Safer Solar Powered Water Disinfection With WADI

Sunlight can destroy pathogens in water, making it safe to drink. But how much sun is needed? The answer to this question can mean the difference between life and death. Each day, 4,000 children around the world under the age of 5 die as a result of drinking contaminated water. One of the cheapest and […]

Is The Solar Road Concept Viable?

The idea of solar roads has a lot of people very excited – and some the opposite. It’s quite a polarising concept. We first started covering news on solar roads back in 2010, initially with the Solar Roadways project. Solar Roadways is alive and well today after a very successful crowdfunding effort in 2014 that […]

Solar Assisted Car Carrier Launched

The first of eight solar assisted car-carrier ships was launched in Nagasu Port in Kumamoto, Japan earlier this week. K Line’s new ship, “Drive Green Highway”, is part of the company’s Drive Green Project. The 200 meter long vessel is capable of carrying 7,500 passenger vehicles at once, has a top speed of 20 knots […]

Australia Boasts 5GW Of Installed Solar Panels

From 0 to 5GW; a solar panel for every woman, man and child in Australia – and it’s happened so fast. Solar power now represents 9% of total electricity generation capacity in Australia. According to solar consultancy firm SunWiz, Australia’s currently installed PV capacity could fully power 1.25 million Australian households. The 5GW figure is […]

European Union – Wind In Power

Nearly half of all Europe’s power generation capacity installed last year were new wind energy projects according to a report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). EWEA’s analysis of 2015 shows wind power accounted for 44.2 percent of total capacity added across the 28 EU member states, an increase of 6.3 percent on 2014 […]

10 Million SolarEdge Power Optimizers Shipped

The SolarEdge Power Optimizer is a little box achieving big things in the world of solar energy. The Power Optimizer is a small device attached to the back of a solar panel that works in tandem with an inverter to address some of the issues with conventional solar inverters; enabling maximum energy harvesting. The device […]

Community Housing Energy-Efficiency Program For Australia

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has announced a $250 million Community Housing Program that will contribute to the construction of up to 1,000 energy efficient houses across the nation. In addition to new dwellings, finance will also be provided for retrofits to existing houses; such as LED lighting, energy-efficient household appliances, installing solar panels […]

Scottish Wind Power Off To A Flying Start In 2016

Hot off the back of National Grid figures showing UK wind power blew away all previous annual records in 2015, new data has revealed that last month nearly half of Scotland’s total electricity needs were met by wind power alone. Wind energy powered 100 percent of Scottish households for 22 days in the month of […]

Telstra Eyes More Solar + Battery Storage

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra is setting up a new division tasked with further improving energy efficiency within the company and rolling out more solar across the organisation. “As a company with a large portfolio of physical infrastructure across Australia, we see some real opportunities to use technology to become more efficient at managing our energy […]

Solar/Electric Buses In The Headlines

Electric buses are gaining popularity and it may not be too long before they’ll become a common sight on the streets of our towns and cities. In the past week or so, two electric bus stories have been creating a bit of a stir. The first is in relation to solar assisted bus dubbed the […]