26 February 2017 02:22 PM GMT

A University of Toronto innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Post-doctoral researcher Hairen Tan of U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
University Professor Ted Sargent, an expert in emerging solar technologies and the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology said, “Perovskite solar cells can enable us to use techniques already established in the printing industry to produce solar cells at very low cost.

February 6th 2017
Nordex Acquires SSP To Develop Larger, More Efficient Turbines

Nordex seeks to expand engineering skills to develop even more efficient rotors. “Rotor blades are key to lowering the cost of energy,” stated Jose Luis Blanco, COO of Nordex SE. “Our partnership with SSP Technology extends as far back as 2003 and has always been very successful and constructive. I am convinced that we will be able to significantly strengthen our innovation ability by integrating the blade experts at SSP.

February 3rd 2017
Midsummer Achieves Efficiency Record For Its Lightweight, Flexible Solar Modules

A lightweight and flexible solar module production system from Midsummer AB has now increased the conversion efficiency of its modules to 14 percent as verified by an independent testing laboratory. The DUO system is now the most widely spread manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

January 20th 2017
Launch Of Coatings That Turns Existing Buildings And Vehicles Into Power Sources

SolarWindow Technologies has announced plans to develop a superb problem-solving technology of electricity-generating flexible glass. It anticipates installing these sheets of electricity-generating glass veneers over existing skyscraper windows, turning entire buildings into vertical power generators and helping reduce their carbon footprint. These same veneers could be applied to flat and curved surfaces on automobiles, trucks, buses, aeroplanes, and boats to generate onboard electrical power.

January 7th 2017
Fraunhofer Enables Manufacturers Of PV Modules To Keep Pace With Tech Advances

With SmartCalc.CTM, Fraunhofer ISE has developed a software that helps reduce the cell-to-module power losses in PV module manufacturing. Research and industry invest lots of know-how in improving solar cell efficiency. In order that PV modules benefit from the advances in cell efficiency, the cell-to-module integration process must be performed reliably with low losses. The software was developed with this in mind and harnesses the near 40-year expertise, in this field, of Fraunhofer.

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December 29th 2016
DEWA Receives UN Climate Award For Leadership In Emissions Reduction

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received the official Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) cancellation certificate issued by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the successful offset of emissions during the Earth Hour 2016, in cooperation with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). “DEWA considers carbon emissions reduction an integral part of its environmental strategy. This is in adherence with our directives to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a green economy, and the long-term initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’, said HE Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

December 15th 2016
AkzoNobel Acquires BASF’s Industrial Coatings Business, Strengthens Position

AkzoNobel has finalised the acquisition of BASF’s global industrial coatings business, positioning it as a provider capable of protecting every part of a wind turbine and offering a single source of supply to customers. The agreement includes all relevant technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as two manufacturing plants in the UK and South Africa. Approximately 400 employees from BASF’s industrial coatings business will now join AkzoNobel. The transaction is valued at €475 million, with BASF’s business generating revenue close to €300 million in 2015.

December 10th 2016
DEWA And Masdar Sign PPA For 800MW 3rd Phase Of Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have signed a power purchase agreement with Abu Dubai Future Energy Company (Masdar) for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a major undertaking which will become an international reference point for the renewable energy industry,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. The park was launched to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. “Through the Solar Park, DEWA is making a significant contribution to the UAE’s vision for a green economy. The collaboration between all parties to reach this milestone has been exceptional”, added Al Ramahi.

November 24th 2016
Biofuels From Cultivated Biomass: A Sustainable Solution For Renewable Mobility

The Paris agreement on climate change has added impetus to the decarbonisation of transport as one of the most effective ways for realising the climate protection targets. Next to higher engine efficiencies and the simultaneous hybridization of engine technologies. Biofuels will have to play an important role in terms of a bridging function because they are already available and with biofuels from cultivated biomass, it is possible to make an immediate and effective contribution to the lowering of emissions in existing vehicle fleets.

November 2nd 2016
Technology, Lower Costs Drive Offshore Wind Boom Towards Growth Of 650% By 2030

Offshore wind power could grow more than 650% by 2030, according to a new analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “It’s poised to become a leading power generation technology in a decarbonised global economy,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, this week, at the World Wind Energy Conference. “Now that onshore wind power is cost-competitive with conventional power generation technologies, more attention is shifting to offshore applications, characterised by high technical power generation potential”.

October 31st 2016
New Report Sees Huge British Export Potential In Booming Offshore Wind Sector

RenewableUK has released a new document today which highlights the offshore wind industry’s export potential. The document shows that British companies have already won 115 contracts to provide services for 50 offshore wind projects abroad in this rapidly-growing global sector. British companies are winning multimillion-pound contracts; making and laying cables, installing turbines, and providing other essential services. The analysis highlights 250 offshore wind farms in development around the world, representing a massive economic and industrial opportunity for the UK.

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