Tag Archive for 'solar energy'

How is Germany bringing about a ‘Clean Break’ from fossil fuels?

November 14th, 2012 by InsideClimate News

A modern industrial economy, the biggest and most powerful in the European Union, is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. Germany already gets 25% of its electricity from renewables and is on track to be running on 80% renewable energy by 2050. Some predict it could even reach 100% by then. […]

E-Si Ltd’s vision is for all Guernsey properties to have a heat pump and photovoltaics by 2032

November 14th, 2012 by Paul Fletcher

E-Si Limited installs heat pumps, photovoltaic, and solar thermal systems in Guernsey. As the leading micro-renewable energy installer, E-Si Ltd educates the community about micro-renewable energy systems, and informs opinion about the direction Guernsey should take with its energy policy. E-Si believes that to safeguard Guernsey’s economic future, it’s infrastructure and long term prosperity, the […]

Guernsey’s growing enthusiasm for energy efficiency and renewables

November 5th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Guernsey is improving energy efficiency and developing micro-renewable energy projects but progress is very slow compared to developments in the rest of Europe. Some Guernsey residents are making their homes more energy efficient and producing and using their own renewable energy. Guernsey Electricity Ltd increased the price of electricity on 1 October 2012 because of […]

Government policy uncertainty not helpful to clean energy investment

October 10th, 2012 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Global investment in clean energy totalled $56.6 billion in the third quarter of 2012. This was down 5% on the second quarter and 20% lower than in Q3 2011, explained partly by weaker figures from the US and India, and a lull in wind farm financings. The figures published by research company Bloomberg New Energy […]

Fraunhofer develops less expensive processes to produce solar cells

September 29th, 2012 by Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, Germany are engineering coating processes and thin film systems aimed at lowering the production costs of photovoltaic solar cells. A few of these processes were unveiled at the EU PVSEC trade show in Frankfurt in September 2012. The photovoltaic industry is […]

EU photovoltaic installed capacity reached 52 GW in 2011

September 27th, 2012 by European Commission Joint Research Centre

Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW. The yearly electricity produced by PV could power a country with the electricity demand of Austria, which corresponds to 2% of the EU’s electricity needs. These are some of the […]

Solar Power UK trade show at NEC from 2 to 4 October 2012

September 25th, 2012 by Events

Solar Power UK takes place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, from 2 to 4 October 2012. Over 5,000 people are expected to visit the UK’s largest solar trade show. The event will see 175 exhibitors showcase the most innovative products and services the solar market provides. Exhibitors, including Trina Solar, SMA Solar UK, […]

Germany leads world in producing electricity from photovoltaics

September 24th, 2012 by Germany Trade and Invest

Germany installed roughly 320 peak megawatts (MWp) of solar power in August 2012, according to initial reports. This addition has bumped Germany past 30 GWp, the first country in the world to reach this level of photovoltaic capacity. German solar installations make up more than the rest of Europe combined. Germany Trade & Invest industry […]

Using lithium ion batteries to even out renewable energy production

August 21st, 2012 by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Energy storage systems will make renewable energy more practical as fluctuating supplies of electricity from photovoltaics and wind power can be stored until use. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, several pilot plants that include photovoltaic panels, small wind power plants, lithium-ion batteries, and power electronics are under construction to demonstrate how load […]

Using lithium batteries for energy storage in photovoltaic systems

February 10th, 2012 by University of Southampton

A joint research project between the University of Southampton and lithium battery technology company REAPsystems has found that a new type of battery has the potential to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of solar power. The research project, sponsored by REAPsystems, was led by MSc Sustainable Energy Technologies student, Yue Wu and his […]