Europe

Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm on the ocean – here’s video how it was built

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm started producing electricity off the Scottish coast on Wednesday. Hywind Scotland, as the project is known, consists of five huge linked wind turbines which float over deep ocean water while loosely tethered to the seafloor. They were constructed on land in Norway, and dragged across the North Sea […]

Enerray, a leader in O&M solar services

A photovoltaic system must be kept perfectly efficient in order to ensure top performance; this is possible only thanks to an O&M operator with a solid, reputable, professional and reliable organization when it comes to financials. Enerray thinks of your needs first by supplying a full service O&M contract which ensures optimal and profitable operation of the photovoltaic plant. […]

IKEA’s SOLSTRÅLE solar launches in Belgium

Together with IKEA, Solarcentury is delighted to announce it has launched home solar to customers in Belgium. This is the third country in which IKEA and Solarcentury are working together to make solar accessible to homeowners. It’s a partnership that has already successfully launched in the UK and the Netherlands. The combination of net metering, […]

Enerray and Helexia: the green strategy goes along

The frozen food business, large shopping centres, mechanic and steel companies got different solutions to flattening their carbon dioxite emissions. Photovoltaic is one of the most affordable space-saving and location-based technologies, as well as being non-invasive. The strategy of french group Helexia provides a good example. Helexia commissioned to Enerray a photovoltaic system mounted on the […]

Clean Disruption News: Audi will build electric cars in all factories worldwide, expanding from previous plans

Yesterday Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said that Audi will build electric cars in all of their factories around the world, including plants in Mexico and Hungary, Automotive News reports.  Previously, we reported on Audi’s main worker union demanding that Audi build EVs in their main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, not just in smaller plants as […]

Clean Disruption News: MEPs agree to bolster EU’s draft renewable energy target for 2030

The European Parliament’s energy committee confirmed on Monday (4 August) that MEPs want renewable energy targets to be more ambitious than the proposal put forward by the Commission. Monday’s meeting of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) saw MEPs debate 1,300 amendments to the European Commission’s initial proposal for a new directive on […]

China eclipses Europe as 2020 solar power target is smashed (China’s installed capacity topped well over its 105GW target)

China has reached its 2020 solar power target three years ahead of schedule, after installed capacity topped well over its 105GW target. Europe has been urged to show similar ambition. New figures published by solar industry firm Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA) last week revealed that China has exceeded its 2020 target of […]

Solar Innovation: Could This Glass Brick Be the Solution to Solar Energy’s Design Problems?

Between cost savings and environmental concerns, there’s plenty of demand for solar energy these days. But designing something sexier than your average rooftop panel has remained a vexing challenge. Luckily, researchers at Exeter University in England seem to have hit on a solar-cell solution that effortlessly combines form and function. Dubbed Solar Squared, the design […]

Solar Innovation: Fullerene Device Acts as Both Solar Cell and a Current Inverter

An international team of researchers has developed a photovoltaic cell based on a combination of magnetic electrodes and C60 fullerenes— sometimes referred to as Buckyballs—that increases the photovoltaic efficiency of their device by 14 percent over photovoltaics using ordinary materials and architecture. In research described in the journal Science, scientists from China, Germany, and Spain […]

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology (by ENEL)

The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid by also improving grid capability to handle renewable power and will make renewable sources even more diffused and affordable. During the the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, Enel and Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid […]

IMEC Reports Record Conversion Efficiency of 23.9 % on a 4 cm2 Perovskite/Silicon Solar Module

Belgian Imec announced an improvement of its 4 cm2perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9 percent. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell. Perovskite solar cells have many desirable properties, as they can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, […]

Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.  The research lab, which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential […]

Solar in Europe: Solar dominates Spain’s 5GW renewables auction – winners announced

Spain’s energy ministry has released the full list of winners from its latest renewables auction, with several small-scale projects in amongst the large-scale winners. A total of 3,909MW of solar PV capacity and 1,128MW of wind capacity was awarded to 40 companies, in yesterday’s auction. The list of solar winners was as follows: Solar Developer capacity […]

Solar Trade War News: DG Trade Proposes New Price Control Mechanism for Solar Panels in the European Union

Brussels, 20 July 2017 – Late yesterday evening, the European Commission set out a proposal for a new mechanism for controlling the price of solar panels and cells imported to the European Union from China. The products’ prices had previously been governed by a minimum import price (MIP) system that the European Commission acknowledges had […]

Clean Disruption News: Green finance group calls on EU to stop funding fossil fuels

A group of financial experts has set out its vision for hardwiring sustainability goals into the European Union’s financial system, calling on the 28-country bloc to stop pouring public money into polluting fossil fuels and focus spending on clean energies instead. The EU’s high-level group on sustainable finance issued its interim report on Thursday (13 July), urging the European […]

Clean Disruption News: Volvo Becomes the First Premium Car Maker to Go All Electric

Starting 2019 onwards, all vehicles manufactured by veteran automaker Volvo will either be hybrid or electric. According to Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Car Group’s president and CEO, “We are convinced that the future of Volvo is electric.” COMMITTED TO ELECTRIFICATION Electric vehicles are quickly becoming the future of automobiles, thanks to efforts by both veteran car […]

Helping solar developers to market & sell their projects worldwide – Michael Ernst, General Council, Sr. Vice President at Clean Power Inc

During Intersolar Europe 2017, held recently in Munich, Germany, we spoke to Michael Ernst,  General Council & Sr. Vice President at Clean Power Inc about their recent developments and plans.  Michel, right hand of Mary O’Donnell, a passionate green business woman who runs a sustainable & renewable farm in Kingston, Massachusetts, has over 30 years of energy experience as […]