinland

On the trail of toxic substances

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart want to find out how toxic substances in photovoltaic modules end up in the environment. They are looking for ways to prevent the escape of toxic waste in manufacturing, operation and disposal of modules. read more »

Batteries for private photovoltaic systems Foto: WEMAG AG

Batteries for private photovoltaic systems

Market analysts expect a tenfold increase in the market for small solar power storage systems over the next three years. In the same period, they expect the hurdles preventing the integration of power storage into private photovoltaic systems to be overcome. read more »

Lithium-Ion storage systems BSW-Solar/Maurer

Lithium-Ion storage systems

Reports about the fire risks of lithium-ion storage systems has inspired the international battery and energy storage association and manufacturers to contribute to the safety of their industry. The association will be writing a white paper over the coming months to restore customer confidence in the safety of lithium-ion systems. read more »

A network helps Foto: Sungrow

A network helps

Currently the largest PV installation market China holds good opportunities also for foreign PV companies. read more »

2015 German solar eclipse revisited BDEW

Modelling » 10.11.2014

2015 German solar eclipse revisited

German Renewables Professor Volker Quaschning has had his students investigate next year’s solar eclipse to see how the power sector will manage the event. No real problems are expected, but we now have a wonderful video showing what the event will be like. Gas turbines are especially important. read more »

Netherlands gets (stupid) solar cycling paths Foto: Morgenwelt Rocks

Netherlands gets (stupid) solar cycling paths

A country that may have just passed the one gigawatt threshold for installed PV is also now home to a new cycling path lined with solar panels. Here’s hoping news about how terrible the idea is gets around fast so that the project is not copied elsewhere. read more »

Solar-thermal power plants Solabolic

Solar-thermal power plants

Austrian company Solabolic has developed a way to make bigger parabolic troughs for CSP power plants. The technology borrows principles used in building suspension bridges to protect the reflectors from high winds. read more »

The Energiewende is not just solar Craig Morris

Rebuttal » 05.11.2014

The Energiewende is not just solar

The Guardian has published a report today that describes a German solar sector I cannot recognize. Below, five comments. read more »

Gridlock for PV in Kyushu, Japan Thomas

Part two » 27.10.2014

Gridlock for PV in Kyushu, Japan

At the end of September, Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) announced that they’ll stop processing grid connection applications for non-residential renewable energy projects over worries that too much PV could cause blackouts. Today, we analyze the situation in Kyushu, where Kyuden is also struggling to restart its nuclear power plant fleet. read more »