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New Intl Consortium to Advance High-Tech Mirrors Used in Solar Plants

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), joined by partners at Sandia National Laboratories and the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute, has announced the launch of the Heliostat Consortium (HelioCon): an international effort to drive down the cost of heliostats. HelioCon seeks to emphasise the significance of heliostats as a key […]

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US Air Force Paves the Way for Space-based Solar Power

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Northrop Grumman have successfully conducted the first end-to-end demonstration of key hardware for the Arachne flight experiment. As part of the ground demonstration, novel components for the “sandwich tile” were used to successfully convert solar energy to radio frequency (RF), a development that seeks to pave the way […]

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Octopus Energy, Sterlite Power Sign MOU For Green Power Systems

UK based  1.2 billion pound sterling energy group Octopus Energy Group, which has over 3 million customers in the UK has entered into an MOU with leading Indian power transmission player Sterlite Power. The agreement aims to help decarbonise Indian industry and bring cheaper green power to consumers around the world. The Memorandum of Understanding […]

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The Influence Of Winter On Solar PV Systems And Related O&M Considerations

Background Winter is well and truly on its way for the northern hemisphere with temperatures beginning to fall and already reaching freezing point in some regions. According to forecasts there will be prolonged periods of icy and snowy weather in Europe on its way. So, what are the specific effects of winter on the operation […]

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Cochin Airport Expands Agrivoltaic Farming to 20 acres in its Solar Farm

The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) has scaled up its agrivoltaic farming to 20 acres. Agricultural photovoltaic (Agri-PV), also known as agrivoltaic or agri-photovoltaic, is an evolving practice in sustainable development that combines the production of food and energy. The land is used for both agriculture and solar power generation at the same time. ‘Experiments’ […]

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NREL Researchers Offer Guidance for Solar Systems To Last

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have laid out a cost-effective five-point plan to improve the reliability of solar panels in light of extreme weather, rapid innovation, and extremely competitive prices. In a commentary piece published in the journal Nature, Dirk Jordan, Teresa Barnes, Nancy Haegel, and Ingrid Repins urge the solar industry […]

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US SEC Initiates Investigation Against Tesla Over Disclosures Linked To Solar Tiles

In a move widely seen as an acknowledgement of the complaint by a former Tesla employee, Steven Henkes, the US securities regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has initiated investigations into the allegations on Tesla, for failing to notify its shareholders and the public about fire risks associated with its solar panel systems. The investigations […]

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New Israeli JV to Develop Drone For Solar Panels Cleaning

Airobotics, an Israeli manufacturer of autonomous unmanned aircraft (drones) and aerial data platforms, and Solar Drone, an Israeli company specializing in solar farms services, have signed a binding agreement under which Airobotics will develop and supply to Solar Drone a unique solar panel cleaning drone system. The fully automated system will include a drone docking […]

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Solar Marketplace Otovo Powers Up German Presence

Norwegian solar marketplace firm Otovo has started operations in Germany. That takes the country count to 7 for the firm launched in 2016 to make solar rooftop installations an easier task for customers. Otovo claims that over 500 installer companies work with Otovo in Europe. These companies select which types of solar systems they want […]

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