Portland And Multnomah County Pledge 100% Renewable Energy

The City of Portland (Oregon, USA) and the county in which it is located have committed to 100% renewables by 2050 – and that’s not just electricity. Earlier this week, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler outlined details of the goal that will see all of  Multnomah County’s electricity needs met by renewable sources by 2035 and […]

Save As You Go Solar Street Lighting

The zero-deposit, save as you go concept for home solar power systems has been extended to street lighting by a UK company. Many councils and local governments throughout the world would probably be open to switching to solar street lights. According to the Australian Government’s EnergyRating web site, here in Australia there are approximately 2.28 […]

New Solar Cell Material Exceeds Shockley–Queisser Limit

U.S. researchers have successfully demonstrated a novel hybrid solar material capable of generating more than twice the amount of energy from sunlight than conventional silicon cells. The new crystalline material shares characteristics with silicon, but is instead made using  perovskite as a semiconductor. Testing has shown it exceeds the so-called Shockley-Queisser Limit – the theoretical […]

How To Build A Better, Cheaper Solar Inverter

A three year project to develop a concept for the next generation of solar PV inverters has claimed success, resulting in a more efficient and cost effective design. The project, which commenced in 2014, was led by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in collaboration with leading inverter manufacturer SMA, Fraunhofer […]

Ouyen Solar Farm Gets Planning Approval

Planning approval has been granted for a 10MW solar farm to be constructed near the Victorian town of Ouyen. The Sunraysia Daily reports a planning permit for the $14.2 million project was issued by Mildura Rural City Council last week. Located 110 kilometres from Mildura and 441 km north-west of Melbourne, Ouyen is the commercial […]

Handheld Scanner To Improve Wind Turbine Reliability

A new palm-sized radar scanning unit capable of detecting minute defects in the composition of wind turbine blades could save the global wind power sector millions in production and maintenance costs, according to its German developers. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics say their radar-based technology provides manufacturers with a far […]

City Of Chicago Announces 100% Renewable Energy Goal

An ambitious plan to make Chicago the largest major city in the USA to have 100 percent renewable energy supply for its public buildings was announced yesterday. Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District, and City Colleges of Chicago have joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s commitment to a project to use 100 percent renewable […]

Europe’s Largest Battery Storage System For Germany

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has announced it has joined a project that will see Europe’s largest single-site battery energy storage system (BESS) built. Through Enspire ME, a joint venture  between MC and the Netherlands’ Eneco, the battery system will be constructed in Jardelund, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany. The 48MW/50MWh project will provide […]

Battery Chat : Energy Matters Interview With Sonnen’s Philipp Schröder

More Australians are discovering German-made sonnen battery systems after a recent Channel 9 segment had many wanting to learn more about the world’s largest home battery company. Energy Matters caught up with sonnen’s Managing Director last week to discuss the past, present and future of the residential energy storage star – and the many benefits […]

138.5GW Renewable Energy Capacity Installed In 2016

Investment may have been down in renewable energy globally last year, but the money spent saw a whole lot more bang for buck according to a new report. Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 states while the investment level in renewables during 2016 was 23% lower than 2015, 138.5GW of capacity was installed; up […]