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26 02 2021 | 10:55

Solar facades and solar roofs are profitable.

The additional costs for a solar building envelope compared to conventional construction methods amount to 30 to 50 per cent of the costs for the facade and roof. However, the electricity yield leads…

17 02 2021 | 08:51

Top ten global countries with the highest proportion of renewables.

A UK-based price comparison company, Compare the Market, released the results of a study conducted in 2019 to analyse countries using the highest and the least amounts of renewable energy. The study…

16 02 2021 | 09:48

Solar geoengineering: Could reflecting away the sun’s rays help to tackle global heating?

As the climate crisis escalates, some have called for more research into technologies that could reflect away the sun’s rays in order to limit temperature rise. Daisy Dunne looks at the technical,…

16 02 2021 | 09:11

BMW Group to source aluminium produced using solar energy.

The BMW Group has announced it will begin sourcing aluminium produced using solar electricity. Marking an important milestone on the road to BMW Group’s goal of lowering CO2 emissions in its…

15 02 2021 | 11:35

Sun-Blocking nanomaterial offers ‘magic’ way to cool buildings without electricity.

Researchers have developed an electricity-free method to cool buildings while simultaneously trapping the sun's heat for future use. A team from the University at Buffalo were able to turbo charge a…

06 02 2021 | 12:37

EDF begins work on 20 MW floating PV plant in France.

The French energy company will build the facility on the water reservoir of the Lazer hydroelectric plant, to double its production. Construction is expected to require 13 months.

26 01 2021 | 11:39

Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help.

Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as price…

23 01 2021 | 11:30

UAE begins producing aluminum with solar power in world first.

The 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the United Arab Emirates has reportedly begun powering the production of aluminium, a world first and a major milestone on the path to…

20 01 2021 | 21:23

Largest floating solar project in Southeast Asia begins producing power in Vietnam.

Two floating solar projects forming a cluster that is claimed to be Southeast Asia’s largest floating install have started commercial operations in Vietnam. The Ho Tam Bo floating solar project and…

20 01 2021 | 10:55

The Sun in 2020.

These 366 images of the Sun were made by ESA’s Proba-2 satellite in 2020. This satellite is continuously monitoring the changing activity of the Sun. One image was selected to represent each day of…

20 01 2021 | 10:32

Kauai to Hit 80% Renewable Power With Solar-Charged Hydro Storage.

A pathbreaking project from AES will combine solar generation, batteries and multiple reservoirs and hydro generators. Hawaii's island of Kauai further burnished its reputation for figuring out…

20 01 2021 | 09:15

10 Solar and Storage Trends for 2021.

California solar veteran Barry Cinnamon is looking forward to more solar and storage — and less COVID-19 — in 2021. Dave Barry said it best when summarizing 2020: “This was a year of nonstop…

11 01 2021 | 12:56

Innovative 1 MW solar carport array.

UK insurer Aviva realized a 1 MW solar carport, that combines solar and storage with EV charging at his Scottish headquarters in Perth.

03 01 2021 | 09:02

Berlin confirms new renewables laws from 1 January.

New framework contains conditions for future expansion. The German Government has confirmed new renewables laws will come into force on 1 January.  The law amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act…

03 01 2021 | 08:58

50 MW PV plant ready to connect in Bangladesh.

A 50 MW PV project, located in northern central Bangladesh’s Mymensingh district, has begun supplying electricity to the national grid. Full commercial operations for the plant are expected to begin…

03 01 2021 | 08:38

Establishing a solar module recycling system in India.

Ankit Kapasi and Kishore Ganesan from SOFIES India are working on Solar Waste Action Plan (SWAP) project in India, which is looking to investigate both the technical and economic feasibility of a PV…

27 12 2020 | 08:13

Spain Tenders 3 Gigawatts of Renewables Under New Pay-as-Bid Model.

Solar and onshore wind get 1 gigawatt each while floating offshore wind seeks foothold. Spain has launched a tender for up to 3.18 gigawatts of renewable generation in its first auction under a pay-…

27 12 2020 | 08:07

Indonesia launches call for IPP solar projects.

State-owned utility PT PLN (Persero) is seeking proposals from independent power producers to build large-scale solar plants. The Indonesian government wants the country to deploy 6.5 GW of solar by…

27 12 2020 | 07:55

Iran has great capacities to expand renewable energy market: energy min.

TEHRAN – Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said on Wednesday that the country has great potentials in the field of renewable energies and can have a significant role in developing the region’s…

20 12 2020 | 08:09

Solar power could be the green energy solution for Congo.

The Loudima family in Congo have long been without electricity but they have found an environmental solution: solar power. In the remote districts of Pointe Noire, the Congolese start-up Hélios…