Innovation & Education

Solar in USA: In Brooklyn, you can now sell solar power to your neighbors

In Brooklyn, you can buy honey collected from an urban bee hive. You can buy lettuce grown atop an old bowling alley. And now, you can purchase free range, gluten-free, fresh, organic solar power right off your neighbor’s roof. Brooklyn startup LO3 Energy is revolutionizing the way homeowners buy and sell electricity. They are making it possible to auction rooftop solar power […]

Russian Billionaire & Ex-Oilman, Viktor Vekselberg, Plans 1st Nonstop World Solar Flight

Russian seeks place in record books with trailblazing project Businesses, spies among those interested in such technologies After building up a $15 billion fortune pumping oil, Viktor Vekselberg is turning to solar for his attempt to win a place in history. The Russian tycoon and his Renova Group plan a record-breaking effort to send a plane around […]

Search for the Super Battery (NOVA Documentary)

We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a […]

Solar Disruption: Tesla’s Solar Roof Sets Musk’s Grand Unification Into Motion

Tesla has begun taking orders for its transformative new solar roof. The pricing is competitive, and it marks the final piece in Elon Musk’s vision for a grand unification of his clean-energy ambitions—combining solar power, home batteries, and electric cars. “These are really the three legs of the stool for a sustainable energy future,” Musk said. “Solar power […]

Fraunhofer ISE tops 31.3 % efficiency record for a new type of solar PV cell in only a couple of months

In November 2016, Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany) reached a record efficiency for a triple-junction solar cell made of III-V and silicon material.  Now, in the short amount of time, the researchers in Freiburg have surpassed their own record. Their newest result boasts an efficiency of 31.3 percent for a fully integrated silicon-based multi-junction solar cell.  […]

1366 Technologies reports 19.9% efficiency using Direct Wafer and Hanwha Q CELLS solar PV cell technologies

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies (Bedford, Mass., US) on March 8th, 2017 announced a new performance record for its Direct Wafer technology with the achievement of 19.9% solar cell efficiency through 1366’s ongoing technical partnership with Hanwha Q CELLS.  The result, which was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, clearly demonstrates the rapid efficiency gains that […]

After Google Grounds Its Drone Project, Facebook Ramps Up Flights

While Google shuttered its Titan drone project, Facebook Inc. is planning to ramp up test flights for its own experimental solar-powered glider. Facebook will begin launching a couple of flights a month of its Aquila drone, Jay Parikh, head of engineering and infrastructure, said in an interview Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “We learned a lot, from […]

Intersolar Europe 2017: New Technologies and Efficiency Concepts in PV Production Technologies

The investment trend in the photovoltaics industry (PV industry) is carrying through into 2017: Numerous PV manufacturers are set to build new production facilities or retrofit existing capacity this year. Innovative technologies are increasing the efficiency of solar cells, and at the same time, reducing manufacturing costs. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the […]

Solar Trade War: EU proposes shorter extension of China solar duties

New recommendation for 18-month extension vs initial 24 months Majority of EU countries voted in January against extension Measures include duties and minimum price agreement (Adds Commission source on commissioner discussion) The European Commission has softened a proposal to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels, a document seen by Reuters showed, after opposition from a […]

Solar Innovation: First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was […]

ORC-PLUS: Innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco & Enerray’s vision for Africa and the MENA region – Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray. In our talk with Michele we focused on their innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco (shortly described below) as well as on the company strategy in Africa & the MENA […]

Solar in Middle East: DEWA’s new HQ to be world’s smartest governmental building

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), recently welcomed a high-level delegation from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) headed by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.  During the meeting, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer highlighted the features of Dewa’s new […]

#DailySnap2 @WFES/ADSW 2017: Sharing the Knowledge & Building the Network in the MENA Region

In our #DailySnap2 @WFES/ADSW 2017 we share with SolarPV.TV viewers snapshots from WFES’s Expo floor including “Knowledge Theaters” which became The Points of Sharing the Specialized Knowledge for industries & technologies present at the show. The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 & SolarPV.TV had an opportunity […]

Solar in 360°: Amazing Solar Impulse shots – from take-off to landing

Watch a real-world panorama 360 video over the Pacific Ocean with Solar Impulse. Be taken into the future of clean technology through a multidimensional experience. VIDEO courtesy SOLAR IMPULSE More videos about Solar Impulse 2: GoPro: Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Exclusive Shots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5cP… The Construction of Si2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNMBP… First Flight Si2 Best-Of : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUpyu… Links about Solar Impulse: http://www.facebook.com/solarimpulse […]