Massive Wind Turbine Blade Unveiled

What’s claimed to be the world’s longest wind turbine blade was unveiled in Denmark last week. Production of the 88.4 metre blade was a joint project of Adwen and LM Wind Power. The blade has been designed for Adwen’s AD 8-180, a wind turbine with 8MW nominal capacity and 180 meter rotor diameter. “When you […]

Solar’s Coming Up Roses

Another application of biomimicry, this time based on rose petal structure, has boosted the conversion efficiency of organic solar cells. Biomimicry searches for answers to various technology challenges through emulating nature’s own solutions. In the field of solar research, biomimicry has been utilised to assist in boosting sunlight conversion efficiencies. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute […]

Tasmania Electricity Price Rise, But Higher Solar Feed In Tariffs

All businesses and households in Tasmania on standing offers face a power price rise of 3.43% from July 1 – but there’s a bit of good news for solar owners. The Tasmanian Economic Regulator gave its stamp of approval to the electricity price increase on Wednesday. “The price increase is mainly due to increases in […]

Solar PV Could Provide 13% Of Electricity Globally By 2030

The share of electricity generated by solar photovoltaics could be as much as 13 per cent globally in just 14 years says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). A new report from IRENA, Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System, estimates solar capacity has the potential to reach as high […]

Second Basslink Cable Good For Renewables Industry

The prospect of a second Basslink cable between Tasmania and the mainland continues to gather support after Tasmania’s recent energy crisis (and another Basslink outage yesterday). On Tuesday, the Clean Energy Council applauded the Federal Government’s commitment to a second undersea Basslink cable, saying it was an important step in Australia’s transition towards a 21st […]

Australians Saving Billions With Rooftop Solar Panels

Solar Citizens’ latest State Of Solar report reveals Australians are collectively saving megabucks on electricity bills by putting their rooftops to work in harvesting the power of the sun. In the report, Solar Citizens says it has calculated the savings solar owners have made on their electricity bills since 2007-2008. The results reveal solar households […]

Another Ultra-Thin, Super-Flexible Solar Cell

This development makes the previous ultra-thin solar cell we reported on look a little bloated. In March, we wrote about a solar cell developed by MIT researchers that was just 2.3 microns thick and light enough to sit on a soap bubble. This new solar cell is around 1 micron thick – approximate 1/100th of […]

Solar Flashback – The White House – June 1979

On June 20, 1979, then-US President Jimmy Carter gave a stirring speech on the potential of solar power. The speech was part of a dedication ceremony held on the West Terrace at the White House for a solar hot water system freshly installed on the iconic building. “There is no longer any question that solar […]

Solar Panel Recycling A Multi-Billion Dollar Money-Spinner

More than 23 million solar panels are installed in Australia and 222 gigawatts+ of PV modules are in place globally. This will present a significant business opportunity in recycling says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Reduce, reuse, recycle are the 3R’s of sustainability. The concept applies to “green” products such as solar modules as […]

JA Solar Panels Chosen For PV-Diesel Power Project

JA Solar announced yesterday the company has supplied 11MW of its high-efficiency solar modules for the largest PV-diesel hybrid power station project in North Africa. Located in the Red Sea region of Egypt, developed by Masdar and funded by the government of Abu Dhabi, the 14MW total-capacity project will generate electricity to be used in […]